Lamborghini IsItalian exotic auto manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini have been keeping rather busy these past few months. The Raging Bull has began global deliveries of the hardcore, track focused Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and they have also unveiled three new models. As any real petrolhead would know, those three new models came in the form of the updated Lamborghini Huracan Evo, the Lamborghini Huracan Evo Spyder, which was unveiled just a few weeks ago and the absolutely stunning Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster which made it’s global debut at the ongoing 2019 Geneva Motor Show and it seems that Automobili Lamborghini are not done yet.
Most of us would have thought that after unveiling three new models in just three short months, the Raging Bull would have started to take things easy but we were all wrong because it seems Automobili Lamborghini has plans to launch an entirely new model line. Recently I was made aware of rumours that were doing their rounds online suggesting that AutomobiliLamborghini could be working on an all new “grand tourer”, four-seat vehicle that is believed to feature a 2+2 seating configuration. Now at first I thought this was just rumour and hearsay but it seems I wrong, very wrong indeed.
While speaking to UK based motoring publication AutoCar, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali described and confirmedthe Raging Bull’s plan for a fourth and entirely new model line, which he hopes will be introduced by 2025, which is not that far away. If Automobili Lamborghini does go ahead and put these plans into action within the next six years, then the brands all new four-seater grand tourer will join Lamborghini’s current model range which includes the relatively new Lamborghini Urus SUV, the V10 flagship Lamborghini Huracán Evo and the range topping V12 powered Lamborghini Aventador S, which is believed to be replaced by Lamborghini in the coming years.
Still speaking to UK based motoring publication AutoCar, Stefano Domenicali stated that the all new fourth model would indeed be “a grand tourer” with a 2+2 seating configuration and he went on to say that it “is something we are working on already.” At this point I am pretty sure that Lamborghini purists are not happy about the possibility of a four-seater, grand tourersporting the famous raging bull logo, but if you know your Lamborghini’s of yesteryear then you will know that AutomobiliLamborghini have produced their fair share of four-seatermodels in the past which includes one of the company’s very early automobiles, the Lamborghini 400GT.
The Lamborghini 400GT was not the only four-seater Lambo, as in the 1960’s Automobile Lamborghini gifted us with the Islero, while in the 1970’s the Lamborghini Uracco, Lamborghini Espada and Lamborghini Jarama also featured a 2+2 seating configuration. However, Lamborghini didn’t give up on the 2+2 layout as in 1986 the Raging Bull gifted the automotive universe with their very first off-road vehicle, the LM002 which also happened to feature a 2+2 seating configuration and is the predecessor to the Lamborghini Urus, the company’s very first SUV.
If we go back a few years to 2008, Automobili Lamborghini showcased a rather good looking four-door, 2+2 seater sedan known as the Estoque. Unfortunately the Lamborghini Estoquewas a concept car and it never ever saw the light of day, despite coming very close to making production. The Lamborghini Estoque still looks absolutely fantastic even by today’s standards, and if Lamborghini had to base their upcoming four-seater, grand tourer on the Estoque, it would give the Raging Bull an excellent vehicle to rival the likes of Aston Martin’s Rapide and Porsche’s Panamera.
However, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali has not mentioned if Lamborghini’s upcoming four-seat, grand tourerwill be a four-door sedan or a two-door, four-seater like the Lamborghini Espada of the 1970’s or the more modern Ferrari GTC4 Lusso, so I am not really sure what to expect from this new model. As expected, details regarding this all new model are still very scarce at this time, and there is no word regarding the vehicle’s official name or powertrain at this time. However this got me thinking, as Automobili Lamborghini are owned by the Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) who also happens to own Porsche, could Lamborghini’s upcoming four-seater grand tourerbe closely related to or even based on the Porsche Panamera, therefore featuring a hybrid powertrain like the range topping Porsche Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid?
However, according to Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicalithis new four-seat, grand tourer will not happen unless Automobili Lamborghini manages to sell 8,000 vehicles per year. “If we are able to stabilize volumes over the next few years, we can manage a fourth model,” said Domenicali. “But we are not strong or stable enough to invest in a fourth model right now.” Of course we will just have to wait and see what Automobili Lamborghini has in store for us. However, with the help of the Lamborghini Urus, I am pretty sure that AutomobiliLamborghini will be able to reach their sales target of 8,000 units per year, therefore making a four-seat, Lamborghini grand tourer a very real possibility.
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