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First look: Lamborghini’s “new world” breaks cover

Departure: All-new Lamborghini concept features carbon-fibre front and rear splitters, a large central exhaust outlet (above) and, possibly, an engine mounted up front.

Other Italian supercar maker reveals two telling shots of its radical new direction

22 Sep 2008

LAMBORGHINI has now revealed two teaser detail shots of a model that it describes as "a new world", ahead of its official world debut at the Paris motor show next week.

“It’s not just a new Lamborghini, it’s a new world," said the official Lamborghini press release that accompanied a single image of the car's (carbon-fibre) rear diffuser and central exhaust outlet on September 16.

A second image issued three days later on Friday (September 19), shows a section of the bonnet in profile above the front left wheel, tyre (a 295/30-section 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero, no less) and guard, which features a carbon-fibre front splitter and front side vent garnished with Italian colours.

51 center imageAn entirely new front bumper shut line proves the “new Lamborghini” is not a lightweight “Superleggera” version of the Italian maker’s 2001-based flagship Murcielago LP640, nor another Reventon-style special-edition.

But the new bodyshell’s go-faster front quarter venting supports speculation the car will be an all-new concept that breaks tradition with years of mid-engined Lamborghini models by being a front-engined, four-seat (and perhaps even four-door) rival for cars like Aston Martin’s Rapide and Porsche’s upcoming Panamera.

Some reports have even suggested the all-new Raging Bull model could be based on the latter through the two sports car makers’ separate ties with the Volkswagen Group, which owns Lamborghini and is now a subsidiary of Porsche.

All will be known on October 1, when Lamborghini appears set to do what Ferrari would never dare.

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