Lambo’s least expensive offering. Don’t call it a bargain.
Visually, the Gallardo is restrained (for a two-seat Italian exotic), with no outlandish bodywork that puts flash ahead of drivability. Still, this is not a conveyance for people looking to travel undercover. The Gallardo replaces Lamborghini’s previous visual lack of restraint with a pure addiction to speed: the Gallardo is available with 550, 560, or 570 hp, all enough to propel the rear- or all-wheel-drive supercar to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds. Stand on the gas long enough and the Gallardo’s speedometer will crest at close to 200 mph. This high-speed machine can be had in a number of packages, too. It has a manual or an automated manual transmission and comes in coupe, convertible, and super-lightweight body styles. The Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V-10 may be less refined than some of its competitors’ engines, but it makes a great noise to match the car’s great looks. It also has great thirst, but supercar performance and good gas mileage have so far proved impossible to reconcile. The all-wheel-drive system in the LP560-4 and the LP570-4 keeps the fun from getting too dangerous. But don’t for a moment think the Gallardo is sensible. It’s bold and striking and makes a serious statement. Various special editions help buyers get specific about what they want to say.
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The LP550-2 models are unchanged, but the LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder get a new front and rear with a more aggressive look, plus a new wheel-and-tire package. The LP 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante have an optional Edizione Tecnica Package with carbon ceramic brakes, a fixed rear wing, and a choice of two-tone color schemes including orange with black pillars, white with orange pillars, and black with orange pillars.
Front and thorax air bags, ABS, and electronic stability and traction control are standard.
Very, very quick
Makes a great noise
Not as refined as a Ferrari 458 or a McLaren MP4-12C
Base Price Range: $193,900–$254,700 (est.)
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: LP550-2 Coupe, LP550-2 Bicolore, LP560-4 Coupe, LP560-4 Spyder, LP570-4 Superleggera, LP570-4 Spyder Performante
BODY STYLES: Coupe, convertible, 2-passenger
ENGINE: 5.2L V-10, 550/560/570 hp, 398 lb-ft
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automated manual
PASSENGER VOLUME: N/A
CARGO SPACE: N/A