The Lamborghini Gallardo’s successor will have its launch in 2014 but then it will be offered with a more simplified list of variations. It’s notable that the Gallardo comes in numerous model iterations. Lamborghini America COO Michael Lock said that the range of the Gallardo’s successor will be more streamlined, not only because of financial purposes but mostly to make it simple for the customer.
Rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options will be available to go along with the coupe and convertible variants. Furthermore, customers can choose a lighter-weight model but not necessarily in a specific configuration.
For instance, it’s likely that there won’t be an all-wheel drive, lighter-weight convertible. Lamborghini also clarified that the Gallardo successor won’t be available with a manual transmission option. Sales of the manual-equipped Gallardos have been low. This is why the successor will only be featured with a dual-clutch gearbox.
Lamborghini revealed that the Gallardo LP560-4 is slated to be the heir to its most successful model ever. According to the brand, ever since it was released by in 2003, an estimated 7,100 units have been made at its production facility in Sant'Agata Bolognese. Powering the new Gallardo LP560-4 is a 5.2-liter V10 engine which can deliver 412 KW (560 PS).
Compared to the previous generation, this marks a 30 kW (40 PS) increase. However, with the new model being lighter by 20 kg, this results to a power-to-weight ratio of 2.5 kg per PS. In simple terms, performance is better. Having a maximum speed of 325 km/h, it can go from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. At 11.8 seconds, it can go as high as 200 km/h. This is not all as what it has to offer as the engine also has the “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata,” or the direct fuel injection system, allowing the driver to be truly captivated by the experience.
Further, even if the power is increased significantly, both the fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions have been lowered by 18%. Through the Gallardo LP560-4, the brand will be able to bring the standards for the super sports cars to a higher level.
The new engine, when combined with the new suspension and the permanent all-wheel drive transmission, ensures better dynamics and enhanced performance. On a design level, Lamborghini has managed to come up with a truly innovative one and uses the brand’s distinct classic lines to a higher level. There is no doubt that this is powerful elegance, something never seen before, or even defined.
Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that the brand will be able to merge the success story with the LP560-4. He added that this new model is expected to outdo the previous generation in almost all aspects. The dynamics is not only stunning but the design will likely set new benchmarks, he continued. Winkelmann said further that the launching of the Gallardo LP560-4 means that the brand is on the path of continuously growing its strategy.