Flash back to 1986: Italian auto maker Lamborghini builds a modern-day “Rambo-Lambo.” Flash forward to today: this time around they want to join forces with fellow Volkswagen Group member Porsche. With the new collaboration, Lamborghini intends to build a successor to the LM002 as well as its first four-door sedan to help it grow globally, according to Auto Express.
Lamborghini may use the next-generation Porsche Cayenne SUV platform for a modern LM002 and might also use the next-generation Panamera platform to underpin a production version of the four-door Estoque, first shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
Platform sharing helps save developmental costs, but “senior sources at the VW Group insist that this process won’t dilute the brands,” according to Auto Express. “There are significant synergies which benefit everybody, but Lamborghini’s V12 supercars will always be protected, and done in house. That’s sacrosanct.”
The new Lamborghini SUV would most likely use in-house V-12 power -- much like its LM002 forbearer.
In an apparent stab at Lamborghini nemesis Ferrari, one of Auto Express’s sources said that “Ferrari can’t follow into this market, because it has no links to SUVs at all,” and went on to say, “Lamborghini is entirely credible as an SUV maker, but it can’t do it alone. And as Porsche has shown it already knows how to do it, it makes sense to work together.”
Source: Auto Express