Ever since Lamborghini rolled the four-door Estoque out at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, rumors about the car entering production have abounded. We initially had inside reports that the car was headed into production as a 2012 model, but later reports from Lamborghini suggested the car had been killed. Now we have the best indication yet that Lamborghini's Estoque is headed into production.
"We have opportunities outside the supercar business, and we showed that with the Estoque," Stefan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini, told Britain's Autocar. "It had a more enthusiastic response than we had expected. It was the right time to see if the brand could go outside of supercars. Even now, people are still emailing me about us making the Estoque."
Earlier reports had suggested Lamborghini killed the idea of producing the Estoque in favor of building a spiritual successor to the LM002 SUV -- what would have been a super-luxury SUV. Winkelmann confirmed Lamborghini was indeed investigating an SUV, but said he wasn't a fan of the über-SUV.
"We really have a choice when it comes to an additional model: an SUV or a four-seat, four-door," Winkelmann said. "And for me, the SUV is a no-go. It doesn't even exist in our price segment and it's not a real luxury car.
"There are more opportunities in the segment of four-doors. If we are going to offer a third model, it could be a first car, bringing people to our brand."
One reason for Lamborghini's decision to move ahead with the sedan rather than an SUV is clients in Asia. Those clients, particularly in China where a long-wheelbase anything sells, are fond of four-door luxury sedans. "Research tells us it will work in all markets -- especially Asia and Russia, which will soon account for one-third of our total sales volume," Winkelmann told us.
While we have to say we like the idea of a production Estoque as the car truly looked like a Lamborghini and think it would be great to see the 700-horsepower V-12 destined for the Murcièlago replacement makes its way under the hood of the car to create a true super sedan, it's not a logical choice. Inside reports indicate that the engine would likely be a 500-horsepower version of Audi/Bentley's forthcoming 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8. Transmission choices are uncertain, but it would of course be coupled to an all-wheel-drive system.
These are the best indications yet that Lamborghini does indeed plan on joining Aston Martin and Porsche in building a four-door sedan. Luckily, Lamborghini's styling department has at least done it right with the concept car. Let's hope that if and when the car sees the light of day, the styling isn't toned down. What do you think? Should Lamborghini green-light the Estoque?