The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is shaping up to have some big introductions. According to recent reports, Lamborghini will show off the successor to the Gallardo two-door and Audi will unveil a production-ready version of its Quattro Concept.
According to Autocar, Lamboghini will use the September show to pull the wraps off the follow-up to the Gallardo sports car. The reveal will be part of the automaker’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations this year. As with the current Gallardo, the new model will be twinned with the second-generation Audi R8, which is due within the next few years. The new Gallardo – codenamed LP724 – will be slightly longer than the current car, but otherwise close in height and width and will ride on a modular spaceframe that utilizes aluminum and carbon fiber pieces, says Autocar. Carbon fiber-reinforced and aluminum panels will be used to shape a more radical exterior design that the current Gallardo’s look, which is now almost 10 years old. Expect to see most of the variants again come standard with all-wheel drive, but the report states that Lamborghini does some rear-wheel-drive specials in the works.
Powering the new Gallardo will be a revised version of the current car’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine, rated to the tune of around 600 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Transmission choices will be a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch. It’s also rumored that the car will drop the Gallardo name in favor or Cabrera.
Elsewhere within the Volkswagen corporate family, Audi is said to also be showing off a new sports car. Its debut will be a production-ready evolution of the Quattro Concept shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. According to Autozeitung, the new two-plus-two coupe will have a small production run and be based on the A5’s architecture. Powering the reimagined Quattro is said to be 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 from the RS7 and tuned to somewhere around 650 hp. (The RS7 is rated at 560 hp.) The Quattro will, of course, sport standard all-wheel drive, a rear differential, and carbon ceramic brakes. Expected 0-62-mph time is a scant 3.4 seconds.
We’ll know more about both cars as the Frankfurt Motor Show draws closer. Current Gallardo and the 2010 Quattro concept are pictured below.