There are a lot of rumors emitting from Sant’Agata these days … a while ago we published an article on the possibility of no less than 7 additional Huracan variants, Lamborghini has already been testing the Huracan Performante Spyder on the road in addition to an evolution of the Aventador with a Performante inspired exhaust system … and even more importantly the pre-production models of the Urus are driving around too, the latter will be introduced during a special event in Sant’Agata on December 4, 2017.
So we know there are several new models in the pipeline, some will be seen very soon, others might still be a few years in development … keep in mind we will be seeing a new, very limited, special edition model released in 2018, something in line the Veneno and Centenario, that will showcase new technologies and design styles that might return on the Aventador replacement that is foreseen for 2020 or 2021 already, if this new special model will be based on the V12 or on the V10 isn’t known yet, but something like a street legal Sesto Elemento would be really interesting.
And now we read several news items about a possible fourth model in the line up … with the Urus being based on the VW Group MLB platform (like the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and Bentley Bentayga) it is very possible Lamborghini could release a four-seater GT model using the MSB platform from the Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental GT … keep in mind back in 2008 we could admire the stunning Lamborghini Estoque concept at the Paris Motor Show … sadly due to economic reasons, the Estoque was put on hold, and by the time the economy recovered enough a new SUV model was deemed more profitable … so the Urus was put into production.
But it seems we might be seeing a successor to the classic Lamborghini Espada after all, with the Estoque being a by now 9-year-old concept and the Asterion showing a more GT inspired design back in 2014 with a hybrid powertrain … rumor has it Lamborghini is already working a new, up to date four-seater concept, perhaps with four doors like the Estoque and most likely using a V8 turbocharged engine at first as we’ll be getting in the Urus … however, a hybrid version will soon follow if this new GT goes into production … which could be as early as 2021 already.
It all depends on how successful the Urus will be, the idea is to double the production numbers in the next year, from about 3,500 to 7,000 cars, the factory has been enlarged to cope with this volume … and there is already room foreseen for more … so when the Urus sells in the numbers they hope, there is room to add another model to the line up, and a GT model would suit perfectly in the overall production at Sant’Agata between the V10 and V12 supercars and the V8 SUV.
But there are other ideas emerging from Sant’Agata too … it seems they are working on a new carbon fiber platform that could be shared between both the Huracan and the Aventador successor, making it a lot more cost-effective … and if it all works out we might even be seeing a real hypercar from Lamborghini, positioned above the V12 flagship, most likely with a hybrid powertrain … something that has been tested on the open road with the Lamborghini Tosca.
At the time the Tosca was deemed too expensive as it would push the price over the $1,000,000 mark, but if you are looking at the hypercar segment, this price is perfectly normal, and it would expand the Lamborghini customer base into a new, very high-end level, it all depends on how much extra funds the sales of the Urus will bring into the factory.
It looks like Automobili Lamborghini SpA is planning a lot of changes over the next five years or so, let’s take a look at what we could expect, note this is all hypothetical, a list of upcoming models I think could be introduced, but I’m sure Lamborghini has some unsuspected surprises in stock for us:
The final evolution of the Aventador is unveiled, with Performante style exhaust and aggressive styling
Chances are the Urus Hybrid version will be shown
Towards the end of the year, we might see the Huracan restyle, could be called Huracan S
The final edition Aventador is unveiled in Roadster form
The Huracan S Spyder is introduced
A new concept is shown, probably a preview of the Aventador successor
A new four-seater GT is introduced
The Huracan GT3 Strada could become available
The Aventador successor is shown, still with a V12 engine
The new V12 Roadster gets unveiled
A new Huracan version is shown, Speedster, Targa or something like that.
Note that we might be seeing a replacement for the Huracan as soon as 2023 already, that would be after 9 years of production, if we will still see a V10 engine in the successor isn’t sure yet, and most likely the hybrid powertrain will be limited to the flagship model, or the new hypercar … this would keep the price on the Huracan successor lower too.