Lamborghini ends production of the iconic Gallardo
A decade ago, the Lamborghini Gallardo came into existence at the Sant'Agata Bolognese. Now, the last Gallardo, a red LP 570-4 Spyder Performante has left the production line. It will be sold to a private collector.
The Gallardo is an iconic car that is known for its breathtaking looks, ability and success for Lamborghini. With a total of 14,022 units the Gallardo is the most-built Lamborghini. It made its debut in the same year as the company's 40th anniversary. At the 2003 Geneva Motor Show, the Gallardo was well-received for its design, lightweight structuring, its powerful engine and its permanent all-wheel-drive.
The last Gallardo, a red LP 570-4 Spyder Performante has left the production line
It was next joined by the roadster version, the Gallardo Spyder. The higher performance Gallardo Superleggera came along in 2007, and with it brought further reduction in weight thanks to extensive use of carbonfibre. The second generation of the Gallardo arrived in 2008. It got a redesigned front and rear, a new engine with gasoline direct injection and 560PS and additional equipment. The second-generation Spyder also made its way in 2008. The new version of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera came in 2010 with 570PS and with it came the roadster Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante.
With a total of 14,022 units the Gallardo is the most-built Lamborghini
The Gallardo lineup also had the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni limited edition and the LP 550-2 Spyder. Valentino Balboni was a legendary vehicle tester who worked with Lamborghini for 40 years. These two cars were rear-wheel-drive, to cater to a different breed of enthusiasts.
Finally came the Super Trofeo Stradale and, finally, the Gallardo Squadra Corse. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse boasts a dry weight of 1340 kg. The car goes from 0 to 100kmph in 3.4 seconds, while reaching top speeds around 320kmph. The carbon ceramic brake system provides the stopping power.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse
The Gallardo was such a hit for Lamborghini that although its was produced for just a decade, almost half of the 30,000 Lamborghinis built since the company was founded in 1963 have been Gallardos. It will now be succeeded by a car that is rumoured to be called the Cabrera. The replacement could come with an uprated V10, tuned to deliver around 600PS. Lamborghini has just released a teaser web page that could be linked with this new car. Check it out here
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