Press Release) Lamborghini Estoque – the Italian super sports
It is a Lamborghini like no other before it: a four-door sports car
that sticks resolutely to its creed. The Lamborghini Estoque concept
has everything that defines a Lamborghini: extreme, uncompromising
and unmistakably Italian, iIt brings a whole new versatility to the
brand’s DNA – with its four seats and ample luggage space, this
“everyday sports car” is a perfect fit for an equally versatile
Estoque is a study, a concept created specifically for the 2008
Salon d’Automobiles in Paris. From the very first glance there can
be no doubt that this is a Lamborghini – a car with compelling
presence, both unique and unmistakable. The long wheelbase, the low
profile, the broad track, the mighty, accentuated wheels, the clean
surfaces and razor-sharp definition – every single line breathes the
spirit of the Lamborghini brand.
A new and unique elegance
The Estoque is an
entirely new interpretation of the Sant’ Agata design ethic: it is a
concept that provides a clear indication of the future. This applies
to the new, elegant self-confidence of the lines themselves, but
even more to the concept of the vehicle. The Estoque is the first
sedan in the history of Automobili Lamborghini, although “sedan” is
more a reference to the number of doors than any other
characteristics.. Even sports sedan is an inadequate classification:
the Estoque establishes a new category of super sports sedans. With
a powerful front mid-engine, permanent all-wheel drive and a
sophisticated, precision-tuned chassis,; the Estoque boasts a unique
A sign of success
In Paris, the
Lamborghini Estoque demonstrates the innovation, the creativity and
the design flair of the Lamborghini brand, currently represented by
the enormous success enjoyed by Lamborghini’s Gallardo and
Murciélago super sports cars.
As a concept, the Lamborghini Estoque represents one of several
possibilities for a third model series within the Lamborghini
product line-up. At this point in time, no decisions have been taken
in respect of either a third model series of any kind or of the
Estoque concept in particular.
Of course, as a true Lamborghini, it goes without saying that the
Estoque also bears a suitably powerful name with a rich heritage
from the Spanish Corrida – bull fighting. The Estoque is a rapier
(sword), approximately 90 centimetres (35.43 inches) long, used in a
bull fight by the Matador.
Estoque embodies the
concept of a Lamborghini that is both a dedicated sports car and a
relaxed Gran Turismo. As a sedan with four doors and four individual
sports seats, it is a multi-faceted vehicle for multi-faceted
Relaxed Gran Turismo
The Lamborghini Estoque
is the perfect travelling companion, be it en route to business
meetings, the theatre, the golf course or even a weekend away with
the kids. At the end of the day, it is the only car that allows you
to share the singular driving pleasure of a Lamborghini with more
than one person – possibly even with the whole family. And there is
still enough room left over for weekend luggage or several golf
Despite its extremely low profile – at a mere 1.35 meters (4.43
feet) high – the Lamborghini Estoque is surprisingly spacious. The
secret lies in its very long wheelbase which, in spite of the
rearwards positioning of the front mid-engine, enables a relaxed,
sporty seating position. Entering and exiting is also pleasingly
straightforward through the large, wide-opening doors.
A challenging sports car
At the same, the
Lamborghini Estoque is a thoroughbred sports car with exceptionally
refined power delivery, razor-sharp precision handling and a meaty
engine tone. Challenging driving pleasure on a winding mountain
road, followed by a relaxed, enjoyable journey along miles and miles
of motorway;– the Lamborghini Estoque is commanding across the
entire driving spectrum., at the highest level. The Estoque’s
versatility makes it the perfect addition to the range of
Lamborghini super sports cars.
Such a Lamborghini must
be immediately recognizable in its design as a unique and
unmistakable work of art. For the Estoque, this is clearly a case of
The proportions of the Lamborghini Estoque are simply fascinating:
no other automobile combines so convincingly the elegance of length
with the sporting attributes of a low profile and impressive
breadth. Or to put it into figures – the concept painted in an
all-new color, is 5.15 meters (16.89 feet) long and 1.99 meters
(6.53 feet) wide, with a height of only 1.35 metres (4.43 feet)..
The wheelbase is a stately 3.01 meters (9.88 feet) – an equally
important element of elegant vehicle architecture.
And it is unequivocally Italian – the flat bonnet, the long
wheelbase, the narrow window openings, the flat rear that ends
decisively with a negative return – it is all pure “Italianità” on
wheels; everything bears the design language of the large classic
Italian four-door cars, albeit with a unique, modern interpretation.
Clearly a sports car
The front end of the
Estoque is a clear and unambiguous statement of its sports car
credentials. Its place amongst the family of Lamborghini super
sports cars is also distinct and unmistakable – with its swooping
V-shape, its two large air intakes pulled forward and the small
front spoiler in between. This front end design gives the Estoque a
firm, low stance, while providing excellent aerodynamic efficiency.
The large air intakes facilitate the cooling air that is important
for such a high-performance vehicle and the spoiler was specifically
designed to improve aerodynamic balance at high speeds.
Such distinctive sports car architecture is only possible by
positioning the front mid-engine well towards the rear. Despite the
very low bonnet, it goes without saying that the Estoque fulfils all
safety regulations and pedestrian protection standards.
The bonnet of the
Estoque makes the origins of the sheer power of this vehicle
immediately apparent. The location of the engine is clearly evident
through the distinct division created by two large air outlets and
the additional emphasis of a central power area. Further air outlets
are positioned both left and right in the wings, behind each of the
front wheel arches.
Together, with the division of the bonnet, these elements add
emphasis to the area above the wheels, framing the front end of the
Estoque like a taut muscle. The permanent all-wheel drive that is
typical for all Lamborghinis means that the 22 inch wheels, with
their new five double-spoke design, also do their part in delivering
power to the road. Here too, the Centro Stile has stuck firmly to
the Lamborghini principle that form always follows function; after
all, the ample cooling air flowing into the high-performance
driveline also has to move quickly out of the vehicle.
Tremendous tension along the
guarantee the Lamborghini Estoque an impressive appearance. The
skilled sectioning along the flanks of the vehicle gives the body
shell an incredibly muscular form. Beneath the flat surfaces of the
bonnet, the incredibly powerful shoulder line, a further side line
rising slightly towards the rear and, finally, the equally distinct
sill line all add emphasis to the flow of power from the engine to
the magnificent 23 inch rear wheels. The masculine profile is
completed by the negative return of the rear end. This adds further
tension to the form of the Estoque – the whole car looks coiled and
ready to pounce at the drop of a hat. These sharp lines frame a
fascinating interplay of surfaces across convex and concave
curvatures. The Estoque clearly displays the design language of the
Centro Stile Lamborghini with a distinctive elegance.
Powerful elegance at the rear
The flow of form is
brought to its conclusion by the broad, even expanse of the rear
end. The horizontal split created by the flat LED light clusters and
the large, mesh-covered lower air outlets bring additional emphasis
to this breadth. A narrow, slightly slanted “frame” panel surrounds
the whole rear aspect and further highlights its powerful elegance.
Precise details, such as the hexagonal fuel caps on both sides of
the vehicle, characterize the depth of the design language. The
front headlamps, featuring bi-Xxenon and LED technology, carry
forward a theme evident in both the Reventón and the Gallardo LP
560-4 – the Y-shape of the daytime running lights. The tiny
green/white/red flag adorning the front wings discreetly highlights
that an automotive statement as uncompromising as this one can come
from only one country on Earth – from Italy.
Despite its extremely
low profile, the Lamborghini Estoque offers a surprisingly generous
feeling of spaciousness. The length of the interior facilitates a
relaxed seating position for all four individual seats and plays a
significant role in the supreme comfort of this super sports sedan
over long distances. The interior reflects elements of the exterior
design language, also evident in the cabin of the Estoque – in the
distinctive lines of the door panels or in the swooping V-shape
applied to the cockpit, reflecting the form used on the front end
and on the bonnet.
The dominant material of
the interior is highest-quality Nappa leather. The four individual
seats boast sporting contours, supreme long-distance comfort and
extensive electrical positioning options.
Cockpit with large-screen display
The cockpit presents the
driver with a large-area LCD screen displaying vehicle and route
information. A range of presentation formats are available for
selection depending on personal preference – a distinctive classical
layout with circular instrument dials, or an innovative digital
display. A top-class audio installation and a sophisticated rear
seat entertainment system round off the equipment.
Like the interior, the luggage compartment of the Estoque is also
surprisingly spacious. Despite the low-profile rear end, it has
plenty room for several golf bags or pieces of luggage.
As a pure concept car,
the Estoque is a design exercise and a further indication of the
innovative power of the Lamborghini brand. Yet, it is based on a
feasible technical concept that offers a whole range of fascinating
alternatives for the body shell and driveline.
Just like the brand’s super sports cars, the Estoque uses a
mid-engine layout. However, the high-performance driveline used here
is not located in front of the rear axle, as in the Gallardo and
Murciélago or in the Reventón, but behind the front axle. This front
mid-engine concept, with the driveline set way back, facilitates
balanced weight distribution and a centre of gravity close to the
vehicle’s vertical axis. Both ensure the unparalleled agility and
handling precision of a mid-engine vehicle.
Reserves in every situation
Like all contemporary
Lamborghini models, the Estoque is also equipped with permanent
all-wheel drive. It distributes the engine power to all four wheels,
thus making for superior traction in all driving situations, as well
as providing extra reserves for extremely sporty driving and for
challenging weather conditions.
A range of drivelines is conceivable for the Estoque. This is headed
up by the highly-acclaimed Lamborghini ten-cylinder from the
Gallardo LP 560-4 – with more torque and higher revving than
virtually any other engine. A complementary alternative could be a
turbocharged eight-cylinder derived from this V10. A particularly
economical, but nevertheless dynamic, variation would be a V8 with a
hybrid module or an extremely high-performance TDI.
The Centro Stile Lamborghini
With the Estoque, the
Centro Stile Lamborghini has created further proof of its creativity
and attention to detail. The design centre that opened in 2004 is a
studio of creatives, designers and model makers that combines the
culture and the spirit of the brand with the power of innovation and
of creating a new aesthetic. The Centro Stile Lamborghini is part of
the best tradition of Italian vehicle design, and is leading the way
forward with the latest in working techniques.
The Centro Stile is located in a 2,900 sq. meter (31,215 sq. feet)
facility, where it occupies two interconnected floors. The
generously proportioned design studio is equipped with two full-size
surface tables and their associated tooling and measuring equipment,
while further areas house the latest in computer workstations for
the creative experts and a workshop for the model makers. The Centro
Stile is also connected directly to the neighbouring Ufficio Tecnico
– the direct link to Lamborghini’s development department ensures
the rapid realization of ideas. Speed is a key aspect for
Lamborghini, for both its cars and its working processes; the
Reventón was created in the record time of less than one year.
In-house creativity and
From the first sketches
made either on paper or using the three-dimensional computer
program, through 1:10 or 1:4 scale models to full-size models, the
complete design process is organized within small, fast-moving
Since it was founded, the Lamborghini brand has been bringing
innovative design trends to the rarefied atmosphere of the world’s
most desirable automobiles, and producing vehicles with absolutely
unmistakable character. Models such as the Miura and the Countach
were way ahead of their time, but quickly attained the status of
timeless classics. From their first appearance, every new
Lamborghini is destined to become a legend and sought-after
With the current Murciélago and Gallardo, Lamborghini has once again
perfected an innovative design language. The exterior proportions
provide an indication of the power and dynamic character of the
driveline. Crisply-defined edges, precision lines and clean surfaces
result in a design that is reduced to its very essence.
Every element is designed precisely in accordance with its function.
Examples of this on the Murciélago LP 640 include the movable
cooling air intakes and the asymmetric sills; on the left side of
the vehicle, the air intake is significantly larger to accommodate
the flow of fresh air to the oil cooler.
Clear lines, perfect details
The unmistakable form of
a Lamborghini is something that always speaks for itself:
ornamentation or decoration of any kind has absolutely no place
here. This firmly places the current models that bear the sign of
the bull within the best traditions of their brand and of 60s and
70s Italian vehicle design. The sports cars of that time were
acclaimed for their perfect proportions and for their objective,
functional elegance that required no embellishment of any kind.
The purist execution of the lines is complemented perfectly by the
passion for detail possessed by the designers in Sant’ Agata
Bolognese. The rear view of the Murciélago LP 640 is distinctive not
only for its impressive power, but also for the fine interplay of
the elements in the sophisticated rear light cluster.
The sensuality of precision and
A Lamborghini is a high
performance athlete. Its high degree of sensuality is based on
precision, performance and spontaneous action. This type of elegance
is the elegance of pure, unadulterated power. This Lamborghini DNA
is carried forward into future products at the Centro Stile, which
is destined to continue to set clear design trends – the Estoque is
the perfect example.
The design centre on the site of the historical birthplace of all
Lamborghinis guarantees the super sports cars with the bull brand
will remain exclusive, sensual and challenging – and always