According to the latest reports from Autocar, it appears that Lamborghini is preparing a big surprise for the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show: a new concept car that previews the Gallardo successor. Set to go on sale in 2014, the new Gallardo replacement will feature a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum spaceframe structure.
The new vehicle will be 16 mm longer than the current Gallardo (4500 mm) and will have a width of 1900 mm and a height of 1165 mm. A new 2600 mm wheelbase will also be used. Using the new spaceframe structure, the Italian manufacturer aims to bring the new Lambo to the scales at less than 1500 kg.
Under the hood, we will find an updated version of the 5.2-litre V10 petrol engine delivering around 600 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque and mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic from the Audi R8. Just like the Gallardo by Valentino Balboni, the new vehicle will be AWD but will also offer a RWD version. Regarding its name, more rumors suggest that the Gallardo replacement will be named Cabrera.
Lamborghini Gallardo, a smaller relative of the Murcielago, was engineered to be a pioneering sports car that can still be employed as an ordinary car - a task that would seem almost impossible. To succeed in this, the engineering team had to reach superior comfort benchmarks while keeping the extreme performance anticipated of a Lamborghini.
The resulting automobile is a 4.3 metre long two-seater powerful animal that can reach more than 300 km/h, achieving the high-performing sports car heritage that the company is renowned for, and still is an enjoyable drive off the race track, in urban areas, or along country roads.
This car was conceived to keep the traits of prior Lamborghini automobile, but also to include a feeling of tremendous uniqueness and a contemporary feel. The final vehicle has a great look; even if it is not moving, the Lamborghini Gallardo exudes a sense of speed. The interior has a modern look and has superbly built qualities, but everyone can identify some Audi touches all over. Nevertheless, the car does not have the celebrated Lamborghini scissor doors that are kept for the V12 line.
The Lamborghini Gallardo is driven by an amazing 5-litre V10 engine, creating maximised power of 500 hp (368 kW) at 7,800 rpm, 510 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm (with almost up to 80% available at as low as 1,500 rpm) and produced completely from aluminium. Throttle control comes from a Drive by Wire system with dual electric throttle components.