Mike Stevens | Mar 13, 2012

The Aventador has replaced the Murcielago as Lamborghini's new hero car, and the one-off Aventador J has given us a first look at what we can expect from the upcoming roadster.

With its top-shelf flagship models sorted, the house of the raging bull will have already turned its attention to developing a replacement for the ageing (and seemingly evergreen) Gallardo.

According to US magazine Car & Driver, the new "baby Lambo" could be with us as soon as next year - its arrival marking both the 10th birthday and the retirement of the current Gallardo.

Speaking with the magazine, Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann promised a "clear cut" from the look and feel of the Gallardo.

"We always say that design is not an evolution but a revolution, and this will be the philosophy of the follow-up to the Gallardo," he said.

As with the current model, the Gallardo's successor is likely to share much of its technology and components with Audi's upcoming R8 replacement, riding on the same modular sports car architecture and utilising the same powertrain.

Both cars are likely to continue with a naturally-aspirated V10 engine at the top end, although the Audi is expected to retain a V8 option as an entry-level model. The report adds that, at least in Lamborghini form, the V10 engine will produce upwards of 440kW.


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