PH buying guide: Lamborghini Gallardo


As prices of the Lamborghini Gallardo now regularly dip below £60,000 in the used market, this so-called baby Lambo looks seriously tempting as a supercar bargain. With German quality to back up the Italian engineering, we find out if a Gallardo is a whole lot of fun or a whole load of trouble.

Rebadged Audi? Nope, proper Lambo...
Rebadged Audi? Nope, proper Lambo...
The Gallardo was the first Lamborghini to be fully conceived, designed and produced under Audi's ownership of the Italian supercar firm. Arriving in 2003, the Luc Donckerwolke-styled Gallardo borrowed much of its look and aggression from the larger, faster Murcielago he'd signed off the previous year.

This was the right car at the right time for Lamborghini, introducing a smaller, more compact model but still with the drama and excitement a Lambo must offer. Sticking with the four-wheel drive of the Murcielago, the Gallardo also ushered in a new 5.0-litre V10 engine with some design similarities to Audi's 4.2-litre V8 from the RS6.

As you can seen from the list of models below, Lamborghini has not been shy about leveraging the most from its best selling model. There are subtle differences between most, notably more power over the years and a couple of rear-wheel drive models.

However, the essence of the Gallardo has remained the same and it continues to offer a Ferrari-rivalling driving experience whether you choose the coupe or open-top Spyder. Thanks to its sensible dimensions, with a footprint much the same as a Ford Focus', the Gallardo is also, and perish the thought for a Lamborghini, practical.

With more than 12,000 Gallardos produced so far, there's a good selection of used models to choose from.

Lamborghini Gallardo models:
Gallardo 5.0
Gallardo SE (250 built)
Gallardo Spyder
Gallardo Nera (185 built)
Gallardo Superleggera (173 built)
Gallardo LP560-4
Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
Gallardo Supertrofeo (30 built)
Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale (150 built)
Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni (250 built)
Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition
Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder
Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore
Gallardo LP570-4 Singapore Limited Edition
Gallardo LP560-4 Tricolore
Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante


Owner's view:
"From the age of 17, I knew I had to have a Lamborghini one day. It's the stereotypical 'boy done good' supercar. I was always a Countach/Diablo kid over a Testarossa/Porsche one. I still feel like a Lambo guy and Lambos are just outrageous, everything a real supercar should be."

Steve Morrisey


Buying guide contents:

Introduction
Powertrain
Rolling Chassis
Body
Interior
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Photos: GF Williams/Lamborghini

 

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  • m30dus 06 May 2012

    jshell]30dus said:
    Very different cars really... The Gallardo was a much greater challenge to drive and attracted far more attention than the F430, /quote]


    Really? I see a few G's and 430's kicking about Edinburgh and unless the G is in some outrageous colour then they never seem to get a 5th of the attention the 430's do. I've always thought they were as bland as an MR2 in normal colours.
    My Gallardo was yellow which was probably part of it, the F430 and 430 Scuderia that I've had since were black and blue respectively so one expects much of it will be down to colour alone.

  • Active75 06 May 2012

    Justices said:
    Ran three Gallardos (1 coupe, 2 spyders) in total as daily drivers. The ONLY grumble I had was storage space, the front compartment deserves some sort of award for being so pointless. It's not a Murcielago/Diablo so it's very easy to nip about in and park. It's also fairly easy to forget what you are driving when you use it very regularly, step on the pedal and the glorious noise from the V10 instantly reminds you are in something special.

    Very easy to drive and regular servicing saw faultless ownership. The only issue was a flat tyre due to driving through a rough pothole at night.

    In all honesty I preferred the 430 because it felt rawer, had better storage space (I needed to take a decent sized sport bag each day which the Gallardo simply couldn't take up front) and as someone mentioned, the 430 reminded me of a big Elise in a way and I love the Elise dearly. The Lambo seemed much more planted at high speed and a very polished effort in general. The sound system was also very nice in the Gallardo, the standard Ferrari unit was terrible, not even worth turning the thing on.

    Great car. The scalpel to the Murcielago sledge hammer and given the funds, I'd definitely recommend it as a daily driver without hesitation.
    I managed to get a sleeping bag,sports bag, and kettle in the front compartment, put the tent and gazebo in the passenger side, towels and wash gear behind the seats- perfect for the run to Le Mans! Apart from the early necessary clutch change on the early manual,it is important to maintain regular oil changes. Tyres probably wont last more than 7-10,000 miles with careful driving and the occasional high speed run.

  • JS100 06 May 2012

    Owned one from new for nearly five years now. Consistently stunning piece of kit. Love it more with every day of ownership. One of the great powerplants, sensational noise through the rev range with a real bite towards the top end, and anyone who says the design is bland, the comment is retarded! Fabulous execution on what a 2 seat mid engined supercar should look like; long raked windscreen, body stretched out over all four boots with small overhangs, absolutely dramatic both to look at and drive. Manual box is well developed and car will devour B roads as well as it will continents. Former is unusal for a car of this calibre; chassis beautifully set up and decent suspension travel means it is always useable irrespective of surface. 10/10 mid-tier supercar. For my money, still infinetley rather have one than the gaming generation 12C / 458. They represent unwanted evolution, not progression IMO.


  • jshell 05 May 2012

    [quote=m30dus]

    Very different cars really... The Gallardo was a much greater challenge to drive and attracted far more attention than the F430, /quote]


    Really? I see a few G's and 430's kicking about Edinburgh and unless the G is in some outrageous colour then they never seem to get a 5th of the attention the 430's do. I've always thought they were as bland as an MR2 in normal colours.

  • BigBen 05 May 2012

    tomoleeds said:
    PH states this is a buying guide, where is the info on serving costs,clutch,tyres,what goes wrong?
    very poor article, all you have done is show a list of special editions
    I feel you should read beyond the introduction......

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