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Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo, was a sports car built by the super car company Lamborghini, It was their most-produced model to date having over 10,000 built in the first seven years of its production and about 14,000 being produced throughout the lifetime of its sales. It was named after a famous breed of fighting bull, Built with a V-10 engine, the Gallardo has been Lamborghini's sales leader and successor to a collection of V-12 flagship models first the Lamborghini Murciélago, then to the current flagship Lamborghini Aventador. On November 25, 2013, the last made Gallardo was rolled out of the factory; it was a Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, purchased by a private collector. Production of the replacement for the Gallardo, the Huracán, will begin sometime in 2014.

Models

Many different models where made:

  • Gallardo (first generation)
  • 2005 coupe update
  • Spyder
  • Gallardo Superleggera

And many more where created, some even for the soul purpose to serve as police cars.

Gallardo (first generation)

The first generation of the Gallardo came with a 5 litre 90 degree V10 engine, based on Audi's 4.2 litre V8. The new Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled by a semi-automatic robotized manual, which Lamborghini abbreviated to “E-gear”. “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 located behind the steering wheel, but can also change to an automatic mode.

2005 coupe update

Launched in late 2005, Lamborghini introduced many changes to the car to counter some criticisms from the press and owners of the original Gallardo. 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, but the biggest change was an overall lowering of the gearing system, especially in 1st to 5th gears. The result was a much improved car; it was able to handle and turn better, sounded better under full throttle and the extra power and lower gearing made the already fast car into a much faster one.

Spyder

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, sporting 520 PS and a lower-ratio six-speed manual transmission. The soft top was fully retractable, making it a convertible.

Gallardo Superleggera

During the 2007 Geneva Auto Show Lamborghini debuted the Gallardo Superleggera, The Superleggera was lighter than the base Gallardo by 220 pounds because of 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 thanks to an improved intake, exhaust and ECU for a total of 530 PS. The 6-speed E-Gear transmission was standard on US spec models with the 6-speed manual transmission offered as a no extra cost option.

Second Generation

Presented at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the Gallardo LP 560-4 was a significant refresh of the first generation Gallardo, powered by a new 5.2 Litre V10 engine that produces 560 PS at 8,000 rpm and 540 N·m at 6,500 rpm of torque. Featuring a 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 670. The new engine, 40 PS was more powerful than in the previous car, and came with two transmission choices: 6-speed manual or 6-speed E-gear, the later of which was revised to offer a 40% quicker shifts than before and decreases traction control restrictions, a Thrust Mode launch control system was also added. Accompanied with a 44 pound weight reduction all the improvements add up to a claimed performance of 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and a top speed of 202 mph.[ The MSRP base price for the car was $198,000 in the US and £147,330 in the UK. The first US car was sold in 16th Annual Race to Erase MS charity auction for $270,000 to former True Religion Jeans co-founder/co-creator Kymberly Gold and the music producer Victor Newman.

End Of Gallardo Production

On 25, November 2013, the last Lamborghini Gallardo, a LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Red body color, was built at the Sant'Agata Bolognese factory, to be received by a private collector in the upcoming few weeks. A total 14,022 units of Lamborghini Gallardo had been built during its 10-year product cycle.

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