Lamborghini’s big tease

The Ital­ian ace makes a change for the bet­ter, writes Paul Gover

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ANEW Lamborghini is al­most ready for the road. The Ital­ian com­pany is teas­ing its fans and po­ten­tial buy­ers be­fore the Paris Mo­tor Show at the end of the month with a se­ries of sneak peeks at a new car, most likely the suc­ces­sor of to­day’s Mur­cielago.

Lamborghini ad­mits it will have a de­sign study in Paris, but stops a long way short of link­ing it to a pro­duc­tion car. Still, the Mur­cielago is com­ing to the end of its life and Lamborghini is prob­a­bly show­ing a po­ten­tial di­rec­tion for the car.

It’s also con­firm­ing it’s switch­ing fo­cus from out­right top speeds be­yond 300km/h, a zone now owned by the Bu­gatti Vey­ron, and is con­cen­trat­ing on light­weight ma­te­ri­als and de­sign.

Stephan Winkel­mann, pres­i­dent of Lamborghini, says: ‘‘We think it’s time to make a shift and talk more about han­dling and ac­cel­er­a­tion. To­gether with de­sign, han­dling and ac­cel­er­a­tion are be­com­ing more im­por­tant. Speed is not as im­por­tant any­more, be­cause all su­per-sportscars are ex­ceed­ing 300km/h and this is a speed you can­not reach even on a race­track, let alone nor­mal roads.

‘‘The key fac­tor in terms of bet­ter han­dling and ac­cel­er­a­tion, mean­ing more im­me­di­ate plea­sure in driv­ing, is the power-to-weight ra­tio. This is not so much about top speed and so the fu­ture will not be so fo­cused on in­creas­ing the power, even be­cause CO emis­sions do play a role for su­per­sportscars too. That means the key is in re­duc­ing the weight.’’

Winkel­mann says Lamborghini has been work­ing on car­bon-fi­bre for more than 30 years and is now ready to in­ject it into ev­ery fu­ture model.

But he stops short of con­firm­ing any­thing for the Paris Show, though Lamborghini is ex­pected to con­tinue its teaser pic­ture pro­gram in com­ing weeks.

Shape of things to come: Lamborghini is ex­pected to con­tinue its teaser pic­ture pro­gram in com­ing weeks.

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