Lamborghini will no longer offer manual gearboxes

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Lamborghini's priorities have changed in how it designs and builds cars. The order of what the company prefers to focus on had always been design first, followed by top speed, acceleration and handling of its cars.

But within the past one or two years, Lamborghini has made some reassessments and decided to shuffle its priorities, with design still coming on top, but it will now be followed by handling, acceleration and top speed (in that order).

Lamborghini's director of research and development, Maurizio Reggiani, had told Car and Driver that there isn't much point in using up so much effort on producing cars that can go up to 200mph because very few owners really want to take their cars to those speeds.

There also aren't many stretches of roads that could accommodate such a feat. Reggiani also disclosed that since less than 5% of customers opt for a conventional manual transmission, they will soon be gone.

Nevertheless, it can't be expected that advanced dual clutch transmissions will replace Lamborghini's e-gear sequential automatic anytime soon.

Reggiani explained that Lamborghini's six-speed box is about 50 pounds lighter than a dual clutch unit and the automaker is opposed to unequal gear steps, as is the case with most seven-speed transmissions.

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