Lamborghini to show front-engined V12

Lamborghini has confirmed that it’ll be bringing a groundbreaking new car along to Geneva – and it looks like it’ll be something with a front-mounted V12. Company chairman Stephan Winkelmann confirmed to Autocar yesterday that they’ll be revealing ‘something truly extraordinary’ – but apparently, it won’t be based around the Aventador’s mid-engined chassis.

Aventador won't donate its oily bits
Aventador won't donate its oily bits
Instead, the new car will receive entirely new underpinnings, which suggests that it’s likely to be front- or front-mid engined. But what form it’ll take other than that is subject to debate. With the recent arrival of the Ferrari F12, there’s plenty of reason to consider Lambo will be testing reaction to a rival in the big GT market. However, Winkelmann’s comments in 2010 about the stillborn Estoque indicate that Lamborghini still has an eye on the big four-door market, too.

That said, with the same breath as his support for an Estoque-type car, Winkelmann also suggested that an SUV would be a no-go for Lamborghini.  There was obviously something of a change in thinking between then and 2012, then, when Dan caught up with him and discovered that the Urus had become the company’s biggest priority. By then, it seems, a sedan was out of the picture – the question is, does it remain so?

Urus will be first priority for production
Urus will be first priority for production
We’ll have to wait to find out. But it should be pointed out that Lamborghini is stressing no production plan for this new reveal – rather, this will be a concept that’ll test public reaction to a front-engined Lambo. It’s the Urus which Lamborghini is hoping to produce first – and while no green light has been given as yet, Winkelmann says that ‘everyone at Lamborghini wants [it] to happen’.

[Source: Autocar]

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  • dinkel 19 Feb 2013

    Rear view is pretty good . . .

  • Leebo310 19 Feb 2013

    dinkel said:
    I found this snap of BossCerbera's 12 POT at 2009 GW brekkie - on the Wikipedia page:

    My review on the 4-seater Lambo here.:

    12 POT at Spa 2011:

    Next to my humble Giugiaro fridge.
    I imagine parking this thing would be challenging to say the least... smile

  • PascalBuyens 19 Feb 2013

    Evo said:
    PascalBuyens said:
    Evo said:
    Can people not read......ESPADA, obviously too young lol
    Too young for the Espada, and all Lambo's prior to 1973 (which is when I was born), yes. Countach and LM-002 were the first ones to get my interest...
    I was born in 1974, keep up at the back of the class hehe
    My point is that I only started to be interested in Lambo's because of the Countach (never liked Porsches and any other Italian car brand). My first encounter with a Countach was me driving home from school (1991) at 140kph in a Renault 11. Saw someone flashing his lights in the rear view mirror, car size being about half an inch. Two seconds later again flashing, car almost in the back of the 11. I quickly moved over, to see a white Countach, with the huge spoiler on the back fly by and disappear in the distance. Enough to get home and start looking at Countaches, read into the LM-002 and start to appreciate the Miura (which would definitely take a place in my dream garage now).

    Some other cars I'd like to put in there, besides the ones I already have: '69 Charger, Tucker torpedo, and a Bugatti Atlantique Type 57. Oh, but wait... they're older than me... LOL

  • dinkel 15 Feb 2013

    I found this snap of BossCerbera's 12 POT at 2009 GW brekkie - on the Wikipedia page:

    My review on the 4-seater Lambo here.:

    12 POT at Spa 2011:

    Next to my humble Giugiaro fridge.

  • Amirhussain 15 Feb 2013

    Robb F said:
    Amirhussain said:
    Robb F said:
    Shambler said:
    I Have a mate who works for Lambo, apparently its a V13 front wheel drive pick up truck with 100% power going to the left hand wheel.
    I call bullst.
    Right back at you there fella wink

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