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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4

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Considered as Lamborghini’s best-selling car, this Lamborghini model is revamped just for your driving pleasure. Enter the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. This new Gallardo is just the right replacement for the old one and the difference between the tow models is subtle at best. The original Gallardo of the Lamborghini is admittedly the biggest-selling car from the company. Since Gallardo’s production dating back to 2003, the company has shipped more than 7,000 units to date. But perhaps Lamborghini’s standing rivalry with Ferrari thru the Scuderia and the efforts of Audi as well has pushed Lamborghini to rethink its plans and options, hence the tweaking of the old Gallardo. And the result is of course the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 expected to be rolled out by June of this year.

The Gallardo LP 560-4 where the LP stands for Longitudinale Posteiore and the 560 stands for the metric power output and the 4 stands for a permanent 4-wheel drive. The car features a six-speed clutchless manual and can run for an average of 13.6 miles per gallon of gas. The car can run from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and can peak at a top speed of 202 miles per hour. Other interesting features and standards on the LP 560-4;

  • The Gallardo engine: 5.2-litre 90-degree V10
  • Gallardo’s power is pegged at: 422kW @ 8000rpm
  • 540Nm @ 6500rpm
  • The transmission: 6-speed E-gear auto/sequential with paddle shifts, 6-speed manual
  • TOP SPEED: 325km/h. 0-100km/h 3.7secs
  • Brakes: carbon/ceramic spec aluminium/alloy calipers, 6 cylinder at the front and 4 cylinder at the rear with ventilated discs 15×1.5 (front) and 14×1.26 (rear)
  • Wheels: 8.5×19-inch (front), 11×19-inch (rear)
  • Tires: Pirelli P-Zero 235/35 ZR19 (front), 295/30 ZR19 (rear)
  • Economy: 13.7litres/100km (E-gear), 14.7litres/100km (manual) *claimed combined cycle. At times, the mpg is pegged at 13.6 on an average.
  • Fuel capacity: 90litres
  • KERB WEIGHT: 1410kg

The LP 560-4 is just one of the many variants produced under the Gallardo name. The variants include the Spyder, the SE, the Superleggera, and the Nera.

Top Cars at the Geneva Motor Show: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4

Gallardo Gallardo Nera*

Extra muscle and a whole lot of style and attitude. That’s the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 for you, guys! The sleek ultra-sporty looks of the Lamborghini plus the muscle power do come at a steep sticker price though. When this sporty car goes on sale across Europe in June, each Lamborghini will cost you around $222,000!

What makes this new-edition Lamborghini a bit special as compared to the other Lamborghini that was introduced in the market in 2003?

The Gallardo by Lamborghini is the brand’s most produced model and it has been said that almost 5,000 units have been manufatcured on its first three years. This model was initially designed to compete head-on with the Ferrari 360, but now competes directly with Ferrari’s F430. This sports car is the only one that uses the Lamborghini V10 engine and every Gallardo is offered in two transmissions- you can get the conventional six-speed manual transmission and the advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic single clutch sequentila manual or the E-gear as Lamborghini wanted it to be called.

The Gallardo was offered in a number of variants as well. One variant is the Gallardo Spyder. This variant was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2006. This ride features 520 hp and a lower-ratio six-speed transmission. The Gallardo SE, where SE stands for Special Edition features a black-roofed two-tone color scheme with ‘Callisto’ rims shod with Pirelli tires. The Nera is another variant and was introduced at the Paris Motor Show. There’s the Superleggera that was shown at Geneva for the 2007 edition of the motor show. And now, we have the Gallardo LP 560-4, one of the stars of the 2008 Geneva Motor Show.

The new Gallardo boasts of a powerful engine courtesy of the new direct-injection 5.2 liter V10. This engine can make 552 horsepower. It was mentioned that with the addition of 40hp and reduction in weight, the Lamborghini can reach 60 miles per hour in a matter of 3.7 seconds. At its peak, the Gallardo can max at 202 miles per hour. With all these great things going for the Gallardo, you will think that this comes complete and ready to strike on the road. Not quite though. There is one weakness on the side of the Gallardo, and that’s the V10’s lack of torque at midrange rpm. But this ‘chink’ in the armour of the sports car is readily solved with the addition of 22 lb-ft.

Aside from the fabled performance and muscle, style also matters for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Interior styling can be either leather or the Alcantara upholstery and trim, with carbon-fiber accents. Throw in a multi-media system and what you get is an muscle car and an eye-candy! 

* Photo shows the Gallardo Nera. Sorry for the slip. Thank you dear reader.