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Lamborghini Gallardo successor to feature fewer configurations, special editions

by Nat Shirley

The Gallardo successor won't get numerous special edition models with confusing names like "LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale."

Producers of sports cars are well known for their proclivity for squeezing numerous models from one basic vehicle, and Lamborghini is no exception: over the course of its lifespan, the Gallardo has been offered in a staggering amount of bodystyle, drivetrain, and special edition combinations.

However, that's all set to change with the Gallardo's successor, which is set to launch in 2014. The new supercar will feature a smaller, simpler model lineup in order to lower production costs and prevent customer confusion, Lamborghini America COO Michael Lock revealed in an with Car and Driver.

For example, Lamborghini will continue to offer coupe and convertible variants along with rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, but the drop-top will likely be rear-drive only. Similarly, the hardcore, lightweight "Superleggera" treatment will probably be applied exclusively to coupes.

Little else is known about the Gallardo's replacement, which , except that it will wear "revolutionary" styling and shift exclusively through a dual-clutch gearbox - Lamborghini has no plans to bring the manual transmission back to its lineup any time soon.

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