Lamborghini Gallardo replacement coming next year

Autocar India
First Published: 12:12 IST(17/6/2013)
Last Updated: 13:17 IST(18/6/2013)
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Lamborghini will unveil a supercar concept at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show this year which will preview the Gallardo replacement. The new car is expected to styling and tech incorporate elements from the Sesto Elemento and Egoista concepts
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This new car, codenamed LP724 will carry forward key elements from the previous car such as the lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum space frame structure. The car has also grown marginally to a length of 4500mm which is almost 16mm longer than the previous car – the width and height remaining close to 1900mm and 1165mm. The production version of the new car is set to go on sale in the UK during the second half of the next year. The new car brings in an edgy exterior and its set to adopt a new interior layout as well that will extend its wheelbase to 2600mm which will offer added levels of accommodation.  

Lamborghini had plans to base the new car around a contemporary carbon fiber monocoque similar to that of the Aventador, however they have been forced to follow a more conservative route dictated by parent company Audi and its second-generation R8 supercar. Both the cars have been conceived around a modular spacefame. This will allow them to share vital components, including selected parts of a new, lightweight carbonfibre and aluminum structure that, Autocar can confirm, weighs 198kg in the form to be used by the Audi this is 24kg less than the all-aluminum structure used by the current R8. 

Despite using a similar structure, the R8 and the Gallardo replacement will receive different wheelbases. The Audi’s is 30mm longer than the Lamborghini’s for greater levels of interior accommodation, including stowage space behind the seats, by using a shorter wheelbase than the Audi, the structure of the new Lamborghini is a further 3kg lighter, at just 195kg.

The new space frame structure will use a combination of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum panel – this is done to scale the mid-engine Lamborghini to a sub 1500kg – the official kerb weight of the today’s four wheel drive Gallardo. The power house is an updated version of the Gallardo’s naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine. It will be tuned to deliver close to 600bhp and 592kgm of torque in standard setup, while complying with stringent new EU6 emissions regulations set to come into force next year.

The reworked engine will be mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, while the new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the R8 will be optional, replacing the current Gallardo’s six-speed automated manual ’box. Alongside standard four-wheel-drive models, Lamborghini also plans selected rear-wheel-drive versions of its new supercar. Meanwhile, rumors suggest that the Gallardo replacement will take the name Cabrera. In keeping with Lamborghini tradition, it refers to a line of Spanish bulls whose lineage can be traced to other famous breeds, including the Miura, Gallardo, Navarra, Veragua and Vistahermosa-Parladé. 


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