Lamborghini Gallardo

The Gallardo was released in 2003 as an extension of the tradition of fine sports cars Lamborghini is known for. Like the other top end sports cars in Lamborghini’s line, the Gallardo is produced in limited quantities. However, the Gallardo has the highest production rate of a Lamborghini to date with almost 10,000 models made between 2003 and 2010. This mid-engine, four-wheel drive sports car is still in production.

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About the Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo is best known for its manual transmission. Two transmissions are available: the regular H box six-speed and a six-speed hydraulically-controlled semi-automatic manual dubbed the E-gear. The E-gear uses an automatic clutch system controlled by computers and hydraulics. The driver can select the gear by pressing on paddles mounted to the steering to change the gear without shifting a stick in the center console. This makes shifting much quicker and easier for the driver in high-speed situations.

Lamborghini Gallardo Features

The 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo comes in two main models in four different varieties. The main two-door coupé comes as a LP 560-4 and a LP 570-4 Supperleggera. The high performance Spyder convertible version also has two variants: the LP 560-4 Spyder and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.

The 560-4 is a slightly downgraded model but still a big power player and performer. A 5.2-liter V-10 engine produces 560 horsepower, which is an increase of 40 horsepower over the last Gallardo. Add to that a 20-kilogram reduction in weight and that means more speed. This fine machine can accelerate zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 201 mph. Unlike the 550-2 Aventador, the body of the 560-4 has an aluminum structural frame with an aluminum body.

The LP 570-4 Superleggera improves on the base model by switching out some of the heavier aluminum parts for carbon fiber variants. This makes the car lighter; 154 pounds is taken off the Superleggera, making it a slimmer machine. Pirelli sports rubber over Pirelli P Zero Corsa 19-inch wheels hold the car up but doesn’t weigh it down.

A V-10 V90 degree DOHC 40 Valve engine powers the car. The Superleggera has an impressive acceleration rate of zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds, and zero to 124 miles per hour in 10.2 seconds.

The LP 560-4 Spyder is the convertible version of the Gallardo. The design of these machines is truly special. The unique silhouette is eye catching, and the thermoplastic parts keep the weight down without looking tacky. Under the hood, it's equipped with a V-10 V90 DOHC but with 4 valves. The car accelerates zero to 62 in 4.0 seconds due to the extra drag from the convertible top.

The LP 570-4 Spyder Performante is a bit lighter than the 560-4 due to the use of carbon fiber throughout the body. Zero to 63 miles per hour coming in 3.9 seconds. Large air intakes on the back of the vehicle keep the engine cool when moving at top speed.

Lamborghini Gallardo Evolution

Over the years, the Gallardo has been changed in many ways to increase engine performance and counter criticism of the car's design.

The original Gallardo had a 5.0 V-10 and was powerful enough, but the design was not up to Lamborghini owner expectations. A limited edition Gallardo SE was built in 2005. It had a black two-tone roof and shaded rims with Pirelli tires. Some of the design innovations from the SE such as the exhaust and suspension system were used in the redesign of the regular Gallardo models.

In 2007, a limited edition Gallardo Nera was released at the Paris Motor Show. The model had an all black body as well as black parts. The brake lights were smoked to match the rest of the car. The brake calibers were silver as well as some of the stitching and material inside the car.

The Spyder model of the Gallardo was released in 2006 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This car is a favorite among celebrities: Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and Top Gear host and car enthusiast Jeremy Clarkson are owners of the trendy Spyders.

The Supperleggera, which was released in 2007, means super light; the car also introduced better air intake, a refined exhaust and the E-gear transmission as standard.

The LP 560-4 was first released in 2008. The 560-4 Spyder was released in the same year.

A LP 550-2 Balboni was released in 2009 in extremely limited numbers; only 250 were made. The vehicle is named after Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni. It was the first Gallardo to use rear drive.

If a prospective buyer is looking for a high performance car, it’s a good choice to look into, especially if they don’t want to shell out for the Aventador, which is actually rumored to replace the Gallardo.

Select a Lamborghini Gallardo Year

2014 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo is 10 years old but the exterior styling is timeless

2012 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2011 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

If you prefer your motoring alfresco style, you’ll definitely want to opt for the power-soft-top Spyder version, introduced in late 2009. For the 2011 model year, Lambo is also unveiling a special, limited Superleggera (“super-light”) edition --which drops 154 pounds off the standard Gallardo while also bumping output to 562 horsepower (other performance-enhancing goodies are added, too).

2010 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2009 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

When Lamborghini unveiled the 2009 Gallardo, the company unveiled a significantly upgraded super car.

2008 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

2007 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Compared to all of the exotic Lamborghinis from previous years, the 2007 Gallardo actually seems quite tame and affordable.

2006 Lamborghini Gallardo

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo is a two-door, two-seat sport coupe manufactured by Italian automaker Lamborghini.

2005 Lamborghini Gallardo

Coupe, Sports

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.