2009 Lamborghini Gallardo

LP560-4 4WD 2-Dr Coupe V10 man trans

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0904 02 Z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 4+2009 Ferrari F430 Spider
I know what you're thinking: "Oh no, he didn't." Well, oh yes, I did. But not so you could giggle at the absurdity of a quarter-million-dollar Lamborghini with a lighted pizza delivery sign on its roof. Fact is, you've probably read pages of prose explaining how fast modern exotics are, but it's difficult to describe their performance in mere words. Every supercar passenger thinks he knows what to expect, but when pedal hits metal, it's always the same: first they're paralyzed with fear, and then they let loose with cursing and screaming. If our words can't prepare you for what it feels like to be slung to 60 mph in four seconds, we won't bother trying. Instead, we'll prove that you could actually drive one of these supercars every day, and you can do it with no oil slicks, no tow trucks on retainer, and no explosions of the cooling-system, the kinds of problems we traditionally associate with exotic-car ownership.
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To that end, I got a job at Domino's Pizza. If the kings of the supercars - the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and the Ferrari F430 - can be used to deliver pizzas, they can surely survive your daily commute. Obviously, this little pizza stunt required a bit of advance planning - I wouldn't expect anyone to let me deliver pizzas in a $250,000 car registered to someone else. So after successfully interviewing, I present my beat-up old BMW for Domino's cursory safety inspection. The BMW passes, and I'm asked to return the next evening for my first shift. Which I do. In the Lamborghini.
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I park just out of sight of the storefront so no one sees me duct-taping the lighted sign to the Lambo's roof. Magnets don't stick to supercars made of aluminum, you know. When I get my first delivery order, I sneak to the dark side of the parking lot and hop in. The Gallardo's infotainment system is lifted straight from the Audi A3, so entering the address into the navigation system is quick and easy. The all-wheel-drive system binds when turning tight corners, but the bright and clear reverse camera helps me back out of the parking spot quickly. I pull the right-hand shift paddle to engage first gear, squeeze the throttle, and set off. The pizza rests safely inside the insulated warming bag on the passenger seat, which is itself being kept warm by a seat heater so powerful it feels as though it could have melted the cheese in the first place.
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Despite its performance capabilities, the LP560-4 is no more difficult to drive than a normal car - with one exception: the brake pedal is so grabby that anything but the slightest touch will launch the pizza, pepperoni-first, into the leather-covered dashboard. The transmission never threatens to toss the pie, though - the latest version of Lamborghini's E-gear is, in my opinion, the best single-clutch automated gearbox on the road. Part-throttle shifts are smoother than some conventional automatics', and full-bore upshifts are stupid fast. Taking off slowly up a hill - one of the biggest challenges for this type of transmission - is smooth, natural, and accompanied by no backward rolling and no clutch smoke.
The 5.2-liter V-10 has huge low-end torque, so you don't need lots of revs in normal driving, and the exhaust is reasonably quiet, as long as you don't dip into the throttle too deeply. Which I don't, mostly to ensure that the Domino's sign doesn't go flying into a ditch - a paint-scraping, plastic-smashing catastrophe that would surely get me fired from both of my jobs. The nav guides me perfectly to my destination, a narrow and steep driveway crowded by overgrown brush on both sides and covered with accidental speed bumps created by roots lifting the asphalt. I press a small button on the center console that raises the front end to clear curbs and proceed slowly up the hill without incident. If the Lambo can make it up this driveway, it can make it up almost any.
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At the top, I position the white Gallardo so that the deliveree can't possibly miss it. The rear-three-quarter view of the LP560-4's stunning LED flux-capacitor taillights and the illuminated Domino's sign could rouse a legally blind coma victim, I think as I ring the bell. The door opens almost instantly, and I'm greeted by a woman in her eighties who is grinning from ear to ear. Not because of the Lamborghini - because her dinner has arrived. She experiences full-blown, pizza-induced tunnel vision as she hands me $30 in cash (which includes a generous $6.75 tip), yanks the cardboard box out of my hand, thanks me, and shuts the door in my face.
When I return to the Domino's parking lot, I'm greeted by several other delivery guys. Apparently, my cover was blown by a semihysterical caller who said he saw a white Lamborghini with a Domino's sign on it pulling out of the parking lot. He wanted to know if he could get his dinner delivered by Gallardo as well. Whoops. While everyone ogles the machinery, another driver returns with a solemn look on his face. He accidentally backed into an urn while turning around in a customer's driveway. I inform him that he shouldn't have cheaped out in the first place. He could have saved the $100 it cost him to replace the landscaping accessory if he had simply bought a Gallardo with a backup camera. I'm not making any friends.
0904 01 Z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 4 2009 Ferrari F430 Spider+side View
But I am making $8 an hour plus tips. In stark contrast to what I expected - and to the scene I caused in the Domino's lot - none of the customers notice the Lambo, no matter how close I park to their front doors. This scientific research has brought me to the conclusion that the hungry human being cannot see a supercar once he has smelled warm pizza. From now on, I will carry a warm pizza with which to distract the police officer should I ever get pulled over for speeding in a Ferrari.
And speaking of Ferrari, it's time to try the F430. This particular yellow Ferrari is a Spider, which I drive with the top down to help more effectively spread the aroma of pizza in my wake. Ferrari's V-8 produces almost 70 hp less than the Lamborghini's V-10, but what it lacks in thrust, it makes up for in sound and feel. The Lambo's wail - a slightly distant and wildly ferocious exhaust growl - is no match for the Ferrari's orchestral serenade. The V-8's yowl is so loud it sounds as if it's happening inside your head, and every exhaust valve sounds like it's exhaling through its own vacuum-tube-amplified trumpet.
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In normal driving and in pizza delivering, though, the Ferrari can't touch the Lamborghini's everyday livability. Critics have lamented parent company Audi's influence in the Gallardo's interior, but that input has bestowed the LP560-4 with well-integrated, easy-to-use electronics systems. Both cars have automatic climate control, but the Gallardo's offers two zones and is quieter and more accurate. The F430's available front and rear parking sensors aren't as helpful as the Lambo's backup camera. Heated seats aren't offered on the F430, and the navigation system is an afterthought, simply part of the Becker stereo system. While any nav system is better than using crust crumbs to find your way home, the Ferrari's small, no-map screen is no match for the Gallardo's big color display. Crucially, the Ferrari doesn't offer the Lamborghini's front-end lifting system. Given the F430's long and low front overhang, I don't even attempt some driveways that the Lamborghini can handle without danger of scraping.
The F430's biggest problem in daily use, however, is its gearbox. The F430's F1 automated manual set the bar years ago, but the Lambo's newly updated E-gear transmission is much better programmed, particularly for low-speed maneuvers. Starting slowly up a hill in the Ferrari often results in the scent of burnt clutch, and the F430 even stalls a few times.
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With that said, when the F430 is driven in anger, the F1 transmission is quicker to respond to inputs than E-gear. Shifts seem to happen as you're pulling the lever in the Ferrari, whereas the Lamborghini's transmission needs a split second to think about how to most smoothly execute the shift.
The Ferrari is also the road-trip car of this pair. Its huge trunk (relatively speaking) fits a large pizza lying flat and would surely carry enough luggage for long weekends. The same cannot be said for the Lambo, which can barely swallow a couple of calzones. The F430, even in convertible form, is quieter on the highway than the Gallardo, with less road noise. It rides more smoothly, too, although its softer suspension is upset more easily by big impacts. The Ferrari's more conservatively styled exterior (I can't believe I just wrote that) attracts far less attention than the outrageous Lamborghini - for every one person honking, waving, or taking cell-phone pictures of the Ferrari, ten people experience complete emotional breakdowns at the sight of the Lambo.
0904 07 Z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 4 2009 Ferrari F430 Spider+side By Side
The Gallardo LP560-4 is a peach in everyday driving and the easy choice for around-town pizza delivery duty, thanks to its superbly sorted driveline and well-integrated electronics. At the same time, its obscene power, razor-sharp reflexes, and knee-buckling good looks make it one of the most special cars in the world. It's quicker and faster than the Ferrari, too, and it even gets better gas mileage. In fact, averaging more than 12 mpg delivering pizzas in a hurry, I made more than enough tip money to cover the Lamborghini's fuel bill.
The Thin Crust Version
When you boil it down, here's how the two Italian supercars compare in everyday driving.
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The Gallardo LP560-4 accelerates noticeably more quickly than the F430, and its transmission is far better programmed for the real world. The Lamborghini also has better steering feel, but the Ferrari's steering loads up better in corners. Both cars have grabby brakes, but the Lambo's are much harder to get used to. The Gallardo has four-wheel drive, but it never seems to send more than two ponies' worth of power forward. On the street, both cars put their power down quite well, with a slight advantage to the LP560-4. The Ferrari's turning circle is smaller, and the Lambo's driveline is frustrated by tight turns. The LP560-4 is louder and more menacing, but the F430's song is sweeter. The Gallardo's stereo sounds better, though.
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Price (base/as tested): $202,100/$254,765
Engine: DOHC 40-valve V-10
Displacement: 5.2 liters (318 cu in)
Horsepower: 552 hp @ 8000 rpm
Torque: 398 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Drive: 4-wheel
Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, front: Control arms, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Control arms, coil springs
Brakes: Vented carbon-ceramic discs, ABS
Tires: Pirelli PZero Corsa
Tire size (f, r): 235/35YR-19, 295/30YR-19
L x W x H: 171.1 x 74.8 x 45.9 in
Wheelbase: 100.8 in
Track f/r: 64.3/62.9 in
Weight: 3520 lb (est.)
0-62 mph: 3.7 sec (per manufacturer)
Top speed: 202 mph (per manufacturer)
EPA fuel mileage: 14/20 mpg
Ferrari F430 Spider
Price (base/as tested): $233,797/$242,237
Engine: DOHC 32-valve V-8
Displacement: 4.3 liters (263 cu in)
Horsepower: 483 hp @ 8500 rpm
Torque: 343 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automated manual
Drive: Rear-wheel
Steering: Power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Suspension, front: Control arms, coil springs
Suspension, rear: Control arms, coil springs
Brakes: Vented carbon-ceramic discs, ABS
Tires: Pirelli PZero Rosso
Tire size (f, r): 225/35YR-19, 285/35YR-19
L x W x H: 177.6 x 75.7 x 48.6 in
Wheelbase: 102.4 in
Track f/r: 65.7/63.6 in
Weight: 3351 lb (per manufacturer)
0-62 mph: 4.1 sec (per manufacturer)
Top speed: 193 mph (per manufacturer)
EPA fuel mileage: 11/16 mpg
Pros and Cons:
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
+ Backup camera
+ Liftable front suspension
+ Radar-range heated seats
- Teensy trunk
- Driveline binds at full lock
- Difficult-to-modulate, grabby brakes
Ferrari F430 Spider
+ Huge trunk
+ Supple ride quality
+ Engine note from the gods
- Transmission doesn't like slow moving
- Climate control, navigation, and infotainment not nearly as well integrated as LP560-4's
-No backup camera or liftable suspension
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0808 01 Z+2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 4+front Three Quarter View
With fuel prices what they are, let me get straight to the most important fact about the 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4: it gets eighteen percent better fuel economy. Eighteen percent better than what, you ask? Well, eighteen percent better than last year's Gallardo, which didn't have the benefit of direct fuel injection. According to my calculations, the new Gallardo's petrochemical parsimony will save commuters as much as $350 per year over 10,000 miles, and that's real money back in your pocket - money that can be put toward important family-budget items such as Grey Goose bottle service, fractional helicopter ownership, and Tod's loafers. Saving money while saving the environment? Thanks, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4!
The more craven industrialists and seal-beaters among you may be interested to learn that the LP560-4 also makes more power than last year's car - 552 hp, up from 512 hp - and it also weighs 44 pounds less, thanks mainly to a new transmission that's 66 pounds lighter than the unit in the '08 Gallardo. These changes give the LP560?-4 the power-to-weight ratio of the defunct Gallardo Superleggera, so it's not surprising that the revised Gallardo, according to Lamborghini, matches that car's 0-to-62-mph sprint of 3.7 seconds.
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The improved power-to-weight ratio is the most noticeable difference in the new car, but Lamborghini went to work on plenty of secondary details as well. The E-gear sequential manual transmission shifts 40 percent faster, and there's now a launch-control program called "thrust mode" (snicker snicker). The car's electronic brain offers a new Corsa setting that raises the threshold of stability control intervention and sharpens shifts. There are three new matte colors, among them "Nero Nemesis," which sounds like it could refer to either a matte-black Lamborghini or to a character who really hates Batman. And the suspension has been redesigned, although even Lamborghini itself doesn't seem to understand exactly how. The press materials mention "newly designed kinematics," "authentic high-tech parts," and "rubber-metal bearings," all of which sound like things you'd want in your suspension, I would think. It's all rubber-metal bearings these days.
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To demonstrate all these revisions, Lamborghini turned a group of auto journalists loose on the track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Well, "loose" isn't really the right word. We were sent out in groups to follow a Murciélago pace car, and my group always seemed to include one car driven by an old lady with an oxygen tank who was trying to find her way back to the slots at the Golden Nugget. But occasionally, I'd hang back and really attack a corner, which reliably proved that the Gallardo is one of the least all-wheel-drive-acting all-wheel-drive cars in the world.
While the "-4" in the name refers to the four driven wheels, very little torque goes to the front - 30 percent, most of the time. That means that the front wheels aren't going to pull you out of trouble. The Gallardo likes to oversteer, as I found occasionally on the track and more spectacularly while turning right from Sahara Boulevard onto the Strip. I honestly didn't mean to do this, but as I rolled onto the throttle in first gear, I hit a greasy patch of pavement and the rear end stepped out in a sudden fit of power oversteer. And that's how I found myself sliding sideways onto the Las Vegas Strip in a white Lamborghini. Perhaps, instead of LP560-4, it should be called LP560-two-and-a-half.
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In between the track time and the Strip shenanigans, I eschewed Lamborghini's suggested scenic drive route and instead headed far out into the desert, to a stretch of road that looks like something out of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, gray road bisecting bleak, rocky scrub all the way to the horizon. A lone car passed in the opposite direction, and, with nary the glint of a windshield in sight, I buried the throttle and gave the newest Lambo the ol' see-what-she'll-do. I didn't quite reach the claimed 202-mph top speed, but I came close, and it was scary. The steering got spooky, and I felt kind of like a fly on a rock skipped across a pond by the L.A. Angels' Vladimir Guerrero. As it turns out, while Lamborghini claims that the revised bodywork on the LP560-4 makes 31 percent more downforce than before, that doesn't mean that it actually makes a lot of downforce. At top speed, Lamborghini says, there's 53 pounds of lift at the front axle and 115 pounds of lift at the rear, which I wish I'd known ahead of time.
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You can say this is academic, because nobody's really going to drive 200 mph in a Gallardo, and you'd have a point. But Ferrari claims that its F430 makes 616 pounds of downforce at 186 mph (10 mph shy of its admittedly less-impressive 196-mph top speed), and these are the kind of details that define the characters of the two rival cars. Ferrari goes for the unsexy lower top speed accompanied by reassuring downforce, while Lambo says, "Screw it - we're painting this thing lime green, and it's gonna look hot and go 200 miles per hour, and girls are gonna give you their phone numbers. Downforce schmownforce."
Both approaches have their virtues and their devotees, and if you're one of the 550 people who's preordered the $201,000 LP560-4, then I say more power to you. Literally.
Say what you will about one-make race series, but they can offer up plenty of enjoyment - need we point out the BMW M1 Procar series or Ferrari's F430 Challenge? We expect no less from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, a nine-race series which will host this beast: the Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo.
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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Specifications

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5.2L V10Engine
Fuel economy City:
12 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
553 hp @ 8000rpm
398 ft lb of torque @ 6500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS (optional)
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Recall Date
Automobili Lamborghini America LLC (Lamborghini) is recalling certain model year 2007 through 2009 Gallardo Coupes and Spyders fitted with carbon ceramic brake discs. The stainless steel screws that secure the brake rotors may fail after being exposed to salty conditions.
Failure of the securing screws may result in a reduction of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.
Lamborghini will notify owners, and dealers will replace the screws, free of charge. The safety recall began during November 2013. Owners may contact Lamborghini at 1-866-681-6276. The manufacturer's numbers for this campaign are L71X-R.01.13 (model year 2007 and 2008 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder) and L71X-R.02.13 (model year 2009 Gallardo Coupe and Spyder).
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