Lamborghini Estoque Could Get Diesel Engine Or Turbocharging

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The Lamborghini Estoque, the four-door bull from Sant'Agata, will likely see a range of engine choices heretofore unseen from the automaker. In an attempt to meet stricter emissions standards, Lamborghini is considering turbocharging and/or the use of a diesel engine for the sedan. This would be in addition to the 5.2-liter V10 borrowed from the Gallardo, which could put out more than 500 horsepower for the Estoque. But diesel, really?

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According to Lamborghini's Chief Engineer, Maurizio Reggiani, it is on the table for the sedan:

“The pressure is already on us to do something significant to lower CO2,” “We will never offer our super-sports cars with diesel engines, and we will never resort to turbocharging for those cars either; to do either would betray our heritage and customers, and for Murcielago and Gallardo we can make the savings in other way. But the opportunity is there to develop a turbocharged, maybe even a diesel engine for Estoque, and since the car could be well-priced and could sell in quite large numbers for us, it’s a big chance for us. No Lamborghini will ever emit 120g/km, but still we have to improve our figures and make progress.”

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Here's a crazy thought: what about a turbodiesel? We think we've driven one that could fit the bill and provide lower emissions. [4 Wheels News]

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

Diesel's only real drawback (on paper) is the inability to wind its gears to high revs. I think if they found some way to match it to a DSG-style gearbox with 7 or 8 cogs, you'd really have something.

But that doesn't deal with the intangibles—people have been conditioned into what a supercar should sound like, and breaking them of that is tough. There's a reason Harley spends so much time and effort to make their bikes just the right version of loudness for their market.