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    Gallardo Successor to offer RWD and AWD, Simplified Configurations

    When Lamborghini launches its successor to the Gallardo for 2014, we shouldn’t expect the same patchwork of model names and variants that are currently in use. Speaking with Lamborghini America COO Michael Lock, we’ve learned that the range will be streamlined for financial common sense—and also for the sanity of customers.

    Lambo’s next mid-engine supercar still will offer buyers a choice of rear- and all-wheel drive, though. Lock explains that some two-wheel-drive Gallardo buyers were purists, and wanted all 542 hp sent to the back of the car. Other shoppers arrived at the dealership ready to buy their dream car, and figured $200,000 was enough to spend even if it paid only for the “base” rear-drive car. People who bought all-wheel-drive Gallardos, however, went into their Lambo dealership knowing exactly what they wanted to buy. As such, both configurations will be available for the Gallardo’s replacement.

    Beyond that, though, the choices will shrink a bit. Coupes, convertibles, all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, and lighter-weight models of the Gallardo’s successor all will be offered again, but this time, not necessarily in every mathematically conceivable combination. Producing the Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante—a “lightweight” version of an all-wheel-drive convertible with a unique name—may have confused a few shoppers without delivering much benefit, the Lambo exec explained. Perhaps customers didn’t respond well to a salesman asking “So of the Gallardos, do you want a Balboni or a Super Trofeo Stradale?” If we had to guess, the all-wheel-drive convertibles will bite the dust, and only the coupe will be offered in Superleggera form.

    Unfortunately, one option remains off the table: a manual transmission. Lamborghini’s CEO Stephan Winkelmann told us a year ago that the brand was done with sticks, and that’s not changing. The Gallardo’s successor gets a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Complain, we might, but as of that interview in September of 2011, Lamborghini hadn’t sold a Gallardo with a manual in more than a year. Hate the buyers, not the automaker.


    Re: Gallardo Successor to offer RWD and AWD, Simplified Configurations

    I'm eager to see this car. The LP560 was a gorgeous car, I hope its replacement will be even better. I am a bit worried though that Lambo will over design the car and make it too gimmicky, the Aventador is one line away from looking over designed. Hopefully the smaller car will be cleaner and a bit simpler in form. 


    Re: Gallardo Successor to offer RWD and AWD, Simplified Configurations

    Enmanuel:

    I'm eager to see this car. The LP560 was a gorgeous car, I hope its replacement will be even better. I am a bit worried though that Lambo will over design the car and make it too gimmicky, the Aventador is one line away from looking over designed. Hopefully the smaller car will be cleaner and a bit simpler in form. 

     Agree 100% Smiley

    J.Seven


    Re: Gallardo Successor to offer RWD and AWD, Simplified Configurations

    With the introduction of PDK for the 991 GT3, the days for manual on Porsche models could be numbered. The next PDK generation is supposed to offer a more "obvious" (whatever this means) manual mode, so manual will loose importance. I give manual on Porsche models another 5 years or so.


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    Re: Gallardo Successor to offer RWD and AWD, Simplified Configurations

    had a encounter with a yellow Aventador last week-end - he was equally fast in the corners and despite it's weight very planted (at least it looked like - I was a bit busy...indecision ) - but boy did he go on the straights.... - given all the competition comming out I hope the Gallardo successor will be as stunningly looking as the Aventador ! kiss


     
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