Lamborghini is thinking about introducing a new Espada
It's been a while since Lambo produced a GT car. A new Espada could be just the ticket. There's just one small problem...
If you could insinuate that anything at all was missing from Lamborghini’s range, it’s a grand tourer. In fact, when you look back through the pages of the company’s history, you find that they haven’t produced a GT car for a hell of a long time. It was called the Espada - a low-slung wedge that spread itself out like an oozing piece of slime on the tarmac. For those who like that sort of thing, you may be pleased to hear that Lamborghini is considering bringing a brand new Espada to fruition!
The news comes from the company’s CEO Stefano Domenicali during an interview with Automotive News. Before you raise your hopes too far however, I must emphasise that there are a number of important caveats to consider before committing yourself to joy. In the interview, Domenicali was asked specifically about the prospect of a 4th Lamborghini model to extend their range. And while he did say that there is one they’re currently considering - one that fits the Espada’s niche - he also said with the immense success of the Urus, they aren’t in any need of expanding their range further at the moment. Due to that reason, it’s thought that a new Espada won’t arrive until 2025, or even as late as 2027.
By that time, the automotive landscape will be dramatically different to what it is currently. Electrification will be strangling the life out of internal combustion, and the world’s performance cars will be surrendering to silence. Due to this, Lamborghini is open to the fact that any GT car they make may be fully electric. With the nature of grand tourers resulting in them being driven hundreds of miles at a time, Lamborghini will have to work hard to make a fully-electric powertrain suitable for such duties.
While this car may not officially be called the “Espada”, its 2+2 layout will certainly make it a spiritual successor. If you ask me, it would make more sense if the car was a plug-in hybrid, much like the Aventador’s and Huracan’s successors are going to be. Lamborghini is also currently in the process of developing a hybrid Urus, having already tested one that was powered by electric motors and a V6. That car failed however due to the fact that it didn’t perform in a manner they felt acceptable from a Lamborghini. We can be fairly confident then that when the Urus hybrid does arrive, it’ll use a V8 just like the current model.
But now I want to ask you guys: do you think a new Espada would be a welcome addition to Lamborghini’s range? Let me know in the comments.
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