It appears that Lamborghini, like Ferrari before it, will soon be retiring the manual gearbox for good.
It’s quite an event whenever Lamborghini reveals an all-new model. It just doesn’t happen all that often. But we’ve been hearing plenty about the upcoming Gallardo replacement, rumored to be called the Cabrera, in recent weeks and today some fresh details have come to light. A report from AutoExpress is claiming the new mid-engined Lambo will likely have its official debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in March and will be considered a 2015 model.
We already knew that the Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V10 will remain but it will be modified to produce an additional 38 horsepower for a total of around 600 hp. It’ll also offer lower fuel emissions than the current LP 570-4. Like the current Gallardo and Audi R8, the Cabrera and next R8, also due at around the same time, will share a platform that’ll feature a "groundbreaking multi-material chassis" made from aluminum and carbon fiber. But most of what you’ve just read is nothing new. So what is? The Cabrera will supposedly have a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of the e-gear automated manual.
What about a traditional six-speed gearbox? Don’t count on it. As usual, there will be a Spyder variant that’ll debut about a year after the coupe, and there’ll probably be a RWD version too. Like the Gallardo, expect there to be plenty of special editions as well. Overall, the Cabrera sounds like it’ll be an incredible thing. Too bad drivers won’t be able to row their own gears though.