Lamborghini is giving a huge hint towards an up-market 200mph four-wheel drive performance saloon with its bold Paris motor show star, the Estoque. And it could even be powered by a diesel.
Wrapped in a dramatically styled aluminium composite body, the Estoque is an Aston Martin Rapide-rivalling front-engined four-door that has been conceived to extend Lamborghini’s current two model line-up. The Italian car maker’s charismatic boss, Stephan Winkelmann, suggested the Estoque could double existing sales to almost 5000 per year and provide a huge boost in profits.
The Paris show car is powered by the Gallardo LP560/4’s highly--strung 5.2-litre V10, delivering 560bhp and 398lb ft of torque, mated to a six-speed robotised manual gearbox. Other engines are planned for the car, including a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 that is under development at Lamborghini, which could form part of a petrol electric hybrid powertrain for the car.
But it’s the possibility of a diesel that’s most intriguing. Lamborghini sources hinted that an oil burner is under consideration for the Estoque, most likely to be a uniquely tuned version of Audi’s 4.2-litre V8 common-rail turbodiesel.