Lamborghini Gallardo

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Lamborghini Gallardo
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
Overview
Manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A
Production 2003–2013
Model years 2004–2014
Assembly Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy
Designer Luc Donckerwolke
Italdesign Giugiaro (2nd generation)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door roadster
Layout Mid-engine, all-wheel drive
Mid-engine, rear wheel drive (LP550-2)
Related Audi R8
Lamborghini Concept S
Powertrain
Engine 5.0 L V10
5.2 L V10
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed E-Gear automated manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,560 mm (100.8 in)
Length 4,300–4,386 mm (169.3–172.7 in)
Width 1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Height 1,165 mm (45.9 in) (coupé)
1,184 mm (46.6 in) (spyder)
Curb weight 1,520–1,430 kg (3,351–3,153 lb) (coupé)
1,570–1,485 kg (3,461–3,274 lb) (spyder)
Chronology
Predecessor Lamborghini Jalpa
Successor Lamborghini Huracán

The Lamborghini Gallardo (/ɡˈjɑrd/; Italian: [ɡaʎˈʎardo]) is a sports car built by Lamborghini from 2003 to 2013. It is Lamborghini's best-selling model with 14,022 being built throughout its lifetime.[1] Named after a famous breed of fighting bull,[2] the V-10 Gallardo has been Lamborghini's sales leader and stable-mate to a succession of V-12 flagship models—first to the Lamborghini Murciélago (4,099 built between 2001 and 2011), then to the current flagship Lamborghini Aventador. On November 25, 2013, the last Gallardo was rolled off of the production line.

Production of the replacement for the Gallardo, the Huracán, began in 2014.

Contents

First Generation[edit]

Gallardo[edit]

Lamborghini Gallardo

The first generation Gallardo came with a 5 litre 90 degree V10 (4961cc). The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic robotized manual, which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than they could with a manual transmission. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, but can also change to an automatic mode.[3] The vehicle was designed by Luc Donckerwolke and was based on the 1995 Calà prototype by Italdesign Giugiaro.

2005 Coupe Update[edit]

For the 2006 model year (launched in late 2005) Lamborghini introduced many changes to the car to counter some criticisms garnered from the press and owners. These were based on 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, a new steering rack was fitted, the engine power was increased by 20 bhp to a maximum of 520 metric horsepower (382 kW; 513 hp), and 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 made an already fast car into a much faster one.

Spyder[edit]

The production spyder model of the Gallardo was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006. It was considered by the company to be an entirely new model, with 520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp) and a lower-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The soft top was fully retractable.

Gallardo Superleggera[edit]

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

During the 2007 Geneva Auto Show[4] Lamborghini debuted the Gallardo Superleggera. The name paid tribute to the construction style of the first Lamborghini production model, the 350GT, designed and built by Carrozzeria Touring[5] and its emphasis on weight reduction. The Superleggera was lighter than the base Gallardo by 100 kg (220 lb) via the use of carbon fibre panels for the rear diffuser, undertray, the rearview-mirror housings, the interior door panels, the central tunnel, engine cover; titanium wheel nuts and carbon fibre sports seats. The engine power was upgraded by 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp) thanks to an improved intake, exhaust and ECU for a total of 530 PS (390 kW; 523 hp). The 6-speed E-Gear transmission was standard on US spec models with the 6-speed manual transmission offered as a no cost option.

Special and limited editions[edit]

Lamborghini Gallardo Renazzo LP-550/60

Italian police cars (2004-)[edit]

London's Metropolitan Police Gallardo 

In December 2004, two L140 Gallardos were donated to the Italian police in honour of the force's 152nd anniversary, one came from Automobili Lamborghini SpA while a second was donated by an independent organization.

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 for transplantation.

London Metropolitan Police Service police cars (2005-2006)[edit]

Yellow L140 Gallardos have been "temporary" police cars for the Metropolitan Police in London, England, 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 lent by Lamborghini London and were fitted with yellow and blue battenburg markings, police logos and a small blue lightbar.

SE (2005-)[edit]

2006 Verde Ithaca Gallardo SE on Angeles Crest Highway in Los Angeles.

The Gallardo SE was a limited edition of 250 units introduced in 2005. It was distinguished from the regular Gallardo externally by having a black-roofed two-tone color scheme as well as specially designed "Callisto" rims. It 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 midsections of the seats are finished in color-coded upholstery and even the black floormats have a color-coded borders. A rear-view camera was standard on the Gallardo SE, as was the multimedia and navigation system, the sport suspension and an exclusive cover. The optional E-gear transmission came with a new function: 'thrust' mode. This feature automatically revs the car to 5,000 rpm then drops the clutch engaging all four wheels in a controlled burnout to ensure that the car performs maximum acceleration.

Nera (2006-)[edit]

The Gallardo Nera was a special edition limited to 185 units of the Gallardo and was introduced at the Paris Motor Show. The car was designed to showcase the customization options available to the customer in the Ad Personam program. It features special matte black body panels and was only available in a special shade of black: a combination of Nero Serapis and Nero Noctis. Brake calipers are painted a special silver and the taillights are smoked to match the darker paint scheme. The interior was stitched from high-contrast black and white leather in the Q-Citura (lozenge shaped) fashion.

Motorsport[edit]

FIA GT3 Championship[edit]

In 2007, the Gallardo was entered in FIA GT3 Championship, built by German motorsport specialists Reiter Engineering, who previously made the Murcielago R-GT and the Diablo GTR Super Trophy racers. All the extra aerodynamics were bolt-on parts, conforming with cost-effective regulations that meant the finished car had to closely resemble its road-going counterpart. Brembo racing brakes and OZ Racing wheels were also added. It was converted to Rear Wheel Drive, other than when racing in the one-make Lamborghini Super Trofeo.[6] It produced 520 metric horsepower (382 kW; 513 hp) @ 7800rpm and 510 newton metres (376 lb·ft) @ 4500 rpm of torque.

Recall[edit]

Lamborghini recalled about 1,500 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder models, from model years 2004 to 2006, because of the possibility of power steering fluid leaking and the risk of fire. The cars were built from May 2003 through April 2008.[7]

Production[edit]

In March 2008, Lamborghini announced that they had ceased production of the Gallardo Superleggera.[8] During its production life 172 were produced with 10 in white, 37 in black, 33 in gray, 45 in yellow, 46 in orange, and 1 was custom painted in pink.[9]

Second Generation[edit]

LP 560-4[edit]

Presented at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, the Gallardo LP 560-4 was a significant refresh of the Gallardo, powered by a new 5.2 L (320 cu in) V10 engine that produces 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) at 6,500 rpm of torque. Featuring "Iniezione Diretta Stratificata" direct fuel injection system to improve efficiency; fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18% despite the increase in performance. It also has a new design inspired by the Murciélago LP 640 and Reventon.

The new engine, 40 PS (29 kW; 39 hp) more powerful than in the previous car, comes with two transmission choices: 6-speed manual or 6-speed E-gear, the latter of which was revised to offer a Corsa mode which makes 40% quicker shifts than before and decreases traction control restrictions, a Thrust Mode launch control system was also added. Accompanied with a 20 kg (44 lb) weight reduction all the improvements add up to a claimed performance of 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h (120 mph) of 11.8 and a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).[10]

The MSRP base price was $198,000 in the US[11] and £147,330 (including NavTrak vehicle tracking system and delivery package) in the UK.[12] The first US car was sold in 16th Annual Race to Erase MS charity auction for $198,000 to former True Religion Jeans co-founder/co-creator Kymberly Gold and music producer Victor Newman.[13]

LP 560-4 Spyder[edit]

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder was unveiled at 2008 LA Auto Show.[14] as the replacement for of the previous Gallardo Spyder. It was the convertible model of the Gallardo LP 560-4 and as such possess all of its improvements like the new 5.2 L (320 cu in) V10 engine, improved E-gear transmission and 20 kg (44 lb) weight reduction. Performance has been improved to 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, 0-200 km/h (120 mph) of 13.1 and a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph)

Japan models went on sale in 2009-06.[15]

LP 570-4 Superleggera (2010-)[edit]

LP 570-4 Superleggera.

In March 2010, Lamborghini announced the release of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, a lightweight and more powerful version of the Gallardo LP 560-4 in the same vein as the previous Superleggera. With carbon fiber used extensively inside and out to reduce weight to just 1,340 kg (2,954 lb) making it the lightest road-going Lamborghini in the range. The 5.2L V10 on the LP 570-4 gets a power bump over the standard Gallardo to 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 8,000 rpm. Performance has been improved to 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, and a 325 km/h (202 mph) top speed.[16][17][18]

Taiwan models went on sale in 2010-05-11, with delivery began in 2010-06.[19]

LP 570-4 Spyder Performante[edit]

In November 2010, Lamborghini announced the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, a convertible version of the LP 570-4 Superleggera. Employing the same 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) 5. 2 L V 10 and with a curb weight of 1,485 kg (3,274 lb), heavier than the coupe as usual with coupe based convertibles, the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.0 seconds and has a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph).[20]

Taiwan models went on sale in 2011-04, with delivery began in 2010-06.[21]

LP 550-2 Coupe, LP 550-2 AD (2010-)[edit]

Following the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni and LP 550-2 Bicolore special editions, the LP 550-2 Coupe was offered by Lamborghini in the 2011 model year as the lowest priced model in the Gallardo line-up. The rear-wheel drive LP 550-2 Coupe was distinguished by unique black side skirts and "LP 550-2" badging, suspension tuning borrowed from the Valentino Balboni edition and came equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission with E-gear available as a cost option.

LP 550-2 AD was based on LP 550-2 Coupe with AD Personam customization, which includes transparent engine cover, engine room LED lighting, diamond pattern leather interior upholstery, travel package.

Taiwan model of LP 550-2 Coupe went on sale in 2010-06-09.[22]

LP 550-2 Spyder (2011-)[edit]

In 2012, the LP 550-2 Spyder was introduced with the same specifications as the Coupe, as the lowest priced Spyder model.

The vehicle was unveiled in Balboni Ginza Tower.[23]

Japan models went on sale in 2011-12-08.[24]

Special and limited editions[edit]

Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia (2008-)[edit]

It was a police car version of Gallardo LP560-4 coupe for Italian State Police, with camera recording system featuring camera beside rear view mirror, GPS navigation, gun holster, police radio, Paletta warning sign, portable screen, refrigerator and defibrillator at front cargo compartment, blu Polizia body colour, police beacon with blue LEDs at vehicle's front, roof, side, and rear.[25]

In October 2008, a private ceremony was held at the Viminale Palace where Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. donated a Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia, to the head of the Italian State Police, Prefect Antonio Manganelli. The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia was used as replacement of its predecessor to fulfill roles with the Lazio Highway Police Department.[26]

LP 550-2 Balboni[edit]

Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.

Limited to 250 units, this Gallardo was named after Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni and to his request, unlike the contemporary line-up, the Balboni was rear wheel drive, reducing the curbweight by 30 kg (66 lb) to 1,470 kg (3,241 lb). The engine was rated at 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp). Other features include re-calibrated optional E-gear transmission, redeveloped 45% limited slip differential, full leather black upholstery with white colour strips, Polar white centre console, a stripe down the centre of the car, and a badge below the left side window bears the signature of Valentino Balboni and the production number of the car. On right hand drive cars, the badge was located at the bottom of the right hand drive rear window. A special one off Balboni was created by the Singapore distributor of Lamborghini (Eurosport) which had Superleggera seats and a full Reiter Engineering Super Trofeo Strada body derived directly from the Super Trofeo series cars. This one off Balboni was viewed as the predecessor to the Singapore Edition limited run LP550-2 (see below) which had a stripped out Superleggera interior, Superlegerra side skirts, rear deck, rear diffuser and front bumper (sans Superleggera rear wing) but which critically was a 2wd car which catered to the enthusiast driver. Lamborghini claims the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni can reach a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) and reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.[27]

Gallardo LP 560-4 Gold Edition (2012)[edit]

Gallardo LP 560-4 Gold Edition(金色限量版) was a limited (10 units) version of Gallardo LP 560-4 for China market, with gold body colour, black engine cover frame, LED headlamps, Cordelia glossy wheels, red brake calipers, black interior, red stitching and embroidery at steering wheel and head rest.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Shenzhen-HongKong-Macau International Auto Show, and was sold for 3.988 million yuan (USD $810,000).[28][29]

Lamborghini Gallardo Bicolore, Beverly Hills 2012

Bicolore (2010-)[edit]

The Bicolore was a special edition of the Gallardo, available in both LP 560-4 and LP 550-2 trims. Released in 2010 it features a unique two-tone paint job. The car was available only in orange, yellow, grey, white or blue with a black roof with unique Skorplus alloy rims.[30]

Taiwan model of LP 560-4 Bicolore went on sale in 2011-03-10.[31]

LP 550-2 Super Trofeo (2010–)[edit]

The LP550-2 Super Trofeo was a version of LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni for Hong Kong market. It does not include the centre stripe in the original car. It includes an e-Gear transmission, Super Trofeo body kit (tail wing, front and tail diffuser, side skirts), front and side airbags, TFT screen with USB/iPod connection, GPS with Bluetooth, front axle height control.[32][33]

LP 570-4 Superleggera Nero Nemesis (2010-)[edit]

LP 570-4 Superleggera Nero Nemesis (消光黑色特別版) was a version of LP 570-4 Superleggera for Taiwan market, with matte black body colour, matte black interior upholstery, silver interior stitching, 4-point seat belt.[34]

The vehicle went on sale in 2010-10.[35]

LP 570-4 Superleggera Bianco Canopus Limited Edition (2011-)[edit]

LP 570-4 Superleggera Bianco Canopus Limited Edition (中華民國建國百年特仕車) was a version of LP 570-4 Superleggera for Taiwan market, commemorating 100th anniversary of Republic of China. It included matte white body colour, e-gear transmission, silver interior stitching, 4-point seat belt.

The vehicle went on sale during the 100th year of Republic of China, with preorder began at 2011-02.[35][36]

LP 550-2 Tricolore (2011-)[edit]

It was a version of Gallardo LP 550-2 for Europe, Middle East, and Asian Pacific markets, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. It included green, white, red stripes from cargo bay to engine cover; white body colour, carbon fibre rear view mirror and side skirt from Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, matte black front air intake grille from Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, black interior, green, white, red stripes at left seat aligned to the exterior tricolor stripes; 'Tricolore' embroidering at driver seat, e-gear panel and steering wheel in carbon fibre, Alcantara upholstery at centre console and door trim, Nero Perseus black leather upholstery, 'Tricolore' plaque at door sill, seat side, inner window frame.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Turin Auto Show.[37]

Taiwan model of LP 550-2 Tricolore went on sale in 2011-06-02.[31]

LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale[edit]

Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, Beverly Hills 2012

Presented on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Super Trofeo Stradale was a limited (150 units) version of LP570-4 Superleggera. Boasting a dry weight of 1,340 kg (2,954 lb), it's 30 kg (66 lb) lighter than a comparably equipped LP570-4 Superleggera. Esessentially a road version of the Super Trofeo race car, equipped with the same adjustable rear spoiler that offers an aerodynamic load 3 times that of the stardard Gallardo LP 560-4 for increased dynamic stability during tight, high-speed driving. Another element taken directly from the racing version was the removable engine hood with quick-release system. The vehicle included Rosso Mars (red) body colour, 6-speed E-gear transmission, carbon fibre and Alcantara interior upholstery with red stitching, double-A-arm suspension, 19-inch wheels, titanium bearing and bolts, Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires. Optional equipment includes carbon-ceramic brake discs, a tubular interior roll cage, 4-point safety belts and fire extinguisher, satellite navigation, with Bluetooth connection for mobile phones, an anti-theft system, and a lifting system that raises the front axle, grey or white brake caliper.[38]

Taiwan model was sold in limited quantities (3 units), with road and track versions. Road version includes exclusive carbon fibre tail wing and engine cover, Alcantara interior upholstery, Alcantara racing seats. Track version includes racing type roll cage, red 4-point seat belts, travel package, chrome and carbon fibre interior package.[39][40]

Singapore Limited Edition (2011)[edit]

The Singapore Limited Edition was a limited (10 units) version of Gallardo LP 550-2 in Singapore, celebrating 10 years of Lamborghini's presence in Singapore. Available in black and white primary body color with red side stripes accented by a badge featuring the Merlion, it includes parts from LP570-4 Superleggera such as the front spoiler, a rear wing, a wheel set and interior trim.[41]

The vehicle went on sale with SGD$20000 from the sale of each car donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund. Delivery took place in Mandarin Oriental hotel in Singapore.[42]

Panama police car (2011?-)[edit]

Gallardo used by the Police of Panamá

It was a version of Lamborghini LP560-4 for Panama's National Police, seized from David Murcia Guzman of DMG Group Holding, S.A.[43][44]

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Edition (2012)[edit]

The LP 550-2 Hong Kong Edition commemorates the 20th anniversary of Lamborghini cars being sold in Hong Kong. Modifications on the model include custom paint with a coat of Bianco Monocerus, a white color, matte gold stripes that run the length of the hood, over the roof, and down the rear. Matte black accents round out the paint work with a matte black rear bumper and spoiler, side skirts, and spoiler, with HK20 graphics on the front spoiler, rear fascia and side sills. These extend to the interior on the headrests and center console. Only 8 will be produced with pricing at $3,680,000 each.[45]

Malaysia Limited Edition (2012)[edit]

It was a limited edition (20 units) version of Gallardo LP 550-2 in Malaysia. Available in Blanco Monocerus (solid white), Verde Ithaca (pearl green) and Arancio Borealis (pearl orange) body color, it includes body kit from LP 570-4 Superleggera (front bumper, carbon side skirts, 4 titanium exhaust tips and a carbon fibre rear diffuser), a different interior with Alcantra and leather with bespoke stitching, 6-speed E-gear transmission.[46]

The vehicle was unveiled in Eminent Century Sdn Bhd, the official Malaysian importer of Lamborghini cars, and JH Italia Sdn Bhd, the sole dealer, in Kuala Lumpur. The vehicle went on sale for RM868,000 before duties, road tax and insurance (RM 1,680,000 excluding insurance).[47]

India Serie Speciale Edition (2013)[edit]

To mark its 50th anniversary, Lamborghini wanted to provide something special for the Indian market where they have found a good business potential, hence a six car only limited edition has been launched. Lamborghini decided to use their best selling model for this limited edition, the Gallardo LP 550-2. To suit the Indian road conditions, the car features a lift suspension. With the push of a button, the ground clearance increases by 40 mm taking it to 165mm. These 6 limited edition cars will then be split into 3 groups; based on the colours. 2 cars each available in pearl orange, white & pearl green, showing the colours of the Indian Flag. All cars will boast the Indian tricolour stripes running the entire length of the car.

Indonesia Limited Edition (2013)[edit]

The Gallardo LP550-2 Indonesia Limited Edition was based on LP550-2 model but with a Superleggera style body and finished in the bright green Verde Ithaca shade. It was limited to Indonesian Market only and available on January 2013. The 2013 Gallardo LP550-2 Indonesia Limited Edition will receive several items from the option list as standard equipment, the most eye catching naturally being the Superleggera bumpers and side skirts, a glass engine cover with the optional LED lights installed to give an even better view of the V10 engine at night and available with E-Gear transmission. The wheels are the regular dual five spoke Apollo wheels seen on the Gallardo LP560-4 model, but finished in glossy black for the Indonesian edition.[48][49][50]

LP 560-4 Noctis (2012–)[edit]

The LP 560-4 Noctis was a version of Gallardo LP 560-4 with two-tone colour schemes, for Hong Kong and China markets. Available in dark grey/silver and dark blue/silver body colour,[51] 6-speed E-gear transmission, 19-inch alloy wheels, black leather and grey alcantara upholstery, adjustable suspension.

The vehicle was unveiled in Auto Guangzhou 2011, and later 2012 Auto Qingdao. China version was sold for 3,980,000 yuan.[52][53]

Gallardo LP 560-4 Bianco Rosso (2012)[edit]

Gallardo LP 560-4 Bianco Rosso (ガヤルド LP560-4 ビアンコ・ロッソ) was a limited (10 units) version of Gallardo LP 560-4 coupe for Japanese market, commemorating 45th anniversary of importing Lamborghini to Japan and 10th anniversary of Lamborghini Japan, inspired by Japan's flag. Designed by Lamborghini Design Centre, it includes red side mirror cover, red engine cover frame, red brake caliper, black interior, red leather upholstery at side side holder, door handle, hand brake; rear view camera, LED headlight package, 19-inch high gloss black Cordelia wheels, car navigation system, lifting system.

The vehicle went on sale in 2012-05-18 for 25.41 million yen ($320,100 US).[54][55][56]

Equipment[edit]

Marrone Apus (matte brown), Giallo Horus (matte gold), Nero Nemesis (matte black), Bianco Canopus (matte white) body colours were introduced to Taiwan market in 2010-08-10.[57]

Motorsport[edit]

SUPER GT[edit]

The Gallardo was entered by privateers to the GT300 class of the Japanese SUPER GT Championship, car had to conform to rather different regulations. It could produce no more than 300PS (295 bhp/224 kW) and must be Rear-Wheel-Drive. The power was limited by air restrictors placed in the engine bay. The gearbox was a sequential 6-Speed twin-clutch setup. The rules regarding aerodynamics are far looser than those in FIA GT, meaning the SUPER GT car has more advanced aero, including a much bigger rear wing. It took a while to be competitive, only being consistently at the top during the 2009 season.[58]

Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo[edit]

Lamborghini Super Trofeo

In May 2009 Lamborghini introduced what it calls the 'Fastest one-make series in the world', featuring the Gallardo LP 560-4 Super Trofeo, a race-prepared version of the newer Gallardo LP560-4. The series supported European race series such as Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), FIA GT Series and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), featuring 18 races overall and having a 30-car grid consisting of privateer teams as well as Lamborghini dealer teams and one factory team featuring guest drivers.[59] The Super Trofeo race car was based on the Gallardo LP 560-4 sports car, but with a reworked chassis, dramatic body work/aerodynamics and a direct injection V10 engine rated at 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) with higher compression ratio of 12.5:1, variable valve timing all prepared by the Reiter Engineering group. The car has dry weight of 1,300 kg (2,900 lb). E-gear transmission was standard. The race car and parts package cost €200,000 (US$284,300) plus tax, available via Lamborghini dealerships, with support and parts sales trackside.

American Le Mans Series[edit]

West Racing campaigned an LP560 GT in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series for certain races of the 2011 season.[60] However, as of July, 2011, the team announced that they were developing a new car and by implication would no longer race the LP560.[61]

SPEED World Challenge[edit]

DP7 Racing has currently entered two Gallardos in the Speed World Challenge GT Series, driven by Dan Pastorini and Chip Herr.[62]

Reception[edit]

In a test drive of LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, the test driver bearing the name of the car said he was against E-gear because it takes some amount of vehicle control away from the driver, and all-wheel drive Lamborghinis from the beginning, and the company was divided over AWD cars. In that review, a LP550-2 with E-Gear was tested.[63]

Marketing[edit]

As part of Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera launch in Taiwan, Jean-Michei Lorain of La Côte Saint Jacques restaurant was invited by Taiwan Lamborghini dealer Gramus Internation Co., Ltd. and Taiwan American Express company to cook French meals at The Landis Taipei Paris 1930 between 2010-12-01 and 2010-12-04, and at Le Moût restaurant between 2010-12-06 and 2010-12-09, with a Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Nero Nemesis unveiled at the 1st floor lounge of The Landis Taipei hotel.[64][65][66] In addition, for Lamborghini buyers using American Express card until 2010-12-31, all Lamborghini vehicles got order price of 2 million NTD, and Lamborghini LP 570-4 Superleggera Nero Nemesis buyers using American Express Centurion card can purchase the vehicle for 17,880,000 NTD.[67]

Third Generation[edit]

LP 550-2, LP 560-4, LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica (2012-)[edit]

Changes to Gallardo LP 560-4 includes revised front fascias with triangular and trapezoidal forms with diagonal elements in body color and black, larger air intakes ahead of the front wheels, new 19-inch "Apollo polished" alloy wheels in matt black with spokes in polished silver, redesigned rear end with a wider surface area, optional Style Package (high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front and rear grilles and the transverse element of the rear trim).

LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica was based on LP 570-4 Superleggera and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, with fixed high rear wing, carbon-ceramic brakes, roof arch and front air intakes painted in contrasting color schemes (Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes).[68][69]

The vehicles were unveiled in 2012 Paris Motor Show, followed by Shanghai Motor Show 2013 (Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder in Grigio Telesto).[70]

The vehicles were available at Lamborghini dealerships from November 2012. Early models include LP 550-2 (Coupe/Spyder), LP 560-4 (Coupe/Spyder), LP 570-4 (Superleggera/Spyder Performante).[71]

LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 (2012-)[edit]

It was a race car version of Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, with adjustable aerodynamic devices, a ten-position rear wing, improved front brake cooling over 2012 Gallardo via remodeled brake ducts.

The vehicle was unveiled at the final round of the 2012 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo European series in Los Arcos, Navarra.[72][73]

LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Asia (2013-)[edit]

Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Asia (亞洲限量版) was a limited (3 units, 1 in Taiwan) version of LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013 for Asian market. It included matt black carbon fibre tail wing, matt black carbon fibre engine cover, yellow body colour, high gloss carbon fibre door pedal, rear diffuser, rear view mirror cover; red ceramic carbon fibre brake caliper, Alcantara interior upholstery, 'Super Trofeo Asia' plaque at red rear window frame interior border with serial number, red stitching, carbon fibre upholstery at door trim, racing seats, centre console.[74]

LP 560-2 50° Anniversario (2013-)[edit]

Gallardo LP 560-2 50° Anniversario is a version of Gallardo LP 550-2 Coupe with increased engine power to 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp), clear carbon fiber rear wing from the original Gallerdo Superleggera, transparent engine cover, dark grey Scorpius wheels, Bianco Opalis (white metallic) body colour.

The vehicle was unveiled in Shanghai Motor Show 2013,[70][75] followed by 2013 The Quail Motorsport Gathering.[76]

LP 570-4 Squadra Corse (2013-)[edit]

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse was a limited (50 units, 15 in USA, 3 in Canada) street-going version of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo 2013.[77] It has a removable engine hood with quick-release system, rear wing and the hood made from carbon composite material, carbon-ceramic brake system, e-gear six-speed transmission with steering wheel paddles, decal strip along the flank displays green, white and red, the colors of the Italian flag; choice of 4 body colours (Giallo Midas (yellow), Bianco Monocerus (white), Grigio Thalasso (grey), in Rosso Mars (red)), matte black rear wing with contrasts in body color, hood, front air intakes, rear diffuser and 19-inch forged wheels in high-gloss black; choice of three brake calliper colours (red, black, yellow), carbon fiber (at door panels, racing seats and center console cover, handbrake frame, the middle of the center console, the lower rim of the steering wheel, the trim around the main and secondary instrument panels, the door handles, and the handle for opening the glove box) and Alcantara (at underside of the dashboard, central panel of the seat cushion and the backrest) interior upholstery, bucket seats (optional comfort seats). The rear wing was reported to produce three times more downforce than the standard Gallardo's spoiler.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.[78][79][80][81] Delivery of the vehicle began in September 2013.

US model includes only yellow body colour cars.[82]

LP 560-4 Macau GP (2013-)[edit]

Gallardo LP 560-4 Macau GP is a limited (3 units) version of Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupe for Taiwan market, commemorating Hanss Lin (#38) of Taiwan-based Gama Racing Team taking 2nd place in the Macau race of 2013 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia series. Changes include Gallardo Super Trofeo parts (front/rear bumpers, adjustable tail wing and chassis diffuser, front skirt, detachable carbon fibre engine cover), orange body colour, hexagon '63' decal, red/white/green racing stripes running from the hood to roof, along rear quarter panels, across the width of tail wing.

The vehicle was unveiled in Lamborghini Taipei event between 2013-12-26 and 2013-12-30, and went on sale for $16 million NTD.[83]

Motorsports[edit]

Gallardo Super Trofeo was used in 2012 Race Of Champions.[84]

End of production[edit]

The last Lamborghini vehicle with manual transmission was reported to be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-2 50° Anniversario by Popular Mechanics.[85]

On 25 November 2013, the last Lamborghini Gallardo, a LP 570-4 Spyder Performante with Rosso Mars (red) body colour, was built at the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory, to be received by a private collector in the upcoming weeks. A total 14,022 units of Lamborghini Gallardo had been built during its 10-year product cycle.[86][87][88][89]

Specifications[edit]

Models Coupe
2003–2005
Coupe
2006–2008
Spyder
2006–2008
Superleggera LP 560-4 LP 560-4 Spyder LP 550-2
rear wheel drive
LP 570-4 Supperleggera Edizione Tecnica
Engine v10
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 510 N·m (376 lb·ft)@4500 510 N·m (376 lb·ft)@4250 540 N·m (398 lb·ft)@6500
Performance
0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) (sec) 4.2 4.0 4.3 3.8 3.7 4.0 3.9 (4.2 Spyder) 3.4 (3.9 Spyder)
0 to 200 km/h (120 mph) (sec) 14.5 13.6 14.3 12.4 9.5 11.7 10.6  ?
1/4 mile 12.4 s @ 118 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)
11.4s @ 126.9 mph (204.2 km/h) (MT)[90]
12s @ 124 mph 124 mph (200 km/h) 11.5s @ 126.7 mph (203.9 km/h) (R&T)[91]
11.5s @ 125.6 mph (202.1 km/h)[92]
Top speed 309 km/h (192 mph) 315 km/h (196 mph) 315 km/h (196 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)

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2006 Top Gear Dream Car of the Year
  • 2009 Top Gear Car of the Year – Lamborghini LP 550-2 Balboni

Production[edit]

Two Gallardos together
Year Units Coupé Spyder
2003[93] 933 933
2004[93] 1,294 1,294
2005[94] 972 947 25
2006[94] 1,651 626 1,025
2007[95] 1,951 936 1,015
2008[95] 1,787 1,206 581
2009[96] 922 462 460
2010[96] 1,064 817 247
2011[97] 1,264 944 320
2012[97] 1,221 (1,161 deliveries[98]) 822 399
2013[99] 933 (1,120 deliveries[98]) 653 280
Total 13,992 9,640 4,352

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