In a press launch tracing the historical past of Lamborghini idea automobiles, the Sant’Agata Bolognese automaker tell us it should debut “the prototype” of its coming battery-electric automobile throughout Monterey Automobile Week. The phrase “prototype” is attention-grabbing right here as a result of Lamborghini touched on the transition from one-offs and idea automobiles to “few-offs” — these being “a restricted run of automobiles for probably the most loyal prospects that pre-empt or improve probably the most superior technical options that can be used on manufacturing automobiles in later years.” We’re instructed, “The identical system can be repeated in only a few days,” suggesting that no matter goes on present may find yourself in a couple of driveways earlier than lengthy.
We’re nonetheless unsure what’s coming, although. Autocar stories the EV is “anticipated to attract mild inspiration from the Estoque saloon idea,” pictured above from its reveal on the Paris Auto Present in 2008. The identical report additionally throws “high-riding,” “2+2 seating and GT proportions,” the concept the automobile may need two doorways, and a tip from head designer Mitja Borkert that future merchandise will “appear to be spaceships.”
That is fairly the combo. Most fashionable automobiles thought of 2+2 have two doorways and diminished rear quarters; the Estoque was a correct sedan with 4 correct seats. Know what was a 2+2? The hybrid Asterion LPI-910 from 2014, which might be thought of a coupe-ified Estoque, design-wise.
The automaker says the EV is “because of enter manufacturing by the top of the last decade.” It is anticipated that by then, the EV will be a part of the battery-electric successor to the Urus, creating an electrified lineup for 4 automobiles when counting the hybrid Revuelto and the hybrid Huracán successor. It is then we’ll discover out what electrification the Lamborghini approach actually means, the model nonetheless developing with these solutions.
CEO Stephan Winkelmann mentioned, “There are definitions that I believe no electrical automobile in our sector has but resolved sufficiently: not simply acceleration and dealing with conduct but additionally responsiveness, braking really feel and a number of acceleration protocols. These are unproven in high-performance EVs and issues we should spend the following years figuring out.”