When Lamborghini launches the facelifted 2008 Gallardo later this year, it will feature a number of improvements owed directly to its sibling, the Audi R8. As it turns out, even Lamborghini engineers have a few things to learn from their German counterparts at Audi.

The R8 sports car is based on the Gallardo, but it Audi engineers made a number of improvements of their own to the architecture. Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told Edmunds the R8 will donate its rear suspension and a number of other unspecified components to the updated Gallardo.

The updated Gallardo is also rumored to get an improved version of the company's 5.0-liter V10 engine, with as much as 550 horsepower.