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2012 Lamborghini Estoque – A Four-Door Bull

After years of casting around for a third model, Lamborghini has settled on what Manfred Fitzgerald, head of brand and design, rather presumptively calls “the world’s first supersedan.” The dramatic Estoque, revealed in concept form at the Paris auto show, isn’t called a four-door coupe by its makers, but it certainly would travel in the extrawide tire tracks of cars like the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide, both of which it would follow to market, in 2012.

Quest for the third leg
“The [exotic car] business is quite volatile,” allows Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “So three legs are invariably better to stand on than two. That’s why we have been thinking for several years about a third model to complement the Murciélago and the Gallardo.”

Lamborghini bosses evaluated options ranging from a Miura successor (remember the 2006 design exercise?) to an LM002 reincarnation to a front-engine GT.

“The SUV fell through because that wave has passed. We also dismissed the front-engine sports car because the segment is, on a global basis, deceptively small,” says Winkelmann.

“In the end, we decided on the four-door supersportwagen. Despite its unconventional architecture, it perfectly matches our key brand values, and research tells us that it will work in all markets – especially in Asia and Russia, which will soon account for one-third of our total sales volume. Perhaps most important, it addresses a very wide customer base, from sports car aficionados with families to style-conscious businessmen with full-time chauffeurs. To satisfy these clients, who are used to the space, comfort, and convenience of a full-size luxury sedan, we created a generously roomy car free of head- and legroom compromises.”

“Entry and egress will be effortless,” promises Mauricio Reggiani, who is in charge of the technical department. “The big doors open wide, the seats are cushy yet supportive, there is plenty of legroom, and once you’ve made yourself comfortable, the low roof is never an issue. Although visibility is excellent, the first thing you’ll notice from inside is the high beltline, which provides a charming cocoon effect.”

Mechanically, the front-engine Estoque is unlike either of Lamborghini’s current offerings, both of which are mid-engine two-seaters. The Estoque is loosely based on the ASF (Audi aluminum spaceframe) platform shared with the next Audi A8 and Bentley Continental families. For production, an ASF architecture is bound to be the most practical choice in terms of investment, weight savings, and commonality.

A front-mounted engine is a given, and odds favor a twin-turbo V-8. To be on the safe side, the engine bay is just big enough to house Lamborghini’s V-10, but that thirsty and expensive engine is more appropriate for a hard-core sports car. The show car’s V-8 is derived from the V-10, but for production, Lamborghini is more likely to modify the next A8′s new 4.0-liter, direct-injection twin-turbo V-8. Rated at about 420 hp and 400 lb-ft in A8 guise, it would probably get a power and torque boost to 500 hp and 480 lb-ft (although that would still put it behind the 620-hp, Lambo-sourced V-10 in Audi’s next S8).

A transaxle would be nice but is difficult to accomplish with four-wheel drive. “Even with the transmission bolted to the engine, we think we can achieve a well-balanced, 55/45 percent weight distribution,” states Reggiani. “Instead of the fixed torque split preferred by Audi, I would vote for an active, electronically controlled on-demand system that is even more responsive and progressive.”

As for brakes, why look any further than the industry’s largest-diameter rotors, which Bentley currently installs on the Continental GT? The Estoque almost certainly will get the same setup, with optional carbon-ceramic discs, of course.

The A8/Bentley architecture also offers a control-arm air suspension, but Lamborghini prefers a more pure (and lighter) approach. “For the Estoque, a more straightforward coil-spring suspension tuned by means of Audi Magnetic Ride or a similar system might be a better solution,” says Reggiani.

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22 Responses to “2012 Lamborghini Estoque – A Four-Door Bull”

matthew lamoureux January 26th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

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Kim | Web Design April 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am

This is really a luxury family car indeed, whether this a car that I would choose I am not too sure for now, I just believe that a sports car should just be that.

antonio simon September 4th, 2009 at 10:42 am

that car is so cool

adrian September 10th, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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ashu November 18th, 2009 at 3:06 am

all are comming with the fore door sports car what is diffrent in this as rapide is supurbe in stability and pamera is very good in torque with light weight

jean luis nunez December 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

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Duncan February 15th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Estoque is the pick of the bunch in what seems to be the next big wave of four door supercars, Much nicer than the Panamera.

Tony londra July 20th, 2010 at 8:44 am

The car is hot and i like it lamborghini rules i love this car so much.

GABRIEL HARRIS September 12th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

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enkel October 18th, 2010 at 7:41 am

how much, and is very beautiful

khris December 1st, 2010 at 12:42 pm

FINALLY A FOUR DOOR… NICE

Antony December 9th, 2010 at 11:05 am

The car really looks Superb as well as it has got a great interiors.The power will also be amazing!!!!
I would love to drive a car such as that but never to own one,cant afford the way it dirnks petrol.

nick May 6th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

very nice i like the four door and it still looks good and sporty i love it i wish the lights in the back were a little different but otherwise very good looking car

Patrick Krueger August 19th, 2011 at 2:50 pm

How comfy is it? I think for a third car it would be a better idea make a car centered on handling instead of making a sedan and competing with Bentley and Rolls Royce along with Ferrari, Porsche, and Aston Marten.

rich man shit September 13th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

i bout to go get it right now gucci brrr

DEX April 11th, 2012 at 5:17 am

DIS CAR HAS DONE DE SLAUHTERING 2MI

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