Lamborghini is expected to replace its bestselling Gallardo supercar with a brand new model in 2014.
The entry-level model, which has proved a massive sales hit for the brand, has lagged behind rivals in recent years. In the time it has been on sale, Ferrari has launched two successive competitor models, the F430 and the 458 Italia.
In the year of its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini is set to unveil a concept car at the Frankfurt motor show this September, which will closely resemble what a new production Gallardo will look like.
A customer version of the extreme two-seater is set to hit UK showrooms in the second half of next year and will share parts of its lightweight carbonfibre and aluminium structure with the forthcoming replacement for the Audi R8, due in 2015.
Amongst the revisions for the new model is a new cabin layout, which is said to increase space inside – something that the current model doesn’t have in abundance.
The car will use an updated version if the current 5.2-litre V10 engine, which will develop around 600bhp and yet still meet the forthcoming strict EU6 emissions regulations.
Power will be channeled through a six-speed manual gearbox, with a seven-speed dual clutch option to be offered as an option.
Unlike the current model, the new version is likely to be offered in the traditional sports car rear-wheel-drive configuration, as well as the current four-wheel-drive layout.
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