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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Review

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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Expert Review

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By far the most popular Lamborghini ever (nearly 13,000 made so far), the angular, mid-engine Gallardo is dramatic yet civilized: an Italian exotic you can truly drive to work during the week and at the track on weekends. Credit the influence of Audi, which acquired Lamborghini in 1998, for the impressive refinement. Decoding the Gallardo engine nomenclature, the LP550-2 gets a 542-horsepower V10, the LP560-4 upgrades tuning to 552 horsepower, and the LP570-4 tops out with 562 horsepower. All three are available in coupe or Spyder (convertible) versions. As the designations suggest, the LP550-2 has rear-drive but the stronger engines come only with all-wheel drive (AWD). The bodywork looks angry, the V10's song is wickedly enchanting, and the driving experience is enthusiastically Italian.

You'll Like This Car If...

If subtlety is not your thing and you want a car that looks, drives and sounds dramatic, the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo may be for you. It's more track-ready than a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, harder-edged than an Aston Martin DB9, and its AWD beats any Ferrari for slick-surface grip.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you look for leading-edge sophistication, consider that the current Gallardo has been around for a while (and is due for replacement next year). The newer Ferrari 458 Italia has more advanced chassis control and a better ride.

How It Ranks

#5

out of 7

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 6

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.3 out of 10
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What's New for 2013

Lamborghini is marking time until a new car replaces the Gallardo next year. The LP560-4 models get a new array of vents and dividers in front, an enlarged air outlet in back and new wheels. Two LP570-4 Edizione Tecnica models are added, the Superleggera coupe and Spyder Performante.

Driving the Gallardo

Driving Impressions Lightning-quick throttle response and intoxicating sounds from the engine bay are ever-present Lamborghini Gallardo characteristics, but the car has other sides to its personality. Around town, the driver must put...

... up with a lumpy idle, rock-hard ride, the tires' tendency to follow road grooves, and a turning radius that feels like a full-size pickup's. Husky Americans, especially, will feel cramped in the cockpit. But on an open back road or high-speed track, the Gallardo finds its focus. The stiff space frame and taut chassis impart an organic stability and responsiveness. The AWD of the "-4" versions imparts a little more understeer and numbs the feedback a bit compared to the lively "-2" rear-drive cars, but the tradeoff in stability, security and sheer grip on any surface is worth it.

MATTE-FINISH EXTERIOR PAINT
The flat planes and sharp creases of a modern Lamborghini body look especially cool in a matte finish, and it only costs $26,600 extra to get a Gallardo in matte black, brown or white.

FRONT LIFTING SYSTEM
The Gallardo's low, protruding nose looks sleek, but would grind against steep driveways without the front lifting system, which raises the front end an inch and a half with the push of a button.

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Details
Interior

The interior of a Lamborghini Gallardo is nearly as striking as the exterior. But remember, this exotic Italian marque is part of the Audi corporate stable, so you know the cockpit will be sumptuous, accommodating and beautifully made. Leather is everywhere. On higher-level Gallardos it's Alcantara suede. Carbon-fiber trim is also offered. The standard bucket seats offer good support, but the unyielding carbon-fiber chairs in the Superleggera are built for racing and jockey-sized occupants. Be sure to pack light because there is little trunk space (less than four cubic feet) and no back seat.

Exterior

The low-slung 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo has sharply angled body work and prominent air intakes front, sides and back. This year, the LP560 models get a new face, with dividers creating strongly triangular intakes. Doors hinge conventionally on the Gallardo (not the famous but less practical scissors arrangement its Aventador stablemate still uses) and entrance and egress are easier than the belt-high roofline suggests. The short-nosed cab-forward design contributes to the Gallardo's overall wedge shape. Spyder models have a power-operated insulated cloth top that can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Most of the expected premium-car trappings are here, such as dual-zone A/C, a power tilt/telescope steering wheel, a power adjustable driver's seat, power heated side mirrors that tilt in, keyless remote entry, and so on. Likewise for safety hardware like ABS, traction control, stability control, dual front airbags, dual side airbags and pop-up rollbars for the convertibles. But a power passenger seat, heated seats, and even front cupholders cost extra. Cruise control isn't available at all, probably because you're expected to be attentive and involved with your Gallardo at all times.

Optional Equipment

Every paint color but gloss black is listed as an extra-cost option on the Gallardo, the $26K matte-finish paints being the most extreme examples. Other popular options include a navigation system, back-up camera and rear park-assist system (highly recommended), ceramic disc brakes, and an alarm system. The E-gear automated "manual" transmission – essentially an automatic – is a $10,000 option on the LP550 Coupe and Spyder models, and the only offering on the LP 560s and LP570s. The 2013 Gallardo is available with lots of accessory and trim packages for you to customize to your personal taste.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo's V10 engine creates a soundtrack worthy of the car's breathtaking appearance. Acceleration is as effortless as it is addictive, any Gallardo model capable of cracking 60 mph from rest in less than four seconds and topping out just shy of 200 mph. The slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission is still standard on the rear-drive LP550-2 models but it's being phased out (and rumor has it there will be no manual at all next year) in favor of the automated manual E-gear transmission. The paddle-operated 6-speed E-gear has driver-selectable modes, "A" for lazy shifts and laid-back cruising, "Sport" for quicker shifts and "Corsa" for a day at the track with tire-chirping, wide-open-throttle upshifts.

Gallardo LP550-2
5.2-liter V10
542 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/20 mpg (manual), 13/20 mpg (automatic)

Gallardo LP560-4
5.2-liter V10
552 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 mpg (automatic)

Gallardo LP570-4
5.2-liter V10
562 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm
398 lb-ft of torque @ 6,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/20 mpg (automatic)

Like other limited-production exotic supercars, there is a considerable price spread between base and fully loaded examples, ranging from about $194K for a 2013 Gallardo LP550-2 Coupe to more than $250K for a 2013 Gallardo LP570-4 Performante Spyder. Particularly with the Ad Personum personalization program, wherein any Gallardo can be fitted with a broad selection of leather, Alcantara suede, carbon fiber, piano black and other interior trims, a wide palette of exterior and interior color schemes, custom wheels, painted brake calipers, carbon-fiber engine compartment trim and so on, the potential exists for a truly one-of-a-kind Lamborghini no one else has – costing tens of thousands more. Though all Lamborghinis are more plentiful in warm-weather states, be sure to investigate the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what buyers in your area are paying.

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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 3 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Is very nice!

By on Saturday, March 02, 2013

I want this car

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "N/A"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is very sleek and nice to show off to friends. With interior and exterior as sharp as a pin, everyone's going to turn their heads on you and your car. Although with convenience, you may want a second car to not worry about going to and from lonng distances."

32 people out of 58 found this review helpful

Very good car

By on Thursday, August 23, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Can go 0-60 with a Matchbox car speeder, maybe"

Cons: "I can't fit in it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It's always there for me, I love it. I own the matchbox version of this car, it handles great and I have never had to go to the mechanic or even fill up the tank or anything! Best Macthbox car I've ever gotten!"

19 people out of 32 found this review helpful

NICE/CLEAN LOOKING CAR MADE BY ITALIANS OF COURSE

By on Thursday, March 15, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "BLAST TO DRIVE ON HOT SUMMER NIGHT"

Cons: "520 HP ALL WHEEL DRIVE. AMAZING STERO SYSTEM"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

BLANCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"REALLY BOUGHT THE CAR BECAUSE OF ITS UNIQUE LINES. IT'S AGGRESSIVE LOOKING THOUGH SLEEK/COOL AT THE SAME TIME. IT'S FAST ENOUGH FOR ME AND HANDLES PRETTY DARN GOOD THROUGH THE TWISTIES. MY BUDDIES ZR-1'S AND BUILT ZO 6'S BLOW MY DOORS OFF, THOUGH I DIG ON THE WAY MY GALLARDO CONVERTIBLE LOOKS. I ALWAYS TURN A LOT OF HEADS AND GET MANY COMPLIMENTS. PEOPLE ALL DAY LONG TAKING PHOTOS WITH THEIR PHONES WHICH HAVE CAMERAS."

23 people out of 37 found this review helpful

BLANCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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