• Sep 7th 2006 at 1:05AM
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UPDATE 1: Our own Frank Filipponio weighs in. Scroll for details.

You knew this was coming.

You knew Lamborghini wasn't going to sit and do nothing as Audi soaks up the media adulation in Paris over the R8 later this month. Considering the Gallardo's significant -- ahem -- contributions to the R8 project, we're guessing that there were several agitated Italians eager to reassert the Lambo's place in the pecking order. It appears that they have -- and in dramatic fashion.

Supercars.net has the first photos of what is purportedly the next Lamborghini Gallardo. The neon green monster is said to be powered by a twin-turbo version of its already-potent V10, producing in excess of 600 horsepower -- Murcielago-style numbers. We're going to make an assumption that it will outperform all flavors of the R8, ensuring that the new Audi supercar does not step on the raging bull's hooves.

A new carbon fiber fascia with enlarged intakes, a wider rear with new shoulder scoops and a very substantial rear diffuser visually differentiate this Gallardo from the current car. Supercars.net's Richard Owen wonders if it's a prototype or a finalized version of the next Gallardo . We don't know the answer to that question, but based on the picture above, we're inclined to lean toward the latter.

The car in the photo looks very complete and well-finished. If it turns up on this season's show circuit, we wouldn't be the least bit surprised. The only question we're left with is this: What's it doing on a California showroom floor?

UPDATE 1: Autoblogger Frank Filipponio was at the dealership where this car is displayed and offers up the following in the comments: I think this is a dealer specific model that is N/A and has a few tweaks to go along with the new bodywork. This same dealership where this one was parked offered a limited run of MOMO special edition models last year, iirc.

Now we're really curious...

(Be sure to visit Supercars.net to see the rear view)

[Source: Supercars.net]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Maybe Audi should make a LARGE V12 for the big bull, something like 8 liters and 750hp.
      Keep it short by being dry sump and a 90 degree Vee angle (still even firing) and put the drive to rear differential through the Vee, and center mount the differential.

      The Countach didn't have an offset differential, but did jack up the engine sky high, and run the driveshaft through the super deep oil sump.
      The diablo/murcielago/veyron all have that damn offset differential.

      Unless the germans want to bring back the upside down V12 that was used in some WW2 fighters, or copy Ferrari's 180 degree V12 testarossa, F512BB.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Js: NA as in naturally aspirated.
      • 9 Years Ago
      After watching the R8 videos, i'm fairly certain that Audi is using the RS4 V8. If this is true, then it's really a shame.

      I say make it as good as it can go! Otherwise we have another Porsche Cayaman complex: A car designed to be mediocre, and in the middle of the product line.

      Back on topic, this Lamborghini is so much more spectacular than any MOMO edition with their colorful shoutouts for the visually imparied. Time will tell.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure the Murcielago LP640 has or is soon to replace the 'standard' car, so the big boy still has a power advantage. I doubt this car will have 600hp though, let alone over 600hp. If this really will be a real factory offering, it'll probably be just fast enough to compete with the F430 Challenge Stradale, maybe 570hp or something, any more and it will make it too close to the LP640 no matter how much power the Murcielago has since it's so heavy.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think this is a dealer specific model that is N/A and has a few tweaks to go along with the new bodywork. This same dealership where this one was parked offered a limited run of MOMO special edition models last year, iirc.
      • 9 Years Ago
      that is a beautiful car, great color too.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Lamborghini didn't stop at the engine, they have added a tasteful carbon fibre front fascia with huge intakes, a redesigned rear deck, a more prominent diffuser and wider bodywork at the wheels.
      • 9 Years Ago
      N/A as in "not available" ? I certainly hope not...lol.. Just wondering what happens to the Murci if the little bull now get +600hp ?
      • 9 Years Ago
      If this were a production model what would that mean for the Murcielago? With the Gallardo pushing 600hp wouldn't that mean Lambo would be in need of more power for the Murcielago too?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It is only fitting that Lambo have a faster/higher HP car. The Audi, is after all, not considered a supercar exotic like the Lambo, nor is it in the same price range.

      Just a smart move by Audi/Lambo.

      • 9 Years Ago
      odd that this mule, seen outside lamborghini's factory, looks so much like this car... i'm thinking it might not be dealer specific ;)

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