Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
March 13, 2012
The Lamborghini Gallardo has been an important car for the Italian automaker - more than 12,000 Gallardos have been sold; the next bestseller is the discontinued Murciélago, at 4099 vehicles. So the next one has a lot to live up for.
Car & Driver spoke with Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann to find out what to expect with the Gallardo’s Replacement. Winkelmann said the car will make “a clear cut” from the Gallardo, especially in the looks.
“We always say that design is not an evolution but a revolution, and this will be the philosophy of the follow-up to the Gallardo.”
Expect the replacement to have a somewhat family resemblance with the Aventador. Don’t expect the carbon-fiber-intensive construction used in the Aventador to make its way to the new car.
As for the platform, the Gallardo’s Replacement will utilize VW Group’s modular sports-car architecture (a.k.a. MSS). MSS will also appear in the next Audi R8 and future Porsches. Stephan Reil, head of development at Audi’s Quattro performance division told Car & Driver the next R8 and the new Lamborghini will share 15 to 20% more parts than the current cars.
Power will likely stay a V10 and the only transmission will be a dual-clutch automatic.
Source: Car & Driver