You’re in for a disappointment if you were prepared to witness the debut of the Lamborghini Cabrera at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. It turns out that the debut of the 600-hp Lamborghini Gallardo replacement had to be postponed. According to Auto Express, the Cabrera will be introduced in early 2014 and is slated to go on sale in the later part of the year.
It’s rumored that the new Lamborghini will still be twinned with the second-generation Audi R8. The report also stated that the Cabrera will be powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine with an output of up to 600 hp. There will be a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic offered together with the six-speed manual. In addition, Lamborghini will build both rear- and all-wheel-drive versions of the Cabrera.
With a codename of PL724, the new Lamborghini is believed to be a bit longer and wider than the existing Gallardo. It’s expected to weigh much less due to its major use of aluminum and carbon fiber. It may even weigh lower than 2900 pounds for rear-wheel-drive variants. Notably, the next Audi R8 will use the same chassis as the Lamborghini.
The difference is that it will be available with both V-8 and V-10 engines. A Spyder model will follow in 2015 after the launch of the Lamborghini Cabrera coupe next year. This Spyder model will be equipped with the same engine and transmission and so, it’s expected to weigh the same or even lighter than the Lamborghini coupe.
Lamborghini Gallardo, the little cousin of the Lamborghini Murcielago, was built to be a top of the line sports car that could still be utilized as a regular vehicle – a challenge that appears to be almost impossible to achieve. In order to achieve success, engineers needed to create high comfortability standards while keeping up the ferocious performance demanded of a Lamborghini.
The outcome is a 4.3-meter long 2-seater capable of more than 300 km/h, satisfying the high-performance sports car heritage for which the company is well-known for, while still being fun to drive outside the race track, in the urban areas or country lanes.
It was intended to maintain the qualities of past Lamborghini vehicles, but also to convey a feeling of extraordinary distinction and an up to date look. The final output looks outstanding – even when it is motionless, the Lamborghini Gallardo feels quick and headstrong. The interior looks up to date and is of exceptional build quality. However, you can identify some Audi cues all over. Sadly, the car does not have the trademark Lamborghini scissor doors, which are saved for the V12 lineage.
Lamborghini Gallardo is propelled by an amazing 5-liter V10 engine,creating optimal output of 500 hp (368 kW) at 7,800 rpm, 510 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm (with up to 80% available as low as 1,500 rpm) and built completely from aluminum. Throttle is directed by a Drive by Wire system with two electronic throttle bodies. The power is sent to each of the four wheels by a Lamborghini Viscous Traction system which, in ordinary conditions, shares the traction at around 30% front and 70% rear.
The system is deemed to be "self-regulating" and does not demand any extra electronic management. The vehicle utilizes a 6-speed manual gearbox with a choice of a sequential gearbox - the e-gear - giving gear changes utilizing paddles mounted to the steering column. With an aim to significantly lower the center of gravity, the car utilizes a lessened diameter double plate clutch.