When the Lamborghini Gallardo first launched in 2003, most critics ridiculed the car, calling it “an Audi with the wrong badge.” Not long after its launch, the baby Lambo proved them wrong when it sold over 7,000 units in its first five years of production. It was such an impressive car, that Lamborghini decided to make, what I like to call Gallardo on steroids. Thanks to Sport Car World Australia, I got to experience the pure adrenaline and joy that is the Gallardo LP560-4.
In 2008 Lamborghini launched the Gallardo LP560-4. The upgrade included fresh aesthetics and improved performance. Once again, the Gallardo LP560-4 grabbed the hearts of petrolheads around the globe and customers rushed to dealerships to secure themselves a LP560-4.
The Gallardo LP560-4 has the core visual identity of a Lamborghini. Like the models that came before it (and after it), the Gallardo has low and wide stance, and is fitted with angular details and sharp lines to give it an aggressive look, but they’re not just there to intimidate other cars, the styling is also functional to optimise the aerodynamics. Lamborghini has said that the LP560-4 gets 31-percent increase in downforce compared to the first generation model.
To go along with its great looks, Lamborghini has fitted the Gallardo with a 5.2 litre V10 that produces 522 horsepower and 540 Nm of torque. The engine has a wonderful soundtrack and there is a fair amount of pops and bangs when you change gears to satisfy your heart. The car is fast as well, even competing with new cars on the market today. It can do the 0-100 km/h sprint in claimed 3.7 seconds. But, Motor Trend has managed to hit 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds during its own test sessions which I guess would make the car faster than itself?!
An interesting fact about the Gallardo is the fact that it’s safe for pedestrians. The front end features a Pedestrian Protection System, such that the design of the nose incorporates a unique combination of materials and geometry to help “absorb impact energy.”
Step inside the Gallardo and the fighter jet aesthetics are in full force. The leather interior and the alcantara roof add a luxurious feel. Considering that the car is ten years old, the gadgets and equipment did not feel outdated. Another point worth mentioning is that the Gallardo was the last Lamborghini to have still the handbrake, so you can do handbrake turns with it compared to its successor sibling, the Huracan. The dash is filled with buttons, dials and my favourite, classic flip switchgear.
With global warming becoming a serious issue, we need to make informed decisions about the cars we drive. The Gallardo is not the most environmentally friendly car out there. The emissions for the LP560-4 is 327 g/km which is not a small amount. So if you are concerned, then this car might not be the one for you.
One thing I was quiet impressed with was the trunk space. I did not have a medium size suitcase with me to try out the functionality of the trunk of the Gallardo on the day so I had to use the best next thing, a person. And I can confirm that a person does indeed fit inside the trunk, and that it is a very functional trunk space for a supercar.
Now, on the most important and serious question; how much is it? The Gallardo is probably the cheapest second hand supercar on the market right now. Currently in Australia you can buy a Gallardo LP560-4 for $250,000 but the cheapest Gallardo available is $129,850. Compulsory Third Party (CTP) is around $370-$700 depending on drivers’ age and other factors. Comprehensive insurance for Gallardo LP560-4 is around $7,500 per year again depending on the drivers’ age and insurer.
I would say that the Gallardo is worth it. The cheapest Gallardo on the market would cost less than a new BMW M3 but you would get so much supercar from that car that you wouldn’t necessarily get out of the M3.