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Many say Estoque should live on--in a museum

Rafay Ansar

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Tonight will mark the last presidential debate, but we’ve already got the polling numbers--about the Lamborghini Estoque, that is.

The eye-catching but controversial sedan was unveiled earlier this month in Paris, and immediately we wanted to know what you think.

Your message to Lambo brass: Try again.

Nearly half of respondents to an autoweek.com poll, or 46.2 percent, said, “Pack it off to a museum, please.”

Not exactly the kind of response the Italian automaker is probably looking for, but at least a sizeable chunk of our Web readers want to see the car again.

The poll is unscientific, but in keeping with past experiences, AutoWeek readers tend to know what they’re talking about. The poll ran on autoweek.com from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13.

The Estoque is a concept, but it could be the basis for a future sedan from Lamborghini. And it did have plenty of supporters--though they were in the minority. About a third, or 32.9 percent to be exact, said, “Build it. I’m ready to buy one.”

That’s sure to be heartening for Lamborghini, as one of the main reasons the supercar maker would build a production version is to increase its volume and revenue--probably a good idea considering the cutthroat nature of today’s global automotive landscape.

Finally, 21 percent of you said, “It’s close, but needs more work.” So taken another way, about 54 percent of the AutoWeek Web universe is pretty receptive to this car.

That jibes with the opinions our esteemed editors. That’s right, the guys with stars on their collars here in Detroit honored it as Best In Show at Paris--high praise when you consider it was up against the Ferrari California, BMW 7-series, BMW X1 and Saab 9-X Air Concept.

So there you have it. Obama and McCain are going head-to-head tonight, but we’re still thinking about future sheetmetal. And right now, even though the Estoque is pronounced ess-toe-kay, our readers say it’s sounding a lot like Dukakis.
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