Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2: Spotted


Chris Harris yesterday asked if Lamborghini was in trouble, citing sluggish sales of the (by car industry standards) ancient Gallardo as one sign that the bull was slightly less than raging these days.

Low-key inside too but gated manual appeals
Low-key inside too but gated manual appeals
Well, just 24 hours later a press release appears in the PH inbox boasting of strong sales from last year confirming that demand for Aventadors is, as Chris asserted, strong. Overall Lambo sales are up by 30 per cent, American sales by 53 per cent and turnover by 46 per cent. There's no mention of the 'profit' word in the press release but it would seem building Aventadors is doing the coffers well, and Lamborghini boasts that with the introduction of the Roadster version order books are full for the next 15 months.

Compared with the 922 sales for Aventadors, the 1,161 Gallardos Lamborghini shifted ('where to?' is one question worth asking, if the stories of two hangers full of unsold cars Harris mentions are true) is, in its words, "almost stable" compared with 2011, total sales thus far of 13,000 ensuring it's still the most successful Lamborghini ever in sales terms. To put that in context, Audi has sold just over 20,000 examples of its R8, which is based on the same platform.

Half as much for an older manual Gallardo
Half as much for an older manual Gallardo
Anyway. Enough of the business number crunching. Let's look at what you might want to buy. Like this surprisingly stealthy LP550-2. 'Discreet' and 'Lamborghini' aren't two words you'd usually put together but if you're among those rebelling against the relentless march of technology and electronic nannying the fact it's got a manual gearbox and only two driven wheels might tempt you. And if it doesn't, the £20K-plus saving over a new one might, a bare-bones LP550-2 currently listing at just over £140K (£20K less than a pre-facelift MY12 LP560-4). It's not a Balboni in name (or questionable white stripe) but it is in spirit and performance, the 3.9 seconds to 62 and 199mph top speed both being the same. As, indeed, are the rest of the numbers on the spec sheet.

A V10 Audi R8 gets off the line slightly quicker thanks to its four-wheel drive and a new one costs a similar amount but it's down 15hp, around 200kg heftier and, let's face it, which key ring do you want to carry round with you, given the choice? Half this money would get you into an original manual Gallardo in similarly subdued colours and with less than 30K on the clock, too - but there's something about the back to basics combination of a gated stick shift and rear-wheel drive that appeals. That, and another 30hp.


LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP550-2
Engine:
5,204cc V10
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 550@8,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 397@6,500rpm
MPG: 16mpg (NEDC combined)
CO2: 315g/km
First registered: 2011
Recorded mileage: 6,514
Price new: £141,067 (plus options)
Yours for: £119,850

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  • kbf1981 29 Apr 2013

    Carnnoisseur said:
    I've always had a hankering for a Lamborghini, but the classifieds all seem to carry a similar theme that puts me of:

    1. Just had between a £5-£8k service
    2. Just had £2.5k new clutch

    Clutch intervals seem to be more regular than service intervals, hence one of my reasons for being beyond my realms of justification.

    Two things you can't argue with however are strong residuals and no mickey mouse replicas parking up alongside.
    In terms of servicing and clutch, from experience the first year service cost me £900, second year cost £2100 or thereabouts. Not bad for a 200mph supercar?

    Clutches are an issue on pre-08 models, on LP's I've never heard of anyone needing to change one. Even on 30,000 miles + cars.

  • julian64 18 Mar 2013

    andrew said:
    julian64 said:
    andrew said:
    julian64 said:
    Actually thinking of buying a Gallardo at some point soon. I think its quite a triumph of styling to my eyes.

    Its simple, neat, and looks very purposeful, without the pseudo halfords wings and fins that seem to be the standard kit to entice footballers these days. In a recent PH thread there was one sitting in amongst a load of ferrari exotica, at an exhibition held at a local exgineering works in the uk. To be honest I would have preferred that Gallardo over any of them. A nice gray one with a hard hat would do me. :~)
    dk engineering ?
    Yep can't find the link, but I think that was it.
    glad you liked it wink
    Yep, its my favourite colour, and if it were a manual it would be my ideal car.

    The wing would have to go though frown.

    If its your car congrats, I'm very jealous, and if you are ver passing near to brands hatch you have free use of the two post lift in my garage because I'm dying to see underneath one of these things.

  • andrew 18 Mar 2013

    julian64 said:
    andrew said:
    julian64 said:
    Actually thinking of buying a Gallardo at some point soon. I think its quite a triumph of styling to my eyes.

    Its simple, neat, and looks very purposeful, without the pseudo halfords wings and fins that seem to be the standard kit to entice footballers these days. In a recent PH thread there was one sitting in amongst a load of ferrari exotica, at an exhibition held at a local exgineering works in the uk. To be honest I would have preferred that Gallardo over any of them. A nice gray one with a hard hat would do me. :~)
    dk engineering ?
    Yep can't find the link, but I think that was it.
    glad you liked it wink

  • julian64 18 Mar 2013

    andrew said:
    julian64 said:
    Actually thinking of buying a Gallardo at some point soon. I think its quite a triumph of styling to my eyes.

    Its simple, neat, and looks very purposeful, without the pseudo halfords wings and fins that seem to be the standard kit to entice footballers these days. In a recent PH thread there was one sitting in amongst a load of ferrari exotica, at an exhibition held at a local exgineering works in the uk. To be honest I would have preferred that Gallardo over any of them. A nice gray one with a hard hat would do me. :~)
    dk engineering ?
    Yep can't find the link, but I think that was it.

  • andrew 17 Mar 2013

    julian64 said:
    Actually thinking of buying a Gallardo at some point soon. I think its quite a triumph of styling to my eyes.

    Its simple, neat, and looks very purposeful, without the pseudo halfords wings and fins that seem to be the standard kit to entice footballers these days. In a recent PH thread there was one sitting in amongst a load of ferrari exotica, at an exhibition held at a local exgineering works in the uk. To be honest I would have preferred that Gallardo over any of them. A nice gray one with a hard hat would do me. :~)
    dk engineering ?

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