An ultimate luxury racing car with futuristic styling and aerodynamic design; top-tier V10 engine design and performance; interior is more cockpit than automobile; limited-edition Valentino Balboni coupe available for 2010; All-wheel drive is standard
Since 2003, more than 8,500 Lamborghinis bearing the Gallardo name have been produced at their home facility in Sant'Agata, Bolognese. Technically, the Gallardo is considered to be an entry-level Lamborghini, and to date, it has become one of the most popular supercars of the 21st Century.
For 2010, the Gallardo comes in three trims: the LP560-4 Coupe, the LP560-4 Convertible Spyder, and the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni coupe. (LP stands for Longitudinale Posteriore, the 560 and 550 designate the horsepower and the -4 or -2 indicate all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, respectively.) All trims are 2-door and come with a 5.2L V10 engine, offering 560 horsepower at 8000 rpm (except for the Valentino Balboni, which offers 550 horsepower at 8000 rpm) and 540 pounds-feet of torque at 6500 rpm.
The Gallardo's engine is mounted longitudinally over the rear wheels, follows a 90-degree design and utilizes variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder for optimum performance. Power is delivered to all four wheels through a standard 6-speed manual or optional "e.gear" transmission, which is an electronically controlled sequential gearbox. Five modes are programmed: Normal, which allows for manual gear selection; Sport, which makes for faster yet sharper shifts; Corsa, a track-ready shift map; Thrust, for optimal launch control; and Automatic, for smoother shifts more like a conventional automatic. The Gallardo weighs about 3,300 pounds and has a top speed of 202 mph. Performance measures are fractionally slower for the Spyder.
Traction for all that power is assured, thanks to the standard viscous traction all-wheel drive system, which at constant speeds brings 70% of engine power to the rear wheels but varies the ratio for best traction and stability. A mechanical limited-slip differential is used in back, and an electronic one is used in front.
The Gallardo comes from the factory ready for the track, with a power-steering cooler, Z-rated Pirelli tires, a performance driving mode for the stability control system, and powerful Brembo brakes with eight pistons in front. Carbon Ceramic discs are optional on the Gallardo and deliver much improved performance and reduced un-sprung weight.
Just about everything imaginable and available for a vehicle comes as standard equipment on all Lamborghini Gallardos. Standard equipment on the Valentino edition also includes a navigation system, rear parking aid, backup camera and wireless hookup. Options across the lineup include a customized vehicle alarm, universal garage door opener, heated seats with lumbar and, as mentioned earlier, an automatic transmission with dual shift mode.
Standard safety includes antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, a full complement of airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, anti-skid, brake assist and a tire pressure monitoring system. Rollover protection is available only on the convertible Spyder.
The Gallardo's design was heavily influenced by contemporary aircraft construction. The cockpit is far forward within the car, and the windshield is one of the most sharply raked in any vehicle. A rear spoiler, which deploys and retracts automatically, helps increase stability at high speeds by creating downforce.
The Spyder has a power-operated convertible soft top that can be fully opened or closed in about 20 seconds, along with a fully retractable glass window, which can serve as a wind deflector when the top is down. And when the top is up, it stows within a special carbon-fiber engine hood. The Spyder's eye-catching and different design is enhanced by the absence of roll bars; instead, pop-up safety bars are deployed when a rollover is anticipated.
Last year, Lamborghini introduced an owner customization program called Ad Personam, which allows owners to outfit their Gallardos exactly as they desire. The program's motto, "Think the Impossible," includes special matte colors like Nero Nemesis (black), Bianco Canopus (white) and Marrone Apus (brown).
There are no major changes to the Gallardo LP560s from the 2009 lineup. New this year will be the limited edition Valentino Balboni coupe, named after the man who has been at Lamborghini for more than four decades and who was instrumental in designing the Gallardo. Only 250 of these coupes will be produced for 2010 and will be available with rear-wheel drive only, in an effort to bring back some of the glory of bygone racing days.
Since its introduction, the Gallardo has been one of the most recognizable--and best-designed cars built. The price for this level of automotive supremacy starts high--plan to spend at least $200,000 for a Gallardo. But that money buys performance that is virtually unmatched at any price.
Vehicle Price: 203,995.00
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