of the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo. Base trim shown.
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Coupe and convertible body styles
Rear- or all-wheel drive
The high-performance Lamborghini Gallardo represents the essence of exotic ultra-luxury sports cars. The Gallardo is intended to perform well as an everyday driver and as a track-day machine. It's available as a coupe or Spyder convertible, and competitors include the Ferrari 458 Italia and Audi R8.
Unlike the Lamborghini Aventador'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. The cab-forward cockpit is integrated into the body, giving it a wedge-shaped profile. A rear spoiler automatically deploys at high speeds. The convertible's power soft-top operates in about 20 seconds.
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.
Built with an aluminum body and space frame, all Gallardos but the rear-wheel-drive LP 550-2 have all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system distributes 30 percent of power to the front wheels, but the system can be adjusted as needed.
Power comes from a 5.2-liter V-10 engine with direct injection that produces varying levels of power — from 543 to 562 horsepower — depending on the model. A six-speed manual or six-speed automated-manual transmission is available.
The Detroit Newspapers's view
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Los Angeles Times's view
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The 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo currently has 0 recalls