Italian supercar specialist – and now performance SUV-maker – Lamborghini is looking to introduce a fourth model line to its range, however it won't happen until at least 2025, according to a new report out of the UK.
Speaking with Autocar, the company's boss, Stefano Domenicali, was rather frank about the Raging Bull's future product plans, with the new model believed to be either be a four-door GT or an additional mid-engined supercar.
"There is a saying in Italy that if you take a step that’s longer than your leg, you’re sure to fall. We don’t have to be too hungry; we should keep our feet on the ground, and not think too short-term," he told the British publication.
"When the time is right, we have several ideas as to what might be the model to add, for sure. But this is about making the right decision at the right time – and we can’t make it now."
"As Urus shows us, we need to be what the customer wants; it takes time to know, you can’t just smell it in the air. So I don’t see a fourth model coming before 2024 or 2025," he continued.
"We have to pause to understand who we will be. In this case, we are not worried about the product too much; we need to be focused on our business, and the change it’s going through. We are not any more in a garage; we are playing a different game, and we need a new mentality as a company."
Lamborghini has also showed its interest in a four-door model, presenting the Estoque concept (pictured) in 2008, and numerous reports have circulated since seemingly confirming the production/cancellation of a four-door model – funnily enough, a report in 2010 quoted former boss Stephan Winkelmann ruling out an SUV in favour of a four-door sedan. How times have changed.
It wouldn't be that difficult for Lamborghini to develop a four-door if it chooses to do so. The Volkswagen Group's MSB-F platform serves as a worthy base – it underpins the Porsche Panamera and will soon form the basis of the four-door Bentley Flying Spur.
Given the Italian marque made a similar move borrowing the Audi Q7's MLB platform for the Urus, a shared platform for a new four-door seems like a logical move.
Meanwhile, a new mid-engined model could give Lamborghini a new entry point into its super sports line-up. Autocar argues a third sports car would be chasing volume, and potentially fill the void in the Volkswagen Group that will be left by the Huracan-based Audi R8 when the current generation ceases production – Audi has said it has no plans to replace the R8 at this stage.
In addition to new model lines, Domenicali told Autocar that hybridised replacements for both the Huracan and Aventador are under development, though neither will launch until next decade.