The Lamborghini: the latest endangered species?
Read my colleague Pete Harrison’s fascinating feature about how automakers fear tougher restrictions intended to slow global warming could mean the end of the road for supercars such as the Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari F430 or Porsche 911.
They argue that the motoring icons need protection from European Union rules that will limit carbon dioxide emissions from new models from 2012.
Would you buy a car that looked like a Maserati but roared as loud as the family hatchback? Would sitting in a Lamborghini make your heart race if it had the tyre-shredding acceleration of a Fiat Uno? Would a Porsche engine purr if it had to match the emissions of a Mini?
“As a high luxury brand we are representing Europe to the world,” Lamborghini Chief Executive Stephan Winkelman said. “We are a species to protect”.
Environmentalists say that the sports cars should cut their emissions and that their makers find new ways to create thrills — new lighter materials, better engines, even a zip of electric power?
Please tell us what you think.