The Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car built by Lamborghini. The Gallardo is Lamborghini's most-produced model to date, with over 10,000 built in its first seven years of production. The car is named after a famous breed of fighting bull. It competes with the American Chevrolet Corvette, the scintillating Audi R8, the gorgeous SLS AMG, the cool Ferrari Italia, the superfast McLaren MP4-12C, the awesome M6 and the classic 911.
For the MY2006 (launched in late 2005) Lamborghini introduced many changes to the car to counter some criticisms garnered from the press and owners. These were derived from the limited edition Gallardo SE. The exhaust system was changed to a more sporty one (including a flap to make it quieter around town), the suspension was revised and a new steering rack was fitted, the engine power was increased by 20 bhp to a maximum of 512 brake horsepower (382 kW), the biggest change was an overall lowering of the gearing especially in 1st to 5th. The result was a much improved car; it handled and turned better, sounded better under full throttle and the extra power and lower gearing turned an already fast car into a seriously quick one.
The Audi R8 sports car, launched in early 2007, is based on the Gallardo platform, and uses a 4.2 litre V8 in place of the Gallardo's V10 to avoid competing directly with the Gallardo. In December 2008, Audi unveiled a V10 Audi R8, with a detuned version of the Gallardo's engine, placed between the R8 V8 and the Gallardo.
For the 2008 model year, features added to the Gallardo included an onboard computer, iPod connectivity with USB, heated mirrors, Q-citura stitching that originally could only be found on the Nera model, and a beige soft-top on the Spyder.
With the launch of the Aventador to replace the Murcielago, rumours of replacing the Gallardo is high on the agenda. Lamborghini announced that the Gallardo would be replaced with a car named the Cabrera which may pack a V10 packing a possible 592 brake horsepower (441 kW; 600 PS). The Cabrera will also feature Carbon Fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts that will help to reduce the car’s total weight. Four-Wheel drive is also being considered. The clarified name would be 'Cabrera LP600-4'.
|Models||Coupe 2003-2005||SE (2005)||Spyder 2006-2008||Nera (2007), Coupe 2006-2008||Superleggera (2007–2008)||LP 560-4||LP 560-4 Spyder||LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni|
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|LP 570-4 Superleggera|
|Type||4,961 cc (4.961 L; 302.7 cu in) V10 40 valves DOHC||5,204 cc (5.204 L; 317.6 cu in) V10 40 valves DOHC|
|Power@rpm||500 PS (368 kW; 493 hp)@7800||520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp)@8000||530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp)@8000||560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp)@8000||550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp)@8000||570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@8000|
|Torque@rpm||509.8 N·m (376.0 lb·ft)@4500||509.8 N·m (376.0 lb·ft)@4250||539 N·m (398 lb·ft)@6500|
|0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) (sec)||4.2||4.0||4.3||4.0||3.8||3.7|
|0 to 200 km/h (120 mph) (sec)||14.0||13.6||14.3||13.6||12.4||11.8||13.1||?||10.2|
|1/4 mile||12.4 s @ 118 mph (190 km/h)||12.1 s @ 120 mph (190 km/h)||-||12.1 s @ 120 mph (190 km/h)||11.7 s @ 123 mph (198 km/h)||11.2 s @ 129.5 mph (208.4 km/h) (R&T)|
11.9s @ 120.5 mph (193.9 km/h) (MT)
|-||11.5s @ 126.7 mph (203.9 km/h) (R&T)|
11.5s @ 125.6 mph (202.1 km/h)
|Top speed||309 km/h (192 mph)||314 km/h (195 mph)||314 km/h (195 mph)||314 km/h (195 mph)||315 km/h (196 mph)||325 km/h (202 mph)||324 km/h (201 mph)||320 km/h (200 mph)||325 km/h (202 mph)|
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