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More Evidence Of Lamborghini Sedan Straight From Winkelmann

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On: Fri, May 27, 2011 at 4:39PM | By: Chris Weiss

More Evidence Of Lamborghini Sedan Straight From Winkelmann

Lamborghini should really just end the charade already. It's becoming pretty obvious that the Bull is building a sedan. Reports of the likelihood of a Lambo four-door have been getting stronger and stronger since last year. And those reports aren't originating from "insiders" or "those familiar with the matter," they're coming straight from Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. Just admit it already: you're building a sedan.

The latest inkling: Winkelmann recently said at the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit that Lamborghini will launch a third car and that it will be an "every day" model.

Specifically, Winkelmann said: "We are going to have a third model. It has to be an every day car. We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis."

That seems pretty cut and dry. An "every day" model certainly isn't a hardcore off-roader like the LM002, which was rumored to be Lambo's third vehicle last summer. No, it's much more likely a sedan based on the 2008 Estoque concept. I suppose it could be a combination of the two—a four-door crossover that borrows underpinnings from the Porsche Panamera, but considering that Winkelmann said last fall, "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," there doesn't seem to be much room for debate. It's a sedan.

Also lending support to the imminence of a Lambo sedan is the rumor about an Audi A9 flagship that resurfaced over the past few days. If real, the A9 is likely to share its platform with the Lamborghini sedan.

Lamborghini expects the luxury sports car market to reach peak levels by 2013 or 2014, thanks largely to growing markets in countries like China and Russia, and wants to position itself better to capitalize on that market. Winkelmann had previously indicated that a sedan would be a good vehicle for introducing new customers to the Lamborghini brand, and it appears that's just what it's planning to use it for.

No word on when we might expect the Estoque-like sedan, but Lamborghini did indicate that it will need four years to develop a new car and get it on the road.


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