In 2008 Lamborghini had a crazy idea of creating another 4-door, front-engine vehicle. The last one was the Lamborghini LM002, it was a 4-door, front-engine SUV/SUT that was built by the Lamborghini automobile company between 1986 and 1993 in limited quantities of 328. There were only 48 of them produced for the U.S. market in 1990.
The Lamborghini Estoque (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈtoke]) is a one-off Concept Car built by Lamborghini. 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. Unlike current production Lamborghini cars, which are mid-engine, two-seater sports cars, the Estoque is a four-door sedan. We believe this car was the inspiration for Porsche to create the modern 4-door sedan Porsche Panamera; which was unveiled a year after Estoque at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in Shanghai, China, on April 2009.
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”. The vehicle powered by 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.
The Lamborghini Estoque is a car with compelling presence, both unique and unmistakable. The long wheelbase, low profile, broad track, mighty, accentuated wheels, clean surfaces and razor-sharp definition – every single line breathes the spirit of the Lamborghini brand. Simply, a four-door super sports car that enhances the tradition of the brand with totally new versatility. The Estoque suited for daily driving, it is the perfect match for a multi-faceted lifestyle.
Unfortunately, on 22 March 2009, the 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.