- All-wheel drive acceleration
- Sharp handling
- Exotic looks
- Highly customizable
- Tough entry and exit
- Somewhat rough ride
- Design is starting to age--just a bit
It might not be the youngest supercar on the block, but the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo still hits all the right notes for a high-performance car with an exotic look.
While the Lamborghini Gallardo is expected to be replaced with a new model in the near future, for now, it's the entry point to the brand's range of supercars.
As a two-door coupe or convertible super high-performance sports car, the Lamborghini Gallardo is available in no fewer than six variations: the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the LP 560-4, the LP 550-2, the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, the LP 560-4 Spyder, and the LP 550-2 Spyder.
To make sense of these alphanumeric sub-model names, all we have to know is that the first number indicates horsepower, and the second indicates the number of drive wheels. Tie that in with translations of Superleggera (super light), Performante (high performance), and recognize Spyder as Lamborghini's word for a convertible, and you've decoded the entire range.
All versions of the Gallardo use a variation on the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine, rated from 550 horsepower to 570 horsepower. All except the LP 550-2 versions use Lamborghini's all-wheel-drive system, and all models of the Gallardo come standard with the company's "e gear" robotized sequential paddle-shift transmission.
The Gallardo is quick: it can get to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds and carry on to a top speed over 200 mph.
But no Lamborghini, even the hard-core Gallardo Superleggera, is entirely about performance. It's also about the style, the feel, and the image of driving a Lamborghini. While the Gallardo doesn't get the scissor-opening "Lambo" doors you'll find on some of the brand's previous cars, or the new Aventador, the dramatic wedge shape, often eye-popping factory color selections, and aggressive, flight-inspired details all turn heads and draw eyes.
Inside, the Gallardo makes no pretense at being more than it is: this is a compact, high-performance two-seater. There's little room for in-cabin items, and not much more for a weekend bag in the front trunk. The seats are comfortable, but the car is low to the ground, and the roof is low as well, making ingress and egress somewhat difficult, even for the young and flexible. This is eased somewhat in Spyder models, as long as the top is already down.
Even though the Gallardo isn't all that practical a choice, and even if the design is starting to show the sum of its almost 9 years on the market, it's still one of the most striking cars on the road.