The Days of Lamborghinis with Manual Transmissions are Over

By Sam Grossman | July 11, 2011
It's a sad time for driving enthusiasts who consider themselves purists: Lamborghini will no longer offer manual transmissions on their cars, according to a Motor Trend report. Just 1 to 2 percent of the cars rolling out of the Lamborghini's small Sant’Agata Bolognese factory are equipped with three pedals, says Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s R&D director. The shockingly low number might make some wonder whether the manual transmission truly is out-of-date. Reggiani explained that the manual transmission is a break in the electronic chain of command that harmonizes everything that happens between engine combustion chamber and tire contact path. Since an increasing number of consumers are focusing vehicles with smooth rides, Reggiani believes the only way to achieve this is through an automatic transmission.
Lamborghini has already began the process of dropping the manual transmission, as the newest model, the Aventador, comes with a fully automated seven-speed single-clutch transmission. The Italian automaker has already confirmed the next-generation Gallardo won’t have an option for one either. With major performance brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari dropping manual transmissions, will we soon see the extinction of the standard transmission?  What do you think? Source: Motor Trend