When Lamborghini recently announced its decision not to use turbocharging in the immediate future, brand loyalists worldwide could be heard breathing a sigh of relief. But how would they feel about a Lamborghini SUV?
U.K.-based auto magazine Autocar pulled reports from Italian magazine Quattroruote that plans of a Lamborghini SUV are very much alive within the automaker’s confines in Sant’Agata. It’s still unknown what stage of development the SUV is currently in, but apparently Lambo will have something ready to unveil, most likely in concept form, at the Beijing auto show this April. Autocar contacted a Lamborghini spokesperson who neither confirmed nor denied the SUV by saying the reports are just “speculation.”
“There is a lot of speculation about what it will be,” the spokesperson said about a model launch at the Beijing show. “As there are no plans to build the Estoque saloon, people are speculating that there will be an SUV – but nothing is confirmed.”
While some may lament the idea of a four-wheelin’, high-ridin’ Lambo, it’s a necessary step if the supercar maker wants to increase market share and profits (sound familiar?). Building the SUV shouldn’t be too difficult, since Lamborghini could simply pull a platform and a number of powertrain choices from its parent company the Volkswagen Group. We first heard about the rumored SUV last summer, when sources within the VW Group stated the Lambo SUV will likely be based on the Porsche Cayenne platform with styling cues from the V-12-equipped Aventador.
To make the SUV more attainable and a bit less insane than the 691-hp Aventador, it will likely be powered by a detuned version of the Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine, which still puts out more than 500 hp, depending on the variant. For the alternative-fuel folks, a hybrid powerplant could also make its way under the hood. Or would you rather see an Audi-sourced TDI engine? Perhaps we should take a step back and ask, should they build this thing at all? Was the LM002 (shown in the images) a bad idea the first time around? Sound off below.