2008: 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560-4

By - November 19, 2008
0811 01z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560 4+front Three Quarters View Top Down
What's good for the coupe is good for the Spyder. That's evidently the thinking at Lamborghini. Earlier this year, Lamboghini introduced an even more potent version of its five-year-old Gallardo. The new version earned the suffix LP-560, code for the V-10 engine's position (again at the rear with a north-south orientation, or Longitudinal Posteriore), output (560 horsepower), and drive wheels (four). Now the Spyder gets the LP 560-4 treatment.
The heart of the upgrade is the larger, more potent direct-injection V-10. Displacement rises from 4.9 liters to 5.6 liter; power increases by 40 hp from the standard Gallardo's 520 hp; and torque swells to 398 lb-ft versus 376 lb-ft. Aided by a 44-lb weight reduction, the larger engine gives the LP 560-4 Spyder full, 200-mph bragging rights (with a 201-mph top speed, versus 195 mph), and the car rockets from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. For those who intend to put that performance to use on a track, fade-resistant carbon-ceramic brakes are a new option. Gas mileage, should your Toyota Prius-driving friends inquire, is 12 mpg city/20 highway (with the standard six-speed manual) or 13/20 with the optional eGear automated manual.
0811 06z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560 4+cockpit View
The Spyder's soft top (available in black, blue, gray, and beige) disappears beneath the engine cover, and the power-operated rear window can be raised to act as a windscreen - although we question its effectiveness at 201 mph. At more sedate speeds, lowering the roof allows passersby a better chance to admire the interior (in leather or Alcantara). Like many high-end manufacturers, Lamborghini offers a program (called Ad Personam) that lets owners customize interior elements to the limits of good taste, and beyond.
The LP 560-4 Spyder replaces the current Spyder, and goes on sale in early 2009, at an estimated price of $221,000.
0811 02z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder LP560 4+side View Top Down

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