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2005 Lamborghini Gallardo Review
A supercar to impress onlookers.
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The Lamborghini Gallardo has fewer cylinders and less horsepower than the Lamborghini Murcielago, but this does not mean it is without power and excellent performance. Like the Murcielago, the Gallardo has all-wheel drive (AWD) and a wide wheelbase coupled with low ground clearance. This combination serves to increase the stability and balance of the body for better performance at high speeds and cornering. The vehicle also boasts a design unique to the Lamborghini brand, with a sleek appearance that ensures the Gallardo’s appearance matches its capabilities. The acceleration and overall driving experience of the Gallardo is often described as thrilling by drivers, and simply sitting behind the wheel is enough to make most sports car enthusiasts jealous.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-10 with double overhead cam
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive and a six-speed manual with automanual and overdrive
Models: Lamborghini Gallardo
There are no significant changes in the 2005 model of the Lamborghini Gallardo when compared with the 2004 model.
The rear spoiler adds extra style and should help the Gallardo grip the roadway better at high speeds. The alloy wheels on the 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo are 19 inches, and the car’s performance can be maximized with the use of high-performance tires. The sleek supercar design of the Lamborghini Gallardo is very attractive and lets the public know that the owner is well-established and ready to thrill any passengers willing to experience the ride.
The two front seats are eight-way power adjustable, leather-upholstered bucket seats. Power features include remote power released two-stage locks, power remote fuel door release, power hatch release, power mirrors, power steering, and a tilt and telescopic leather-trimmed steering wheel. More leather can be found on the dash and center console, which is also trimmed with alloy. Dual zone climate controls allow for both the driver and passenger to set the climate to their own personal preferences. The interior rearview mirror auto-dims for extra visibility. The headliner is full leather and the floor and cargo area are carpeted. The air conditioning uses automatically recirculated air to keep the interior cool. The audio system has an auto-reversing cassette player, a single in-dash CD player, and a six-disc CD changer under the seat. Only four speakers are installed in the 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo, but this is sufficient for the limited cabin space. The front windows are power-operated, and the rear windows are fixed with lightly-tinted windows all around.
Performance & Handling
The 5.0-liter, V-10 engine supplies a six-speed automanual transmission that is capable of e-gear shifting. The vehicle features electronically- and hydraulically-regulated sequential shifting. While it is not as quick as the Murcielago, the 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. Nearly three-quarters (70%) of the all-wheel-drive (AWD) power distribution is concentrated in the rear end, but this is automatically adjusted for better balance and performance while driving. The Lamborghini Gallardo may not have the full power or performance of the Lamborghini Murcielago, but this is insignificant considering its impressive speed and power. More conservative than the V-12 powered Murcielago, the Gallardo is still a well-designed supercar that is guaranteed to get the attention of anyone it passes, and it consistently gives drivers an exhilarating thrill if they are brave enough to test the Gallardo’s limits. Electronically-controlled fuel regulation prevents mechanical failure and delivers immediate response to the driver’s demand when the gas pedal is pressed. The fuel economy of the Gallardo’s V-10 engine is slightly more efficient than the Murcielago’s V-12, but this is usually irrelevant to anyone who is financially capable of owning or driving a Lamborghini.
The four-wheel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) is enhanced with electronic brake force distribution for further prevention against sliding and loss of balance. Front head airbags, dual side-impact airbags, and additional chest airbags are installed to prevent injury if the Gallardo actually does lose its grip on the roadway. Stability control and traction control are part of the 2005 Lamborghini Gallardo’s safety measures and ensure that with a responsible driver, the car will not lose balance or grip.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Lots of power and speed
- E-gear shifting
- Plenty of airbags
- Advanced braking system
- Attractive exterior design and style
- Well-designed for good balance
You Won't Like
- Lower rated performance than comparable competitors
- Heavy price tag
- Inefficient fuel economy
A supercar to impress onlookers.
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