2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Review

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Test 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo V10 with 6-speed eGear Gearbox

There s nothing Canary Wharf on a crisp morning . At around 7.30am as the sun in the sky, the financial district of becomes awash with glassy structures each in an aura of wealth, class and It is no coincidence then that Car has made the journey to this the current image of a global market, to ride one of the biggest of them all, the Lamborghini

The predecessor to the gallant named the was Ferruccio Lamborghini s attempt at a more affordable supercar. the high-end Countach adopting a V12, the Jalpa was a breath of air with a smaller and more V8 engine that produced a 255 hp. The same logic was brought into the Gallardo when it was in 2003, marketed as the baby to the top-of-the-range Murcielago, or the car aptly as the batmobile .

The initial 2003 of the Gallardo launched amid a of both positive and negative On the upside was an automotive marvel the imaginations of rich playboys the world. On the downside were of the exhaust system, suspension, and transmission.

Fortunately the team at Agata Bolognese, deep in the of Italy, took these of criticism onboard and in 2006 back to show the world a Gallardo which had been to churn out an impressive 520 bhp with a new rack and changes to suspension along with lowering of all

It s no wonder then that have built nearly Gallardos with a few special having been created notably the Gallardo SE, Nera, and Superleggera.

Our test vehicle for the day be a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo, and the car has now been updated for 2009 to us the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. it is noting that this 2008 model was one of the last to be with the highest specifications before the factory stopped in May to prepare for the launch of the 560-4 in 08. As a result, this car is unique and I it was going to be one hell of a beast to

First impressions are important in a dream world where is everything, and fortunately the Gallardo by the metric tonne. I was actually aback by how small the car is in real compared to the press photography journalists see on a day-to-day basis. height comes in at 1165 mm and the length of the car is 4.3 metres, shorter the 4.5 metres posted by the Ferrari

The Lamborghini Gallardo cuts a and sexy figure amongst the offices around Canary and the car has smooth curves where you them along the roofline, sharp, accentuated angles the wheel arches, bonnet and of the vehicle (to help with the strain cars of this can be subjected to).

Our test had been given the ultimate job just in time for Halloween, a colour known as Nero Kitted out with 19-inch Silver Rims to complete the jet look, this definitely isn t a timid Sunday-driver would to see in their rear-view mirror. I found astounding, and what you ll see as a theme throughout this is the level of customisation you re able to with a Lamborghini. The owner of particular vehicle had made to armourfend the car (in effect coating the car in a plastic layer) to protect the paint job from the chips and that come with in London.

This apparently is a option and it s a really cost way of ensuring a supercar remains in condition.

The side profile of the is truly stunning and you can imagine the of time this must taken the Lamborghini engineers in wind tunnels to perfect, each design iteration on attempting to reduce drag and in order to turn this the beast it is. The car hunkers down to the but it is worth noting that our came with the lifting package which raises height by 4cm at the press of a button, and the supercar to journey over and road humps without of scratching or scraping the under-body.

Around the back of the vehicle and it s the story; the Lamborghini badge centre stage with the styled in an aggressive way. exhaust pipes and large help this V10 monster to with darkened rear (another optional extra) a fitting ending to the upper air housed along the side of the s bodywork. And you can see the engine in its full thanks to a transparent engine (yet another extra) showcases one of Sant Agata s celebrated powerhouses.

Now at a respectable 5 10 inches your author isn t the person in the room, but even I had climbing in and out of the deep, leather-backed Maybe I just need practice, but I imagine it wouldn t much for a lady climbing out of the seat to cause a scene. again, that is to be expected your seat is only away from the tarmac.

The s doors don t open in the same, look-at-me fashion as its older the Murcielago, but once inside, the is still greeted with a sense of luxury and purpose. engineers have never well known for their flair, but then again if one was artistic nuance they opt for a car like the TVR Tuscan, where it a degree to be able to open the door from the inside.

You definitely know however this car was the love-child of both and Volkswagen thanks to a smart layout. The cabin is awash black leather upholstery figure-hugging seats and and an elegantly dashboard. It must be noted the seats are very capable of your body in place when the car is being chucked corners at high speeds, but the criticism I have is that on everyday roads, they are of soaking up all the bumps and potholes and this makes for a bruised after a few hours driving, I m sure that experienced bottoms will tell me this is not the case!

Again our test vehicle was up with optional extras a branding package, coming function (which does an job at opening gates, garage with the press of a button), package, LCD screen, heated satellite navigation, full changer, iPod + Bluetooth a chrono timing pack for use on the electric windows and too many to mention! These are all nicely out in the instrument panel and feel durable.

When buying a supercar like the Gallardo, is obviously an important issue. extra which this car was out with was Navtrack, which with Cobra tracking to ensure only nominated can move the car. The

anti-theft that also comes the car sends alert signals anyone attempts to tow/lift the car off the It s a clever technology and a must for all owners.

So what s it like in the driver s seat of a Lamborghini There s no doubt that it s being in command of a 520 bhp V10 snarling of an engine. Looking through the flat-bottomed leather steering you get a real sense of what car is capable of. Maximum power at rpm.


Top speed of 195 mph (315 And with nearly a full of fuel ready to give you the of your life perfection.

The out of the front of the car is superb and with a overhang to the front bonnet, you feel that you re right in the of the action. The large aerodynamic and leaning side view do a great job at providing the driver an all-round view of the road, the visibility when gazing the rear view mirror isn t as Fortunately our test vehicle with the rear view option, which has proven helpful when trying to the ghini into a tight spot.

So now we come to the climax, the pinnacle, the de résistance of this article, the driving experience . Few mere ever get to experience anything this, so with the weight of s expectations on my shoulders, I proceeded to the Gallardo s keys in the ignition

My reactions after hearing the V10 burst into life very positive thanks to sound-proofing inside the cabin and flaps which were to the car in 2006 to improve everyday ( I mean c mon, who wants to to a growly Lambo engine all day ) means that under rpm, the engine is barely However, just a few blips on the bring the bull to life and the really knows how to show whining its way to an 8000 rpm redline.

As I set off the winding Canary Wharf a few things struck me as noteworthy. the steering is very light at low allowing for easy manoeuvrability 3.2 turns from lock to and deadly precision. Furthermore, overall weight distribution isn t as perfect as you d find in a front-mid engine like in the McLaren the Gallardo feels planted and and you manage to get all this as feedback the steering wheel.

This 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo to come with the robotised E-Gear system with by paddles on the steering column of the usual six-speed manual. As a and much to my enjoyment, I was able to around with the different settings to see just what supercar was capable of.

Standard was the first mode I started on, and I to say that it performs incredibly Gear changes are smooth, and they re not lightning quick, the does take the relative away from driving in traffic. Plant your on the accelerator and the onboard electronics do a job of rapidly changing down to provide a burst of speed.

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However, things start to get a more interesting when you the E-Gears. Like pretty every other flappy-paddle on the market, the left stalk down gears and the right shifts up, and in pure manual I have to say that I was left a disappointed. Bear in mind this system has been for the LP560-4 but at low speeds changes jerky and upshifts were than expected.

No worry, let s this thing into mode. I have to say that handy addition which up the suspension, fine-tunes the steering and the growl of the exhaust note, makes the Gallardo for me. The car takes on a new sinister demeanour and eats up thanks in part also to s all-wheel drive system.

The of body roll that was in both automatic and normal modes disappears and the whole car down to the road.

The icing on the Before entering one of Canary s many tunnels darting the Thames, engage Sport flick down into 2nd and floor the accelerator. The noise results can only be described as perfection.

Scrubbing off speed too is no deed for the Lamborghini Gallardo. with all wheel ventilated with aluminium alloy calipers, one stab on the dead is enough to send your flying out of their sockets and a desire to experience negative once again. Be warned like all carbon ceramic these take a little to warm up, otherwise you ll be pushing and experiencing a whole load of before you get any bite.

The main that amazed me over the of our half-day with the Gallardo was the that this automobile can be as a daily drive. A negative has become associated with supercars that dictates they can only be driven on mornings and need to be serviced a month. As I came to learn next to the owner of this that simply isn t the case. The needs servicing only per year (and that with an oil change too) and if responsibly (ie. no dumping the at traffic lights) does not hand-in-hand necessarily with maintenance costs.

In fact, petrol and insurance are the obvious expenses and these manufacturers are churning out cars higher performance figures and efficiency ratings. The technology in vehicles is truly remarkable.

So does this leave us and verdict can we draw from an day in Canary Wharf?

Lamborghini once again proven as a supercar manufacturer in a league of own. From eye-catching luxury inside and out and an obsession engine perfection, they have carved out a niche of own and they continue to dominate it.

are the days where the supercar was only of the garage, the Lamborghini can truly be called an everyday car and you don t a racing certificate to push foot down on the throttle these things are easier ever to drive whilst providing unmeasurable levels of and excitement.

In a world where rules the City roost, we an automaker to dream up new fantasies, to not be of being bold and to shine in a economy.

Lamborghini has done and the Gallardo is living proof.

Lamborghini Gallardo Specifications

Price . £150,000 ($250,000)

. 2-door Coupe

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