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Gallardo-Replacing Cabrera To Get 600 Horses

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On: Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Gallardo-Replacing Cabrera To Get 600 Horses

Well, it looks like Lamborghini may be abandoning the lighter components/smaller engines philosophy that company executives talked about last year. Because all we've seen since then, except for the Sesto Elemento, is bigger and bigger engines. Sure, composites have been part of the picture, but there really doesn't seem to be much effort in cutting engine size.

The latest rumor out of French site L'Automobile indicates that the Gallardo replacement, a car that is likely to be introduced in 2013, will add 30-hp over the current Gallardo top-dog—the Gallardo Superleggera—for 600 horses worth of power. That engine's job will be a bit easier thanks to weight cuts from composite construction.

Last month, an Internet rumor detailing 10 years worth of Lamborghini's plans was popular blog and forum fodder. While that rumor included the Cabrera name, it predicted a model around 570 hp. In fact, it didn't foresee the Gallardo/Cabrera reaching 600-hp until a Superleggera version in 2017. But according to the newest report, the 600-hp will come right away, giving Lamborghini a 700-hp flagship and a 600-hp entry level model. Like the Gallardo, the Cabrera will have a V10 engine.

While the Cabrera nameplate follows in Lamborghini's tradition in naming its cars after bulls—it refers to a line of powerful fighting bulls in Italian—the name means 'goat herd' in Spanish, a rather unbecoming badge for a Lamborghini. It could be a disappearing act like 'Jota', or it could be wrong altogether.

Other than the boost in horsepower, the Cabrera will reportedly get a supercharger; plenty of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, all-wheel drive, and contemporary Lambo styling that is evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary.


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