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How can a company like Lamborghini be expected to adapt to tightening emissions regulations? It's a reasonable question, and according to the company's chief executive Stephan Winkelmann, it simply can't. In an interview with Automotive News, the supercar exec justifies that its production is so limited and its vehicles are so rarely driven that its overall environmental impact is negligible. As such, Lamborghini will not be switching to downsized engines, like Ferrari has been discussing.

Winkelmann also reiterated that Lamborghini is not interested in significantly boosting production, or in developing SUVs or four-seaters. Business as usual, then, for the Raging Bull, and you know what that means: powerful, loud, exotic supercars that you can't get your hands on... and hopefully, neither will the bureaucrats.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow! lambo finally did something i like! (i guess the Reventon is pretty nice too lol).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does Lamborghini count as part of VW's CAFE, or is it a separate entity?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suppose since most Lambos are mostly just for show they're not going to emit much, but then again that's also pretty sad if nobody's ever going to drive these machines.

      I think I'd rather have a more efficient ferrari I can actually drive then, lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Proff of what I've been saying all along-all this talk about emissions and CAFE and carbon credits is just a bunch of crock. Lambo and Porsche aren't buying into this legislative bullying, so why should the rest of the industry run scared? It doesn't matter if I'm buying a small econobox or a Surburban or a Jeep or a Pagoni Zonda or a hybrid, they're all gonna use fuel (and the batteries in the electric cars are made of corrosive chemicals that will cause some environmental damage once they'e busted open-and there's no known recycling program for the used batteries) and that's something we're going to have to live with, unless we all quit driving and go back to bicycles and horse and buggies.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank the gods at least one company has some sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        amen to that. unfortunately this stupid baseless legislation will effect the cars we can afford :(

        at least there's always used V8 vehicles
        • 6 Years Ago
        sense? the only reason lambo can make these sort of decisions is that they are owned by VW and vw's sales of 50 state legal TDIs and limited sales of lambos will permit Lamborghini to escape emissions legislation.

        We've all been over this before as Porsche's prime motivation for purchasing VW. Were Lamborghini alone, they'd have their tail between their legs.

        Having listened to a LP640 sing from idle to 4,000 RPM this weekend, I'm glad their not changing, but I'm not going to ignore the fact that vw's ownership of the brand allows them to appear this ballsy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, the only reason that Lambo is making this decision is because we CAN'T afford their vehicles. If we all could, then they would make too many of them and they would be driven too many miles so the company would have to make the choice to produce more environmentally responsible vehicles.

        Oh, how I wish I was born rich...
        • 6 Years Ago
        You DO realize that Ferrari is owned by Fiat, and they are making some ridiculously small cars, like the 500, panda, the upcoming topolino, Punto, and whatnot. True, none of them are sold in the US, so they cannot add it to their CAFE average, but in a few years fiat should return to america. So Ferrari swirching to smaller engines and downsizing (if it actually happens) is a result of their concern about their enviromental image. It seems lamborghini doesn`t care about that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am willing tobet few people daily drive Lambos or Ferraris, they are not practical cars to drive every day, although I did see one guy bring his F430 to Ralphs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My Boss drives his Lambo to work every day....but only abut 4k....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahhh, thanks God for aftermarket suppliers, crate engine sales should go through the roof.


      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess Lamborghini is continuing their long tradition of spite. :)

      I agree with them though. To some extent. They could be proactive about it and come up with innovative hybrid or cylinder deactivation technologies like Ferrari or GM...or they could even take the V10 diesel from parent company VW. But realistically, Lambo owners probably don't use as much gas or produce as much emissions in the 5 miles they drive their cars each year compared to the 4 banger civic that drive 50 miles to work each day. But then again, Lambo owners probably don't use anywhere close to the potential of their engines anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn the Lambo, get the Ferrari!
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow that lambologo - gold on brown-black kinda looks like
      lambo is now taking its style cues from ups!
      • 6 Years Ago
      CAFE bitching is endlessly entertaining. 'Teh guvmint is takin away my's choices.'

      Its simple. Government sets the rules business operate by. Government serves the people (in the US), not just the owners of large corporations. In service of the people they make sure companies make efforts to curb pollution that they wouldn't do on their own unless it was profitable, and it isn't.
      The government is not your enemy. It has and is supposed to have an adversarial relationship with business since they are trying to achieve mutually exclusive ends.
      Just remember when GM or any auto manufacturere says CAFE is holding them back they are just trying to get you on their side so they can pressure Washington and not have to spend the money to comply with the law. I don't feel bad for two reasons. They are doing well, no one is being driven to poverty. And the R&D money flows into the US economy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would think that they could at least offer some cylinder deactivation technology/ies to get SOME better performance. Cruise at highway speeds with only 2 cylinders firing. That engine should be able to push those things along. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        i hate those systems. i feel like you are losing the balance of the crankcase when you turn them on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I dare anyone to even SENSE the cylinder deactivation in the Chryslers.
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