2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

Charlie Magee

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.

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