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The Lamborghini Gallardo is no stranger to special edition models, but with the car soon headed to that great racetrack in the sky, it sounds like a fitting send off is in the works. Road & Track had the chance to sit down with Lamborghini America COO Michael Lock who says that a "back-to-basics" Gallardo is being planned with a stripped interior, rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission.

Aside from marking the end of the Gallardo, this model will also mark the end for Lamborghini's manual transmission. That might sound like a devastating one-two punch for fans of the Italian automaker, but the report goes on to say that the paddle-shifted models outsell the three-pedal models to a tune of nine to one. No official word has been given as to when we'll see this new Gallardo model or its successor, but it sounds like at least one could be here by the end of the year.


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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shame about the last of the MT !! I guess us gear heads are not Lambo of Ferrari's base customer. Chris Btown and Justin Bieber apparently can't drive a manual!
      StaceyS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm going to start referring to my manual transmissions as "factory installed theft deterrent devices". Think I'll also replace the shift knobs with ones that don't have a shift map on them.
      Rajesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always lose interest in a car when they mention paddle shifts, or doing away with manual transmissions.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Teleny411
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm normally more of Ferrari person, but the Gallardo in that blue with MT. Yes, please!
      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on man. I know people are buying automatics way more than manuals, but AT LEAST, leave it as a special order option. I get a little sad thinking one day there will be no manuals built.
      4RR4Y
      • 2 Years Ago
      I personally enjoy driving a car with three pedals, but I've come to the realization that there will be manual [sports]cars that I wont be able to drive due to my height (particularly the length of my legs). At 6'4", I struggle to fit comfortably in many manuals (and similar autos), effectively limiting my operating efficiency. However, I personally fight for the manual transmission because it offers drivers the opportunity to understand driving at its most basic and involved form. Modern vehicles are slowly engineering out everything driving is all about, to which drivers are becoming increasingly detached from the task of driving as a whole. Driver distraction is at an all-time high, to which operating a manual transmission generally limits the effective intervals one is allotted to be distracted.
      DGreenbaum
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to sell Maserati\'s and Ferrari\'s a few years ago, and I found that in every situation where a customer was completely opposed to the idea of a paddle shifter, they had never drove one before. At that point I would ask the customer why they were so opposed to it and if they had ever driven one, and the answer was always \"no\" and I found out that it was just in theory that they were against it, as they had no actual personal experience with an F1 type transmission. I would then offer a test drive and they were always an immediate convert. Happened every time. This looks like a fantastic car from Lamborghini, I love a manual transmission too just as much as all of you who are die hards for them, but I am guessing that none of you who are so against a paddle shifted car have ever tried one in a late model Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini or M car. Please correct me if I am wrong.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      A stripped down stick version with RWD sounds like a good reason for a SV model to say farewell to the model.
      bonehead
      • 2 Years Ago
      YES!!!!!!
      clquake
      • 2 Years Ago
      And they'll charge you more for leaving stuff out and putting in old technology.
      tbird57w
      • 2 Years Ago
      imo a very very nice elegant looking sports car. i also like that shade of blue.
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