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Is Lamborghini's CEO Stephan Winkelmann Preparing To Jump Ship?

Who would ever want to leave this gig?

Being the CEO of Lamborghini sounds like the sweetest gig there is. Yes, you need to make tough decisions involving tons of moving parts and potentially millions and billions of dollars. But you also get to wear fancy suits, talk about amazing cars and be surrounded by beautiful women almost everywhere you go. That doesn’t sound so bad! However, Autocar is reporting that current Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann may be leaving the company. His destination is said to be Audi Quattro GmbH.

Now Autocar’s source for this story is the Italian media and even those reports aren’t 100 percent concrete. Translation: Take this news with a pinch of salt. Should the move go through, Lamborghini is said to be targeting former Ferrari F1 boss Stefano Domenicali to lead the automaker. Domenicali led Ferrari’s racing efforts from 2007 to 2014 and is currently employed by Audi. Now Quattro GmbH isn’t Audi itself. However, it is responsible for the performance-oriented Audis we know and love, like the R8, TT RS and the RS7. In addition to building performance cars it also designs bits and pieces (bumpers, splitters, spoilers, etc…) for the Audi S trim.

The whole thing is rather incestuous as Lamborghini is owned by Audi which is itself part of the VW Group. If anything Volkswagen is just shuffling its deck, so we doubt this news (should it be true) will change Lamborghini’s plans. That means that the upcoming Lamborghini Urus SUV will be just fine. We hope. Despite being a German, Winkelmann seemed like the perfect face for Lamborghini, a suave and sophisticated gentleman able to out dress any Italian around. He also gave pretty good interviews. Hopefully his potential replacement carries on in a similar fashion.

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