Italians build a new bull
Prototypes of Lamborghini’s latest car is in full charge, writes Paul Gover
THE successor to the Lamborghini Murcielago is expected to go public this week. The raging bull at the top of the Italian line — all Lamborghinis are named after fighting bulls — will be replaced by a new car likely to be called Jota.
No one knows yet if the Paris unveiling will be a full-scale production car or a motor show tease, but Lamborghini is flat-out on development work with the car.
It is caught by Carparazzi outside the Nurburgring in Germany, where Jota prototypes are hot lapping for suspension tuning work.
The Carparazzi pictures show every major detail. These include large side intakes for the rearmounted radiators and aerodynamic parts on the car.
The Jota is still bigger than the Gallardo but sits lower than the Murcielago, with sources hinting it will weigh considerably less with more carbon fibre and aluminium in its construction.
The styling is inspired by Lamborghini’s Estoque and Reventon concept cars — so more adventurous than the Murcielago, with cues from jet fighters.
Carparazzi sources say the car has a direct-injection V12 engine around 550kW and all-wheel drive.
Lamborghini is sending out teaser pictures of the Jota and has already hosted American dealers and hinted the LB715-5, probably the Jota’s codename, will go on show in Paris with the 83X, the successor to the Gallardo, to follow.
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