If you’re a Lamborghini fanatic looking to buy a mid-engined super sports car in the “rich people consider this reasonably cheap even thought it costs as much as a decent house” range, it’s been a tough couple of years. While Ferrari, McLaren, AMG, Audi, Porsche and the like have rolled out one game-changing super sports car after another, Lamborghini has issued…a series of refreshed/special-edition Gallardos. Granted, the LP 570-4 Superleggera is one hell of a good time, but rich car guys like what’s new, and no amount of spoilers or paint jobs can hide that the Gallardo is pushing ten years old.
But the replacement is right around the corner. Just as the first spy photographs of the Gallardo replacement have emerged, word’s come out that the Lamborghini Gallardo replacement will gloriously emerge into this world at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall (presumably right across the VW Group display from the new Audi Sport Quattro). It’ll be based around the same platform as the next-gen Audi R8—a modular aluminum and carbon-fiber spaceframe that weighs about 10-15 percent less than the outgoing version. (We hope that ratio of reduction translates to the car’s curb weight, too.)
Power is expected to come from a revised version of the current Gallardo 5.2 liter V10, making around 600 horses and 400 lb-ft. And expect that clunky sequential automated manual to be replaced with a smooth-shiftin’ seven-speed dual clutch automatic. Don’t expect a stick shift to show up, but do expect both RWD and AWD versions. As for style, expect the new Lamborghini—which will probably not be called “Cabrera,” in spite of what you might have heard—to look like a tighter, smaller version of the Aventador, with a dash of Sesto Elemento added for flavor. Expect to see the car previewed in almost-production-ready concept car form at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the production version hitting the road in 2014. [via Autocar, Car and Driver]