August 27, 2014

Lamborghini Estoque is no more

The Lamborghini Estoque - Lamborghini has decided not to produce it.

The Lamborghini Estoque - Lamborghini has decided not to produce it.

It was always a bit of a punt by Lamborghini. How would a four door Lamborghini saloon (even if it was still pretty Lamborghini-esque) go down with potential buyers? But actually, it was quite well received. True, the dyed-in-the-wool aficionados decried it as sacrilege (there’s a surprise). But the truth is that the majority of those aficionados are not actually in a position to buy, they’re just Lamborghini anoraks. So it looked like the car would happen.

But it would seem that, in light of the madness going on in the world at the moment, and in particular the motor industry, that Lamborghini has decided that this is not the right time to launch a big, powerful and expensive (probably the wrong side of £200k) car. So the Lamborghini Estoque is to be shelved for better times. But in truth it is probably gone. Things will have moved on when better times come, so it was just a dream. Ah, well.

But Lamborghini has decided that it’s ‘back to basics’ time. Instead of the ongoing bigger and bigger engine regime, they are reportedly looking at small, turbo powered units to put in to the next generation of cars. True, that won’t apply to the next car due – the LP560-4 Superleggera – but it might rear its head for the Murcielago’s replacement – the Jota. But even that is probably too far advanced to change direction, so we may have to wait for the Gallardo/LP560 replacement to see what happens.

So it may be a while before we see a 2.0 litre turbo-charged LP560 replacement. Good job!

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