The Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car produced by
Lamborghini from 2003 to 2013. It was their best-selling model
with 14,022 units being built. The name stems from a famous
breed of fighting bull.
On November 25, 2013, officially the last Gallardo was
Production of the replacement for the Gallardo, the Huracán,
began in 2014.
Lamborghini Gallardo has been produced in three generations,
the most fruitful of which was the second one. Since there were
too many Gallardo versions, only the most significant ones will
be presented here.
2003 Lamborghini Gallardo
The first generation came with an even firing 5-liter 90 degree
V10 engine. The customers were offered two transmission
options: a conventional (H-Box) 6-speed manual transmission and
an advanced 6-speed electro-hydraulically controlled
semi-automatic robotized manual (E-gear). With the E-gear the
driver to makes shifts much faster than with a manual
transmission. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind
the steering wheel, but can also change to an automatic mode.
The vehicle was based on the 1995 Calà prototype by Italdesign
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
The Superleggera was released at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show.
With this version, the emphasis was on the weight reduction –
it was lighter than the base Gallardo by 220 pounds, due to the
use of carbon-fiber panels for the rear diffuser, undertray,
the rearview-mirror housings, the interior door panels, the
central tunnel, engine cover. The engine output was enhanced by
10 horsepower thanks to an improved intake, exhaust and ECU.
The 6-speed E-Gear transmission came as standard, but the
6-speed manual transmission was offered as a no-cost option.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
The LP560-4 was unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, as
quite a refreshment of the Gallardo. It was powered by a new
uneven firing 5.2-liter V10 engine which delivers 552
horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. This model introduced
“Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” direct fuel injection system
for efficiency improvement. The new engine came with two
transmission choices: 6-speed manual or 6-speed E-gear. Fuel
consumption and CO2 emissions have dropped by 18%. The car also
had a brand new design based on the Murciélago LP 640 and
The MSRP base price was $198,000 in the US and £147,330 in the
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera was released in March, 2010.
The LP570-4 Superleggera was a lighter and more powerful
version of the Gallardo LP560-4. Carbon fiber was used by and
large to reduce weight to just 2,954 pounds, thus making it the
lightest road-going Lamborghini in the range. The odd firing
5.2-liter V10 produced 562 horsepower. Performance was improved
to 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds, and top speed of 202 mph.
2011 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo was introduced as the
‘fastest one-make series in the world’ in May, 2009. This
series supported Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM), FIA
GT Series and the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). This
race car was inspired by the Gallardo LP 560-4 sports car, but
with a reworked chassis, body work/aerodynamics and engine
(direct injection odd firing V10 engine rated at 562
horsepower). The E-gear transmission came as standard. The race
car and parts package cost $284,300 plus tax.
LP560-4, LP570-4 Edizione Tecnica 2013
This edition included external changes to Gallardo LP560-4 such
as revised front fascia with triangular and trapezoidal forms
with diagonal elements in body color and black, larger air
intakes, new 19” matt black alloy wheels with spokes in
polished silver, redesigned rear end with a wider surface area,
and optional Style Package.
LP570-4 Edizione Tecnica is a combo of LP570-4 Superleggera and
the LP570-4 Spyder Performante, with fixed high rear wing,
carbon-ceramic brakes, roof arch and front air intakes painted
in contrasting color patterns.
The vehicles (along with the LP 550-2) were unveiled at the
2012 Paris Motor Show.
LP 560-4 Macau GP
The LP 560-4 Macau GP is a limited version of Gallardo LP 560-4
Coupé for Taiwan market, honoring Hanss Lin. Changes include
Gallardo Super Trofeo parts, orange body color, hexagon ’63’
decal, red/white/green racing stripes extending from the hood
to roof. Only 3 units of this car were produced. The vehicle
was unveiled at Lamborghini Taipei event between in December,
2013 and went on sale for $16 million NTD.