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.
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.
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
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
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
- Six-speed manual or six-speed automated manual
- Optional ceramic brakes
- Zero to 60 mph in under 4 seconds
Standard safety features include:
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system
- Front and head-extending side airbags