The Gallardo is the best-selling Lamborghini of all-time with 14,022 examples built during it’s 10 year life span with the last model being produced in 2013. Named after a breed of famous fighting bull the Gallardo was known by many as the ‘baby lambo’ in contrast to the bigger Murcielago which it was based upon. Both the Gallardo and Murcielago helped start a new era for Lamborghini being the first models produced under it’s Audi ownership.
Initially the Gallardo was offered with a 5.0L V10 engine, a 4-wheel drive system and the option of a manual or E-gear transmission but it has been updated and improved consistently over the years keeping it fresh and relevant in the face of stiff competition. A major revamp in 2008 where the car was renamed the Gallardo LP560-4 saw an increase in engine size to 5.2L while a new direct fuel injection helped improve fuel economy and co2 emissions by 18%.
Lamborghini also offered a rear-wheel drive version named the LP550-2, one of many variants and special editions which also included the ‘SE’, ‘Nera’ and ‘Bicolore’ but perhaps the most significant one is the Superleggera. The LP570-4 Superleggera was released as a more track focused car which is lighter and more powerful than the standard model. A convertible version named the Spyder Performante followed later while the final special edition was the Squadra Corse, limited to just 50 examples.
The Gallardo will be defined by it’s dramatic looks but it has been praised for it’s precise handling and it’s thunderous engine while it’s surprisingly usable for a supercar thanks to it’s 4 wheel-drive system and it’s small size meaning it’s nimble around town.