It’s been forty years since the Lamborghini Espada was on the market, and now a successor to the four-seater GT coupe has been teased by the brand’s CEO due for the middle of the next decade.
In an interview with Automotive News, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali talked about the booming growth of the brand thanks to the reportedly-popular Urus crossover and reconfirmed plans to offer plug-in hybrid models of the upcoming Aventador and Huracan replacements, the former of which is due around 2021.
Domenicali also confirmed that Lamborghini would introduce a fourth bread-and-butter model into the lineup to join the Aventador, Huracan and Urus, which led to some heavy-handed hinting as to what it could be, via Autonews:
Could a 2+2 GT, the ideal successor to the Espada launched in 1968, be your fourth product?
We are working hard to combine high performance with interior space and driving comfort in a package that, designwise, should be striking as well as highly efficient in terms of aerodynamics. Our target is to reach the market between 2025 and 2027, so we are not in a hurry. We also have to decide which would be the right powertrain in such a time frame and in a segment we have not competed in for over 40 years.
Of course, that’s Autonews pushing the idea of an Espada-successor, but that’s also the CEO of Lamborghini not denying it. Of course, “high performance with interior space and driving comfort” also could describe the Urus, and with its success, Lamborghini could just be eyeing another crossover-like vehicle.
Whatever it is, Domenicali told Autonews they have time to figure out which powertrain to use for the upcoming fourth vehicle, as there isn’t a lot of demand for a fully-electric Lamborghini at the moment, “but maybe in seven to nine years” things will be different.
Part of the appeal of adding another larger vehicle to the Lamborghini portfolio is appealing to more shoppers in China, according to the CEO. If they make it look as good as the old Estoque concept sedan, I don’t think they’d have to worry about it selling.