Lamborghini could take on the McLaren 570S with a new compact sports car.
Next year is the start of an important new era for Lamborghini, with the launch of the Urus marking its first foray into the SUV market since the LM-002. For the first time, the supercar maker will have three main models in its line-up, as the LM002 will be joining the current Huracan and Aventador. However, an interview with Motoring reveals that a fourth model could be joining the Lamborghini line-up in the form of a compact sports car.
Lamborghini's chief executive Stefano Domenicalli let the news slip: "I think the answer is possibly yes," he said when asked about the possibility of a compact Lamborghini. "But so far we need to make sure the third model [Urus] will be stable enough to think about a fourth model." He also revealed his desire to have all four models share the same underpinnings, which would make business sense: "If we talk about super sports cars we need to consider that the right approach would be to be modular. We cannot have two models with two power units, two gearboxes, two chassis, honestly it's not viable in terms of business case. That's something we need to think about for the future," he said.
If a modular platform does get the green light, don't expect it to come any time soon: Domenicalli hinted that it will arrive in "maybe 2022." It's certainly an interesting proposition. Just as the Urus will allow Lamborghini to branch out into the highly lucrative SUV market, which should boost its sales considerably, a compact Lamborghini could feasibly take on the likes of the McLaren 570S. Lamborghini will face stiff competition from McLaren, however, as the manufacturer is planning a 650S successor rumored to be called the 720S. Good thing the hardcore Huracan Performante is in the works, then.