Lamborghini started out all those years ago manufacturing tractors but for fifty years now they have been making world class cars. Joining the Lamborghini family ten years ago came the Gallardo. Even though it has only been around for a fifth of the lifetime of the production of the cars the Gallardo actually make up fifty per cent of the total Lamborghini’s ever sold.
Now has come the time for Lamborghini to close the lid on the production of the Gallardo and make way for its replacement, the Cabrera. In total there were 14,000 Gallardo’s built over the years with the last ever Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante coming off the production line which is in Sant’Agata Bolognese. There is no doubt it will be stored in a garage along with other collectables somewhere around the world!
There is much speculation that the Cabrera is going to be a much modified version of the Gallardo 5.2 litre V10 which has 600 break horse power and will be a four wheel drive which is standard across the Gallardo. It is also believed that it will be based on the same platform as the coming Audi R8 and is expected to be released at the Geneva Motor Show which will be hosted in 2014.
In the years that the Gallardo was around it was never quite a match for the Ferrari 458 but it did prove that there was a chance that Lamborghini could have a place under the Volkswagen umbrella in the future. This would mean future cars will have Italian style combined with German engineering. It is clear that for the Cabrera to make a mark it will have to be something pretty special.
Well it was announced yesterday that the Gallardo’s successor has already been making a stir in the supercar market. A new website has been launched where you can listen to the sound of the V10 engine with the caption “Listen to your instinct – Discover the roar of the new creature from Lamborghini”.
With the reveal expected in 2014 we are either going to be teased for a rather long time or the Cabrera will be ready for us to buy in the very near future. In terms of style it is expected that it will be a smaller version of the Aventador with a more organic feel compared to the angular shape of the Gallardo.
In terms of teasing we have been waiting the arrival of the new Volvo V60 Polestar. It is very much a faster version of the estate although it will be a standalone model rather than extension. There are already add-ons in the form of the T6 versions which are available for the V60 and for the S60.
The S60 has been launched to the Australian market but will be made available globally. It has a powerful engine compared to the existing 3.0 litre six-cylinder turbo engine. This engine has 345 break horse power as well as 369 lb/ft of torque which gets the V60 to 62 miles per hour in just 4.9 seconds.
This means that the engine that the V60 is getting is a new intercooler and there will also be a performance exhaust as well as a six speed auto box. For better stability there has been a new front splitter fitted which also makes it more pleasing on the eye too. A new spoiler has also been fitted and internally there will be a new steering wheel and sports seats.
There are no current prices or availability information for the V60 Polestar but Volvo UK will be updating us next year. Based on the V60 T6 all trimmings added you are looking in the region of around £40,000 so a guess for the V60 would be around the £50,000 mark. With this as a benchmark figure it is definitely worth building in the costs of motor insurance, tax and fuel although if you have a spare 50k lying around the cost of the extras may not be your priority.
Other good news is that you can now build your own F Type Coupe online. Earlier on in the month there was a reveal in Los Angeles at the Auto Show along with the Type R Coupe. Deliveries for the vehicles are expected to start taking place in the spring of next year it is likely the waiting list is a long one. If you just can’t wait long enough, why not build your own F Type Coupe online.
The price range of on the F Type vehicles starts at around £51,000 and ends at £85,000 although any additional extras will easily add a considerable amount onto your bill!