With the Gallardo nearing the end of its production cycle, Lamborghini is planning a send-off model that will incorporate feature that has also reached the end of its life: the manual transmission.
This “final edition” version of the brand’s best-selling car ever will be its most raw interpretation yet, according to Lamborghini of America COO Michael Lock, with fewer luxury amenities. Signaling that 2013 will be the last year any Lamborghini will be available with a stick-shift, the car will make use of the traditional gated six-speed box, while also sporting a rear-drive layout.
The last model to feature such a configuration was the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni (above), named after the brand’s long time test driver turned ambassador.
Gallardo “final edition” models have been rumored for years as the car is now in its 9th year of production. In that time, rival Ferrari has introduced two new models.
Lamborghini seemed to signal the end of Gallardo production over a year ago with the Super Trofeo Stradale model, but has since unveiled updates to the rest of the model range in order to keep it looking fresh until retirement.
GALLERY: Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
[Source: Road & Track]
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