Upcoming Lamborghini cars will no longer offer a manual transmission

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 7, 2011

Lamborghini's R&D director, Maurizio Reggiani, says that none of is future cars will be using manual transmissions. Very few customers opt for a stick shift for their Gallardo. The new Aventador actually features a fully automated seven-speed single-clutch transmission and isn’t available with a manual transmission.

Reggiani said that only 1 to 2% of the cars that are built by its Sant'Agata Bolognese factory are equipped with three pedals. Reggiani explains that a manual transmission is a break in the electronic chain of command that makes sure that there is harmony in the movements between the engine combustion chamber and tire contact patch.

He said that each system in the car has to be interconnected. He clarified that this is the only way that the carmaker could ensure smoothness in city driving and an awesome acceleration on a twisting road.

He added that drivers can’t always be relied on to shift gears without experiencing a glitch. This is why the replacement next year for the Gallardo is expected to be offered just with an automated transmission. But just to be clear, this replacement (which is rumored to be given the Cabrera name) may not be the next new model from Lamborghini.

Reggiani said that Lamborghini will announce within the next few months if it will proceed with a plan to produce the Sesto Elemento show car. It’s believed that the carmaker will build replicas of its 2010 Paris show concept, and that this will be a track-day special. Reggiani shared that some of the advanced carbon-fiber construction techniques displayed in the Sesto Elemento are nearing production feasibility.

For instance, the car's central tub is built from a forged composite. Tiny strands of carbon-fiber distributed at random through a blob of resin are squeezed and then momentarily cooked in a heated die. Reggiani believes that this method of carbon-fiber construction could now be applied in the automotive field since the price of this material is comparable to that of conventional carbon fiber.

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