With many companies doing away with the manual transmission, Maurizio Reggiani of Lamborghini explains exactly why Lamborghini has opted to put the brakes on the option for good. The manual Lamborghini will no longer be an offering when buyers eagerly begin their orders, those desperate for the hands-on experience must locate an aftermarket tuner with the capability to alter the gearbox.
Even though most of the minds in charge at Lamborghini love a manual transmission, it has been phased out due to both technology and progression. Reggiani, who is director of research and development at the Raging Bull admitted that the option is indeed gone for good and explained: “All the systems that are integrated in the car need to have a dialog with one another. The clutch is one of the fuses of the system, whether you’re engaging or disengaging the torque. This creates a hole in the communication between what the engine is able to provide and how the car reacts to the power of the engine. For this reason, unfortunately, I must say I am sure that in a premium supersports car like the Huracan we will only do a semiautomatic. Unfortunately, it’s the demand of the control of the chassis. If you want to control the chassis, you must control the power. If you want to control the power, the clutch must be under the control of the brain of the car, not your brain.”
He went on to mention that many of the so-called manual transmissions on modern cars may have three pedals, but when there is a servo it is not exactly pure. “I’ve been working for Lamborghini for 20 years. I started at the time of the Diablo, a clutch without a servo. You needed 40 kilograms of force to disengage the clutch. At that time, we were making 450 N m of torque. Now we are at 690. It’s a problem to manage the closing point of the clutch. If you have hesitation, with this torque you’ll burn the clutch immediately.”
To put this all into perspective, with the power created in the Lamborghini machines today, the average or even somewhat experienced sports car driver will lack the ability to properly control and pilot the car. While that may be a bit difficult for some to accept, it is the simple truth and the automated gearbox is the simple solution.
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