The Lamborghini Estoque (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtoke]) is a concept car built by Lamborghini. Unlike current production Lamborghini cars, which are mid-engine two-seat sports cars, the Estoque is a four-door sedan.
The Estoque was introduced at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. The Estoque is the first front-engine vehicle by Lamborghini since the LM002 utility vehicle. It is described as a "concept for a $230,000 four-door sedan". It currently houses a 5.2 litre V10 engine, although there has been speculation that this could be replaced by a V12, V8, or possibly even a hybrid or turbo-diesel engine, as suggested by Lamborghini's Brand Director, Manfred Fitzgerald.
As with other Lamborghinis, the Estoque derives its name from the sport and tradition of bullfighting: An estoque is a type of sword traditionally used by matadors.
It was reported on 22 March 2009 that production plans for the Lamborghini Estoque were cancelled. Lamborghini executives responded to this by stating that the Estoque had not reached the production planning stage and that the decision whether to produce the Estoque or not has been delayed due to sales and marketing considerations.Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini's chairman, has since indicated that a four-door Lamborghini is likely, stating that response to the Estoque showed opportunities for Lamborghini outside the supercar market. However, Winkelmann also stated that Lamborghini does not have any plans to manufacture the Estoque and that it was only a concept vehicle.
^"Estoque: dead or alive?". Top Gear.com. BBC Worldwide. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011. ...following unscrupulous reports circulating round the interweb last week that Lambo had canned the Estoque in the face of the current financial downturn (seriously, someone should invent a computer shortcut for that phrase), the Italian supercar maker has released a statement confirming that it hasn’t made any decision at all on its four-door’s future.
^McIlroy, John (3 December 2010). "Lambo 4dr saloon is back on". Autocar.co.uk. Hammersmith, London, UK: Haymarket Consumer Media. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Winkelmann said a four-door in the mould of the Estoque could attract new buyers to Lamborghini by offering a more practical proposition than the company’s two-seaters. “There are more opportunities in the segment of four-doors,” he said. “If we are going to offer a third model, it could be a ‘first’ car, bringing people to our brand.”
^"Winding Road Magazine | Issue 63". WindingRoad.com. December 2010. Retrieved 14 December 2010. Winding Road: "What is the current status of the Estoque project?" Stephan Winkelmann: "We do not have any plans to develop the Estoque concept into a production vehicle. Estoque was always considered to be a concept car."