By on October 8, 2019

After taking a look around the loftiest of automotive landscapes and reading a few tea leaves, Lamborghini seems close to signing off on a model that won’t have reviewers searching for exhaust note adjectives. There won’t be any use for them.

As European luxury marques — especially those under the Volkswagen Group umbrella — tiptoe tentatively into the EV realm, Lambo is poised to make its next introduction an eco warrior. This, of course, after the recent introduction of the Urus SUV.

According to Autocar, a four-door, four-seat EV awaits a green light at Lambo HQ.

The brand’s R&D boss, Maurizio Reggiani, claims the back-and-forth over Lambo’s potential fourth model first centered on engine placement. While the brand knew their model would become a grand tourer sedan (or four-door coupe, whatever), opinions differed on whether it would work best as a front-engine or mid-engine offering. As time went on, another option appeared. Why not dispense with internal propulsion altogether?

“If you look at the timing for a fourth model line, there is the potential that this will be the right time for a full-electric vehicle,” he said. The brand’s next model addition is expected by 2025. By that time, flagship EVs should have proliferated around Europe (ask Jaguar, Bentley, Ferrari, and the recently reborn Lagonda about their EV plans).

The brand wouldn’t have to look far to find a suitable and cost-efficient platform, either. A simple call to VW Group subsidiary Porsche could see the Taycan’s PPE platform put to work beneath Lambo’s upcoming GT.

“Performance will be important [in a 2+2],” Reggiani added. “We must be fast but not quite in the same way as we need to be in our super-sports cars. A fourth model line will be something a little bit different.”

No one would call the Taycan’s uppermost trims slow, by any means. And in five years’ time, it’s anyone’s guess how long-legged battery packs might become and how much output a cabal of compact electric motors might generate. Of course, crucial details will need to be laid out and locked in long before that time.

“There’s a minimum of four years in advance of launching a model to develop it,” Reggiani said.

[Image: Lamborghini]

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10 Comments on “Lamborghini Feels It May be Time for a Gas-free Bull...”

  • avatar

    A silent sports car, no matter how fast it may accelerate or how good it will handle, must be incredibly dull to drive nonetheless. Sound is important for these types of vehicles.

    Porsche, on the other hand, wants to keep the iconic 911 powered by a gasoline engine for as long as possible (source is an interview in this month’s ‘Auto Motor und Sport’ magazine).

    • 0 avatar

      Do you think those old timers (exotic brands) will even survive transition to EV?

      • 0 avatar

        @Inside Looking Out,

        That is an interesting question. I am by no means an automotive guru, but I believe that all brands will have to eventually adapt with the ever increasing ‘crackdown’ on emissions.

        In the case of brands known for sports cars, my personal belief is that they can safely and successfully transition into the EV segment because of a simple reason. And that reason is that the majority of their buyers are not automobile enthusiasts but rather status-seekers; they buy these cars purely for status, and not supposed fun-factor which one derives from driving them.

        The enthusiast, on the other hand, will bemoan the lack of an emotional connection, an emotional connection which a screaming internal combustion engine coupled to a specially designed exhaust system provides.

    • 0 avatar

      I watched a first drive review of the Taycan Turbo S……boring. I honestly wouldn’t want one.

      Who wants a silent Lambo? Where’s the excitement?

      • 0 avatar

        That is my reaction when I watch reviews of electric ‘sports cars’ (or switch on my television and see a Formula E race). They are totally devoid of excitement and emotion.

        I suppose it depends where ones priorities lie. The speed freak for whom acceleration is king may not be bothered by the lack of an engine sound.

        • 0 avatar

          It’s the difference between a fine Rolex with lots of moving pieces and a digital Timex. Both have the same end result but it’s not hard to predict which one will strike interest in anyone that likes fine machinery. Many pieces working in concert with absolute precision to produce an expected outcome is a beautiful display of mankind’s ingenuity.

          • 0 avatar

            Yeah but the same applies to electrons. Digital clocks are based on quantum mechanics – it is way more cooler than classical Newtonian watches.

          • 0 avatar

            I don’t, I prefer a grandfather clock over a mass produced Chinese watch. The science behind the digital watch is cool but after the first one is made and it’s put on an assembly line it loses its cool.

  • avatar

    But do they still make tractors?

  • avatar

    In other news, Hell is freezing-over!

    Just sickening!

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