The Lamborghini Gallardo has been in production for over ten years now and its replacement – expected to be badged the Cabrera – has been spotted performance testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, ahead of its unveiling next year.
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We first caught a glimpse of the Cabrera after images of the prototype surfaced on the social networking site Facebook and it's shown here wearing the same heavy disguise. Despite this, it’s clear the Cabrera shares the same wedgy profile of its predecessor but is ever so slightly longer and wider as well as sitting lower to the ground.
Largely constructed out of lightweight aluminium and carbon fibre, the Cabrera should tip the scales at less than 1,500kg. Initial plans were for the Cabrera to be based around a carbon fibre monocoque similar to that on the Aventador, however, a more conventional modular spaceframe – to be shared with the new 2015 Audi R8 – has been preferred.
The front end looks to keep the familiar aggressive face of Gallardo, with the two huge ‘nostrils’ below each of the headlights, while a central air intake also joins them. Two air intake buttresses above the rear wheels have adopted from the Sesto Elemento, while bigger intakes on the sills can also be seen.
This will go some way to help the cooling of a heavily retuned 5.2-litre V10, adopted from the current Gallardo. Power is rumoured to be around 600bhp – 37bhp more than the outgoing model – and the V10 is also likely to use cylinder deactivation to help improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Gone is the clunky e-gear automated manual, which has been replaced by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission sending all 600bhp to all four wheels. Like the Gallardo it replaces, the Cabrera is likely to see rear-wheel drive special editions later in its lifetime, which could possible see the addition of a six-speed manual gearbox.
While pricing is still unconfirmed, a price tag similar to that of the Ferrari 458 Italia, at around £170,000, is expected. A public unveiling of the Cabrera is likely to take place at the Geneva Motor Show in March.