Lamborghini might be bringing back the Espada 40 years after it last saw production.
The Espada is a bit of a polarizing car in much the same way the Urus has been since Lamborghini announced their first SUV. On the one hand, the Espada was something that Lamborghini traditionally shied away from, that being a people-mover that was more than just a toy for rich people.
On the other hand, it was ugly as all get out.
Perhaps this is modern sensibilities talking here, but the Espada was the Lamborghini version of a station wagon, and no amount of calling it a GT coupe is going to convince us otherwise. It may still have had a big V12 engine with over 300 hp (which was a lot for the ‘60s and ‘70s) but it still had a big long tail end that hung over the rear axle much further than any Lamborghini before or since.
And now, Lamborghini might be bringing the Espada back.
In an interview with Automotive News, Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali talked about the wildly successful Urus and how sales are funding development of the upcoming replacements for both the Aventador and Huracan. He also mentioned that such replacements will have a plug-in hybrid version for the first time in Lamborghini history.
Then Domenicali said that Lamborghini would add a fourth model to their lineup that will most likely take advantage of China’s continuing love for the sedan. This led Automotive News to ask the million dollar question: will Lamborghini see a new 2+2 GT Coupe like the Espada?
Domenicali did not say no.
"We are working hard to combine high performance with interior space and driving comfort in a package that, design-wise, should be striking as well as highly efficient in terms of aerodynamics,” the Lambo CEO said. “Our target is to reach the market between 2025 and 2027, so we are not in a hurry.
“We also have to decide which would be the right powertrain in such a time frame and in a segment we have not competed in for over 40 years."
Of course, something with good interior space and driving comfort could just as easily be another SUV along the lines of the Urus, but Lamborghini is already in that market segment, whereas sedans are the only segment where Lamborghini has abandoned for 40 years.