Ten years of an Italian icon
The best-selling Lamborghini super sports car
– Still best in class with record lap times
Sant’Agata Bolognese, 25.11.2013 – In the historic factory buildings in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the last Lamborghini Gallardo left the production line. The latest model is the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Rosso Mars (red) and is for private collectors. With a total of 14,022 units, the Gallardo is not only by far the most designed Lamborghini, it ranks among the most successful super sports cars – and has long established itself as an icon of Italian design and the art of automotive engineering.
Appearing ten years ago in the year of the company’s 40th anniversary, the Gallardo marked a fundamental turning point in the history of Automobili Lamborghini. In the first four decades of Lamborghini production, an average of only 250 Lamborghini cars were manufactured per year. In the Gallardo decade production has grown to a whole new dimension with volumes averaging around 2,000 cars a year – while retaining, by world standards, the highly exclusive nature of vehicles bearing the bull badge. In keeping with Lamborghini tradition, the name Gallardo is also derived from the world of bullfighting. The Gallardo breed, which originated in the 18th century, was famous for its exceptional courage and daring nature.
The remarkable career of the Lamborghini Gallardo began in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show. Its unique and extreme design, created by Centro Stile Lamborghini, phenomenal dynamics and outstanding quality have formed the basis for its massive and enduring success over a decade. The Gallardo’s technical concept was compelling from day one: a lightweight structured design through an aluminum space frame; The combined strength and high protection characteristics of the naturally aspirated ten-cylinder engine; Lamborghini e-gear, a completely new automated sequential transmission; And finally, the great handling and safety offered by the permanent all-wheel drive system.
Despite this, there was already an improvement in the driving experience in the pipeline – the open-air thrill of driving the Gallardo Spyder, which joined the line-up in 2005. The Gallardo Superleggera appeared in 2007. With its reduced weight, thanks to a large number of fiberglass components Carbon, its output increased to 530 hp and with its pure design, it pushed performance standards to an even higher level.
The second generation of the Gallardo arrived in 2008. With a redesign of the front and rear, a new engine with direct gasoline injection and 560 hp, as well as other improved equipment, the Gallardo LP 560-4 proved that even an excellent product can be improved. The second generation Spyder was delivered to its first customers in 2008. A new version of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera followed in 2010 with an increase in output to 570 hp, this time also as the Gallardo LP 570 Convertible-4 Spyder Performante. The limited-edition LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni and LP 550-2 Spyder occupied another place in the wide range of Gallardo versions: they particularly appealed to sports car fans with their rear-wheel drive.
Peak sporting performance among a total of 32 Gallardo variants was marked by the Super Trofeo Stradale and finally the Gallardo Squadra Corse. They draw a direct line from the competition version of the world’s one-brand, fast-paced racing series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, to the road. The LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, in particular, has shown in numerous comparison tests how unique the Gallardo is. In specialist magazines from Quattroruote in Italy, through Car in the UK to Sport Auto in Germany, Gallardo went on to prove to the end of her career that she was still the hot favorite in terms of performance, handling and driving pleasure, setting the best-in-class lap time at Hockenheim (Germany). ) and record the times of sessions in Palocco and Verano (Italy).
The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse has a dry weight of 1,340 kg, which is 70 kg less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4. With an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 2.35 kg per hp, it delivers impressive performance: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, and from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds.
The maximum speed is 320 km / h. The carbon ceramic brake system ensures unparalleled stopping power.
Lamborghini Gallardo is sold in more than 45 countries around the world. In true Italian style, Gallardo offers an exceptionally high range of options for individualization. Through the ‘Ad Personam’ programme, each customer was able to have their own Lamborghini V10 super sports car perfectly tailored to their individual preferences. A full decade of production has also brought with it a wide range of special editions, often exclusive to specific markets, such as the Singapore, Malaysia, China and India editions. One particularly exclusive version of the super sports car has gained international fame with its very own service record: many units are built from the Gallardo Polizia Stradale with blue lights, special paintwork and custom equipment. Two are currently in service with the Italian State Police.
Gallardo continues to prove its worth in motorsports, as it races the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Besides the European racetracks, this great series has now also occupied the Asian and North American circuits with its own series in those regions. The Gallardo GT3 has also celebrated many successes in sports car racing around the world.
In the year of Automobili Lamborghini’s fiftieth anniversary, the Gallardo’s success story is now over with car number 14,022. Nearly half of all 30,000 Lamborghini cars built since the company was first founded in 1963 are Gallardos.