Mike Stevens | Dec 16, 2010

Draped in a thin layer of black vinyl, Lamborghini's Murcielago-replacing supercar - expected to be named Aventador - was all-but-revealed during a private event in Italy this week.

On the styling front, the new Lamborghini looks to be both a leap forward in the brand's trademark sharp lines, while also bearing more than a few cues from the ultra-rare Reventon.

Lamborghini has revealed little about its next-generation hero car, although it was revealed recently that it would draw power from an all-new 6.5 litre V12 engine producing around 520kW (700hp).

Coupled to the new engine will be a brand-new automated manual transmission dubbed Lamborghini ISR, or Independent Shifting Rod (see gallery).

Lamborghini says the new system allows gear shifts to happen "virtually in parallel," with the second shifting rod engaging the next gear even as the first is disengaging.

The unveiling of the new engine last month followed comments from CEO Stephan WInkelmann that the company would renew its focus on handling and lightweight construction.

An official unveiling date for the new Lambo remains unclear, but a mid- to late-2011 reveal is likely.



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