According to the UKâ€™s Autocar, Lamborghini has put production of its stunning Estoque four-door supercar on ice.
The Estoque, a four-door, four-seat, front/mid-engined concept, was first seen by the public at last yearâ€™s Paris motor show and has met with much acclaim and admiration from enthusiasts.
For the time being at least, the deteriorating economic climate has claimed another scalp.
"The timing and market conditions are just not right for an additional model line," explained Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborhiniâ€™s head of research and development.
Lamborghini has pulled the pin on the Estoque at an early stage in the new supercarâ€™s development cycle, avoiding the massive cost penalty that canning a mostly developed new model would entail.
The Italian supercar maker will instead focus on reducing weight and increasing the efficiency of future Gallardo and Murcielago models.
Maurizio Reggiani has confirmed that Lamborghini will continue to resist pressure â€œfrom a number of areasâ€ to fit DSG gearboxes to future models, claiming they are â€œtoo smoothâ€ and lack a â€œsense of occasion and dramaâ€.
Conventional manual gearboxes could even be consigned to Lamborghini history. Instead, the few who can afford future generation Lamborghiniâ€™s can look forward to future generations of Lamborghiniâ€™s E-Gear transmission.
The E-Gear transmission, essentially a manual six-speed gearbox with electro-mechanical shift mechanism, will continue to be developed and according to Reggiani, the next-gen E-Gear will be â€œreally surprisingâ€.