A couple of days ago, right around the launch of the McLaren MP4-12C, Lamborghini said it will continue to stay dedicated to the construction of lightweight vehicles and improving power-to-weight ratios. The move is being made as a part of the Italian automaker’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 35 percent.
The folks at CARandDRIVER recently sat down with Maurizio Reggiani, the director of research and development at Lamborghini, to get a hint of what we can expect next from Lamborghini.
Reggiani said that Lamborghini’s priorities are as follows:1. Design 2. Handling 3. Acceleration 4. Top Speed. Fuel-economy hasn’t made the list and we’re a bit glad to see that. However, Reggiani hinted that Lamborghini may follow Ferrari in getting rid of manual transmissions from its vehicles. He said that manual transmissions are fitted to less than five percent of the company’s car.
Nonetheless, Reggiani said that he is somewhat skeptical of the common belief that dual-clutch automated manuals with seven speeds or more (like Porsche”s PDK) are better than Lamborghini’s 6-speed single-clutch unit. He noted that Porsche’s gearbox is roughly 50 pounds heavier than the Lambo 6-speed.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera:
– By: Kap Shah