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by Jay Traugott
Even more reasons to love Lamborghini.
Of course nothing is official just yet, but a new report coming from Automobile Magazine online has provided some interesting clues as to what we can expect from Lamborghini in just the next few years. Beginning with the Aventador, we'll likely see the Roadster version unveiled this January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Unlike the Murcielago's soft top, the Aventador Roadster will have two removable panels that should be easier to work with.
At Geneva next March, the Aventador GT concept should debut. Now, this is where it gets interesting. According to Automobile, the Aventador GT is "top secret" at the moment, but it will likely feature an "extended wheelbase, two small rear jump seats, and a different door concept," meaning there will likely be suicide doors for rear seat access. We don't know much else about it at the moment, but the Aventador GT will probably be styled less aggressively than its coupe counterpart. It's not a done deal that it'll make production because Lamborghini still needs to figure out whether there's a real market for a car like this.
The Aventador SV, on the other hand, should be coming in 2014 with a total of 750hp over the "standard" 700. After the Aventador's mid-life refresh in 2015, the SV will likely increase to 770hp. The Sesto Elemento will also be coming to production, albeit very limited in numbers. Just 20 units are expected at a price of "just under two million Euros." It won't be street legal and all of the planned cars have already been spoken for (seriously) by current and wealthy Lamborghini owners. With its V10 engine on hand, it'll be able to hit 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 219 mph.
The aging Gallardo will receive a facelift at Paris this September, but the real deal, the third-generation, will be unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. We doubt it'll be called Gallardo, but like its next-generation Audi R8 corporate cousin, it'll ride on VW's all-new modular sports car system architecture. It'll also drop some weight and accelerate to 62 mph in about 3.4 seconds. Top speed should be around 203 mph and fuel economy will improve by as much as 15 percent. Last up is the Urus production SUV. Revealed in concept form earlier this year, Lamborghini is targeting a $215,000 base price with an annual sales goal of 3,000 units.
It'll be based on the same architecture as the next Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, and even the upcoming Bentley SUV. Yes, these brands are all under the VW umbrella. However, the Urus won't arrive until 2016, but its design will be quite distinctive from those other premium SUVs. Power will likely be a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 600hp. Get all of that? Good, because Lamborghini is serious about bringing all of these cars to production in a quest to expand their lineup. It's going to be a great time watching all of this play out.