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Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All

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On: Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 10:45AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Sedan May Make It to Production After All

There's no roller coaster quite like the high-end supercar market. And we're not talking the Formula Rossa at the newly opened Ferrari World. We're talking supercar rumors, speculation, and executive sound bites. It seems that as soon as one report on a speculated model is gaining steam, a new one comes out that totally negates it.

In this case, the latest report that Lamborghini would still like to build a four-door sports car ala the Estoque concept negates a report that such a car was stomped by the flared-nostriled Bull. It seems that CEO Stephan Winkelmann (kind of an important voice over there in Sant'Agata Bolognese) would like Lamborghini to pursue the model.

Reports of a third Lamborghini have been surfacing for months. Winkelmann himself was quoted by Bloomberg as stating: "A third model would fit Lamborghini very well. A four-door car would be a very feasible approach."

A few weeks before that admission, Car and Driver reported that Lamborghini had shelved any potential four-seater, including a production four-door based on the Estoque. So, it was pretty unclear what if any future the Estoque had.

What seemed more clear throughout the fall is that Lamborghini was planning an SUV. Reports as recent as a month ago cited industry insiders in stating that Lamborghini was indeed working on an LM002 revival. Kind of. While the reports indicated an SUV, they didn't specify a big, burly, hardcore off-roader in the vein of the LM002. Instead, they pointed in the direction of a light-duty crossover with supercar styling and a Porsche Cajun platform (wtf?). That model was being called the LM00X.

But in a conversation with Autocar last week, Winkelmann cast major doubt on the SUV (crossing fingers, now). He told the British publication: "We really have a choice when it comes to an additional model: an SUV or a four-seat four-door. And for me the SUV is a no-go. It doesn’t exist in our price segment, and it’s not a real luxury car."

Sober words if I've ever heard them.

Winkelmann said that the Estoque, which was introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, received a better-than-expected response and makes sense as a third member of the Lamborghini family. He believes the car would open the Raging Bull badge up to a new type of buyer, the type looking for a better combination of sporty performance and practicality, a kind of buyer that Lamborghini won't be reaching with the Jota or the Gallardo.

So, it's now looking like it will be sedan over SUV. At least for this short segment of the roller coaster.

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