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Lamborghini Stella History

The first completely new Lamborghini will be the Lamborghini Stella, a direct competitor to the replacement for the Ferrari F355, which will be ready by springtime 1999. The Lamborghini Stella will be presented at the October 2000 Paris Auto Show, if the press release is correct of course, most likely the production and presentation will be delayed as usual. Mr Ferdinand PiŽch completely dropped the Cala prototype when Audi took over, the Cala was almost ready for production when he stepped into the picture, Mr PiŽch and his team of engineers decided to completely redesign this 'small' Lamborghini, to be able to use as many parts as possible from the future Audi S8, including the four-wheel drive 'Quattro' system and the V-8 engine. A few months earlier, at the end of 1998, Mr PiŽch stated Audi wouldn't interfere with the Lamborghini designs, and surely no parts would be used by the new 'baby'-lambo, but early in 1999, a new press release stated differently, as we can all read above, Lamborghini was free to use any technology from Audi. Apparantly the V-10 engine is gone, and the 4.2 Litre Audi V-8 will be used to power the Jalpa successor, naturally, this way Lamborghini doesn't have to design a V-10 engine of their own, but I could imagine the Viper V-10 being used in the Cala, Lamborghini did design it after all. During an interview with Mr PiŽch in February 1999, he did however change his statement, and Lamborghini will design a new V-8 engine, based loosely on then Jalpa engine, to power the new Stella. As we can see on the first drawings of the Stella, the overall look is a little less rounded than the Cala, with big side intakes starting at the doors and fixed headlights, this new design incorporates a small rear spoiler, which will move up or down as speeds increase or decrease, a feature which is often seen these days and all started with the Ferrari Mythos prototype and is now widely used by Porsche. The wheels will use a completely new design too if we can take the drawing as an example of things to come. When we compare the Stella with the Cala, the Stella looks less a dream car but looks more like a production car, the overall impression is less fragile and more practical. Don't get me wrong, the Cala looked awesome, but getting it on the road would need some changing, the glass part of the roof isn't street legal all over the world. These first impressions don't show a targa-style roof section, but I personally think it would be a big mistake not to build an open Stella, after all Ferrari will propose a closed coupť, a GTS type and most likely even a complete Spyder model, so Automobili Lamborghini SpA will have to do the same for the Stella. It would be a very good idea for Lamborghini to build a second car next to the Diablo or the Canto, this way more people can enjoy the feeling of owning and driving a real Lamborghini, and don't have to be seduced by building an underpowered replica.
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