- The final Lamborghini Gallardo is on its last lap and word is the next Gallardo may be the first Lamborghini to be largely designed and conceived outside of Italy.
- 2013 is set to be the last year in production for the sexy Italian V10 supercar.
- The Gallardo successor, expected next year, may get a new name and will be co-developed with Audi and Porsche, sources say.
SANT'AGATA, Italy — The final Lamborghini Gallardo is on its last lap and word is the next Gallardo may be the first Lamborghini to be largely designed and conceived outside of Italy.
Lamborghini has responded to rumors that the near 10-year-old Gallardo could be approaching the end of its model life by releasing a video on YouTube for the "Final Gallardo."
Although it doesn't go into specifics, there is confirmation via another link that the Gallardo is now definitely on its way out. There, the 2013 Gallardo LP560-4 is described as "The Finishing Touch."
No question, the Gallardo has been a sizable and deserved hit for Lamborghini following its debut back at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show. The low and sleek, midengine V10 supercar has been offered in both coupe and open forms, with rear-drive or all-wheel drive and with 500-plus horsepower outputs, starting with the 2004 model year.
A long and entertaining list of Gallardo special editions have also come along and in the U.S., the Gallardo is certainly going out in style. Currently, there are no fewer than six versions up for grabs spanning $191,900-$248,000. The latest Gallardo gets the minor front and rear body face-lift, as seen at this fall's 2012 Paris Auto Show.
All the way through, the Gallardo has been seen as the more affordable, rational alternative to the hugely powerful V12 Aventador, although some might question Lamborghini's stated goal for the car: "to bring Lamborghini athleticism and flat-out joy to a car that was also suitable for daily driving."
Underneath, the Gallardo has always had links to the more urbane Audi R8 and in next-generation form, those sharings are set to increase.
According to the Sant'Agata grapevine, the next Gallardo will be based off a new modular platform that will be used by Lamborghini, Audi and also Porsche — and could thus effectively be the first Lamborghini to be largely designed and conceived outside Italy. It is uncertain how Lamborghini purists will react to this development.
The rumor machine also suggests Lamborghini will go with a new name, as befits its tradition.
Meantime, with the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C setting the pace in the exoticar sector, Lamborghini knows that the next Gallardo has to be something really special.
Edmunds says: Still time to enjoy that Lamborghini Gallardo before it bows out in glory next year.