Lamborghini world debut at Paris

Published: 16 September 2008 Updated: 26 January 2015

This solitary photo is Lamborghini’s teaser of a new car that it will unveil at the October 2008 Paris motor show. No other information has been released from Lambo’s Sant’Agata HQ, except this single line of text: ‘It’s not just a new Lamborghini. It’s a new world.’

What is this new Lamborghini then?

Lamborghini officials remain tight-lipped, but we know this will be a new bodystyle for the fabled Italian purveyor of extreme sports cars.

There are four distinct possibilities to our minds: a sub-Gallardo sports car (perhaps deemed too cheap and straying into Porsche territory); a supercar to match the Bugatti Veyron and Aston Martin One-77 (not wise in this economic climate); a 4×4 (long-rumoured, but surely insane); or a new four-door saloon (but why would they as inhouse rival Audi already builds an excellent limo in the A8?).

So it’s unclear what sort of car Lamborghini will unveil on 2 October 2008. Suffice to say, CAR Online will publish the full facts as soon as we get them.

What does this teaser photo of the new Lambo show?

Today’s teaser photo – the latest in a long line of annoyingly drip-fed pre-Paris publicity – shows a carbonfibre rear diffuser, twin rear exhaust pipes, hints of rear tyres, an egg-crate grille and the rear bumper.

Sounds like a classically madcap Lamborghini then…

By Ben Pulman

Ex-CAR editor-at-large