An interview with Lamborghini's CEO reveals some interesting information.
Lamborghini has achieved a level success it never previously had thanks to the leadership of now-former CEO Stephan Winkelmann and his successor, Stefano Domenicali. Having VW Group money and support is also extremely helpful.
Above all, Lamborghini has managed to find itself with not only supercars but also a powerful SUV, the Urus. And it’s the latter model that begs the question: what will come next? Aside from Aventador and Huracan successors, what else is possible? The Estoque sedan concept that never was? Automotive News Europe recently saw down with Domenicali to discuss a range of topics, among them future models.
Asked outright whether a 2+2 GT car, a spiritual successor to the famed Espada, Domenicali said the following: “We are working hard to combine high performance with interior space and driving comfort in a package that, design-wise, should be striking as well as highly efficient in terms of aerodynamics. Our target is to reach the market between 2025 and 2027, so we are not in a hurry. We also have to decide which would be the right powertrain in such a time frame and in a segment we have not competed in for over 40 years.” He didn’t outright deny it, but also stresses this Espada successor is still several years away.
Furthermore, an all-electric powertrain has yet to be ruled out. “Our final decision should combine what Volkswagen Group could offer in terms of available technology with what Lamborghini customers are asking for,” he added. “This is the most difficult decision we have to take at Lamborghini and, luckily, we still have time to ponder all the available options. As of today, we do not hear that Lamborghini customers are asking for a battery-powered model, but maybe in seven to nine years they will be — and we should be ready.”
Chances are, we’ll see a high-performance plug-in hybrid Lamborghini arrive first. Once Lamborghini ascertains how customers respond to that, it can determine whether an all-electric model is possible.
Remember, this isn’t the first time Lamborghini has toyed with the notion of an Espada successor. The 2014 Asterion GT hybrid concept didn’t reach production because its hybrid powertrain didn’t offer any additional performance attributes. It was a fuel efficiency study. Lamborghini learned right then and there its customers want battery technology to improve performance first, followed by efficiency.