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Lamborghini plans LM002 successor

Mon, 27 Nov 2006

By Georg Kacher

Motor Industry

27 November 2006 10:48

Lamborghini has finally cast its new plans in stone, after much heated debate. And the plan is to replace the core supercars, before adding an SUV to the range.

Although the Bologna-based sports car maker is now writing its balance sheets in black ink, the modest funds still don't suffice to generate a new standalone model like the proposed Espada - at least not for the time being. That's why company boss Stephan Winkelmann is concentrating on replacing his core products. First out is an all-new Murcielago. It will feature the Gallardo's spaceframe chassis, it will again be offered in two bodystyles (coupé and spyder), it will of course be four-wheel drive, and it will once more be powered by a twelve-cylinder engine. Not surprisingly, the next Murci will be twinned with the Gallardo replacement. This approach should help to cut costs dramatically, and it is bound to smoothe the production process.

The third project the chief has up the sleeve of his immaculate Zegna suit is dubbed LMX. This code depicts a powerful crossover derived from the upcoming Audi Q5. Equipped with a V10 engine, air suspension and a dramatic door concept, the Lambo guys want the LMX to beat the Cayenne turbo S in all disciplines. An ambition which won't go down at all well with VW's big shareholder, Porsche.

By Georg Kacher