Although it wasn’t a popular idea at first among enthusiasts, Porsche created a best-selling luxury SUV with its Cayenne. Then the company flipped the sports-car world on its head by producing the four-door Panamera.
While they aren’t exactly taking over the world, four-door supercar sedans are certainly growing in popularity. The market is dominated by the Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte, Aston Martin Rapide, and maybe soon, a Lamborghini Estoque.
Lambo boss Stephan Winkelmann, in an interview with Bloomberg, said, “A third model would fit Lamborghini very well. A four-door car would be a very feasible approach.”
Goes to show that nothing in the auto world is sacred, even the hallowed Lamborghini and its storied history of two-seaters, huh? However, if a new sedan looks anything like the Estoque Concept from the 2008 Paris Motor Show, I don’t think many hearts will be broken.
On the other hand, BMW is a company with a long, proud history in sedans. It recently announced plans to build its Gran Coupe concept car to rival luxury coupe-styled four-door cars such as the upcoming Audi A7 and, no surprise here, the Panamera.
The new Bimmer will launch in 2012 and be positioned, and priced, near the BMW 6 Series coupe.
Buyers will, however, get the option of Ford’s popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This turbo engine will be available across the entire F-150 lineup and offer an unbelievable 11,300-pound towing capacity. That’s the same as the high-end Platinum edition’s available 6.2-liter, 411-hp V8, formerly found only in the SVT Raptor and Super Duty.
The F-150’s base engine will be a 3.7-liter V6 with 300 horsepower and a 6,100-pound towing capacity. It will be offered in the XL, XLT, and STX trim levels only.
Ford expects the most popular F-150 engine will be the same 5.0-liter V8 from the 2011 Mustang GT. For truck use, that mill will produce 360 horsepower and a trailer tow rating of 9,800 pounds. Unlike the base V6, the 5.0 will be available in every F-150 trim level except specialty versions, like the SVT Raptor and Harley-Davidson.
Do you think Lamborghini should build a four-door?