Paris 2012: Lamborghini Debuts Facelifted Gallardo, With New Trim Levels
Aging is inevitable, even for the Lamborghini Gallardo. Exotic it may be, but it's been on sale since 2003, and almost 13,000 copies of the supercar have left Lamborghini's production line in Sant'Agata Bolognese in that time. For 2013, the Gallardo receives only a nip and a tuck, as well as some new trim levels. Lamborghini previewed the changes with a dramatic CGI video and debuted the car at the Paris Motor Show.
The video we saw earlier today suggests that the new Gallardo is all new, but underneath the skin and body panels the Gallardo is essentially the same as always. Its 5.2-liter V-10 makes between 550 and 570 horsepower, depending on configuration, sent through either a six-speed e-gear automated manual or a six-speed manual transmission, and to either the rear or all wheels. It's still available in standard coupe, Superleggera (superlight) coupe, and convertible bodystyles.
Customers who choose the 550-horsepower trims (the LP550-2 Coupe and Spyder) won't see any changes for 2013, but customers who choose the LP560-4 coupe (the mid-range model) will receive newfront and rear clips, with styling best described as trapezoidal. To match the more aggressive look, Lamborghini added new matte-black and silver 19-inch wheels at all four corners. Customers looking for even more flair can opt for the new style package, which lumps in gloss-black accents on the front and rear grilles, along with other matching trim pieces.
Customers who want 570 horsepower in their Gallardo, however, will have more options. The LP570-4 Superleggera and LP570-4 Spyder Performante receive a new options package called Edizione Tecnica. Add this, and the car receives a fixed wing on the rear deck, carbon-ceramic brakes, and exclusive two-tone paint jobs. Lamborghini plans on limiting colors to three schemes (i.e. a matte black body with orange pillars and intakes, matte white with orange pillars and intakes, and orange with matte black pillars and intakes), but notes if none tickles your fancy -- and you're willing to reach deep into your pocket -- bespoke hues can be ordered through its "Ad Personam" personalization program.
There's no confirmation from Lamborghini yet, but it still appears that we'll see an all-new Gallardo a little further down the road -- perhaps as soon as next year's Frankfurt Motor Show.