Lamborghini to Resurrect Miura, Espada
Date Posted on Edmunds web site 10-04-2005
SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy — Lamborghini is readying a major
expansion of its product range as the Italian supercar maker
draws even closer to German parent Audi.
As early as next year, the Italians plan to introduce an all-new
Miura, Lamborghini's answer to the Ferrari Enzo. It will be
derived mechanically from the midengine Audi Le Mans. The Miura
will be lower, wider and shorter than the donor car. It boasts an
upgraded V12 engine. The displacement goes up to a massive 6.5
liters, and the power output increases to 700 horsepower.
The next all-new Lamborghini is code-named LM00X, a
high-performance version of the future Audi Q5. The LM00X
features a choice of two engines: a supercharged, 4.2-liter V8
good for 400 hp and a supercharged, 5.0-liter V10 rated at 500
hp. The LM00X will be introduced in 2008.
The third newcomer is a 2+2-seater coupe, a reincarnation of the
Espada. The choice of engine options ranges from the Audi V8 to
the Lamborghini Murcielago's V12. A midengine 2+2 could be
production-ready by late 2007, but a front-engine version would
likely not appear before 2009.
Lambo also is looking further into the future for the
next-generation Murcielago, including a limited-edition supercar
derivative powered by an all-new 6.0-liter V12 that would match
the Bugatti Veyron's output of 1,000 hp.
What this means to you: With the help of Audi, Lamborghini plans
to revive two classic nameplates from its past — on modern
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