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Exclusive: New Lamborghini Models

Dealers to get first look at new V12 coupe and top-secret Lambo.

You know how Lamborghini has been releasing teaser photos of its newest model online, before the car's Paris Motor Show debut? Well, it looks like the car maker may be bringing two vehicles to market. U.S. Lamborghini dealers are scheduled to head to Sant'Agata next Thursday for a very special presentation—their first look at two different cars. According to the copy of the schedule we obtained, the company will unveil a car known as the "LB715-5" along with something called the "83X."

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...

  • Tice says:
    September 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I'm pretty sure the age of the Estpque is upon us. As for the 725? The Murcielago torch carrier, for sure. Anxious to see both! Thx for the info!

  • Mike B says:
    September 18, 2010 at 3:15 am

    If you didn't know, the platform of the 360 Modena was in production for 10 years, 5 years into the cycle, they did a facelift, put a new engine and changed the name to F430. Lamborghini is doing the same, 5 years before the Gallardo debuted, they did a facelift, put a new engine but insted of changing the name they just put LP560-4 at the end. And going by that, is probable that the Gallardo successor will not come until 2013.

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