The manual transmission has died a nearly complete death at the upper echelon of the sports/supercar market. At Lamborghini, it has been
seen coming for a while
now. But could the final edition
of the Gallardo bring it back, if only for a while?
It might, according to a report from Road & Track
. Lamborghini of America CEO Michael Lock revealed that the final Gallardo would be a stripped, basic version with an H-pattern shifter, and rear-wheel drive (like the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni edition
It will be the purist's Gallardo, built for enthusiasts.
With a brand-new Gallardo to follow shortly after, it would take a rather irrational strain to buy the last edition--and this is the bait. Despite being the last edition of the 10 year-old Gallardo, the minimalist final edition won't likely appreciate in value in the near future.
As for what's around the corner for Lamborghini's Gallardo replacement
, it's expected to be lighter (thanks to aluminum and carbon fiber construction), dual-clutch only, and still V-10 powered--but beyond that, little is even speculated, beyond a possible name: Cabrera.