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Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo is the Italian supercar maker Lamborghini's "entry-level" car, sitting beneath the Murciélago. It is also the first car to feature the new Lamborghini V10 engine - only the third engine designed by the firm. 3,000 Gallardos were built in just two years, making it the company's most-produced model to date. The second-place Diablo took a decade to sell 2,903 units.

Overview

The Gallardo was designed as a competitor to Ferrari's 360 Modena, and now competes with its replacement, the F430. The car is named after a famous breed of fighting bull and is pronounced roughly "guy-ar-do". Gallardo is also Spanish for the word gallant. Although performance is lower than the Murcielago, it is still very high, and the Gallardo has much better rearward visibility and, according to reviewers, is more maneuverable as well as more tractable in low-speed traffic, making the Gallardo a much more practical car to drive. It is also much more practical to use in bad weather than many other supercars, thanks to rear-biased all-wheel drive. Although corporate owner Volkswagen's subsidiary Audi is renowned for its Quattro AWD system, Lamborghini uses a system of its own.

At current U.S. prices, a base Gallardo costs about US$175,000.

The Gallardo uses a V10 engine based on Audi's old straight-5 design. The engine was split again to become the straight-5 engine found in the new Volkswagen Jetta. The 5.0 L engine is a current Audi 4.2 L V8 (featured in Audi's S4, A6, A8, and Q7 models) with two extra cylinders added and a slightly smaller bore diameter.

The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled auto-clutch manual, or, as Lamborghini abbreviates it to, "E-gear". The latter allows the driver to make shifts much faster than an automatic transmission would, with the control that a manual offers. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not need to manually actuate the clutch.

Audi[2], offers its own sports car based on the Gallardo called the Audi R8, which will be available in spring 2007. It will use a V8 in place of the Gallardo's V10 to avoid competing directly with the Gallardo.

Gallardo Spyder

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyders at the 2006 LA Auto ShowThe production spyder model of the Gallardo was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. It is considered by the company to be an entirely new model, with 520 hp (388 kW) and a lower-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The soft top is fully retractable.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer was the first person in North America to take delivery of the Gallardo Spyder.

Gallardo SE

In late 2005, the Gallardo SE (for Special Edition) was introduced. The SE is distinguished from the regular Gallardo externally by having a black-roofed two-tone color scheme as well as specially designed "Callisto" rims shod with Pirelli tires. Mechanically, the SE addresses many of the criticisms of the original Gallardo; the steering is quicker and more responsive, the transmission gear ratios have been adjusted to better suit the V10, and the E-gear now has a "thrust mode" to optimize acceleration, and the car's power has been increased to 520 hp (388 kW). The SE has a higher top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph), and it accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Only 250 units of the Gallardo SE will be produced. All the mechanical upgrades of the SE, however, will be included in all Gallardos after 2006 (excluding the two-tone bodywork).

2006 Verde Ithaca Gallardo SE on Angeles Crest Hwy in Los Angeles. 2006 Verde Ithaca Gallardo SE Interior.The Gallardo SE comes with a two-tone interior. All piping and stitching on the ultra-quality leather are executed in the same color as the bodywork of the car. The mid sections of the seats are finished in color-coded upholstery and even the black floormats have a color coded borders.

A rear-view camera is also standard issue on the Gallardo SE, as is a multimedia system and a navigation system. The sport suspension and an exclusive cover also came with the car but there are still several other options available, like the E-gear, which featured a 'thrust' mode to offer even more impressive acceleration by improving the gearchange through the different gears.

This "thrust" mode actually automatically revs the car to 5000 rpm, drops the clutch engaging all four wheels in a controlled burnout, and ensures the car performs maximum acceleration. This "launch" only requires the driver to engage the "thrust" mode and step on the gas pedal, similar to the launch technology in Formula 1 race cars.

Gallardo Nera

The Gallardo Nera (Special Edition) was introduced at Paris Motor Show. The Nera has a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph), and it accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Only 185 units of the Gallardo Nera will be produced and 60 are for the American market.[1]

Specifications

  • Lamborghini Gallardo in Nero OsyrisPerformance
  • Top speed: 309 km/h (192 mph) / 315 km/h (196 mph)(Gallardo SE and 2006+)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph): 4.2 s / 4.0 s (Gallardo SE and 06+)
  • 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph): 14.5 s
  • Standing km: 22.5 s
  • 1/4 mile: 12.2 s at 118 mph(some SEs have run confirmed high 11s)
  • Engine Type: V10
  • Displacement: 5.0 L
  • Power: 373 kW (500 bhp) / 388 kW (520 bhp) (Gallardo SE and 2006+)
  • Torque: 510 N·m

Trivia

Gallardo is a breed of Spanish fighting bull. Nearly all of Lamborghini's cars are named after bulls. Bam Margera owns a purple Gallardo, which he cut a sunroof out of with the help of Billy Idol. The clutch was destroyed by a crewmember on the 2006 Gumball Rally, which Margera was participating in. This amounted to an estimated US$15,000 worth of damage. In revenge, Margera threw paint and smashed the glass on the crewmember's Peugeot 306.[2] The Gallardo Spyder was road tested on the British TV show Top Gear where presenter Jeremy Clarkson described it as his new favourite supercar. According to the Top Gear magazine, Clarkson has ordered a Gallardo Spyder to replace his unreliable Ford GT. In 2004, a stock yellow Gallardo coupe was piloted to 200 mph on a highway as part of the Super Speeders "1 Lap of NYC" street/drag racing video, exceeding the manufacturer's top speed estimate.

Police car

In December 2004, several Gallardos were donated by Lamborghini to the Italian police in honor of the force's 152nd anniversary. The Gallardo Police Cars are used by the traffic police (Polizia Stradale) during emergencies and alarm situations on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway, also under the powers of the special safety operative which is already being employed along that tract of highway and above all, for the transport of body organs destined to transplants.

Yellow Gallardos have been "temporary" police cars for the Metropolitan Police in London, one in 2005 and one in 2006, for specific publicity events. The 2006 vehicle was seen at the start of the 2006 Gumball Rally. Both vehicles were loaned by Lamborghini London and were fitted with yellow and blue battenburg livery, police logos and a small blue lightbar.


Lamborghini The Marque

If one were to conduct a census asking people to name the top three Supercar marques there is little doubt that Lamborghini would most certainly feature. Which, when you consider that they are a bit of a baby company having been founded in 1963, is quite an achievement. Lamborghini has, since the 350 GTV, been about the design and production of fast and powerful cars with perfect performance and stunningly unique design. With the 1987 Chrysler takeover the company embarked upon its most successful period with the production of the ever popular Diablo. The continued success in its manufacturing has continued throughout the company’s history and in July 1998 Audi AG decided to get in on the action, agreeing to take over the entirety of the Lamborghini company, spawning a new era that has seen the meteoric rise of the Gallardo and its bigger sister the Murciélago.

With power, speed and acceleration this Lambo certainly contends with the big boys of the Supercar world. Always a popular addition to our Supercar competitions SC-224 can only benefit from its inclusion.

Lamborghini Performance

To a certain degree the Gallardo’s stats speak for themselves; 192mph, 500bhp and 0-60 in 4 seconds dead. Merely reading is quite breath taking! The Gallardo, however, deserves more than a cursory glance. Billed the most user friendly Lambo yet, the ‘baby Lambo’ is something to behold. The V10 roars into life with a simple turn of the key and from here on in I suggest you brace yourself. The torque on this is awesome at 376lb/ft and the 500bhp gives an incredible driving experience. With perfect steering the Gallardo sticks to the line you choose to drive! In short, the performance is perfect!

Lamborghini Style

This may be the ‘baby Lambo’ on paper but its size and power simply don’t agree. The technology contained within the Gallardo’s body is suitably advanced for a car of this calibre. This ‘Baby Lambo’ never cries…it roars! As the main design criteria was to get the driver and car as close together as possible it is hardly surprising that the car is totally focused on that job. There is little flounce about this vehicle, no plush leather seats or DVD players. It is all about making the driving experience as responsive and a feel-able as possible. It is an incredibly technologically advanced car, as is befitting of the marque. The body has clean lines and sharp, unfussy, curves while the long wheelbase and short overhang makes the Gallardo a majestically powerful sight. Everything about the Gallardo is functional, ergonomic, and aerodynamic – it is about driving faster, better and smoother than in any other car. The Gallardo has achieved the perfect blend of functionality and style all the time avoiding any compromise in performance or class.

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Win a Lamborghini Gallardo Performance:

  • Lamborghini Gallardo Power: 500bhp
  • Lamborghini Gallardo Max Speed: 192mph
  • Lamborghini Gallardo 0-60mph: 4.0 secs

Win a Lamborghini Gallardo Specification:

  • Lamborghini Gallardo Colour: Yellow
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