Lamborghini commercial director Fintan Knight told CarAdvice at the 2012 Sydney motor show that the ageing Lamborghini Gallardo will be replaced by an entirely new-generation successor with a new name rather than a continuation of the Italian marque’s top-selling sports car.
“This has been the custom at Lamborghini, to have an impressive name of a bull for a generation of a car and then to change with the next generation of the car, so we expect the naming policy to continue.”
Although specifics for the Gallardo replacement are sparse, when quizzed on the filtering down of technology from the company’s $2.3 million 999kg Sesto Elemento hypercar (pictured above) to the new supercar, Knight said there were some lessons learnt from the Sesto that would continue to be seen in the upcoming Lamborghini.
As for its powerplant, Knight said the recipe will remain the same, insisting, “We love naturally aspirated engines”. And while it does see a place for the potential use of hybrid technology, such as in the Lamborghini Urus SUV, Knight said this does not relate in terms of the supercar, saying, “It doesn’t make sense from a weight point of view”.
“What we’re looking for in terms of performance is responsiveness and engine sound and if there is another technology that’s available…we’re open-minded in terms of what technology can do for us but we have a clear recipe of what we’re looking for.”
While he did confirm the end of manual transmissions altogether for the next supercar, Knight also said there was still a place for a rear-wheel drive pure Lamborghini sports car.
“We do see that there’s a distinct positioning between a rear-wheel drive, which is the back to basics, and the four-wheel drive, which will remain our sophisticated lap-time-orientated car.”
Knight wouldn’t be pushed on the replacement’s expected release date, saying only “sometime in the future”.
The Lamborghini Gallardo began its production life in 2003 and has proved to be the Sant’Agata-based car maker’s most successful model.