Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris



After a prolonged teaser campaign – that the Classic Driver office studiously ignored – the wraps are off Lamborghini’s take on the Rapide/Panamera segment. For a ‘concept’, it looks terribly production-ready...

The company describes the Estoque (a rapier sword, approximately 90cm long, used in a bull fight by the matador) as ‘the first sedan in the history of Automobili Lamborghini’. By that, I assume, they are referring to the new car’s four doors, as 40 years ago the Espada was a not-desperately-practical, two-door four-seater.



Practicality is a feature of the latest car. It will have a front-mounted Lamborghini V10 but the company is keeping its options open by stating that: “A particularly economical, but nevertheless dynamic, variation would be a V8 with a hybrid module or an extremely high-performance TDI.”

Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris

A diesel Lamborghini, gosh.

The styling is unmistakeably from Sant’Agata Bolognese, though, with sharp creases, boxy air-intakes and large areas of only gently curving glass or steel. To this writer’s eyes it looks superb; maybe a little staid in comparison to the two-seaters, but powerful and elegant. It has four single seats and - at 5.15m long - is a big car, longer than a Continental GT and only just a little shorter than a Flying Spur. It’s wide, too, at 1.99m, yet is only 1.35m high.



The generous interior space is a result not only of the sheer size of the Estoque concept but also a very long wheelbase (3.01m) with short overhangs. Despite the latter, the company is confident that ‘it has plenty of room for several golf bags or pieces of luggage’.

Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris

With the financial and engineering back-up from Volkswagen Audi this will – should it see production, of course – be a very impressive machine, and more than a match for its nearest competitors at Aston Martin (Rapide) and Porsche (Panamera). Although, to be fair, its price will be way above the German marque's.

Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris Lamborghini Estoque: Four-seater Concept Debuts in Paris

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Nanette Schärf


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