Unofficially designated “baby-Lambo”, the Lamborghini Gallardo has lived a very long and successful life, first hitting the streets a decade ago in 2003. It’s now due time for a replacement, and this is it: the Cabrera.
At least for now, Cabrera is the best guess at the name of the car. We’ve glimpsed the model before, through the eyes of others, but this is the first clear look at it, spied testing at the Nürburgring racetrack.
Designed to fill the entry-level slot in Lamborghini’s supercars-only lineup, the Cabrera will likely sport an updated version of the 5.2-litre V10 engine found in the current model, with output increased to about 600 hp, indicating a likely tag of LP 600-4 appended to its name.
All-wheel drive will, of course, be standard equipment, though rear-drive models, as seen with the Gallardo, may continue forward, too. The most welcomed change to the car’s mechanical configuration is likely to be the expected replacement of the archaic and clunky e-gear automated manual with a modern seven-speed dual clutch transmission. No manual transmission version is likely.
As for the structure of the Cabrera itself, it’s likely the new car will be built largely of aluminium, with carbon fiber and other composites used in key weight-saving locations. It will be a multi-material design combining aluminium and carbon fiber and perhaps even some fiberglass to make a structure that’s almost as sturdy and light as a full carbon structure, but significantly cheaper to produce. This chassis is to be shared with a second-generation Audi R8, due approximately one year after the launch of the Gallardo replacement.