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By Cars.com Staff
March 4, 2010
Vehicle Overview The high-performance Lamborghini Gallardo represents the essence of exotic ultra-luxury. Unlike other Lamborghinis, the Gallardo is intended to perform well as an everyday driver as well as a racing machine. After extensive exterior and mechanical upgrades for 2009, the Gallardo adds a new limited-edition Valentino Balboni version for 2010.
The 2010 Gallardo — dubbed LP 560-4 — is available as a coupe or Spyder convertible. The Balboni edition is dubbed LP 550-2. The Gallardo competes with the Ferrari F430 and Audi R8.
New for 2010 Named after Lamborghini's famed test driver, the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni coupe adopts rear-wheel drive to save about 265 pounds versus the all-wheel-drive LP 560-4 coupe.
Exterior Unlike the Murcielago's scissors-style doors, the Gallardo has conventional front-hinged doors. The body sits low to the ground and has big side scoops and sharp edges and curves. The cab-forward cockpit is integrated into the body, giving it a wedge-shaped profile.
Bi-xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lamps
Rear spoiler automatically deploys at high speeds
Power soft-top on Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder operates in about 20 seconds
19-inch wheels, Pirelli P Zero tires
Balboni edition has unique paint, custom suspension
Interior Though the Gallardo is a performance-oriented car, it isn't without its luxuries. The cabin seats two, and an Ad Personam program allows customers to choose any interior color and trim combination.
Standard leather upholstery; optional Alcantara upholstery and headliner
Standard dual-zone climate control
Optional heated seats, navigation system
Optional carbon fiber trim
Trunk located under the hood, with 3.9 cubic feet of cargo space
Under the Hood Built with an aluminum body and space frame, all Gallardos but the Valentino Balboni have all-wheel drive.
5.2-liter V-10 withdirect-injection
552 horsepower, 398 pounds-feet of torque
All-wheel-drive system distributes 30 percent of power to the front wheels; system can be adjusted as needed
Rear-wheel-drive Valentino Balboni edition has 543 hp, 398 pounds-feet of torque