Supercar giants join forces to develop storming new off-roader, next Porsche platforms to underpin both Lambo 4x4 and Estoque models
Two opposite ends of the sports car spectrum are about to join forces, Auto Express has discovered. Porsche is poised to collaborate with fellow Volkswagen Group firm Lamborghini to help the Italian manufacturer build an SUV – even though the two brands are wildly different.
The raging bull would tap into Porsche’s existing expertise in this field, in a move that could see platforms for the next-generation Cayenne and Panamera underpin the new Lamborghini SUV, as well as a production version of the four-door Estoque concept, unveiled at the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
We first revealed the link between the firms in Issue 1,140, and it will help Lamborghini return to the high-powered SUV market. Its last offering was the V12-powered LM002 from the early Eighties.
The move would also give the brand a competitive edge over arch-rival Ferrari, as our source explained. “Ferrari can’t follow into this market, because it has no links to SUVs at all,” he said.
“Lamborghini is entirely credible as an SUV maker, but it can’t do it alone. And as Porsche has shown it already knows how to do it, it makes sense to work together.”
Lamborghini boss Stefan Winkelmann has repeatedly insisted that his company needs to build the Estoque if it is to grow globally – and this would be a real possibility if Lambo gets access to Porsche’s latest GT architecture, which will also underpin the new family of Bentleys too.
Senior sources at the VW Group insist that this process won’t dilute the brands. One told us: “There are significant synergies which benefit everybody, but Lamborghini’s V12 supercars will always be protected, and done in house. That’s sacrosanct.”