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From the article in Drive....

The Estoque is a car with a look of great strength and presence – helped by a wedge shaped front-end, taut lines and bold rear haunches that house giant 23-inch rear wheels shod with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires.

Be glad you aren't a tyre-fitter in 2012.... :o


LMAO - the car for someone missing 4 inches...



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Um, on each side by the look of Lamborghini's press photos. :D


You believe the press?  :p



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towbar anyone?
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Well, well, well.  :)

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Estoque, the four-door Lamborghini concept we first saw at the Paris Motor Show, is headed for production in 2011 where its price tag will come in at less than £150,000. More than this, Estoque should offer a number of engine options including diesel.

When Autocar spoke to Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani, he said Estoque is a unique platform from Lamborghini, contrary to earlier speculation that it will share its underpinnings with the Audi A8. . "If," he said, "you consider the length of the wheelbase and the size of the wheels (the Estoque concept boasts 23 inch rims at the rear), this could not be an A8 floorplan."

What it will be though is a car notched above Porsche's upcoming Panamera and the Audi A7, good for a 500bhp-plus, 450lb ft of torque engine, probably the same 5.2-litre V10 currently working its socks off in other Lambo models. Lower down V8s are to be found, alongside a super diesel and possibly even a, hybrid. Lamborghini, like other motor brands, is under tremendous stress to reduce CO2 emissions and therefore takes the engine choice quite seriously, considering its heritage.

"We will never offer our super-sports cars with diesel engines," Reggiani said, "and we will never resort to turbocharging for those cars either; to do either would betray our heritage and customers, and for Murcielago and Gallardo we can make the savings in other ways.

"But the opportunity is there to develop a turbocharged, maybe even a diesel engine for Estoque, and since the car could be well-priced and could sell in quite large numbers for us, it's a big chance for us. No Lamborghini will ever emit 120g/km, but still we have to improve our figures and make progress."




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The bit about "...we will never resort to turbocharging ... would betray our heritage..." !

I'm a pretty keen Lamborghini guy, but I never knew forced induction would be against their "heritage"... :confused:

To forsake a technology for historical reasons is plain stupidity - out of all the technologies they've taken on such as AWD, TCS, ABS, stability control, launch control, and all the other crap they have in modern Lambos...  It's just retarded that the ONE thing they're going to make a stand against is something which they are founded on - brute power.

Surely they've seen the awesome results of the twin-turbo Gallardos getting around now, these cars are reliably (over many thousands of miles) putting down 6-700hp at the wheels with what are in relative terms such minor modifications.  I think Lamborghini is stupid to not embrace this idea.



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Cut and thrust

THE Estoque is named after the sword a matador uses to deliver the coup de grace.

You've probably seen one of those Hummers which has been converted into a stretched limousine. It has all the ambience of a bus stop but you can tell it's meant to be a limo because it's longer than a taxi queue on New Year's Eve.

In reality, the Hummer is to elegant transport what a Rolls-Royce is to army logistics. There was a similar paradox on the Lamborghini stand at the recent Paris motor show. Its centrepiece, the Estoque, is almost as surprising as a Hummer with disco lights: it's a Lamborghini sedan. At first it appears to be nothing more than an XXL supercar but you realise it's meant to be a sedan because it has two more doors than other Lambos – and a boot.

The dramatic shape of the Estoque further explores Lamborghini's affection for fighter aircraft themes, highlighted by the recent Reventon special editions of the Murcielago. But this car goes further. With its pointy nose and huge air intakes, it wouldn't look out of place on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.

Aviation obviously isn't part of the Estoque's repertoire but the promise of air-scything performance is written in every crease and curve.

Under the bonnet will be one of the brand's awesome V10 engines or a new turbocharged V8. The company leaves the hood open for other possibilities too, such as a hybrid petrol-electric or even a monster diesel.

The Volkswagen group, to which Lamborghini belongs, already has some leviathan oil burners in its armoury and their potential has been explored by sibling brand Audi in the Le Mans race series, which it's been winning regularly...

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/business/story/0,28124,24749810-5018056,00.html



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Lamborghini Estoque canned

Lamborghini has shelved plans to produce the dramatic Estoque four-door supercar that was unveiled at last autumn’s Paris motor show.

Maurizio Reggiani, the firm’s head of research and development, said the Estoque has been put on ice for the time being. "The timing and market conditions are just not right for an additional model line," he explained.

The Estoque was a four-door, four-seat concept with a front/mid-engined layout and permanent four-wheel drive.

Lamborghini had only committed limited feasibility funding to the Estoque project. This means the car's development was at an early enough stage for the firm to halt the project without a severe financial penalty.

The move is the first concrete evidence of Lamborghini's serious rethink of its future strategy. At Paris Lamborghini said the Estoque could be powered by a V10, a turbocharged V8, a hybrid V8 or even a high-performance diesel engine.

However, company sources say the Italian car maker's back-to-basics strategy will make dramatic weight saving a priority for future models, as well as possibly dropping turbocharging plans in favour of high-revving normally aspirated powerplants.

Reggiani is resisting pressure from a number of areas to introduce a DSG double-clutch transmission and says manual ’boxes could also be dropped.

He argues that Lambo's current e-gear transmission (which is a conventional six-speed manual gearbox with an electro-mechanical shift mechanism) offers "the best combination of weight saving and mechanical interaction".

Reggiani regards the typical DSG transmission as "too smooth" and lacking in the "sense of occasion and drama" that a Lamborghini owner wants. However, he says the next iteration of e-gear will be "really surprising".

In the short term, though, sources indicate that there will be a Superleggera version of the Gallardo LP560-4.

http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/238871/



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Can't say I'm suprised...
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