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Lamborghini Working on a 50th-Anniversary Supercar

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On: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 10:54AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lamborghini Working on a 50th-Anniversary Supercar

Lamborghini has been very busy of late. Between getting its brand new flagship ready for primetime, retiring its former range-topping Murcielago, showing off its new direction with new concepts and new engines, and continuing to build its Gallardo line, the company has had its hands full. And this week, whispers of another upcoming project suggest that Lamborghini is even busier than we thought. The Bull's 50th anniversary is coming up in 2013, and it will reportedly release a special edition car in honor of itself. There's no official word as to what that car might be, but there are a few educated guesses.

The guess that we like the most is a production model of the Sesto Elemento concept that Lamborghini showed at the Paris Motor Show this past fall. Last month, Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann confirmed that Lamborghini is considering the potential of a limited production run of the Sesto. The model would be a track-only edition because making it street legal would require adding too much equipment (and weight) to the 2,200-lb. Lambo. Speculation is that Lamborghini may position the Sesto as its big 50th anniversary car, a move that seems like a fitting present for the world-renowned supercar maker that has it all.

In the past, Lamborghini recognized hallmark anniversaries with special-edition flagship models, like the 25th anniversary Countach, the 30th anniversary Diablo SE, and the 40th anniversary Murcielago. So a 50th anniversary Aventador LP700-4 is another possibility, perhaps a more likely possibility.

Lamborghini is also known to be considering a sedan modeled after the Estoque concept that it showed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Earlier this month, Winkelmann told Autocar: "A third model would fit Lamborghini very well. A four-door car would be a very feasible approach."

While we'd expect that Lamborghini would want an anniversary model to be a little closer to its heritage, the Bull has been undergoing a bit of an image makeover of late. The Sesto Elemento concept was designed largely as a way of showing off a new ethic of smaller, lighter, more efficient supercars. Entering a segment that the brand has never occupied would be another decisive step in creating the 'Lamborghini of the future'.

Whatever the specific model, expect to see it in 2013.


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