Dealers to get first look at new V12 coupe and top-secret Lambo.
According to our source, the LB715-5 refers to the new V12-powered model designated to replace the Murcielago, colloquially known as the Jota. Details are still scarce at this point, but we know the car will use a direct-injection V12 and a carbon-fiber tub reportedly made by Carbo Tech of Austria, the same folks who build the tub for the McLaren MP4-12C. The "715" may refer to the expected horsepower output of the car; we've also heard that an 825 horsepower version may be coming at some point. The LB715-5 will be priced somewhere around the half-million dollar mark, making it a good deal pricier than the current Murcielago, which starts at $354,000.
As for the 83X mentioned in the agenda (see below)...well, nobody outside Sant'Agata seems to know what it will be. Popular rumor has it the car may be a Gallardo successor; however, there's also speculation it could be a production version of the Estoque sedan, or even a GT car destined to butt heads with the Ferrari 599 GTB/GTO. But nobody knows for sure—not even our well-connected sources.
Either way, given the simultaneous unveiling for dealers on September 23rd, odds seem promising Lamborghini will be unveiling both cars to the public at the Paris Motor Show. (A double reveal could also explain why Lamborghini released a teaser image of a ten-cylinder engine when everyone was expecting just to see pictures of the new V12-powered model.) Given Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann's August statement that a sedan would slot nicely into the company's lineup, a production Estoque seems a strong possibility; however, the Gallardo is seven years old at this point, so a replacement for that car wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility either. (Keep in mind, Ferrari has gone through the 360 Modena, F430 and the 458 Italia in the time the Gallardo has been in production.) Hopefully we'll have all the answers we crave after Lamborghini's press conference at the Paris Motor Show...