Lamborghini says NO to manual transmissions

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There’s no chance of ever seeing a manual transmission in any future Lamborghini according to US website Motor Trend. The news follows an interview with Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D director, who revealed no more than 2% of cars they build today are fitted with a manual box.

Of course, the Aventador LP700-4 doesn’t offer a manual box option and that’s now expected to be the same when the eight-year-old Gallardo is replaced.

The new model is rumoured to be called the Cabrera and Reggiani explains a traditional manual breaks the electronic regime of the modern car. Apparently, then, humans can no longer be trusted to change gears at optimum points.

Perhaps this news is no real surprise. The Ferrari 458 Italia also says no to the charming chrome-gated slots that were once so admired by so many. Lower down the food chain, the Audi RS3 is only offered with an ‘auto’ S tronic as well.

It’s easy to see why a car like the BMW 1M, only offered with a 6-speed manual, has been so widely embraced by motoring journalists and enthusiasts alike.

[Source: Motor Trend]