Lamborghini has finally given out some details about its new V12 engine. A brand new 6.5l naturally aspirated unit designed to replace the engine that finished its duties after the last Murcielago LP670-SV rolled off the production line, whose roots can be traced all the way back to 1964 with the 350 GT. The new engine comes with a potent 700hp and 690nm (508 lb ft) of torque, which is connected to a brand new type of seven speed transmission. Lamborghini calls the new gearbox an ISR (Independent Shifting Rods) gearbox. It is essentially a single clutch manual gearbox operated by steering wheel paddle shifters, but with gearchanges that are faster than (according to Lamborghini themselves)a blink of an eye.
Despite superfast gearchanges Lamborghini still promises a smooth driving experience with the new gearbox. They say 50% less time is used for a gearchange than a dual clutch transmission, and that they have managed to save weight by not opting for a typically heavier dual clutch unit. Check out a video of the new unit being assembled, and hear it sing on the dyno.