Lamborghini is well known for releasing new iterations of its very fine Gallardo supercar and now we’re facing the prospect of another one. But the good news here is that this is an all-new model and not another “one-off” limited edition finale.
A new Lambo prototype, codenamed LP724, has been snapped at the Nürburgring in recent days. It’s expected the Gallardo-replacement will be ready for sale around the middle of 2014, after making its show debut in Geneva next March.
Believed to be called the Cabrera the new name follows tradition by referencing a family of Spanish bulls and not likeable golfers from Argentina.
Parent company Audi won’t be missing the boat here either and the Cabrera and the next-gen R8 will be built around a common modular spacefame. There will still be major differences between the two cars with the R8 to have its wheelbase extended by 30mm to allow for greater interior comfort.
Meanwhile, the new entry-level Lambo supercar will look to the ball-tearing Sesto Elemento for its exterior inspiration. Lamborghini will stick with a 5.2 litre V10 for the Cabrera with revisions expected to deliver as much as 600hp (450kW).
Interestingly Autocar reports the car will come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, leaving a 7-speed DSG from the R8 to be an option only. This would contradict a two-year-old rumour suggesting Lamborghini would not be using manual boxes for any future models.