Lamborghini Gallardo successor concept arriving at Frankfurt Motor Show - report

 Lamborghini Gallardo successor concept arriving at Frankfurt Motor Show - report
Lamborghini Cabrera render / CarBuzz.com

Production version on sale next year

A concept previewing the Lamborghini Gallardo successor will allegedly be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Set to receive the Cabrera moniker, Lamborghini's entry-level model will adopt a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum spaceframe structure when it arrives in production form next year. It's internally known as the LP724 and rumored to be 16mm longer than the outgoing model which means we should expect an almost 4500mm length. Height and width will remain just about the same as the current Gallardo, meaning it will be around 1165mm tall and almost 1900mm wide. A wheelbase increase is also expected to provide better comfort inside the cabin.

While initial plans were to use Aventador's platform, Audi forced Lamborghini to take a different path to coincide with the second-gen R8 due in 2015. In other words, the Gallardo successor and new R8 will share a lot of components, including the aforementioned lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum structure which will tip the scales at 198 kg (436 lbs) for Audi's R8, making it 24 kg (53 lbs) lighter than the all-aluminum structure of the outgoing R8.

The 2015 Audi R8 will have a 30mm longer wheelbase and is set to offer stowage space behind the seats. Since Lamborghini's new model will be slightly shorter, the structure will be an additional 3 kg (6.6 lbs) lighter at only 195 kg (430 lbs). Using CFRP and aluminum panels, the Gallardo successor will have a curb weight of less than 1,500 kg (3,306 lbs).

At its heart will be an evolution of the V10 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated engine which will produce almost 600 bhp (447 kW) and 400 lb-ft (541 Nm). It will be linked to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional new dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic taken from the R8 as a replacement for the six-speed automated manual gearbox offered for the current Gallardo. Four-wheel drive will be standard, but special editions will get a rear-wheel drive configuration.

Note: Lamborghini Cabrera render pictured

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I have a '09 LP560 since Jan '10. Audi's influence on the car only improved it overall. Only 2 minor issues in almost 3.5 years. A faulty interior door handle and a problem with the fuel pickup in the gas tank. Not a single mechanical issue to date. It still has plenty of soul and aside from some of the controls (i.e. radio and a/c), you'd never know Audi was there. Can't wait to see the Cabrera! My only gripe is how outdated the interior is...looks like a 10 year old car. However, the performance is simply amazing.
Jun 17, 2013 11:44 pm
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These rumours about next Gallardo are changing daily. Previous reports were saying that manual is no no and chances for dual clutch are also slim, since lambo i pushing it's ISR tranny from Aventador
Jun 17, 2013 4:47 am
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Audi sucks... Let Lambo choose whatever they want to make. Don't step in to save money.... Whats the point of forcing lambo to make an overpriced R8? Even if it costs 5-10k more to make, the potential buyers wont really care and they would be happier with Aventador DNA.
Jun 17, 2013 3:30 am
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where would Lambo be without Audi and what´s wong with an italian R8?
Jun 17, 2013 5:22 am
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Its great when a big car company buys out a small sports car company. The cars produced become more reliable. But when that big company starts making the sports car company use more of their parts, the cars loose their soul and just become regular production cars. I may have a long way to go before I buy a car like this, but when I do im not gonna spend my money on an expensive VW.
Jun 17, 2013 5:43 am
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Good to know that pzigly. Let us know when you've bought your super car.
Jun 17, 2013 9:38 am
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GTR will be first.... already started saving... will put photo thumbnail just for u
Jun 17, 2013 9:46 am
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No thanks, I know what it looks like. Good to know you have already started saving, very insightful. Baby steps and all.
Jun 17, 2013 11:02 am
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@ pzigly, good to know somebody still believes in things that matter. I would rather push an Alfa Romeo than sell it to VW, no matter how good it can be.
Jun 17, 2013 9:44 am
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