First teaser sketch of Lamborghini's dramatic new SUV has been revealed ahead of the car's debut
20 April 2012

This is the first teaser sketch of Lamborghini's dramatically styled and luxuriously equipped SUV concept that previews its long-touted third model line. The SUV concept is set to get its first public airing at the Beijing motor show next week.

The production version will go on to join the successor to today’s Gallardo and the recently introduced Aventador in what will be at least a three-strong Lamborghini line-up in 2016.

“I can’t comment in detail, but the speculation in the press is largely correct,” an Audi source said about previous reports outlining Lamborghini’s plans to gauge public response to an LM002 successor with an SUV concept.

Conceived as an upmarket rival for the likes of the Maserati Kubang and soon-to-be-confirmed Bentley SUV, the new Lamborghini is set to sell in small numbers — likely to be fewer than 1500 units a year — priced at upwards of £120,000. Prime markets for the performance-orientated four-wheel drive will be the US, the Middle East and China.

Nothing is official, but it is suggested that the 5000mm-long four-seater will have a retuned version of the Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine. A hybrid version is also envisaged. It is said to combine the standard V10 with an electric motor and a lithium ion battery pack.

Known by the internal codename LB736, the SUV is expected to share its underpinnings with the next-generation Audi Q7, which is also set to provide the basis for the new Bentley off-roader. This so-called MLB structure is already undergoing intensive development at Audi and will be subjected to a dramatic weight reduction programme. As a result, Lamborghini’s new SUV will come in at under 2000kg.

An unprecedented fourth model is still under consideration — a low-slung four-door saloon, previewed by the well received Estoque concept first seen at the 2008 Paris show. Our source said it “shouldn’t be ruled out as a further addition to the line-up, should studies reveal there is a market for such a car”.

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3 February 2012

Based on the fact that Audi have officially said they won't be doing a turbo charged engine in the near future, can we safely assume this will be fitted with a stonking large capacity normally aspirated engine?

I hope this car is completely over the top in a typically lambo way (good that is, not tasteless). It needs to be if they are going to give themselves a USP differing from the likes of Bentley et al.

 

 

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3 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]

Based on the fact that Audi have officially said they won't be doing a turbo charged engine in the near future, can we safely assume this will be fitted with a stonking large capacity normally aspirated engine?

I hope this car is completely over the top in a typically lambo way (good that is, not tasteless). It needs to be if they are going to give themselves a USP differing from the likes of Bentley et al.

[/quote]

To be sure to make the business case work this will come off the Colorado platform (Toerag / Cayenne / Q7) as will any potential Bentley SUV. It will be an interesting beast looks wise as well!

3 February 2012

Oh dear - another brand extension disaster

3 February 2012

[quote MonacoNic]

Oh dear - another brand extension disaster

[/quote]

Congratulations MonacoNic, first post , and a direct hit!

3 February 2012

This to me is sad news. While there can be no doubt that an SUV may potentially bring in the crowds for many companies, there are some marques who should simply shy away and concentrate on maintaining the image and brand with core models which establishes a company, like Lamborghini. Ok, it made the LM years ago, but that wasn't quite a 4x4 in the X5 or Range Rover Sport mold. I still struggle to comprehend and accept the Porsche Cayenne at times!

If Lamborghini needed a 3rd model then either a California rivalling GT or the Estoque should be it. Neither would damage the brand.

3 February 2012

Is this to be inspired by the Lamborghini LM002 then?

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

3 February 2012

As a huge fan of the LM002 I have no problem with this. To those that say it will weaken the brand, well history is littered with manufactures that never adapted and are no longer with us. A brand is a living thing and moves with the times.

Porsche would be a much weaker manufacture without the Cayenne. I can imagine those who thought Land Rover were wrong to launch the Range Rover and should have instead stayed with the core model. Land Rover would be long gone by now. For me this SUV should be large, powerful, over the top, hard to justify, not very relevant, just like the Aventador. Then I’ll want one, and sod the justification.

3 February 2012

[quote MonacoNic]

Oh dear - another brand extension disaster

[/quote]

+1

I love Lamborginis, and if i had the money i would own one, however an SUV? is just not lambo for me

3 February 2012

An SUV seems like the lazy option. 4-door could look utterly fantastic. Maybe they are thinking that the Aston Martin Rapide hasn't been the success it should have been and got scared.

4 February 2012

[quote mike2634]

As a huge fan of the LM002 I have no problem with this. To those that say it will weaken the brand, well history is littered with manufactures that never adapted and are no longer with us. A brand is a living thing and moves with the times.

Porsche would be a much weaker manufacture without the Cayenne. I can imagine those who thought Land Rover were wrong to launch the Range Rover and should have instead stayed with the core model. Land Rover would be long gone by now. For me this SUV should be large, powerful, over the top, hard to justify, not very relevant, just like the Aventador. Then I’ll want one, and sod the justification.

[/quote]With you entirely on this one mike2634. Business's cannot stand still, they have to evolve, change, transform, just as you point out. Those that fail to mostly fold. As long as it has Lambo DNA running through it, bring it on!

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