Some car companies don’t like to give you much in the way of choice when you’re making a purchase. Honda, for one, is particularly annoying in this regard. But other automakers are happy to offer you pretty much as many choices as you want when it comes to ordering up a new car, either by letting you choose options a la carte, or just by offering pretty much every available combination as a separate variant. Lamborghini has tended toward the latter course—but that’s about to change.
When the new replacement for the Lamborghini Gallardo arrives in 2014, it won’t come in quite as many different versions as the current model, whose bench currently stretches eight variants deep—and has gone deeper in the recent past. (Remember the Balboni Edition? Good times.) Coupes, spyders, and lightweight versions will also still be offered, but some of the more esoteric combinations of all those characteristics probably won’t be around.
However, the revised model lineup will still offer buyers the choice between rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive Gallardo replacements. Sadly, no matter which wheels you want driving your not-Gallardo, the power reaching them will travel through a dual-clutch gearbox. As we mentioned before, Lamborghini has officially given up on the conventional manual transmission. They claim it’s because computer-controlled transmissions are better at the job than people, but then again, Lambo also hadn’t sold one manual-transmission Gallardo between September 2010 and September 2011. [via Car and Driver]
Pictured: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante