Mike Stevens | Sep 22, 2010

As part of its plan to build anticipation ahead of a promised Paris Auto Show unveiling, Lamborghini has been issuing teaser images over the past month that offer a hint of what's to come - although new reports this week suggest a Paris debut for the Jota is not part of the plan.

Fans and the media (including TMR) have been expecting Lamborghini to reveal the Murcielago's successor at Paris, but a new report by US website AutoGuide suggests that the Italian supercarmaker will reveal 'only' a technology concept at Paris, and not the hoped-for 'Jota' supercar.

Lamborghini remains mum on exactly when we can expect to see its next-generation supercar, but its upcoming Paris concept will undoubtedly wow onlookers.

Meanwhile, new spy photos obtained this week reveal that development of the 'Jota' supercar continues.

The first time TMR caught a glimpse of the Murcielago's successor, it was a mere test mule with its mechanicals hidden beneath the Murcie's skin. Now, with the new model caught cold weather testing in Scandinavia, we can see a whole lot more.

Previous reports suggested the as-yet unnamed Murcielago successor would utilise the ultra-light - and smaller - aluminium spaceframe underpinning the Audi R8.

These new photos add credence to those reports, the body of the prototype appearing more compact and lithe than the outgoing Murcie's proportions.

Other early reports claimed the new Lambo would ride on a wheelbase close in length to that of the current model, but with shorter overhangs front and rear.

Although difficult to discern, the spied prototype appears to utilise a slightly shorter wheelbase than expected - keeping it more in line with the R8 wheelbase - while its rear overhang appears every bit as long as the outgoing model, if not longer.

If the prototype Murcielago successor is shorter nose to rear than the outgoing model, speculation that it will sit on a wider track appears vindicated here.

While the prototype is still decked in significant camouflage, it's clear that the sharply-cut rear end bears a stylistic connection to the recent Estoque concept.

Along the doors, deep intake gouges feature, oddly reminiscent of the Ferrari Testarossa - although some of that can be attributed to the deliberately diversionary strakes running along the inside of the intakes.

It’s too soon to be speculating about engines and performance details, but, as with the Ferrari 458 Italia, the new Lamborghini’s output should comfortably match that of its most potent forebears: in this case, the 500kW Murcielago LP 670-4 SV.

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