Try as I might, I can’t bring myself to write about a Civic over a Gallardo. Sure, one has more mass appeal, because it’s a mass-produced vehicle accesible to anyone who wants one, while the other car might as well exist on the same planet as unicorns and leprechauns.
Everyone has a Civic. If we’re not driving it on our way to the Red Robin for Happy Hour, we’ll certainly pass a dozen on the way. But very few of us will ever drive a Gallardo, or even see one in person to verify they exist.
And yet, power and grace capture our attention over practicality and go-slow every time.
The simple fact is, we read about Civics when we need to buy one. We read about Lamborghinis because we love cars. If that’s you, keep reading for some clues into the successor to the Gallardo!
Most car companies employ a design philosophy called “evolutionary, not revolutionary.” Porsche is perhaps the most notorious for that, as its 911 hasn’t really changed shape in decades. Lamborghini, being the brash socially unacceptable cousin, employs the reverse strategy.
In a recent interview with Car and Driver, CEO Stephan Winkelmann said that the new car, which may carry the name Cabrera (sounds too Porsche-esque for my tastes, plus I know a weather girl with that last name), will mark a “clear cut” from the Gallardo.
We always say that design is not an evolution but a revolution, and this will be the philosophy of the follow-up to the Gallardo.
The new Cabrera will replace the Gallardo as the “entry-level” Lambo and will have all-wheel drive along with an upgraded version of the current V10 engine. Early estimates have the Cabrera achieving around 600 hp with a dual-clutch automatic transmission. Maybe it will take some design cues from the new Aventador J! All this is exciting for sure, but then comes this news:
Lamborghini has confirmed in order for the new car to work seamlessly, the Cabrera will not have a manual transmission option.
That deflates the sails a little, doesn’t it? The Civic may be a lot less sexy, but at least it still comes with a proper row-your-own gear changer!
All sports cars should have a manual transmission option. Period. Do you agree?