Next week Automobili Lamborghini SpA will have a press conference at the 2017 IAA show in Frankfurt, but as of right now we still don’t have a clear idea of what will be introduced at this major European Motor Show … and we’ve all heard the rumors about an additional 7 variants of the V10 Huracan while one source even stated the Lamborghini Urus will be shown at the IAA next week.
Let’s take a look at some of the more viable options for Automobili Lamborghini SpA to show the press on Tuesday, September 12th …
We’ve seen the camouflaged test mule during road trials already, an open-top version of the record-breaking Lamborghini Huracan Performante, complete with the special ALA front bumper and rear wing, a different engine cover, and probably the custom, Performante style interior … it seems this car is just about ready to go into production, so it could very well be introduced at the 2017 IAA show.
The Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster
It is obvious the new Lamborghini Aventador S will receive a Roadster version in the near future, I was thinking they would show it at The Quail a few weeks ago, but instead Lamborghini showed a trio of very impressive Ad Personam bespoke models … so the official unveil of the Roadster S hasn’t happened yet, while on the official website the ‘old’ Aventador Roadster is no longer listed in the current line-up. Showing the new Aventador Roadster S, or Aventador S Roadster, next week in Frankfurt would make perfect sense.
The Lamborghini Urus
Rumor has it there will be a special VIP unveil at the factory in December 2017, so it is very unlikely Lamborghini will show the production version of the Urus next week in Germany, I personally think we’ll be seeing the Urus SUV in Geneva next year and not at the IAA. The Lamborghini Urus will be using either a V8, 660hp engine or a V6 Hybrid with 458hp.
An article in AutomobileMag has caused quite a stir in the automotive world by stating we will see a total of 7 new Huracan variants on the market in the future, while the Aventador successor will be ready by 2020 already … and Lamborghini will be moved to the Porsche portfolio … let’s take a look at some of the models they mention in their article:
The Huracan Barchetta
Why not build a very limited number of Huracan Barchetta, a two-seater with a low windshield (don’t worry, they will probably deliver a matching set of helmets with this one) and no roof whatsoever … it has been done before with the Aventador J, the Veneno Roadster, and the Centenario Roadster, so why not do the same with the ‘other’ model in the lineup, the Huracan.
The Huracan Speedster
With the Barchetta being a bit special, and probably very limited, another option might be a Speedster version of the Huracan, something like the Huracan Spyder, but with a manual soft top, which needs less space behind the seats, so the design of the engine cover can be changed … making the side profile totally different compared to the Spyder.
The Huracan Targa
The Aventador Roadster has been using two panels as a roof, so why not do the same on the Huracan and call it the Targa … Porsche has a 911 Convertible and a 911 Targa too, so why not have the same variant on a V10 Lamborghini. The roof panels could be stored in the front just like on the Aventador and with the panels in place you will almost have a Huracan coupe.
The Huracan GT3 Stradale
On the Gallardo we had the Super Trofeo Stradale and the Squadra Corse … so it isn’t too farfetched to be seeing a Huracan GT3 Stradale in the near future too, probably with some active aerodynamics, wider front fenders, massive rear wing, big air intakes and possibly even an air intake over the roof feeding into the engine compartment.
The Automobilemag also mentions something really special … a Huracan Safari, complete with adjustable suspension to raise the car so it can travel on ‘less than perfect’ roads, but also with plastic protection panels … an off-road Huracan, and this would be available in both coupe and roadster form … somehow this doesn’t sound like a good marketing move considering the Urus is yet to be unveiled.
The Aventador successor
Naturally, the flagship replacement is already under development in Sant’Agata, code names are LB634 for the coupe and LB635 for the Roadster, rumor has it the new V12 will be shown in 2020 already … yes … the V12 will remain, enlarged to 7.0 liter and possibly reach 800hp initially, a hybrid model will be introduced later on adding two electric motors at the front with 160hp each … total power output will be well over 1,000 hp in factory specs.
If we take a look at the evolution of the Reventon into the Aventador production model, it is more than likely the successor will borrow styling queues from both the Veneno and the Centenario … but taking the design to a higher level.
But before the Aventador will be succeeded in a few years time I’m sure we’ll be seeing yet another edition of the current model …
The Aventador GT
We’ve already had the Superveloce model of the V12 flagship, so why not take her a step further and introduce an Aventador GT, even wilder than the SV, more power (let’s say 770hp) and naturally with the added bonus of ALA, since the Huracan Performante showed the active aerodynamics to be a winning solution, I’m sure the Aventador will receive the same treatment in one form or another.
So there you have it … nobody knows what Lamborghini will be showing next week in Frankfurt at the 2017 IAA … but they sure have a lot of options to choose from …