Last year, Lamborghini began talks about dropping their manual transmission in favor of a fully automatic line. This idea was christened in the Lamborghini Aventador and its new ISR transmission, and will live on in all of the brand’s future supercars. According to the company, every single one of their supercars will now carry a fully automated seven-speed single-clutch transmission. It may seem as if Lamborghini is tucking its tail - among other things - in between its legs, but Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D director, suggests the change actually makes sense for the brand’s customer base and will improve the car’s performance.

According to Reggiani, just 1 to 2 percent of the cars being produced out of their Sant’Agata Bolognese factory are equipped with three pedals. He adds that a manual transmission is "a break in the electronic chain of command that harmonizes absolutely everything that happens between engine combustion chamber and tire contact patch. The only way Lamborghini can guarantee soothing smoothness in city driving or back-thumpingly explosive acceleration on a winding road is for every system in the car to be interconnected. You can’t rely on a driver to always shift gears without glitches."

Full story after the jump.

The new fully automated transmission’s debut may show up in the next Gallardo (aka Cabrera), but it could be seen even earlier. According to Reggiani, Lamborghini will be making its final decision as to whether or not they will offer a production version of the Sesto Elemento supercar. If they do decide to push ahead, the Sesto Elemento will show up before the Cabrera.

The main component of the new Sesto Elemento is carbon fiber and more specifically carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). Lamborghini has been able to successfully develop a process that takes the material from 3D design through simulation, validation, testing, and finally into production. Reggiani feels that this method of carbon-fiber construction is ready for real world application. "The material costs more or less the same (as conventional carbon fiber)," he says. "The real difference is in manufacturing time."

Rumors have already suggested that it will probably be limited to a run of 20 units each priced at 1.9 million euro, or about $2.8 million at the current exchange rates.

Source: MotorTrend

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  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

With the awesomeness and high speed performance of this car, no wonder why there’s a lot that expect for high-technology features on this vehicle.

  (502) posted on 12.6.2011

The manual transmission of this Lamborghini makes it more interesting and cool, but I must agree that they need to make sure that it won’t affect on its manual system.

  (484) posted on 08.5.2011

In my opinion, they should use a dual transmission rather than automatic. Having an automatic transmission on your car minimizes the fun drive. Conversely, much better if they allow us to choose what kind of transmission we want.

  (596) posted on 08.4.2011

 I’m surely believed that Lamborghini has dropped the plan in the request of the possible buyer! I truly agree that automatic transmissions were up to date and yet functional. Well, it seems that the manual transmission fans must shift on the more high-technology features. 

  (419) posted on 08.4.2011

Well, most of the modern car preferred to use the automatic transmission like the Mercedes vehicle. The downside of this option was it takes away the fun driving experience that can be felt in the manual. I really love to see a smokey burnout! 

  (434) posted on 07.26.2011

It is a good idea for Lamborghini to use automated transmissions. However, I just want to know what will be the effect of this new transmission they wanted to put up on the performance of the car.

  (579) posted on 07.11.2011

I think it’ll be a good move for Lamborghini to dropped manual transmission as long as it won’t affect the automated system and rest assured that the driver won’t take it as an advantage.

  (630) posted on 07.11.2011

Wow ! This Sesto Elemento is truly one of a kind. I think it would perform a better result if they stick with the manual transmission.

  (320) posted on 07.8.2011

I must admit that it might actually take a while for that one to sink in on me. Actually, I find using manual transmission more interesting, as it gives me more control of the car.

  (473) posted on 07.8.2011

Well, I guess this is best for anyone that wants this option. With the awesomeness and high speed performance of this car no wonder why there’s a lot that expect for a high technology features on this vehicle.

  (429) posted on 07.8.2011

IMO, the downside of automatic suspension is that it takes away the fun driving experience. Well, I still prefer the manual transmission.

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