Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
Lamborghini boss, Stephan Winkelmann, has been on a whirlwind global tour to show the firm's Murciélago replacement to carefully selected customers.
“We’ve allowed the dealers to select which customers are invited instead of getting involved directly,” Winkelmann reported. “They know who they need to invite because, in some cases, these are people they have been dealing with for many years.”
The firm’s next-generation flagship - which has yet to be given a name - is likely to retain the same four-wheel drive layout as the current car, and use an all-new V12 engine producing as much as 700bhp. That’s a gain of more than 10 per cent on the outgoing model.
The new car is understood to have a carbonfibre tub as Lamborghini tries to shave weight from the Murciélago’s 1740kg bulk. Judging from the disguise on this test car, the exterior styling includes some of the angular panel surfacing that is expected to feature so prominently on the firm’s Paris concept, so far only seen in a succession of teaser images.
Less is known about the rest of the car’s running gear. Insiders say that a dual-clutch unit has been ruled out, but hint that the car will offer a different proposition from Lamborghini’s automated manual e-gear system. And Lamborghini is said to have been working on an all-new suspension set-up, possibly a pushrod configuration.
The car is expected to get a heavily revised interior, making Lambo’s flagship feel even more upmarket and justifying what’s likely to be a price increase, to around £250,000. It will be launched at the Geneva motor show in March.