• Nov 6, 2008


Click above for high-res gallery of the Lamborghini Estoque concept

Emerging reports indicate that Lamborghini is currently in negotiations with the suits at its corporate superior Volkswagen to put the Estoque into production. The four-door Lamborghini concept was unveiled last month at the Paris show after a drawn-out parade of teasers, but with no actual engine unde-hood and little in the way of specifications revealed, most surmised that the Estoque was just a flash-in-the-pan publicity gimmick. Not so, according to the company's R&D chief Maurizio Reggiani, who confirmed to British weekly Autocar that the company is in the process of making a business case to the VW executive board. If approved, the Estoque could hit showrooms by late 2011 with a UK sticker quoted at around £150k, which lies in between the Gallardo's £135k British list price and the Murcielago's £220k.

To make financial sense, the Estoque would have to borrow heavily from the corporate parts bin, but Reggiani was quick to dismiss speculation that the Estoque would share its platform with any current or next-generation Audi. So what would provide the power, you ask? A re-tuned version of the Gallardo LP560-4's direct-injection V10, optimized for usability at the slight expense of peak output and driving through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox -- another first for Lamborghini. Also under consideration for the Estoque are hybrid and diesel V8 options, noting that the concept car's platform was designed to accommodate a variety of engines.

Wait a second, a diesel hybrid automatic four-door Lamborghini? What's going on in Sant'Agata since Porsche took over in Wolfsburg? Nothing all that unusual for the company that started out making tractors and even produced a HUMMER rival for a while. But with the Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide on the way, the market for the four-door exotic super-coupe could be the new premium battlefield.


[Source: Autocar]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like the 99 dodge charger concept with a new grille
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to say, I think this is one of the best looking cars I have ever seen. It takes some great parts of the lp560, and makes it into an actually great looking version of the Panamera. Also, I've a question, why don't we see any production diesel electric hybrids? I vaguely remember reading about a concept a few years back, but, having read Autoblog for about a year pretty steadily, I haven't really heard anything about them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The idea of a diesel/hybrid seems like a good one... electric for city cycle, and diesel for highway cycle, but in practice it isn't worth it. Hybrids are pretty complex, as are diesels (these days)... so by adding the two, you end up with a relatively heavy, complex, and super expensive drivetrain.

        Don't get me wrong, I like diesels, but I think that the complexity, packaging issues, and weight lend themselves to stand-alone operation - unless you are talking about a stop/start system. That might work, but I would think that emissions would be a stumbling block.

        I'm not a fan of the series hybrid concept, mostly because of conversion losses, but at least with a series hybrid you can create a steady-cycle-optimized engine. Small two-stroke, four-stroke, Miller-cycle, and rotaries (believe it or not) are all good candidates for this type of operation - modern diesels aren't.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it. It's been a long time since Lambo has had a real 4 seat tourer although I kind of wish they had stuck to the 2 door format like the Espada.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is nice looking, but I think the Peugeot RC HYmotion4 concept looks MUCH better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't be surprised. the thing looks production ready.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd wait for the Aston Rapide
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm sure i'll be in the minority here, but considering it's 2009 and not 1989, i think a high-tech, diesel hybrid drivetrain is exactly what Lamborghini needs to offer. think of the instant torque of an electric motor or two, and the prodigious torque inherent in diesels in general, and i think this could be a huge advantage for Lambo in this segment. green and clean should be exciting the masses and this could do it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'd love to see what lamborghini could do with a corporate VW V-8 diesel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree, but just mentioning the word "diesel" seems to turn people away, in america at least
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uhhhhhhhh, no.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

      Today I weep.
      • 6 Years Ago
      as long as they fix that UGLY thing, it's ok,
      but as is it will become the UGLIEST thing on wheels for over $200k
      logan
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks just like the 03 Chevy SS Concept to me...
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