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 produced.
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 Giugiaro.
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 Reventon.
The MSRP base price was $198,000 in the US and £147,330 in the UK.
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.