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The car won't debut until the Geneva Motor Show in March, but these shots give the best indication yet of what to expect.

The smallest Lamborghini will be powered by a monster 500bhp V10 engine shared with Audi's RSR, and promises true supercar performance. With four-wheel drive and a six-speed F1-style sequential gearbox, the forthcoming Lambo is rumoured to top 200mph and sprint from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. Lamborghini's engineers have worked closely with Cosworth and road car tuner Quattro GmbH to ensure the new baby is quicker than all of its rivals.

Codenamed L140, the official name is still under wraps. Stellar and Cala were rumoured to be on the cards, but these have now been discounted. Expected on sale next year, the new model will cost around £100,000, and is aimed at buyers of Porsche's GT2 and Ferrari's 360 Modena.


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For the first time in over a decade, Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini will offer a second model line as of 2003. The completely new Lamborghini model, named Gallardo (pronounced GA-yardo), will be introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of next year.

The new Lamborghini takes its name from a famous fighting bull breed, selected since the 18th century by bull breeder Francisco Gallardo and then incorporated by Don Antonio Miura.

Fierce, robust black or grey the Gallardo bulls were renowned for their courage and also for their power and aggressiveness until the so-called last third of the Corrida.

The new Lamborghini Gallardo will be a mid-engined four-wheel drive sportscar in true Lamborghini tradition, powered by an all-new V10 cylinder Lamborghini engine with 5 liters of displacement and a stunning 500 hp. Figures that will guarantee an outstanding performance.

Power transmission will be through a 6-speed gearbox with a traditional gear shift lever or a new sequential e-gear with shift paddles at the steering-wheel.

Production of the all-new Lamborghini V 10 cylinder engine has already started on the newly built assembly line at Lamborghini's own engine facility at the Sant-Agata Bolognese plant.

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Volkswagen may make a bid to enter Formula 1 with one of its brands. Could this V10 be a prelude to something bigger? Time will tell...

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