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Lamborghini Estoque Super Sedan Revealed

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Earlier this month Lamborghini surprised the automotive world by announcing plans to unveil a brand new concept at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Following that announcement was the release of a number of teaser shots and ample speculation hinting at what the new model could be. The car's Paris debut revealed a super-sedan that smashes the Lamborghini archetype. Now new photos show glimpses of the interior and several more live angles that indicate how close to production Lamborghini may really be with the Estoque.

The new photos reveal a cockpit that's simultaneously exotic and realistic, replete with navigation screen, switchgear and double-stitched leather. Control stalks on the steering column are functional-looking and well labeled, indicating they are intended to be used. The steering wheel even features the typical built-in controls and design you'd expect of a production vehicle, rather than the mono-spoked U-shaped oddities that often adorn pure concepts.

The production-ready appearance makes sense, since the Estoque concept vehicle is expected to preview a production vehicle that will be essentially identical, though Lamborghini insists it hasn't yet decided which car will fill the third slot in its lineup. Other models are apparently being considered, though they have not yet been revealed.

If it is chosen for production, the new saloon will go up against premium four-doors currently being developed by the likes of Aston Martin and Porsche, and is expected to be first revealed in final trim late next year or in early 2010. It would not go into production until at least four years from its approval date, meaning very late 2012 at the earliest. Sales volumes of the model are projected to reach 2,000 to 3,000 cars annually - about the total volume of all Lamborghini sales in 2007. Pricing is expected to fall into the $200,000 range alongside the Gallardo LP560-4 coupe, reports Automotive News. The ultimate decision on production will come down to profitability, however. "If it's a feasible dream but an economic disaster, we cannot propose it," said CEO Stephan Winkelmann.

The new concept car measures 5.15m in length and is distinguished by its low profile, Reventon style front bumper and tail-lights, vented bonnet and LED elements. Under the front hood - unusual for a Lamborghini - sits the 560hp 5.2L V10 engine from the Gallardo LP560-4, however, Lamborghini has revealed that the future production model could feature anything from a V12 TDI to a V8 hybrid, sourced from parent VW Group. The gearbox is also in a non-traditional Lamborghini location: behind the front axle. In effect, the entire drivetrain of the Estoque is reversed from its traditional mid-rear engine layout, but the company insists that it is nevertheless equally balanced.

Inside, the car features four individual seats and extensive use of Nappa leather. For the driver, a large LCD screen displays a wide range of information, including navigation and vehicle information. The display can be configured to present the information in a variety of formats, including classical circular gauges or modern computer-inspired readouts. Practicality may not be precisely synonymous with the Lamborghini name, to put it mildly, but the Estoque could change that perception with a spacious trunk large enough to hold 'several golf bags' or articles of luggage. Together with its sporting demeanor, relaxed ride and four-seat passenger space, the Estoque could actually be a very useful vehicle.

Inside sources have revealed that the Estoque concept is almost ready for production, and will likely feature a smaller engine than the current 5.0L V10 powering the Gallardo, with drive sent to all four wheels. Its platform will likely be an all-aluminum design shared with the next-generation Audi A8 but there will be enough unique features to ensure the Lamborghini remains a performance thoroughbred. Using such lightweight materials will also help the company shave its emissions by 40% over the next 7 years, it hopes, and will make the Estoque the lightest AWD super-sedan available.

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Comments (24)
  1. Well, it's interesting!
    I pretty much love everything about it except I think the treatment below the headlights is a little too much "scoops and wings" if you know what I mean.
    Very Lamborghini, though! Definitely a style you could recognize from a long way off.
     
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  2. Well, no ones gonna think it's anything but a Lamborghini, it's definitely original and wild.

    Only complaint I can come up with is the section between the front air scoops. It cuts in a bit too fast. But besides that this thing looks incredible.
     
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  3. Picture a fat kid kicking and screaming after his mom tells him no more ice cream.

    Thats how bad I want this car!
     
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  4. Read through the article more closely, a diesel or hybrid Lamborghini? Diesel, I don't know, but a freaking hybrid!!! That's about as un-Lamborghini as it gets, unless of course they mean a twin turbo V12 nitroglycerin-gasoline powered hybrid! But no seriously, the day Lamborghini gives in an makes a hybrid will be a sad day in Sant' Agata Bolognese.
     
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  5. The rear looks suspiciously reminiscient of the Dodge Charger concept from the late '90s. It definitely looks better than the Panamera, but for the money I'd still take the Rapide.
     
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  6. I was sceptical at first about a 4 door Lambo, but damn this is gorgeous.
     
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  7. This is disgusting! What is happening to the supercar? As soon as Ferrari starts building four door hybrids, I'm done. Porsche sold out a long time ago, but I never expected it from Lambo. I mean, come on, Lamborghini created the supercar and now they are going to work at destroying it. Thanks a lot for nothing Lamborghini!
     
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  8. I don't know what you all see in this car but I see nothing. Rear looks cool, side view is ok, front looks fairly awkward. I'm no fan of the Panamera at all but that looks better than this. Lambo makes some visually stunning cars, this is not one of them. I think a 4 door that took styling from the 400GT would have been better.
     
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  9. honestly, the headlight is too small for this car and the back is just ugly. looks a bit Maserati style, the body lines are too soft for Lambo. not really a good looking car.
     
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  10. If Lambo's did'nt look like Stevie Wonders first origami project no one would buy them.

    The fact that this car shocks is all its going to take to sell 3000. Also dont expect to be sitting in the back listening to your I-pod either, unless your idea of back ground music is hearing the destruction of dead dinosaurs!!
     
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  11. Yes, this is stunning, but I never thought I'd see the day when Lambo doors were not standard equipment. If Lamborghini really wants to make some serious sales numbers, they ought price this competitively with the upcoming California, playing up on the basic fact thats it a Lamborghini
    P.S.- I can only wonder how many owners will get a lambo doors conversion
     
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  12. I think the make or break with this car is reliability, i know owners of current lamborghinis and they have to be serviced more than they are on the road. and the above comment, the gallardo didnt have lamborghini doors, and WHY would they price it competitivly with the california it isnt even in competition with it, one is a roadster and one is sedan.
     
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  13. I did a little research on the name. Instead of being named after a bull fighter its named after a type of sword used by some bull figthers. One name that comes up the most is Pedro Romero of Ronda in Andalusia who was the best at this type of bull fighting. Apparently his career spanned twenty eights years and he killed some 5000 bulls. Thats 178 a year or 1 every other day of the 28 years he was fighting.

    What I find ironic is here is a guy who killed 5000 bulls for nothing more than sport so we name a car in his honor and plan on making it eco friendly? Funny stuff if you ask me....
     
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  14. The bulls are tastey after the sport
     
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  15. It will definitely sell all they can make.
    But yes, it is a bit of a sellout, still, sellouts don't go bankrupt and can build more supercars...
     
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  16. Gus is right, which is why Porsche builds the Cayenne
     
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  17. this is what i was hoping for it still has the lambo essence but it is tamed abit and that suits saloons alot better i like it alot better than the ferrari four door released the other day.
     
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  18. dude, that Ferrari 4 door car is a study project, from a student. but why u guys like this lambo so much? Lambo should always be a manly car, strong body lines. this one is so ***. looks like a small eyes *** bull. lol!
     
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  19. That interior is all a bit Darth Vadar to me. I want one and not because it looks good, it does'nt, but because of its shock value!!
     
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  20. Maybe Hayden Christiansen could be the spokesman for the car wheels
     
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  21. and james earl jones can be his voice
     
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  22. Interior looks a bit too "science fiction", compared to the excellent interior of the Murcielago, for example.
     
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  23. I need this car in my life it's amazing...I may have to start drug dealing to buy this bad boy
     
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  24. well in my point of view the older lambo are hessitatting to be bought because when u get married u will need a bigger car to serve you because of the space but the estoque is a perfect car that could be a familly car because of its space comfort and secure and could be a speed car because of its power and acceleration and also a buissnes car because of its elegence and its modern , the car is cheap according to a lambo cars so 4 me its a unmistakable complete car
     
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