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.
Described as “an extremely high performance TDI,” the use of this engine in this class of car would make the Estoque unique.
Although the Estoque is officially described as a styling concept, the high level of engineering that has gone into creating the car left few in Paris in any doubt about how serious Lamborghini is taking its latest project.