R8 V10 vs Gallardo - how much diff is there really?

R8 V10 vs Gallardo - how much diff is there really?

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Shmee

7,565 posts

184 months

Sunday 3rd March 2013
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Zippee said:
Wasn't necessarily the spider but the V10 which is in at 65, just so happened that the car I drove yesterday was a spider smile
This makes more sense as the coupe came out a bit before the Spyder so there are older cars, was a little confused there!

TonyF

2,279 posts

247 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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exigepete said:
Hey Tony, sure u would prefer this and some change left over smile

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/f...

I took the Fcar plunge smile
Pete, nice car but the F cars just dont do it for me im afraid.
Test drove an F430 before buying the G and for me the G was in a different league.
Each to their own I guess !

franki68

8,520 posts

192 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Owned both,r8 useable as daily drive,had mine for 3 years ,cost me £400 for a service and a few hundred for a pair of tyres ..and that was it.
Had gallardo for about 18 months ,was an 06 Spyder ,cost me about 4-5 k in servicing ,
Gallardo is much more of event and just more ferocious ,but very tiring to drive ,ride is very hard .
If you get gallardo you will need another car,with r8 you won't.

Zippee

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12,700 posts

205 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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franki68 said:
Owned both,r8 useable as daily drive,had mine for 3 years ,cost me £400 for a service and a few hundred for a pair of tyres ..and that was it.
Had gallardo for about 18 months ,was an 06 Spyder ,cost me about 4-5 k in servicing ,
Gallardo is much more of event and just more ferocious ,but very tiring to drive ,ride is very hard .
If you get gallardo you will need another car,with r8 you won't.
And that kind of makes my mind up for me smile - thankyou!
I need a car thats a bit of both - normal when I want it and sports when I feel the need. If it were just for me then I'd be happy with hardcore, but I want it to be enjoyed by my wife & I as an only car for me (she has her own). I think if I got the G then I'd be in the same position as I am now with the TVR (albeit a bigger grin factor with the Lambo) owning a car she doesnt really want to go in or drive. I know I'll regret this but looks like the R8 it is - just to decide now on V10 or tuned V8.
Thanks all for your help and advice!!

franki68

8,520 posts

192 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Zippee said:
And that kind of makes my mind up for me smile - thankyou!
I need a car thats a bit of both - normal when I want it and sports when I feel the need. If it were just for me then I'd be happy with hardcore, but I want it to be enjoyed by my wife & I as an only car for me (she has her own). I think if I got the G then I'd be in the same position as I am now with the TVR (albeit a bigger grin factor with the Lambo) owning a car she doesnt really want to go in or drive. I know I'll regret this but looks like the R8 it is - just to decide now on V10 or tuned V8.
Thanks all for your help and advice!!
Mine was a v8 but I had a milltek exhaust put on and a revo remap,when testing the v10s there was little difference in performance and I preferred the v8 rumble over the v10 ,but both r8s are just fantastic cars ,I may even get back into one when I'm done with driving sideways.

kbf1981

2,089 posts

171 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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Ernesto said:
kbf1981 - is yours a manual too. What colour/year? Great minds and all that.

I have had my 550 for a week only - took my 2 year old to waitrose in it today and parked in family parking bay. She loved it. Confused everyone else who thought I was just some idiot trying to protect his doors. Until they saw the baby seat.
It's a 2011/60 reg (Jan 2011 registered from memory) in Arancio Borealis. Manual too smile I didn't know you could fit a baby seat in there? Are there isofix tags or do you just pop it through the seatbelt?

exigepete

1,005 posts

174 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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TonyF said:
exigepete said:
Hey Tony, sure u would prefer this and some change left over smile

http://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/f...

I took the Fcar plunge smile
Pete, nice car but the F cars just dont do it for me im afraid.
Test drove an F430 before buying the G and for me the G was in a different league.
Each to their own I guess !
Agree Gallardos are more intense than a 430 in feel for sure. A close friend bought a 430 that he came with me to see which replaced his Gallardo, only had it a short while and went back to another Gallardo. He found the 430 to easy to drive smile

Tony aka Zippee, sure an R8 will be a great all round choice. Drove a v8 a few years back and only discounted buying it as it was to wide for me to get out off when in my single garage frown Exhaust change helps an R8 really come to life as a little muted as standard.

You sure you gonna be able to let the snap crackle and pop TVR go?


Ernesto

109 posts

144 months

Monday 4th March 2013
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In fact that is another advantage of the R8 which has Isofix. However, Gallardo has airbag deactivation switch and a car seat fits in no problem with seatbelts. It needs to be quite a narrow one but most of the non-isofix seats are narrow anyway (and quite reasonable - says he with a Lamborghini!).

Zippee

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12,700 posts

205 months

Tuesday 5th March 2013
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exigepete said:
Agree Gallardos are more intense than a 430 in feel for sure. A close friend bought a 430 that he came with me to see which replaced his Gallardo, only had it a short while and went back to another Gallardo. He found the 430 to easy to drive smile

Tony aka Zippee, sure an R8 will be a great all round choice. Drove a v8 a few years back and only discounted buying it as it was to wide for me to get out off when in my single garage frown Exhaust change helps an R8 really come to life as a little muted as standard.

You sure you gonna be able to let the snap crackle and pop TVR go?
Hi Pete - I hope you are well? You're in a 430 now then I take it? You change cars almost as much as my wife buys new shoes smile
Letting the TVR go will be very hard, especially as it'll be replaced with something so different (Gallardo for example would have been a much easier decision) but needs must and all that.
Saying that, it's a very slow market at present so it won't be too much of a hardship to continue driving her till the time comes smile

exigepete

1,005 posts

174 months

Wednesday 6th March 2013
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All good thanks Tony, sitting by the pool at the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka at the moment smile

My mate ended up buying the 430 instead. Decided I wanted something that was secure residually as I'm away so much with work. So ended up with a mint 1999 355 Spider Rosso/Crema FFSH with just 15,400 miles on her. Certainly an event to drive, love it but struggle with the attention. Might soon slip back to the dark side, got my eye on a 996 GT3RS or a 993 Turbo 4.


Dolittle

1,256 posts

129 months

Wednesday 6th March 2013
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exigepete said:
All good thanks Tony, sitting by the pool at the Hilton Colombo in Sri Lanka at the moment smile

My mate ended up buying the 430 instead. Decided I wanted something that was secure residually as I'm away so much with work. So ended up with a mint 1999 355 Spider Rosso/Crema FFSH with just 15,400 miles on her. Certainly an event to drive, love it but struggle with the attention. Might soon slip back to the dark side, got my eye on a 996 GT3RS or a 993 Turbo 4.
That was the biggest impulse buy ever. and my biggest mistake ever. I blame you Pete smile you should never have lent me the deposit!

OLDBENZ

304 posts

107 months

Thursday 7th March 2013
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I have had a manual Gallardo since new in 2005. It has now covered some 33,000 and is going strong with no real issues over the years. Still a sense of occasion to get behind the wheel. The lift system, which was an extra for me, is worth having. Other recommendation is the tri-colour paint which is applied differently from the regular paint and seems much more chip resistent. I have the original paint on the the car and no chipping.

Zippee

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12,700 posts

205 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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Just to bring this thread up from the dead once more - do any of you guys complete running cost blogs in the 'my garage' section of PH?
Having recently spoken to a couple of Gallardo owners recently my mind keeps swinging back to thoughts of potential ownership (despite my rather contradictory comments above) - I've told the wife it's 'just' an Italian R8 though we'd need to find one she can try. In the meantime it would help greatly to try and see some real world running costs, I know for all cars you hear horror stories of 'x' happening and costing thousands but realistically how often does it? What are the average decent Indie service costs? I'm not unrealistic in the fact these are not going to be cheap to run but at the same time I don't want to be hit with a 5k bill every year come service time.

Don1

14,864 posts

179 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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Zipp, I would have a chat with the blokes at Autofficina, as they were bang in the money and estimates when working on my old F430.

70proof

5,934 posts

126 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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since purchase..... cost over 18months thus far...

the big service at 2.5k @lambobrum, my choice, could have go it cheaper at an indie
road tax @ 495
insurance
clear lens upgrade @ 250ish
details x2
tyres @ 1k'ish
tracker fee

petrol.... biggrin

thats it, no horror stories....

andrew

9,357 posts

163 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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70proof said:
no horror stories....
but you met andrewd !

70proof

5,934 posts

126 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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andrew said:
70proof said:
no horror stories....
but you met andrewd !
i try very (very) hard to forget that one..... thanks for the reminder..... not!!

hehe

andrew

9,357 posts

163 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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Zippee said:
Just to bring this thread up from the dead once more - do any of you guys complete running cost blogs in the 'my garage' section of PH?
Having recently spoken to a couple of Gallardo owners recently my mind keeps swinging back to thoughts of potential ownership (despite my rather contradictory comments above) - I've told the wife it's 'just' an Italian R8 though we'd need to find one she can try. In the meantime it would help greatly to try and see some real world running costs, I know for all cars you hear horror stories of 'x' happening and costing thousands but realistically how often does it? What are the average decent Indie service costs? I'm not unrealistic in the fact these are not going to be cheap to run but at the same time I don't want to be hit with a 5k bill every year come service time.
december 2007 sl
36k miles
£15.3k servicing, tyres, mots etc
13mpg average
maybe £55k depreciation
£500pa insurance
£500pa ish tax
4 clutches at £5k each

hth biggrin

AndrewD

7,252 posts

255 months

Sunday 7th April 2013
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andrew said:
december 2007 sl
36k miles
£15.3k servicing, tyres, mots etc
13mpg average
maybe £55k depreciation
£500pa insurance
£500pa ish tax
4 clutches at £5k each

hth biggrin
You've spent 20k on clutches?

f1ten

2,008 posts

124 months

Monday 8th April 2013
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thats because he uses launch control everytime he sees a crowd! thats expensive business although assume its main dealer prices i.e. hr owen!