• (5.0) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $39,605–$232,493
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 12-14
  • Engine: 520-hp, 5.0-liter V-10 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
2008 Lamborghini Gallardo

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features

  • 520-hp or 530-hp V-10
  • Superleggera model
  • Ad Personam personalization options
  • Available paddle shifters
  • Standard AWD
  • Lightweight construction
  • Coupe and convertible body styles

2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Lamborghini adds a higher-performance Gallardo to the mix in 2008 with the special edition Superleggera. Along with more power and fewer pounds, the Superleggera also sports a black slash down the side and a carbon fiber spoiler to distinguish it from the "base" Gallardo. Also new are customization options by Lambo's Ad Personam program, which offers additional exterior and interior options, including dulled matte colors on the outside and special leather combinations on the inside.

After decades of offering only a single model, Lamborghini added a second sports car for the 2004 model year. Priced lower than the Murci�lago, the Gallardo was a product of the relationship between Lamborghini and its parent company, Audi AG.

Built with an aluminum body and space frame, the Gallardo has a V-10 engine and all-wheel drive. Its six-speed gearbox is located behind the midmounted engine. Engine output rose from 493 horsepower to 520 hp for 2006, and the gearbox received lower ratios. Superleggera models gain an extra 10 hp from the 5.0-liter V-10.

Though it's a true sports car, the Gallardo is intended for everyday driving as well as racing. The model name is taken from a breed of 18th-century fighting bulls.

A Gallardo Spyder convertible with a fabric roof is also available. The roof stows in the Gallardo's engine compartment.


Exterior
Unlike the Murci�lago's scissors-style doors, the Gallardo has conventional front-hinged doors. The body sits low to the ground and has big side scoops, sharp edges and curves. The cab-forward cockpit is integrated into the body, which features a sharply slanted windshield and what Lamborghini calls "tensed pillars." Cooling inlets dominate the front end, and foldaway mirrors slant forward.

On the Gallardo Spyder, the Ad Personam program offers a matte brown exterior paint — a color also used on the Lamborghini Reventon concept.

Built with a relatively long, 100.8-inch wheelbase, the Gallardo is 169.3 inches long overall. Its height is just 45.9 inches. An electronically controlled spoiler is fitted at the rear.

Weight distribution is 42 percent in the front and 58 percent at the rear, which Lamborghini says is optimal for traction, braking and handling. Pirelli PZero tires are mounted on 19-inch wheels. Brembo brakes have eight-piston front calipers and four-piston rear calipers.

Superleggera models stand out with different-style wheels and a fixed rear spoiler — instead of an electronically controlled piece — made from carbon fiber.


Interior
Two occupants fit inside the Gallardo. Electrically folding outside mirrors and an automatically dimming inside mirror are standard. A multimedia system includes a CD changer.

Customized interiors courtesy of the Ad Personam program include a new brown color option for the simulated-suede Alcantara, accompanied by additional leather highlights on the steering wheel.


Under the Hood
Gallardos are powered by a 90-degree, 5.0-liter V-10 that has four valves per cylinder. The V-10 generates 520 hp and 376 pounds-feet of torque in the regular Gallardo and 530 hp and the same amount of torque in the Superleggera. The six-speed gearbox can operate with "E-gear" paddle shifters. According to Lamborghini, the coupe can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4 seconds. The all-wheel-drive system normally operates with 30 percent of output at the front and 70 percent at the rear, but it can adjust the distribution as needed.

Safety
Antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution, and side-impact airbags are installed. An electronic stability system is standard.

Consumer Reviews

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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Safety Ratings

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Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/unlimited

Powertrain

36mo/unlimited

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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