What could it be?
Lamborghini was one of the first automakers to close production in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As of March 13, Lamborghini's Sant'Agata Bolognese facility has been shut down. Originally, the plan was to resume production on March 25, but this has been delayed by more than one month. In the meantime, Lamborghini has been helping to fight Covid-19 by producing surgical masks and protective plexiglass shields, which were donated to the Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Hospital in Bologna, Italy.
Seven weeks later, Lamborghini has announced that production will finally resume next week on May 7. Safety measures are currently being assessed to ensure its workers can return to work without the risk of spreading the virus. "We are ready to restart with great energy, but also with strict protocols for safeguarding what is most precious to us: the safety of our people," said Stefano Domenicali, Chairman and CEO of Lamborghini.
"This priority is why we were the first Italian automotive company to close and continues to be our guiding principle for a well-reasoned and safe recovery, because we still have not won the battle against Covid-19. We will constantly monitor the contagion's evolution and be ready to adjust our protocols in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Italian government and the Emilia-Romagna Region, which we would like to thank for their support during this sensitive phase."
Also tucked away in the release is the surprise announcement that Lamborghini will reveal a new mystery model online next week on May 7. "We continue to nurture the dreams of our fans and customers, and on 7 May, through a virtual launch, we will present a new car in order to complete our model range," the CEO added.
"We closed the first quarter of 2020 despite the situation with very positive results. From these results we want to secure our swift return to a leadership position, delivering our vehicles once again as soon as our dealers around the world reopen for business."
What could this new Raging Bull be? Our best guess is it will be the Lamborghini's new hardcore 830-hp track car based on the Aventador built by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing department. The new track car was teased by Lamborghini back in March and is in the final stages of development, so a reveal next week seems plausible. Alternately, leaked photos have shown Lamborghini is also cooking up a hotter, more track-focused version of the Huracan rumored to be called the Huracan Super Trofeo Omologato, but it hasn't been officially teased by Lamborghini yet. We'll find out what Lamborghini is teasing on May 7.