Lamborghini’s Gallardo supercar has been with us since the 2004 model year, and rumors that it would disappear after 2013 have now been confirmed by Lamborghini. If the title of the above video, “The Final Gallardo,” doesn’t give it away, the linked Lamborghini web page confirms it beyond the shadow of a doubt.
The Gallardo goes out of production with a face lift for the 2013 model year, seen on both coupe and open-air Spyder variants. The restyled front end is more angular, and the refreshed rear gets more engine cooling vents for better thermal efficiency.
An available Style Package is new for 2013 as well, and it features gloss black paint on the front spoiler lower, front and rear grilles and rear trim. There’s an Edizion Technica option, too, which adds a new rear wing, carbon ceramic brakes and unique paintwork with contrasting roof arches and intakes.
While we still don’t have a name for the car that will replace the Gallardo (though “Cabrera,” which means “goat herder,” has been suggested), we do have a few details on its design. Since Lamborghini is part of the Volkswagen Group, expect to see platform sharing between the Gallardo’s replacement and the next-generation Audi R8.
Word is that this modular platform will also be used by Porsche for a supercar model just below the 918 Spyder. In fact, Porsche is the Volkswagen Group family member that has been tasked with developing the platform, so expect the new Lamborghini to be quite a bit lighter than the Gallardo it replaces.
The trademark normally-aspirated V-10 is expected to return, but the manual transmission goes the way of the dinosaur, with all cars getting a paddle-shifted, dual-clutch automatic. Sadly, the low demand for manual transmission cars made them cost-prohibitive to keep in the product line.
Look for the Gallardo’s replacement to debut in late 2013 or early 2014.