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The Lamborghini Estoque seems to be well on its way to production, and should arrive sometime in 2014. According to a leaked document, the Italian automaker will also be offering a drop top version of the four-door, which will be unveiled one year after the sedan’s debut. The Estoque convertible will likely arrive first in concept form in 2015, and then go into production form for 2016.
Powering both the sedan and convertible is believed to be a new supercharged V10 engine that will first arrive in the Cabrera (the Gallardo’s replacement), which is due out in 2013.
The Estoque would compete with the Porsche Panamera Convertible, which is rumored for 2012.
In addition, Lamborghini is reportedly planning a convertible version of its ultra limited edition Sesto Elemento.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Estoque
[Source: Top Speed]
The Lamborghini Estoque would seem to be headed to production. After debuting the 4-door Lambo at the Paris Auto Show back in 2008, company CEO Stephan Winkelmann has now confirmed a third model for the exotic Italian brand.
“It has to be an everyday car,” he said speaking at the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit. “We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”
Winkelmann did, however, add that no decision has been made on what segment the car could fit in. In the past Lamborghini did manufacture and sell an SUV, although that seems unlikely. Instead, a four-seater sedan would be the most obvious choice, especially with Ferrari having just introduced its new FF model.
Winkelmann did say Lamborghini will look to find “synergies” within the Volkswagen Group of companies (which includes Audi, Porsche and Bentley) in order to bring to bring the new model to market.
The decision to move ahead and expand the Lamborghini brand to three models comes in part due to increased demand for high-end models in China. Winkelmann says Lamborghini expects the super sports car market to return to the 2007 highs by 2013, selling around 35,000 units a year compared to just 26,000 last year.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Estoque
A forum member over at FerrariChat (ironically enough) has detailed what he imagines the next 10 years will hold for the raging bull. He predicts, in intricate detail, a plan for Lamborghini to build the Estoque sedan in 2014 andthe Sesto Elemento concept in 2012, which has fueled speculation as to how accurate this really is.
The story has caught the imagination of news sites around the world, but there has not yet been an official source from Lamborghini brass; the closest has come from hints dropped by Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann that he would like to see the Estoque enter production. The forum post illustrates that not only will the Estoque be built, but a convertible concept will be shown in four years. The post also mentions that the Sesto will be built in limited numbers, even though Lamborghini has already planned its production. The recently-introduced Aventador will see SV and upgraded versions as keeping with top-Lamborghini tradition, and there’s even a name for the potential replacement for the Gallardo: Cabrera, “after one of the foundational bloodlines of Spanish fighting bulls.”
With such meticulous info like this, it’s easy to believe this speculation as fact—and to be fair, Lamborghini built their last concept as the ultra-limited, ultra-rare Reventón. But the eagerness to promote this as connected with the company itself leaves behind many questions to Lamborghini’s business plan and models of secrecy: given the length of time it took for the Aventador to be revealed, they don’t seem particularly eager to detail their plans for the next 20 years. Even if they build only two models.
[Source: Inside Line]
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Lamborghini will not be building a four-door exotic – at least not any time soon. Maurizio Reggiani, the head of R&D for the Italian exotic car manufacturer told U.K. publication AutoCar that the Estoque project would be shelved.
The controversial sedan was unveiled by Lamborghini at least year’s Paris Auto Show and was scheduled to be an all-wheel drive four-seater along the lines of the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide. Planning was still in the early stages, however, and so pulling the plug on the Estoque isn’t going to cost Lamborghini much.
When the exotic sedan did break cover in Paris there was no word on a powerplant, although Lamborghini did suggest that the engine could be anything from the LP560′s V10, to a turbocharged V8, to even a diesel or hybird powertrain.
This was seen as a progressive move by Lamborghini, by finally showing some interest in alternatives to the internal combustion engine. (We should note, however, that Lambo’s switch to direct injection in the LP560 made for a huge increase in fuel-economy).
With a world economic crisis and wait times for the standard Lambo models getting shorter and shorter, Reggiani commented that now was simply not the right time to launch such an ambitious project. Yup, the recession strikes down another vehicle, although we’re not so sure its a bad thing in this case.
GALLERY: Lamborghini Estoque Concept