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Lamborghini to Resurrect Miura, Espada
SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy . Lamborghini is readying a major expansion of its product range as the Italian supercar maker draws even closer to German parent Audi.
As early as next year, the Italians plan to introduce an all-new Miura, Lamborghini's answer to the Ferrari Enzo. It will be derived mechanically from the midengine Audi Le Mans. The Miura will be lower, wider and shorter than the donor car. It boasts an upgraded V12 engine. The displacement goes up to a massive 6.5 liters, and the power output increases to 700 horsepower.
The next all-new Lamborghini is code-named LM00X, a high-performance version of the future Audi Q5. The LM00X features a choice of two engines: a supercharged, 4.2-liter V8 good for 400 hp and a supercharged, 5.0-liter V10 rated at 500 hp. The LM00X will be introduced in 2008.
The third newcomer is a 2+2-seater coupe, a reincarnation of the Espada. The choice of engine options ranges from the Audi V8 to the Lamborghini Murcielago's V12. A midengine 2+2 could be production-ready by late 2007, but a front-engine version would likely not appear before 2009.
Lambo also is looking further into the future for the next-generation Murcielago, including a limited-edition supercar derivative powered by an all-new 6.0-liter V12 that would match the Bugatti Veyron's output of 1,000 hp.
What this means to you: With the help of Audi, Lamborghini plans to revive two classic nameplates from its past . on modern chassis.
WOW.... I like the look of the Espada, it was a true classic IMO. But to bring back the LM002 with a Lamborghini SUV? Thats kinda wrong. If Lambo is able, a 6L V12 that can match the 1,000HP Buggati Veyron would be the most insane thing ever, and a technogical wonder.
the lambo SUV.. i was outraged when porsche announced that they were gonna make an SUV, and i said i would always hate it, but i kinda have to admit, the Cayanne turbo is a pretty nice machine, so, likewise, i guess the lambo SUV is going to be a nice machine. but unless it's cheap, NO ONE will buy it, people who want lambos and are that rich are looking for the cars, not the SUV's, and people who want SUV's will not spend the amount for a lambo on one
Originally Posted by c1apton
I keep forgetting that - I have a great memory but it doesn't last long
Lambo made an SUV before.... to compete with the Humvee for the US military contract. I'm all for an uber-lambo, but i'd prefer they left the Miura name alone. There's too much damn legend in that name to slap it onto a pumped-up and rebadged audi. You don't see ferrari taking a Maserati, slamming a huge engine in it, and calling it the GTO, now do you?
I dont think the SUV is practical for Lambo. Think about...porshce knew hat they were doing, because porsche is an affordable for middle class people...you may have to work hard for it, but you can afford a new boxter or a base 911 or their base SUV. But I dont know any middle class person who can afford a Lambo. And as Harry said it would take away from their name, because rich people dont want a 120k+ SUV.
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