• Mar 21, 2009
Lamborghini Estoque Concept – Click above for high-res gallery

The worldwide collapse of car sales has hit everyone in the past six months, and super-expensive high-end cars are no exception. With no immediate signs of either a general economic recovery or an auto sales boost on the horizon, now hardly seems like the time to develop an all-new exotic sedan. With that in mind, Lamborghini reportedly has shelved plans to build the Estoque, which debuted as a concept at last fall's Paris Motor Show. Given the positive response it received, Lamborghini had started feasibility studies aimed at producing the new four-door. Instead, the company will focus on new versions of both the Gallardo and Murcielago, with a particular focus on weight reduction.

R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani is also apparently rejecting calls for a dual clutch gearbox to replace the current e-gear automated manual. Reggiani calls the DCT "too smooth" and lacking in the drama Lambo owners want. Based on our experience with that gearbox in an Audi R8, we would describe it as being more embarrassing than dramatic. Since we don't have the budget for a Lambo, Reggiani likely doesn't give much credence to our opinion, though.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that's a damn shame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i once read the BMW CS concept will never see production and obviously it is going to be made, maybe it is the same with the estoque. lambo are denying it just to announce a surprise comeback later on imho.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares, as long as we get the Aston Martin Rapide.
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? I'd take the edgy Estoque over the Rapide ANYDAY. Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Rapide is simply an elongated DB9, whilst the Estoque is just something else. Amazingly agressive and ferrocious!
      • 5 Years Ago
      as a true anarchist at heart, i've been enjoying the downfall of the world's economy.... but now i'm pissed at the recession. i'm sure i would never have even seen an Estoque in person, but just knowing they were out there would have been good enough for me. RIP to the world's most beautiful 4 door sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that beginning made me laugh a little. my friend is also a true anachrist. you reminded me of him. lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        How can you be an anarchist and NOT be happy that Lamborghini is feeling the pinch of the economic downturn. Afterall, Lmaborghini is an organized corporation and organization is the the villain of all "true anarchists".

        • 5 Years Ago
        > What exactly is a "true anarchist"?
        Plain infantility.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, respect to the very 'principal anarchist'. Only holding on to your life motto when it suits you, but unwilling to accept the consequences when they're putting the lid on some 'dumb' car you want to see built.

        You're ridiculous...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank God. Now, if only some nut would destroy all the Panameras waiting to be sold to morons with too much money, we'd be in good shape.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @jeff, i have seen the panamera on the streets here and i can tell you it looks feckin awesome and elegant.
      i didn´t like the rear of the panamera on the pictures but all i can say is the car looks brillant and classy in reality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Teases, there last 4 seater sold well.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually their last 4-seater was the LM002 and I think there was only a few hundred of them. I think you're thinking of the Jolta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        um, the last 4 seater model they sold ,sold pretty well named Espada, but that was 30 years ago, and we need another. yes, I am talking about cars, but the LM002 was amazing SUV. If you ever have a chance check the LM002 out for real, makes a hummer look like a Metro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ken, there was no "Jolta" or "Jarma".

        I think you mean Jarama. Besides the LM002, the last 2+2 Lamborghini produced was the Urraco
      • 5 Years Ago
      hey Vinny Fins, you better watch what u say about the best company in the world. Lay off whatever you are getting high on. Lamborghini didnt copy anybody, and just because you see a little of some other car in it dosnt mean that they copied other companies. If you want to see a car that has other car's parts in it look at the Vector WX8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the economy didn't ruin Lambo's customer base, Bernard Madoff did.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bummer. The Estoque was the one Lamborghini I could actually dream about owning one day. I told my wife, "Look! Four seats! All-wheel drive! Perfect for us and our two kids." Sigh. Just as well that they canceled it. My chances of ever owning one are about the same whether they make it or not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This could have been, imo, the most beautiful 4-door sedan on the market, narrowly edging out the rapide. I mean, it screams Lamborghini (literally as well) and has the edges to dice a tomato from 50 miles away. They can blame the economy, but I reckon the frontal pedestrian crash tests wouldn't have fared too well.
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