Thursday, July 22, 2010

LAMBORGHINI: PLANNING TWO NEW MODELS?

US mag suggests V8 coupe and SUV are in the pipeline


Reborn Jalpa is one possibility...

Lamborghini could be set to expand its range with an SUV and an 'entry-level' sports car positioned beneath the Gallardo - at least if rumours emanating from Germany via US car mag Car and Driver are to be believed.

C and D's European correspondent writes on the mag's website that 'very high-placed sources are hinting' that Lamborghini is looking seriously at the two projects.

They're not without precedent, either. The V8 sports car would essentially be a reprise of the Urraco/Silhouette/Jalpa series that took on the Maserati Merak and Ferraris 308 and 328 in the 1970s and 1980s. These days, such a car would most likely take aim at the Ferrari California or Aston Martin Vantage - although Lamborghini would have to be careful not to step on any R8-shaped toes of parent company Audi.


...as is a resurrected LM002

Meanwhile, an SUV could resurrect the Rambo-in-a-tux spirit of the chunky LM002 monster from the 1980s. It would, says our German-American colleague, most likely use the Porsche Cayenne/VW Touareg platform.

Sadly, the four-door Estoque is apparently a definite no-no.

This is all conjecture, however. Lamborghini's official line remains the same as it was when we spoke to Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann back in June - that the company is sticking to the two models for now.

Winkelmann did hint that it might always be thus: "there is space for a model outside of this," he told us, "but nothing is planned at the moment."

source: pistonheads