Paris motor show - Lamborghini Estoque

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Lamborghini stunned Paris by wheeling out the Estoque concept for a four-door, four-seater saloon - and then dropped broad hints that it will go into production.

Porsche (Panamera) and Aston Martin (Rapide) both plan to launch four-seaters within the next 12 to 18 months, and Ferrari already has the Scaglietti.

'To achieve a quantum leap in growth we have to think about adding a third model series to the two we already have,' Lamborghini officials said.

'As a pure concept car, the Estoque is a design exercise. Yet it is based on a feasible technical concept that offers a whole range of fascinating alternatives for the bodyshell and driveline.'

To create space for four people and a 450-litre boot, the engine would be moved from its position just ahead of the rear axle in the company's Murcielago and Gallardo two-seaters to behind the front axle.

That would ensure the Estoque retains at least something of a mid-engined car's weight distribution and handling. The engine would be a V10 driving all four wheels.

'This is a car for everyday use, but still extreme, uncompromising and very Italian,' Lamborghini claims.

It is named after the daggers bullfighters use. Lamborghini's emblem is a raging bull.

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