It’s not that rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated; instead Lamborghini claims rumors of the Estoque ’s creation have been greatly exaggerated.
Yesterday we reported that Lamborghini has put the Estoque’s production on indefinite hold . Now the story has caught some steam, plus other recent stories of Lambo’s misfortune in the slowing economy, has caused the company to react. Lamborghini posted a brief comment on its press site that included: "As stated when the car was shown, Lamborghini believes that if a third model line should ever be added to its product line up, a four door luxury performance saloon could be a logical product strategy. No decision has been made to produce the Estoque."
Basically this does not make the previous stories invalid. Lamborghini still has not confirmed that plans for the Estoque will be going ahead. The company just wanted to remind all of us that there was no official car to cancel.
Read the full statement from Lamborghini after the jump.
The global economic crisis already forced Lamborghini to shut its doors for a few weeks , and now its put the Estoque sedan on indefinite hold. According to Maurizio Reggiani, Lambo’s head of research and development, "The timing and market conditions are just not right for an additional model line."
It seems that there had not been a lot of cash committed to Lamborghini’s first sedan project yet, and so Lamborghini was able to put it on a shelf without much financial penalty. There has been no mention yet when or if the project will be restarted.
We know Audi will have a big hand in the Lamborghini Estoque . Lamborghini is Audi’s responsibility in the Volkswagen Group, and Audi has a lot more experience at performance sedans than Lambo (which has none.) The only real question is how much German will this Italian car speak? According to Car and Driver, that answer may be quite a lot.
It’s rumored that the Estoque will be built on Audi’s modular-longitudinal platform, which is the base of a number of new models, including the current Audi A4 and A5, the next-generation A6 and A8, the forthcoming A7, and the 2013 Volkswagen Phaeton. The sedan will feature all-wheel drive as standard (likely a version close to Audi’s Quattro system.) The largest powerplant for the Estoque should be the 5.2-liter V-10 engine from the Gallardo LP560-4, which was developed by Audi.
The Lambo sedan is currently aimed at direct competition from its now corporate parent’s own sedan, the Porsche Panamera . So just like the plans for the Porsche, the Estoque may as have a diesel or hybrid version ready to go by the time it appears in 2011 or 2012.
AutoCar revealed today the first details on the production version Estoque . Right now the car is in final stages of approval, but current plans have the bull’s sedan entering development at Sant’Agata early next year with sales to begin at the end of 2011 for under £150,000. The Gallardo, which sell for a similar price in the U.K., sells for about $200,000 here.
The production Estoque will run the same all-wheel drive system as the Gallardo as well as utilize its 5.2-liter direct injection V10 engine that will give the sedan 500bhp and 450lb ft of torque. Top speed is rumored to be limited to 186 mph. The engine will be mated to a new seven-speed twin clutch gearbox – a first for Lamborghini, which currently offers manual and auto-manual ‘E-Gear’ transmissions.
Lamborghini is also considering several other engines for the sedan. Possible powertrains include a hybrid unit and V8 twin-turbos in both gas and diesel forms. Although these engine will likely be sourced from Audi, Lamborghini insists the Estoque will be more than just an A8 on steroids.
Since Lamborghini is already selling out with a sedan, why not sell out completely and make a diesel, right? Although it is likely that the engine of choice in the 2012 Estoque will be the 5.2-liter V10 from Gallardo LP 560-4 , there will likely be other options including an oil burner. “This car gives us the chance to explore new avenues,” Maurizio Reggiani, director of research and development at Lamborghini, told Auto Express. “A diesel engine would not be right for the Gallardo or Murciélago, but the Estoque is the perfect platform.”
Other optional engines being considered are a host of V8s from Lamborghini’s parent Volkswagen as well as developing a hybrid unit. This more mainstream approach from a company known for being wildly over-the-top may signify how much Lambo wants to compete wit the upcoming Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide .
If Lamborghini does go sludging, it will most likely to be a high-performance version of the 4.2-liter TDI used in the Audi A8. Which isn’t so bad considering that Audi may now something about performance diesels; its won the last three 24 Hours of Le Mans races using oil burners.
Lamborghini revealed first images of the Estoque ’s interior. Estoque is the preview version of the first sedan in Lamborghini’s history. Just like its super coupes, the interior of the family Lambo uses a long and low dash board. Also just like the coupe siblings, the dominant material of the interior is highest-quality Nappa leather.
The cockpit presents the driver with a large-area LCD screen displaying a customizable vehicle and route information system. And because you bought the Lambo sedan to take the kids to polo practice (yes, if you buy this car, you have polo money) there is a rear seat entertainment system to keep your future trust funders quiet.
Lamborghini chooses the Paris Car Show to officially present its ground-breaking new car: the concept of a 4-door and 4-seater sports sedan which could open a new chapter in the history of the Company from Sant’Agata Bolognese. In fact, the Lamborghini Estoque could represent the leading model in a third range which would be added to the existing two other ranges (the Gallardo and Murciélago).
Lamborghini finally unveiled the official details on the 2009 Estoque Concept. The Estoque is the first sedan in the history of Automobili Lamborghini, but Lambo wants people to think “sedan” is more a reference to the number of doors than any other characteristic.
Even if it wants to keep the sports car image, Lamborghini is still positioning the Estoque as the family man’s Lambo. As the press release says, "It is the only car that allows you to share the singular driving pleasure of a Lamborghini with more than one person – possibly even with the whole family. And there is still enough room left over for weekend luggage or several golf bags."
Although the car is only 4.43 feet high Lamborghini says the long wheelbase will make the car spacious. This means not only will the driver get the low, leaning back position typical of a Lamborghini, but so will wife (or husband) and the kids. But don’t expect all traditions in this Lambo sedan, the doors open in a normal front-hinged, swing out manner.
The engine proposed for the Estoque is likely the V10 from the Gallardo LP 560-4 . Lambo also hinted that a turbocharged V8 as well as even a hybrid or diesel powertrain could be thrown into the mix.
The Lamborghini Estoque Concept will not be officially revealed until late this evening, but the first images of the concept already surfaced on the internet. This is not a bad design considering Lambo’s last car with four-doors was the fast but ugly Hummer-like LM002 . But the real question is there space in the market for a Lamborghini that fits the whole family?
Autocar got its hands on a design of the new sketch Lamborghini Estoque right from Lambo’s Centro Stile design studio. So whatever we see from the Italian supercar maker next month in Paris will likely look a lot like the car above.
According to Autocar, the sedan is more than just a concept. In fact, it has been designed to comply with crash regulations and pedestrian protection law. As suspected earlier, this Lambo for the family will likely be based on the aluminum chassis of the Audi A8 . The Estoque will likely be powered by a version of the Gallardo ’s V10 engine (mounted in front of the driver but likely behind the rear wheels.)
The name Estoque still stays close to Lamborghini’s bull theme for car names - it short sword used by a matador to kill the bull at the end of a bullfight.