AutoCarUK supposedly learned that Lamborghini will continue its 50th celebratory year of existence by unveiling an all-new concept car that will pave the way for the Gallardo replacement. Originally introduced in 2004, the car has endured 9 years in existence—10 if you count the year that production started. That said, although Lamborghini worked very hard to mask the age of the beloved supercar, it’s hard to ignore that the Gallardo is feeling a little bit dated.
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That said, the concept is said to be ready for a presentation at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Production will begin in the second half of 2014 and is said to be much lighter than the Gallardo it is replacing. This is apparently thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum to construct the space frame, which will also be the same basic frame for the replacement Audi R8—due in 2015.
Internally, the Gallardo-replacement is referred to as the LP724 will grow in length just, with the width and height proportions remaining nearly the same. Expect an exterior that mimics that of Lamborghini’s recent stunts like the Veneno and the earlier 2010 Sesto Elemento, meaning lots of sharp edges, creases and angles to make an extraordinarily menacing machine.
Lamborghini’s original plan for the Gallardo-replacement was to employ a smaller version of the Aventador’s platform. Though that apparently didn’t sit well with the bean counters at the Italian automaker’s corporate home at Audi.
Power is expected to be provided by a significantly updated version of the current Gallardo’s 5.2L V10 good for 600hp and 400lb-ft of torque. A standard six-speed manual will be fitted with an optional seven-speed dual-clutch that will find its way into the new R8. All-wheel drive will be standard with rear-wheel drive versions to follow.
– By: Chris Chin