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Old 02-25-2015, 06:50 PM
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^^^ I saw that too. An Aventador SV would be cool.
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Post Manual Transmissions Are History

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There’s no future for manual transmissions in the Lamborghini lineup.

For enthusiasts who might have been out of the loop for some time, it may come as a big disappointment to learn that the old three-pedal setups have already been quietly phased out, with the last of the Gallardo and Murcielago models.

But the truth is that nobody was ordering them.

“You have no opportunity to be faster than a double clutch,” said Lamborghini CEO Stefan Winkelmann, this past week at the Detroit Auto Show.

“Nobody’s asking for it. When I joined Lamborghini it was ten percent maybe. At the end of Gallardo and Murcielago, it was: ‘If I see an order at my table, I want to see it, because it might be a mistake.’”

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The phenomenon isn’t unique to Lamborghini. Ferrari no longer offers a manual gearbox in any of its cars; neither does McLaren. And even Porsche has admitted that projected demand is so low that it can’t justify the development money to continue the evolution of its manual.

For Lamborghini, it was partly the loss of drivability that engines with ever-higher-torque were bringing, said Maurizio Reggiani, the automaker’s head of R&D.

“From a technical point of view we are already at the limits,” said Reggiani. “It’s not a question of manual transmission, it’s the clutch—it’s really the fuse of the system—and clutches have the problem of management.”

Tough packaging, tired left legs

Reggiani explained that with such high-torque engines, you really have to go with high diameter units, which have packaging issues in a super-sports car, or you have to have a high load, which means you have a very heavy pedal.

“With the old Diablo, we arrived with a manual clutch where it took 42 kilograms to push the clutch,” said Reggiani. “And then we started to hear complaints from all the world, because if you fail, you burn the clutch, and then you have a complaint.”

In today’s cars, that load would be unbearably prohibitive—up to 70 kilograms.

“It’s the consequence if you have a car with maybe 600 N-m of torque,” said Reggiani. “You can do this three or four times and you say no more...or in front of your friend, you’re not able to start,” referring to a juddering clutch.

Dual-clutch benefits

In a dual-clutch configuration, it also means the clutch is not so big...It’s much easier to use organic material, with a high level of friction, because everything is managed by electronics.

Up until now the other models, like the Aventador, have used a single-clutch automated manual transmission—in a design that has nice, evenly spaced gears and super-quick (50 milliseconds) shifts, which is almost as quick as a Formula 1 car; but the layout has inferior low-speed drivability versus other such performance cars today.

The current Huracan marked the debut of a far more traffic-friendly yet solidly performing new dual-clutch gearbox—one that's been very well-received so far by the enthusiast community and Lamborghini owners.

“Yes, we have a development unit and development car," said Reggiani leaving us with a tease that it’s still looking to the future as a higher-torque dual-clutch gearbox for the Aventador, or its successor.
Source: Lamborghini: Manuals Are History, And Dual-Clutch Looks Like The Future
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DCTs being faster than manual transmissions are a fact. The lack of MT demand is also true (though I believe there's higher demand than the numbers indicate). But the whole thing about high pedal pressure is just a crock of shit. The F10 M5 with 560 hp and 500 lb/ft of torque was available with a manual transmission and had a light clutch.

Not really sure what's the point of this article in 2016 as Lamborghini stopped producing manual equipped cars years ago.
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Hybrid Aventador and Huracan replacements, then an EV supercar in 2026

Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that replacements for the Aventador and Huracan supercars, due in around 2020 and 2022 respectively, will be powered by plug-in hybrid powertrains.

On the face of it, this is troubling news. Batteries and motors mean more power, but also more weight. And as we all know, weight is the enemy. However, get ready for a silver lining.

“As long as I’m technical director, our super sports cars will not have a turbocharged engine, Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, told us. “It’s about emotion. If you don’t have emotion, then you have nothing,”

What this means, Reggiani later clarified, is that the naturally aspirated V12 and V10 engines will live on for another generation, but with hybrid assistance, and a small electric-only range to help the company reduce its average emissions.

“The big questions are packaging and weight. Yes, this will be a silent Lamborghini, but push the accelerator and the engine will come. Silence will only last for some seconds then comes the sound.”

We can speculate all day about what form this hybrid assistance will take… so we will. Let’s assume Lamborghini borrows Porsche’s hybrid module from the Panamera Turbo S e-hybrid (that’s the Panamera that combines a 542bhp/568lb ft 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with a 134bhp electric motor, energized from a 14kwh lithium-ion battery pack, to boost total outputs to 671bhp and 626lb ft. This itself is a powertrain that’s hotly tipped for a plug-in hybrid Lamborghini Urus, but I digress).

Apply that maths to an Aventador S and you end up with around 860bhp and 566lb ft of torque, and a 30-mile EV-only range, with a circa 300kg weight penalty. Do the same to the standard Huracan and you end up with 728bhp and 471lb ft. The numbers, it appears, well and truly stack up, and there’s still time for battery density to improve and the price of carbon fibre and other exotic materials to come down, both of which will improve the power-to-weight ratio sums.

In the car world, two to four years is nothing, meaning both cars will already be deep into development. Which is why Domenicali is already looking well beyond that.

“I don’t think that the technology for a full electric Lamborghini will be ready until 2026,” he explained, referencing the Terzo Millennio concept (pictured) as proof that they’re ready when the technology catches up. “Hybrids are a step towards that.”

Domenicali also admitted that his engineers are working on not just solid state batteries (widely accepted to be the next great leap, once lithium-ion has reached its full potential), but the idea of a hydrogen-powered supercar the generation after that.

We’re talking 15, 20 years into the future now, but if Domenicali wants to attract a new generation of buyers, he needs to stay ahead of the curve: “I want to consult with teenagers, I want to see the world through their eyes, speak their language and their culture has to be reflected in our business.”

So, teenagers. Is an electric or hydrogen Lambo what you want?
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LP stands for Longitudinale and Posteriore. The Diablo had a different naming scheme, and the first-ever Lamborghini production car with all-wheel-drive used to be called VT for Viscous and Traction. Starting with the facelifted Murcielago and Gallardo, the nomenclature reverted to LP but added -4 for all-wheel drive.

This is how the Huracan came to be known as the Huracan LP 610-4 (with 610 standing for metric horsepower instead of displacement), but what happened with the Huracan Evo? The lack of an alphanumeric denomination is suspicious for the House of the Raging Bull, but there’s a reason for this change.

Lamborghini told Motor Trend that “the shift to real words, such as Performante and Evo, makes things easier to understand for the consumer and from a branding perspective.” A challenge, however, is securing the intellectual property rights to use these names worldwide.

Development chief Maurizio Reggiani claims the name of the high-performance successor to the Performante “is still under deep discussion”despite the fact Reggiani prefers Evo Performante to Performante Evo. The Superleggera badge that Lamborghini used on the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, on the other hand, isn’t coming back.

Sant’Agata Bolognese didn’t mention anything about the rear-wheel-drive Huracan, nor did it detail what’s in the pipeline for the mid-cycle refresh of the Performante. On the upside, rear-wheel steering helps the Huracan Evo corner with more surefootedness than ever before.

For the time being, the Aventador LP 770-4 SVJ is the most powerful Lamborghini on offer. The 6.5-liter V12 develops 759 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm (531 pound-feet) of torque at 6,750 rpm, translating to a Nurburgring lap of 6 minutes and 44 seconds.

Driven by Marco Mapelli and outfitted with a roll cage, the SVJ is the fastest production car on the German circuit, beating the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Radical SR8 LM, and Lamborghini Huracan LP 640-4 Performante.
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Lamborghini executives have been quite talkative in the last few weeks. The company’s chief technical officer Maurizio Reggiani confirmed the brand's V12 engine is here to stay and also hinted there might be one final version of the Aventador before its replacement debuts. Meanwhile, Lambo’s boss, Stefano Domenicali, claimed the automaker is considering another SUV in the lineup and more recently he also revealed it is too expensive to offer a manual gearbox for its supercars.

Domenicali was interviewed by MotorTrend’s Jonny Lieberman and the two discussed topics “about Lamborghini of course, but also the car world in general.” When our colleague asked Lambo’s CEO why there’s no manual option for both the Aventador and Huracan, the head honcho explained that it would cost way too much to build one.

How is this even possible when you are a Volkswagen Group marque? Let’s do some math. Even if Lamborghini charged customers a $25,000 premium for a limited edition of 200 Aventadors with a manual gearbox that would mean the brand will collect extra $5 million. This is an impressive figure but it “would not come even kind of close to covering the cost” of developing a stick shift ‘box or converting the supercar’s seven-speed automatic into a manual. And because the Aventador is so mechanically unique, Volkswagen Group just doesn’t have a properly sized manual.

When it comes to the Huracan, Domenicali told the publication, it is based on the Audi R8 which used to have a manual as did the Gallardo, the Huracan’s predecessor. Unfortunately, this six-speed transmission is long out of production and it will cost a fortune to start building it again. Simply put, Lamborghini would like to offer its customers a manual gearbox option but it just can’t.
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