What better excuse to look back at a car from yesterday than Throwback Thursday and in this case the concept from Lamborghini, the Estoque.
Described as “A Lamborghini like no other before it: a four-door sports car that sticks resolutely to its creed”, the Estoque was introduced 10 years ago in 2008 at the Salon d’Automobiles in Paris – Paris Motor Show. The Lamborghini Estoque concept had everything that defines a Lamborghini: extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian, it brought a whole new versatility to the brand’s DNA – with its four seats and ample luggage space, this “everyday sports car” was a perfect fit for an equally versatile lifestyle.
The Estoque was the first front-engine vehicle by Lamborghini since the LM002 off roader. Fitted with a 5.2 litre V10 engine, there had been speculation that this could be replaced by a V12, V8, or possibly even a hybrid or turbo-diesel engine.
As a design concept study, there was no doubting the Estoque was most defiantly a Lamborghini – a car with compelling presence, both unique and unmistakable. The long wheelbase, the low profile, the broad track, the mighty, accentuated wheels, the clean surfaces and razor-sharp definition – every single line breathed the spirit of the Lamborghini brand.
Staying with the Lamborghini tradition, it’s name derived from the sport and tradition of bullfighting, an Estoque is a type of sword traditionally used by matadors. However like most concept cars this was another that never went into production as 22 March 2009 production plans for the Lamborghini Estoque were cancelled. Speaking back in 2010 Stephan Winkelmann, the former President and CEO of Lamborghini said “We do not have any plans to develop the Estoque concept into a production vehicle. Estoque was always considered to be a concept car.
Whether the spirit of the Estoque will live on remains to be seen, as rumours have circulated for some time that a new four door saloon is penciled in for 2021 following the success of the recently laucnhed Urus SUV.