The Lamborghini Gallardo is already into its tenth year of spectacular presence on the sports car scene. An incredibly powerful and stylish sports car, Gallardo is Lamborghini’s most successful model so far. Gallardo V10 was the sales leader throughout the company’s history, as well as the inspiration behind other Lamborghini successful models, the Murcielago and the Aventador. Over 12,000 units left the factory during the first eight years of production. After entering history as the best-selling Lamborghini model of all time, reaching 14,022 sold units, which sums up almost half of the total Lamborghini production of 30,000 units, Gallardo is getting ready to step out of the scene. However, it is not leaving without a fight, announcing a mind-blowing special edition that will end the famous series, the fastest and lightest Gallardo of all time.
The Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini, currently part of the Volkswagen group, knows that competition does not rest. Since 2003, Ferrari produced the 360 Modena, F430, and the 458 Italia, not to mention the 612 Scaglietti, California, 599 GTO and La Ferrari. Although its Gallardo is getting ready for a spectacular retirement, the company fights back with its newest model, the Reventon, one of the fastest and most expensive Italian sports cars. Gallardo’s replacement will most likely be the Cabrera, which will be presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2014. As we get closer to Gllardo’s final production, let’s take a look at the models that left the factory these past 10 years.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., commonly known as simply Lamborghini, is an Italian sports car manufacturer with its headquarters in the small village of Sant Agata Bolognese, near Bologna. It currently counts 50 years of existence on the automobile scene. Ferrucio Lamborghini, who previously owned a successful tractor company called Lamborghini Trattori S.p.A., founded the company in 1963. In 1998, Lamborghini became a branch of the German company Audi, which in turn is owned by Volkswagen. In 2003, Gallardo became the symbol of revival for the Italian company.
First Generation Gallardo
Gallardo’s carrier began in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, and was the first model produced entirely under German patronage. It was given the name of a famous species of fighting bull, just like all Lamborghini models. In addition to its modern design, coordinated by Audi, the Gallardo received a V10 engine, thus breaking the rule of the V12 propulsion in high-class supercars. The technology was adopted from a much appreciated 4.2 liter V8 engine from Audi, which was adapted to generate 500 horsepower. With a compact design, Lamborghini’s new supercar was adapted for daily use and featured a four-wheel drive system. Gallardo was available both with manual gearbox, designated for “pilots”, and with automatic gearbox, designated for daily use and the city.
In 2006, Lamborghini improved their recipe as a response to their customers’ demand for a more silent and comfortable car. Therefore, Gallardo received an extra 20 horsepower, new suspensions, and better handling.
Second Generation Gallardo
The second generation of the Lamborghini Gallardo was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008, together with the indicative 560-4, which clearly suggested that the new model generated 560 horsepower. It was the moment Lamborghini managed to break their levels of performance.
Released in 2008, the Gallardo LP560-4 was designed to be pure in the true sense of the word. Much more powerful than the first generation, the new model was equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 5.2 liter V10 engine generating 552 horsepower. It can reach 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and a maximum speed of 201 mph.
Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder
Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera
Launched in March 2010, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is a more powerful and lighter version of the LP 560-4, weighing only 2,954 pounds. It can reach 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 202 mph.
Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante
Launched in November 2010, the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante is the convertible version of the LP 570-4 Superleggera. Heavier than the coupe, it is equipped with a 5.2 liter V10 engine generating 570 horsepower, reaching a maximum speed of 201 mph.
Gallardo Final Production
During its 10 years of existence, Gallardo aged beautifully and is getting close to retirement. However, it is not going down without a fight. After selling over 14,000 units, Lamborghini announced a final special edition that will go by the name of Gallardo Squadra Corse, which promises to be the fastest in the series of Gallardos.
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