This car will be taking over form the Lamborghini Gallardo which has been around for ten years. It has been rumoured that it will be named Cabrera after the prison island but there has been an application for the trademark Deimos which is the god of terror and dread. The company hardly ever trademark a name that they do not use and so it is very likely that they will be using this name.
The car photographed has a lot of disguise but its wedge shape can still be seen. The styling was done by Filippo Perini’s team at Lamborghini who have worked under Luc Donckerwolke on the Gallardo. The new design has LED rear and front lights and they make it look modern and it also has similar features to the Aventador. The wedge shape of this vehicle has worked very well for a convertible and so this is likely to also be an option on the Deimos about a year after the launch.
The Deimos will be a model that Lamborghini hope will sell well until the Urus SUV comes along. It is likely to outsell the Aventador and enable people to be able to buy this brand of car without paying out extreme amounts of money. They will need to get some good technology in there though, for buyers to be interested in having the vehicle over its rivals.
The platform will be mid engine and the same as that used on the Audi R8 second generation. There will be an aluminium frame but lots of other carbon fibre to keep it as light as possible.
There will be a V-10 engine which is used on the R8. It should make almost 600 horsepower and all wheel drive but rear wheel drive options will be available in the future probably. There will not be an automated manual option, like there is with the Gallardo but a seven speed dual clutch automatic option. It is possible that there may not be a manual transmission at all, but it could be possible and something that has not been confirmed yet.
The car will see competition from the Ferrari 458 Italia, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Audi R8 V-10 and McLaren MP 4 12C. It will appear at the Geneva auto show in March and is then expected to soon appear in shrow rooms as a 2015 model. It is expected that the starting price will be close to that of the Gallardo which is $200k.