Along with the Huracan, Aventador and Urus in the program, Lamborghini has three product lines. A fourth is on the way, although it will be at least 2027 before we see the prototype. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann now tells Autovisie more about what we can expect.
It is known that the fourth product line will be a fully electric model. It will be Lamborghini’s first electric car. It will be released before the successor of the Urus, which will also be placed on the electro platform. It is not yet known which platform the two models will use, says Winkelmann. The parent company Volkswagen Group is developing a completely new architecture. It is clear that the Italians are benefiting from developments elsewhere in the group. Winkelmann does not indicate whether the fourth product line and the Urus successor will share the bottom, but that is more than logical.
Long nose, high ground clearance, low roof
The fourth model line will be the GT, but one of the new concepts. We know that Winkelmann is a fan of GT, albeit as a rival. He sees great potential in this new car concept for Lamborghini. In his mind, GT has been around for years. He draws with a long nose, greater ground clearance and a higher roof, although it is lower than that of an SUV. For a long time he hesitated between two and four doors, but the choice has now been made. It will be a two-door GT. “The two-door GT fits perfectly into Lamborghini’s plan, because Ferruccio Lamborghini started with GT cars in the 1960s. I think this is the right example. A two-door GT with a 2+2 seating arrangement”.
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Stephan Winkelmann already had such an example suggested to Bugatti, when he was the CEO there. He even had a few study models built, also with fully electric trains. Back then, that was around 2019, Winkelmann was still hesitating between a two-door and a four-door body. Yes, electricity did not manifest itself. Different power tools were looked at, with one option being electric only. It is unclear what Bugatti will do with it now. New owner Rimac-Bugatti is the first to bring a sports coupé based on the Chiron however. It is unlikely that the design drawings are now in Sant’Agata Bolognese in the office of Lamborghini’s head of design Mitja Borkert. Not only does the fourth product line have Italian DNA, the technical side of the GT crossover differs, which means a modification of the overall design. However, the concept remains the same.
It’s definitely not a sports sedan anymore
Winkelmann once commissioned the construction of the research model Estoque, an ugly four-door sports sedan. He himself was not behind the concept, as you can hear in an exclusive episode of Sjoerds Weetjes about the coming of the Urus. Winkelmann says that such a model is certainly not a good option today. “Estoque is a limousine. That was good at the time (2008) as an alternative to the Urus, but we realized after a while that the segment was declining. In addition, the number of the car is important and the limousine should bring you in a short and long wheelbase. Such a design looks good with a short wheelbase, but with an extended wheelbase… And Americans want an extra long wheelbase, just like in Asia. We rejected the idea of a sports sedan.”
From A to B
He continues: “I am convinced that the 2+2 GT is the perfect fit. It’s also a great concept for our first electric car. The body shape is not that of a super sports car where you only go from A to A, so you love to drive. It is more suitable for people who use the car every day, or who want more comfort, or who often drive with passengers. A car that takes you from A to B. Our customers have a variety of vehicles in their garages. The GT can then be used every day like a Lamborghini. Winkelmann also points out that the GT 2+2 is also more accepted as an electric car than, for example, a supercar.
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