2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Safety

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There’s little critical information about the safety performance of the 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Who wants to crash-test a $201,000 supercar?

It’s no surprise that, due to its low sales volumes and supercar status, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the Gallardo LP560-4.

No crash-test data exists for the 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Parking assistance—electronic and human—is required, thanks to the Lambo’s nearly nonexistent rearward visibility.

However, the Gallardo does sport a host of standard safety features, including side and curtain airbags; four-wheel drive; traction and stability control; and a rearview camera.

Visibility is a major issue with this Lamborghini. The flying pillars that support the roof and low, low seating position make the rearview camera a necessity—and still, during the Gallardo test drive in Las Vegas, TheCarConnection.com’s editors had to open the doors to back the car into a parking space. It’s “a bit of a trick,” Edmunds confirms. “You must pull back both paddles together to engage Neutral and remember to set the parking brake so the Gallardo doesn't roll over the valet.”

The Gallardo also has a switch on its dash that raises the front end—to cross speed bumps and to protect it otherwise from street damage.

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