Is Lamborghini Planning To Resuscitate The Iconic 1986 LM002?
The Italian automaker, known for creating raging bulls that have been every child’s dream at some point in life, is actually known for much more than just the super fast hypercars it is known for lately. Speak to the Generation X folks, and they will reminisce Lamborghini as a company that once used to build a hardcore truck that made them go weak in the knees. Fast forward to 2019, and the company is actually considering the prospect of building an SUV that falls in line with the iconic LM002. Time to pop that bottle of 1986 Disaronno again!
Lamborghini’s Fourth Model Could Arrive...In Five Years
It was only a few years ago when Lamborghini set benchmarks to sell 1,000 units per year. Times have changed since then and House Raging Bull has changed with it. Now, Lamborghini is ready to bring out the Urus SUV, it’s third current model and the ticket to carry sales to 7,000 units per year by 2018. But the Urus isn’t the end of the company’s aggressive expansion because a fourth model is on the horizon.
Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali refused to dive into great detail about the fourth Lamborghini model, telling only Car Advice that the company won’t rush into expanding to a four-model family until its current three-model lineup is stabilized. That would require a few years to get the Urus up-to-speed with market forces while helping maintain relevance for its two supercars, the Huracán and Aventador. Domenicali foresees this stability to arrive after the first wave of production, possibly around 2022 or 2023. From there, discussions of a fourth Lamborghini model could start depending on what market trends are taking place at that time. The timetable is still at least five years away, so fans of the Raging Bull shouldn’t get too excited just yet. But, it’s possibly in the cards. That’s more than what anyone could expect a few years back when exclusivity was at the height of Lambo’s priorities.
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The automotive world is constantly evolving as manufacturers continue to electrify their models. And, electrification isn’t something that’s taking place by your basic car manufacturers like Chevy, Nissan, Audi, or even Tesla. In the past few years, we’ve seen a number hybridized supercars and exotics like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and Acura NSX make their way into our hearts, and now manufacturers are looking to go all-electric. Even the most reserved brands are looking into it, with the most recent rumor claiming that Lamborghini is building and electric supercar.
As it turns out, a new video from AutoBild claims that Lamborghini is, in fact, working on an all-electric monster that is being dubbed the Vitola. The report suggests that the car will use the J1 Architecture like the Porsche Mission E and will also use the same fast-charging system. According to the report, the car will be able to blast to 60 mph in about 2.5 seconds with top speed coming in at around 186 mph. Horsepower figures are about as much a mystery as the car itself, but with that kind of sprint time, expect it to pack more that then Lamborghini Aventador SV which comes correct with 740 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque. Those kinds of numbers in mind, and the added weight from an on-board battery leads us to believe that the car could produce upward of 900 horsepower.
Even with cars like the Rimac Concept One and the Quant F already being exposed to the world, there still aren’t any serious, production supercars out there that rely on nothing but battery power. The closest really, at this point, is the Tesla P100, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call that thing a supercar. Close, but no cigar. Then there’s the Porsche Mission E, which has apparently been approved for production, however, the timetable for it hitting the market is still up in the air. Word has it McLaren is working on an all-electric supercar as well, but we’re still waiting on confirmation for that as well.
Either way, an electric supercar would be pretty wild coming from a brand like Lamborghini. Known for its wild styling on models like the Centenario and the soul-rattling noise of every single engine it’s ever built, an all-electric car as some pretty big shoes to fill.
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SUVs have been around for more than eight decades. Though most early SUVs were descendants from commercial and military vehicles such as the Willys MB (1941-1945) and the Land Rover Series I (1948-1958), longer-wheelbase, wagon-type SUVs were available as early as the mid-1930s, with the most iconic example being the second-generation Chevrolet Suburban (1935-1940).
However, the XJ-generation Jeep Cherokee, launched in 1984, is now considered to be the first true sport utility vehicle in the modern understanding of the term, as it was aimed at urban families as a substitute for traditional station wagons. The Cherokee had four-wheel drive, a more premium, station wagon-like interior, and a more manageable size compared to full-size utility vehicles.
Nowadays, SUVs are often sold with premium features, while some crossovers are built with lower ride heights for comfortable on-road driving. Though some brands still develop their SUVs with off-road capabilities, the focus has shifted toward luxury and performance. From the Jeep Wagoneer of the late 1980s, often regarded as the first luxury SUV, to the 2015 BMW X5 M and 2015 Porsche Cayenne, the SUV concept has evolved at an incredible pace, to the extent that modern SUVs have very little in common with their forerunners besides high-riding bodies.
As we approach 2016, the SUV is about to enter yet another era, one that will see the introduction of ultra-luxury utility vehicles built by manufacturers known for providing transportation for royalty the world over. A new niche is about to be created by brands such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, which are working on some of the most luxurious and expensive SUVs mankind has yet seen. Let’s have a closer look at the most promising luxury SUVs set to hit the market by the end of the decade.
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Each decade Lamborghini presents a completely new supercar that aims at the leadership of its class. At the beginning of 2011, the Italian car will launch a successor for the currently in production Murciélago, that will try to attain the purpose of every Lamborghini ever, that of being better than the competitor from Maranello.