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Lamborghini Considering First-Ever Sedan

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On: Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:25AM | By: Chris Weiss

Lamborghini Considering First-Ever Sedan

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann recently gave credence to a possible Lamborghini sedan in an interview with Bloomberg. Winkelmann's statement lends some credibility to the idea that Lamborghini might build a production four-door based on the Estoque concept of the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The sedan would compete with other high-end performance four-doors like the Aston Martin Rapide, Maserati Quattroporte, and Volkswagen AG stablemate Porsche Panamera.

Winkelmann pointed to the possibility of a four-door concisely in an interview at Lamborghini's headquarters in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy, stating: “A third model would fit Lamborghini very well. A four-door car would be a very feasible approach.”

According to Bloomberg's report, Lamborghini has not yet made a final decision on the four-door and it will need to make sense in terms of boosting sagging sales.

The indication of a possible sedan comes at a time when Lamborghini is also considering expanding in other directions. A recent Car and Driver report stated that Lamborghini is considering the possibility of re-entering a couple of market segments it abandoned decades ago. The subjects of that report were a possible hardcore SUV in the vein of the LM002 of the late-80s and early 90s and an entry-level model like the Uracco, Jalpa and Silhouette of the 70s and 80s.

Unlike the other rumored Lambos, a sedan is brand new territory for the Raging Bull. While the Espada of the 1970s had four seats, it kept the two-door profile of other Lamborghinis. The closest Lamborghini has come to a sedan is in the Estoque concept presented at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. That model, which translates to sword in Spanish, featured a long wheelbase and low profile, providing the utility of four doors with the immistakable sleek looks of a Lamborghini. At the time, Lamborghini said of the concept: "The Lamborghini Estoque is an entirely new interpretation of the Sant' Agata design ethic. It is a concept that provides a clear indication of the future. This applies to the new, elegant self-confidence of the lines themselves, but even more to the concept of the vehicle."

While Lamborghini didn't offer a specific powertrain for the Estoque, it indicated that the platform could include a number of alternatives including the 560-hp 5.0-liter V10 from the Gallardo LP560-4, a turbocharged V8, and a high-performance TDI.

Previous rumors indicated that the Estoque concept was due for a 2011 release, but last year, Lamborghini shelved Estoque development due to the sluggish economy.

A potential new Lamborghini comes at a time when high-end luxury auto sales are expected to turn around. After a sharp, 39 percent decline last year, sales for cars priced between $200K and $400K are expected to increase by a robust 70 percent, according to numbers by IHS Automotive. Similarly, cars priced over $400,000 are expected to enjoy a 19 percent boost.

Despite the overall market rebound, Lamborghini has still struggled. Sales have dropped 18 percent during the first half of this year, according to Bloomberg.

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