2010 Paris Auto Show Lamborghini Concept teaserEnlarge Photo
You've seen the teasers for Lamborghini's upcoming Paris concept car and read the manifesto, but as yet it's not clear if it's the Murcielago-replacing Jota or an unannounced pure concept car. Today, a report puts a new spin on what's coming to Paris.
The two cars, code-named LB715-5 and 83X, will be on display at Paris but will get an early preview for dealers next week. Digging into the names of the cars, we can derive a little about what they might be.
2010 Paris Auto Show Lamborghini Concept second teaserEnlarge Photo
The LB715-5 appears to follow Lamborghini's usual naming convention, though it does so with numbers that aren't at all intuitive. The LP670-4 SV, for example, indicates a 670-horsepower, all-wheel drive car. Does LB715-5 therefore mean a 715-horsepower car with five-wheel drive? Almost certainly not. But it might indicate a 715-horsepower, all-wheel drive car--with a hybrid system, adding a one to what would otherwise be -4. This is the car that's expected as the Jota. Power could be as high as 825 horsepower, however, according to 0-60 Magazine.
As for the 83X, it's clear that this is a name reserved for a concept--and experimental car. This is not likely to directly preview any production vehicle, but rather be a testbed for new technology. Expect radical design, some aggressive moves on powertrain, and a burning desire to see it actually built.
We'll keep you posted as the Paris show draws nearer, but whatever comes, we'll be in Paris with cameras at the ready.