New For 2013
The LP550-2 models are unchanged, but the LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder get a new front and rear with a more aggressive look, plus a new wheel-and-tire package. The LP 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante have an optional Edizione Tecnica Package with carbon ceramic brakes, a fixed rear wing, and a choice of two-tone color schemes including orange with black pillars, white with orange pillars, and black with orange pillars.
Visually, the Gallardo is restrained (for a two-seat Italian exotic), with no outlandish bodywork that puts flash ahead of drivability. Still, this is not a conveyance for people looking to travel undercover. The Gallardo replaces Lamborghini’s previous visual lack of restraint with a pure addiction to speed: the Gallardo is available with 550, 560, or 570 hp, all enough to propel the rear- or all-wheel-drive supercar to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds. Stand on the gas long enough and the Gallardo’s speedometer will crest at close to 200 mph. This high-speed machine can be had in a number of packages, too. It has a manual or an automated manual transmission and comes in coupe, convertible, and super-lightweight body styles. The Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V-10 may be less refined than some of its competitors’ engines, but it makes a great noise to match the car’s great looks. It also has great thirst, but supercar performance and good gas mileage have so far proved impossible to reconcile. The all-wheel-drive system in the LP560-4 and the LP570-4 keeps the fun from getting too dangerous. But don’t for a moment think the Gallardo is sensible. It’s bold and striking and makes a serious statement. Various special editions help buyers get specific about what they want to say.
Front and thorax air bags, ABS, and electronic stability and traction control are standard.
- Very, very quick
- Makes a great noise
- Visually stunning
You won’t like:
- Gas guzzler
- Not as refined as a Ferrari 458 or a McLaren MP4-12C
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo
- Audi R8
- Ferrari 458 Italia
- Lexus LFA
- McLaren MP4-12C
Lambo’s least expensive offering. Don’t call it a bargain.