Lamborghini are reportedly set to unveil a front-engined V12 grand tourer concept to take on the Ferrari F12 at the Geneva Motor Show next month. In what seems to be a busy month, Lambo are also hoping their owners, the Volkswagen Group, will approve the production of their high-performance SUV, the Urus.
Lamborghini chairman, Stephan Winkelmann recently confirmed that his company will uncover “something truly extraordinary that’s based on the V12” at Geneva. Winkelmann told Autocar that the car will have two doors, two seats, a V12 engine and will be based on a new platform, indicating that it will be front/mid-engined, identical to the F12.
We can expect the concept to feature Lamborghini’s four-wheel drive system and to be constructed out of forged carbon. Autocar states that this will only be a concept for future consideration and is nowhere close to being set for production.
On the Urus front, Winkelmann confirmed that everyone at Lamborghini is praying for the Urus to be given the green-light by the Volkswagen Group board. “We would need to sell between 3000 and 4000 examples a year for the Urus to justify its financial investment, and I’m confident that we could do that. It’s a decision they (the VW board) will, I hope, make very soon.”
Many have questioned Lamborghini’s decision to delve into the high-end SUV market, especially considering the dominance of the Porsche Cayenne. With a reported selling price of as much as a Gallardo, the Urus would be significantly pricier than its well-established rivals, making the stated sales targets a tough feat to accomplish.
Winkelmann remains undaunted and recently reaffirmed Lamborghini’s commitment towards naturally aspirated engines(god bless them), but stated that with the Urus, a hybrid turbo is a very real possibility.
So a GT car concept and an SUV that may not be produced; whatever it is, we can’t wait for the Geneva Motor Show!