Winkelmann says Lamborghini is unlikely to turn to turbocharging this decade but could in the future

Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann says the firm is unlikely to turn to turbocharging this decade – but has refused to rule out the switch in the longer term.

For the time being it will not happen,” said Winkelmann. “For this decade, I don’t see it happening in the super sport car business – although I would also caution against saying it could never happen.

“The future can take its own path when fuel regulations are involved. All I will say is that any development along those lines must be consistent with the DNA of Lamborghini.”

The next generation Gallardo, which Winkelmann will be launched “at least two years down the road”, is not expected to be feature a turbocharged engine when it’s launched.

However, sources at Audi, who are developing the sister R8, have suggested that car may get turbocharged engine options from midway through its lifespan, which would be towards the end of the decade.

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30 January 2012

[quote Autocar]For the time being it will not happen,” said Winkelmann. “For this decade, I don’t see it happening in the super sport car business [/quote]


No, the Bugatti Veyron is a shopping trolley, the MP4-12c a runaround, the McLaren F1 replacement a city car and the 911 GT2 RS was a practical two seater. None are super sport cars apparently.

Myk

30 January 2012

The Gallardo replacement is still 2 years away? That'll put the current car at 11 years old when it's replaced, if I'm not mistaken. Rather a long time in this market, with far more modern machinery as competitors (458 Italia, McLaren etc).

30 January 2012

[quote Myk] Rather a long time in this market, with far more modern machinery as competitors (458 Italia, McLaren etc[/quote]

Ah, but see, they're sports cars, not super sports cars. Rules are different for super sports cars.

Wish I could make up my own niche for my job, work to my own rules etc.

30 January 2012

I think they should be applauded for keeping it normally aspirated. In real terms it's not as if they or their customers really need to worry about fuel consumption or emissions.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

30 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]I think they should be applauded for keeping it normally aspirated.[/quote]

I completely agree. Let's face it, those who can afford a Lamborghini can easily afford the running costs. And there's so little of them about that it really doesn't make much of a difference to 'global warming' whatsoever. What's more, each Lamborghini will hardly cover any distance.

Myk

30 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

I think they should be applauded for keeping it normally aspirated. In real terms it's not as if they or their customers really need to worry about fuel consumption or emissions.

[/quote]

I'd be interested to see how the questions and answers were phrased. Has he definitely said "normally aspirated" or merely excluded turbo-charging? I seem to remember a rumour that the Gallardo replacement could be super-charged.

30 January 2012

The real news would be: next Lambo turbocharged! They never intended to use turbocharging and never made someone to doubt about.

But in this case, no news means great news!

30 January 2012

[quote JacobE]

[quote Autocar]For the time being it will not happen,” said Winkelmann. “For this decade, I don’t see it happening in the super sport car business [/quote]


No, the Bugatti Veyron is a shopping trolley, the MP4-12c a runaround, the McLaren F1 replacement a city car and the 911 GT2 RS was a practical two seater. None are super sport cars apparently.[/quote] You are right. The MP4 was much better in Rome'e traffic on Top Gear.

30 January 2012

Super sports car? When did Lamborghinis become 'super sports cars'? Very lumpy. And when did 'supercar' stop being good enough?

30 January 2012

It is all well and good Lambo saying no turbos for now but as their are owned by Audi they are not the masters of all their destiny.

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