The worldwide collapse of car sales has had a dramatic impact on most manufacturers, and super-expensive high-end cars are no exception. With no immediate signs of either a general economic recovery or an auto sales boost on the horizon, it’s not really the ideal time to develop an all-new exotic sedan. With that in mind, Lamborghini reportedly has chopped its plans to build the Estoque, which debuted as a concept at last year’s Paris Motor Show. Given the positive response it received, Lamborghini had started feasibility studies aimed at producing the new four-door. Instead, the company will focus on new versions of both the Gallardo and Murcielago, with a particular focus on weight reduction which is proving very popular among manufacturers at present.
R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani is also apparently rejecting calls for a dual clutch gearbox to replace the current e-gear automated manual. Reggiani says the DCT is too smooth and lacking in the hands-on drama Lambo owners desire.