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Lamborghini has thrown the motoring world a curve ball with a report that Sant'Agata will be leaving manual transmissions to the dinosaurs, just like Ferrari. According to Car and Driver, the decision was part of the company's commitment to increasing the overall fuel economy of its products – something the Raging Bull really hasn't had to bother with in the past. In addition to scrapping the third pedal, the company says it plans to build ever-lighter exotics, which means you can bet your pants there will be even more carbon fiber in Lambo's future line-up.

Don't expect to see any turbocharged Gallardos in the next few years, though. While automakers around the world may be strapping forced induction to their engines as a way to curb fuel consumption and maintain power, Lamborghini says it has no interest in playing with the extra psi. Instead, look for stop/start tech and cylinder deactivation to crop up over the next decade, as well as a mild-hybrid car and an E85-capable V10. The times? They are most definitely changing.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but I don't care about gain .001 in the quarter mile or .02 0-60. If a car doesn't have a 3rd pedal I wont buy it. My choices will diminish over time but their will always be choices. If I have to buy an older car and restore it and drop in a new crate motor and trans I will do it. I hate auto's. When I drive them now after having a stick for so long it just doesn't feel right. It's sad that Ferrari and Lamborghini are giving up. I would have thought that they would be the last stand. I would be very surprised if Porsche threw in the towel. Hopefully the big threes muscle cars will still keep hope alive. The US is the main reason why they are disappearing. Most people can't drive them so the demand just isn't there anymore. Sad very sad. :-(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ferrari and Lambo's decision is made by their clients , to few of them want manuals to make them economically viable.Porsche has enough clients who want manuals , the GT3 and GT2 are manual only , that says something about the 911 fans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      obligatory manuals are more fun comment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The fact is that Ferrari sold 97% of their F430s with the F1 gearbox, hence the 458 offers only a double-clutch.
        Guys, let's face it, those of you who can afford one (or a Lambo) represent that 3%. Besides, who, and be honest here, knows how to heel-and-toe properly?
        The new-gen trannys do the double-blip for you (awesome sound), upshift quicker than a top-fuel dragster, get better mileage and performance...need I go on? Shure, the tactile experince is lost, but only partially, since every self-respecting driver will use the paddles to up-and-downshift themselves when attacking a good road or track.
        Everyone whined when ABS became standard, saying that they had "better feel" and could brake later without it. Not with the latest systems, they can't. I see DCTs as having come of age and become better that any driver with a manual (unlike the previous-gen, single-clutch robotized units).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Obligatory "nuh-uh, twin-clutch paddles rule" comment.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoever keeps building manuals is going to get my business in the far future.

        I hope it's Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NOBODY can stop the computerization of our cars.
        It´s kind of sad, but Manuals don`t fit in that future, simple as that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So what they're saying is that the Gallardo Balboni is the last real Lamborghini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I just compare a manual transmission to sailing. You can definitely get from point A to B faster with a propeller but a purist sailor would never trade in their sail boat...just as I would never trade in my manual. I enjoy having every limb interacting with the car. (plus I don't think too many purists drive Lambos anyway)

        ...and BTW I have clocked plenty of hours on both types of transmissions
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a disappointing story. Looks like in the future we'll have to rely on Porsche, the Miata and Lotus for manual sports cars. Lamborghini and Ferrari have lost their history and alienated the enthusiast. Supply and demand has killed the manual lambo
        • 5 Years Ago
        While I understand that at the end of the day they are businesses and aim to increase shareholder wealth through profit. I personally believe there is a disconnect in man and machine when an autobox is in the way. Profits and manual gearboxes do not have to be mutually exclusive e.g. Porche attains the highest profit margin per vehicle and they are committed to offering manuals.

        It's good to see another perspective online, however I resent the bickering on being able to afford one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BTW, this is really bad news for all the tuners out there. Now they are going to have to focus on beefing up the trannies so they can take the added torque.
      Too much HP/TQ added to one of these babies and BOOM!
      • 5 Years Ago
      lamborghini, please check your calenders, april fool's day isn't here yet
      • 5 Years Ago
      This time was inevitable... Nevertheless, I'm sure this new breed will kick just as much ass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Japans had restrictions on just about everything for since like… ever. Sure you might get a tin can with a lawn mower engine but this could also make the game much more interesting for sport cars. These changes could be pretty cool. Or they could completely suck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Manuals are lighter than automatics; manuals are more fun than automatics; manuals give you the chioce of power selection; floppy paddles are nothing but shiftable automatics(?); manuals, for now, are more fuel conserving; manuals should always be the option for muscle/supercars.

      Next thing you know all muscle/supercars will be grocery getters. Somebody stop this terrible downward spiral. It's the 70's all over again. Now where are the keys to my Mustang II.
      • 5 Years Ago
      NOOOO!!!!! Don't get rid of manuals!! To all of you who keep hating on manuals you just don't appreciate the control over the vehicle. You should chill out we are not trying to get rid of your double clutches we are just trying to save what we like. There is something great that only die hard motor enthusiats understand about rowing through gears in a sweet sports car. I never in my life want to drive an automatic and I will stick with whatever brand continues to preserve the "old" transmission. Lamborgini has gone soft, first they started with adding all wheel drive to every car they have. Now no manuals. If you want to lose weight ditch the all wheel drive its not necessary. Ferrari manages to put 650hp to the ground(enzo) or 620hp(599) why can't lamborgini? The ZR1 has tons of torque and rear wheel drive and it has a OH NO DON'T SAY IT, a manual transmission.

      Bottom line: save the manuals for those of us who appreciate the feel of driving the vehicle and who are willing to sacrifice a second off our lap time and 2 less mpg's. Besides when your driving a lambo you obviously don't care about fuel consumption.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To all those lamenting the slow demise of the manual transmission, I'm afraid I have no such feelings.

      While I agree it can sometimes be entertaining to have a manual, how do you feel about going fast? Isn't going fast "what it's all about"? If it's not speed, then isn't quickness important?

      If it slowed their cars down, they wouldn't be cutting the manual transmissions. Same goes for Ferrari.

      Automatics have evolved far enough that they can be more efficient, more reliable, and better performing. It's as simple as that. Don't lament the past, look forward to the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frankly, I don't give a sh!t what Lambo does. I'll never own one. Not able to afford it and it's too excessive, anyway.

        But to your comment about manuals, I hope you don't mean that for every type of car. I understand that Ferrari and Lambo are doing it in the ultimate pursuit of speed. I, however, don't buy cars based on their 0-60 times, but rather how they feel driving up a winding canyon road (I live in Colorado). A manual is an important facet of that experience.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here's what bugs me about the demise of 3 pedaled cars:

        When something goes wrong in the engine's computer, a manual is easy to just clutch and go to the side of the road. Worst case scenario, you have to yank the gear shifter from gear to neutral. In an automatic, you lose that capability. (PS, some cars have a "full throttle neutral lockout" so you can't throw the car into neutral at WOT).

        Dual Clutch Transmissions are very expensive to repair, and (at least in VW's case) require an expensive fluid replacement every 40k miles.

        DCTs are also heavier than manuals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NO! No, it's NOT just about "going fast". That's the whole problem. Mouth-breathing, bench-racers all seem to agree with you but "true" enthusiasts know better. I'd have a lot more fun driving a manual down some nice country roads with beautiful curves etc.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Without the benefit of a (very precise) stopwatch or a relative measure of speed from the exact same car I'm not sure you'd notice. What you would notice is the peak acceleration, which would be identical with either an automated floppy diddy gearbox or a traditional manly stick shift.

        However, with the benefit of not having to shft gears for yourself, you could make phone calls and such. So that's a plus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda sad to think that the automotive branch of Lamborghini was started when Sr. Lamborghini himself complained to Enzo Ferrari about the clutch feel in his Ferrari. (At least, that's the way I remember hearing it...)
        • 5 Years Ago
        And now, the problem is finally completely fixed. =P
      • 5 Years Ago
      "According to Car and Driver, the decision was part of the company's commitment to increasing the overall fuel economy of its products... "

      LOL, yeah, I'm sure manual transmissions were really the key element holding back their 600 hp V12 AWD supercars' mileage.

      The bottom line is even exotics need to follow consumer trends to sell cars, and fuel economy is currently fashionable among their rich customers (don't mention their 5,000 sq ft homes and CO2-intensive international flights!). So the culprit is not MPG in and of itself, but rather the whims of the wealthy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's a combination of the need for improved efficiency, and the fact that most people either CAN'T drive manuals, or don't WANT to. They're not into the "interactive" quality of a performance car, they care more about the "bling" factor.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the other thing is that manuals have to live up to crazy amounts of clutching abuse & automatics just don't. You would think that an automatic or DCT would be better suited for very high performance cars.

        I know that in my car, a heavy dual-mass flywheel and a clutch delay valve are required to keep the manual transmission smooth. I have a 2.8.. i can only imagine what a v8 needs.
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