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Lamborghini ‘Cabrera’ (Gallardo successor) spied

Lamborghini has been spotted testing a prototype version of the upcoming Gallardo successor, which is set to be called the Cabrera. The heavily camouflaged test car is believed to be very near completion, with an unveiling potentially set for the Frankfurt show next month.

Lamborghini Cabrera prototype-rear

The prototype is clad in lots of black paint and panelling to disguise the styling, however, if you look at the back you can notice some interesting changes. Taking on the layout of the Aventador and Sesto Elemento, the Cabrera may feature an upswept rear underside with multiple fins creating the diffuser.

From the roof back, the profile also seems to borrow a lot from its bigger brother (Aventador), with a long straight line taking the roof down to the edge of the rear spoiler. The surface itself also looks slightly bowed, longitudinally.

Lamborghini Cabrera prototype-side

As for the front end, the nose appears very low but perhaps not quite as sharp as the Gallardo’s nose. Both front wheels are highlighted by curvy guards which seem to take a lot of inspiration from those on the Sesto Elemento.

Like the Sesto, the Cabrera – if that is what it ends up being badged – is likely to showcase many carbon fibre panels to help keep overall weight to a minimum. According to reports, the new model will weigh around 1500kg – approximately the same sort of weight as the Gallardo.

Under the engine cover, the new model is set to use a revised version of the current 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine as seen in the Gallardo. Power is expected to be bumped up a few notches, to around 450kW (600hp).

If we’re lucky, Lamborghini might make the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany the official unveiling. The show starts on September 10.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.