After several days of teasing us with what looked to be an all-new Gallardo , Lamborghini has decided to lift the veil off of this beast and give us a look at it. This all-new Lambo, dubbed the Gallardo LP 560-4, made its debut in Paris alongside its slightly upgraded counterpart, the Gallardo 570-4 Edizione Technica.
Overall, the Gallardo’s body will remain intact from last year’s model, but Lambo will be making mild additions to the already sexy body. The real question remains whether Lamborghini actually improved upon its entry-level – if you can really call any Lamborghini an “entry-level car – supercar’s already popular appearance, or were these changes simply unnecessary and counterproductive.
Now with all of the information in hand, we can offer you our full review of this all-new Gallardo and allow you to make an educated decision on it.
Click past the jump to read our full review.
The Gallardo, and every Lamborghini for that matter, is known for having razor-sharp body lines that simply scream “I’m fast.” The redesigned Gallardo is no exception to this rule. Its new front fascia boasts the trapezoidal geometry expected of the Gallardo, only the design is 100 percent brand new.
Replacing the large outer trapezoidal air intake vents are slightly smaller vents, which allow for a wide-open mouth in the center of the front fascia. This helps gives the Gallardo a more stout appearance from the front end, despite the fact that it carries over the same 74.8-inch width from last year. Just forward of the front wheels sit a pair of air intake vents that are slightly larger than last year’s model.
Down the side of the Gallardo LP 560-4 is a familiar design, as it is literally identical to last year’s model. It boasts pedestal-style sideviews, a large air-intake vent just forward of the rear wheels, and a sleek profile that allows air to slip right over it with little resistance. One difference you can take away from the sides is the addition of 19-inch Apollo polished alloy wheels, donning matte black and silver machined spokes.
If there was one area where the 2012 Gallardo failed, it was the back end. It was bland, blocky, and all-around boring. Lamborghini obviously took notice and revised the rear end to give it a little extra shape without completely replacing it. The biggest change was made to the massive black vent just below the taillights. Lambo broke up this one-time sea-of-black panel with a trapezoidal shape in the center that also creates two flanking triangles, keeping true to the Gallardo’s trapezoid-laden design. This vent is also slightly larger than last year’s allowing the engine to shed heat more effectively.
As you scroll downward to the rear bumper insert, you’ll find yet another new addition – a shapelier insert with downward-turned ends and a more pronounced rear diffuser. Poking out from each end of this revised insert are dual tailpipes, giving the Gallardo its obligatory four tailpipes total.
There is one option on the exterior and that is the “Style Package.” This package adds in high-gloss paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, the front and rear grilles, and the transverse element on the rear trim. This helps add a little more style to the already sharp Gallardo LP 560-4.
In all, the all-new Gallardo LP 560-4’s body measures in at 4,345 mm (171.1 inches) long x 1,900 mm (74.8 inches) wide x 1,165 mm (45.9 inches) tall and has a 2,560 mm (100.8 inches) wheelbase. The Gallardo’s front track measures in at 1,632 mm (64.3 inches) and its rear track measures 1,597 mm (62.9 inches). The new Gallardo 560-4 carries with it a curb weight of 1,500 kg (3,307 lbs) with 43 percent of its weight on the front axle and 57 percent on the rear axle. As you can see, the new Gallardo is identical to the 2012 Gallardo in every dimension except weight; the new Gallardo outweighs the 2012 model by a whopping 265 lbs.
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||171.1 x 74.8 x 45.9 inches|
|Front Track / Rear Track||64.3 inches / 62.9 inches|
|Curb Weight||3,307 lbs|
|Weight Positioning||43% front / 57% rear|
Lamborghini gave us absolutely no information on the Gallardo 560-4’s interior, sans one shot with the car door open. All we can make out in this image is the fact that the interior is color-coded on the door panels and center console to the exterior. We can also tell that it features leather seating with tufted diamond patterns. You can also make out the flat-bottomed steering wheel and the button-heavy center stack – something that has been thorn in the Gallardo’s side for years. Why Lambo thinks a car needs that many buttons is beyond us.
Sans the launch-control panel in the center console, the rest of the interior looks to be comfortable, well laid out, and stylish. We’ll see what kinds of images we can sneak of the interior while we’re in Paris.
Engine and Drivetrain
Under the hood of the Gallardo LP 560-4 is a carryover from last year: a 5.2-liter V-10 DOHC engine that rips off 412 kW (552 horsepower) at 8,000 rpm and 540 Nm (398 pound-feet) of torque at 6,500 rpm. A Bosch MED 9 engine management system keeps the ignition and fuel working in perfect harmony, as the oil-to-water cooler and pair of radiators keep this high-performance engine cool and operating correctly.
The engine links up to a 6-speed manual transmission standard. You can also opt for the E-gear transmission, which is an automated 6-speed manual with a paddle-shift interface. The transmission pumps all 552 horsepower through the Lambo’s permanent 4-wheel-drive system that boasts viscous traction control. The AWD system delivers power through a limited slip front and rear differential, with a constant 45 percent of the torque going to the rear wheels.
In terms of true track speed, the Gallardo is stout. It hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 3.7 ticks of the second hand. It only takes 11.8 seconds for this all-new entry-level supercar to hit 200 km/h (124 mph). The overall top speed of the Gallardo LP 560-4 is an impressive 325 km/h (201.9 mph).
While fuel economy and emissions may be on the back burner when considering a supercar, they are still items that require some attention. With the E-gear transmission, the LP 560-4 is rated at 21 l/100 km (11.2 mpg) in the city, 10 l/100 km (23.5 mpg) on the highway, and 14 l/100 km (16.8 mpg) combined. The E-gear transmission-equipped Gallardo LP 560-4 lays down 327 grams of CO2 per km. With the manual transmission, you can expect 22 l/100 km (10.7 mpg) city, 10 l/100 km (23.5 mpg) highway, and 14.7 l/100 km (16 mpg) combined. With the manual transmission, you can expect to put out 351 grams of CO2 per km. The fuel economy is surprisingly acceptable, but the emissions are terrible across the board on this new Gallardo.
|Engine Type||5.2-liter V-10 90°, DOHC|
|Maximum power||412 kW (552 horsepower) at 8,000 rpm|
|Maximum torque||540 Nm (398 pound-feet) at 6,500 rpm|
|Engine management system||Bosch MED 9|
|Cooling system oil||Oil-to-Water cooler|
|Cooling system water||Two water radiators|
|Lubrication system||Dry sump|
|Driveline Type||Permanent 4-wheel drive with viscous traction|
|Gearbox||6 Speed manual (standard) / Robotized|
sequential e-gear system with actuation by
paddles on the steering column (optional)
|Clutch||Double plate 215 mm (8.46-inch) diameter|
|Rear Differential||45% limited slip|
|Front Differential||Slip limitation by ABD function|
|Top speed||325 km/h (201.9 mph)|
|0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) Acceleration||3.7 seconds|
|0-200 km/h (124 mph) Acceleration))||11.8 seconds|
Fuel Economy and Emission Specifications:
|Fuel Economy w/ E-Gear||Urban 21 L/100 km (11.2 mpg) / Extra urban 10 L/100 km 23.5 mpg) / Combined 14 L/100 km (16.8 mpg)|
|Fuel Economy w/ Manual Transmission||Urban 22 L/100 km (10.7 mpg) / Extra urban 10 L/100 km (23.5 mpg) / Combined 14.7 L/100 km (16 mpg)|
|CO2 Emissions (E-Gear/Manual)||327 g/km / 351 g/km|
Suspension and Handling
The basic suspension system on the 2013 Gallardo LP 560-4 is a carryover from 2012, as it features a double-wishbone construction on the front and rear. You also get an antiroll bar and anti-dive bar up front, and an antiroll bar and anti-squat bar on the rear. These bars help keep the body roll to a minimum and prevent nose diving on the front end under hard braking and eliminates rear-end squat on hard acceleration. To help keep things under control, you get a full electronic stability program, ABS, ASR, and ABD with the Gallardo.
On the front corners, there’s a set of 8.5- x 19-inch aluminum alloy rims hugged in 235/35ZR Pirelli P-Zero rubber. On the rear edges, there’s a set of 11- x 19-inch aluminum alloy rims wrapped up with 295/30ZR Pirelli P-Zero vulcanized rubber.
The 2013 Gallardo LP 560-4 is really fast – obviously – but it needs to stop too. This is handled by a set of 365 x 34 mm (14.4- x 1.33-inch) steel ventilated rotors up front squeezed by 8-pot aluminum calipers. On the backside, there’s a set of 356 x 32 mm (14.01- x 1.25-inch) ventilated rotors embraced by a set of 4-piston aluminum calipers.
While the Gallardo’s a competent handler, it has been noted as a less nimble car when compared to its Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Jaguar rivals. Its suspension system is far outdated and its braking system is subpar at best. There is no supercar on the Earth that should use sub-15-inch steel rotors to bring it to a halt. When you upgrade to the Edizione Technica version, you do get the larger carbon-ceramic brakes, but we think these should be the standard equipment on the Gallardo.
|Suspension System||Double wishbones front and rear suspension system,|
antiroll bar anti-dive and anti-squat
|Front Wheels & Tires||8.5- x 19-inch aluminum alloy rims w/ 235/35ZR Pirelli P-Zero tires|
|Rear Wheels & Tires||11- x 19-inch aluminum alloy rims w/ 295/30ZR Pirelli P-Zero tires|
|Front Braking System||365 x 34 mm (14.4- x 1.33-inch) steel ventilated rotors w/ 8-piston aluminum calipers|
|Rear Calipers||356 x 32 mm (14.01- x 1.25-inch) ventilated rotors w/ 4-piston aluminum calipers|
|Turning Diameter||11.5 meters (452.75 inches)|
Pricing and Release Date
There is no pricing or release date available yet, but we do anticipate the Gallardo LP 560-4 coming in at around $205,000.
The only legit competition that the Gallardo has in the entry-level arena is the Ferrari 458 Italia . Sure, the California is “technically” Ferrari’s entry level car, but comparing a California to a Gallardo is like comparing an avocado to a pineapple.
The Italia boasts a 4.5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out a stellar 562 ponies at 9,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of twist at 6,000 rpm. This engine links up to a 7-speed automated manual, giving the Italia the upper hand in the driveline area immediately. With the Italia only coming in rear-wheel drive, the Gallardo quickly catches up and pulls even with the Italia on paper. On the track, however, it is a different story.
The 458 Italia pulls to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and handles like it’s on rails. The Gallardo zips to 60 mph in a respectable, but slower, 3.7 seconds and has received a few black marks in the handling department, mostly due to its 30-year-old suspension design. The Ferrari has a number of electronic controls to quickly adapt the suspension to compensate for twist, speed and other factors. The Lambo lacks this refinement.
Additionally, the Ferrari still beats the Lamborghini in elegance. Sure, the Gallardo has a more rip-your-throat-out look, if that’s your bag, but it lacks any refinement. This places the Italia way ahead of the Gallardo in overall looks, but if you prefer the more intense appearance of the Lamborghini, by all means have at it.
In pricing, the Ferrari Italia sits about $20k to $30K higher than the Gallardo LP 560-4, depending on the options you choose. So there is one big selling point for the Gallardo.
|Spec||458 Italia||Gallardo LP 560-4||Advantage|
|Engine||4.5-liter V-8, 563 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque||5.2-liter V-10, 552 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque||458 Italia|
|Transmission||7-Speed automated manual||6-speed manual (standard), 6-speed automated manual (optional)||458 Italia|
|Driveline||Rear-wheel drive||Permanent all-wheel drive||Gallardo|
|Acceleration (0-60)||3.4 seconds||3.7 seconds||458 Italia|
|Fuel Economy||12 mpg city / 18 mpg highway||11 mpg city / 23 mpg highway||Gallardo|
When it comes to buying a supercar, it really boils down to what you find important. Supercar builders can put only so much into each car before running out of space and/or budget room. You need to consider what is most important to you. Are you willing to sacrifice a little bit of power and the elegant look of the Ferrari 458 Italia to save nearly $25K? If so, the Gallardo LP 560-4 may be a great option.
If you are a stickler for the looks and performance that a 458 Italia offers you and you have an extra $25K in the bank, then go for the prancing horse. For our money, we would take the 458 Italia all day, every day.
- Awesome restyling without changing too much
- Great job making the backside look good
- Manual transmission option
- Still slow when compared to the 458 Italia
- The interior still looks like it belongs in a spaceship
- C’mon, steel, sub-15-inch rotors? Get with the times.
Gallery Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4
The new Gallardo LP 560-4 and LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica: worldwide premiere at the 2012 Paris Motorshow
Paris/Sant’Agata Bolognese, September 26, 2012 - At the 2012 Paris Motorshow Automobili Lamborghini is presenting the most successful super sports car of its entire history with a new design – even more aggressive, and more extreme: the new Gallardo LP 560-4 and the LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica. The new Gallardo LP 560-4 - equipped with permanent four wheel drive- has a new front end and a new rear, while top models in the Gallardo line-up,the LP 570-4 Superleggera and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, will be offered also as the further enhanced Edizione Tecnica. The six models of the Gallardo family are now clearly differentiated and can be customized perfectly to suit every type of driver.
The new Gallardo models will be available at Lamborghini dealerships from November 2012.
The new Gallardo LP 560-4
The unique design with its razor-sharp lines is one of the key factors in its great success worldwide. Nearly 13,000 units have already left the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.
The Gallardo design has now been further accentuated in the new Gallardo LP 560-4. The new front end is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal forms – two shapes that are highly typical of the Lamborghini design language. Divided by diagonal elements in body color and in black, the overall look of the front end is broader and more forceful, giving it an even stronger bond with the road.
To complete the new look larger air intakes have been created ahead of the front wheels and the new 19-inch “Apollo polished” alloy wheels, painted in matt black and featuring precision-machined spokes in polished silver.
Also new is the even more dynamic rear end design on the Gallardo LP 560-4. The triangle and trapezoid are, of course, the characteristic design elements here, too. The air outlet for the power unit now has now a wider surface area, which improves its thermodynamic efficiency. A new Style Package is available as an option and offers high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front and rear grilles and the transverse element of the rear trim to give the Gallardo LP 560-4 an even more powerful look.
The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica
With a more determined lightweight design, a focus on high performance and a purist look, the LP 570-4 Superleggera and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante mark the very pinnacle of the Gallardo family. As Edizione Tecnica, they benefit from a further improved equipment level and an even more individual look. Features of the Edizione Tecnica include the fixed high rear wing, as well as brakes in carbon-ceramic technology. They combine low weight with outstanding fade resistance and durability. The power to weight ratio down to an outstanding 2,35 allows the car to be taken as one of the best references in the segment.
The Edizione Tecnica underscore sits very special look with three new exclusive optional color combinations, whereby the entire roof arch and front air intakes are painted in a contrast color. The available shades are: Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes.
In addition to this, all the new Gallardo models can be customized to a virtually limitless degree with the exclusive and well known: “Ad Personam” Lamborghini program.
The new LP 560-4 and the Edizione Tecnica for the LP 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante, underline – even in terms of design – the differences in mechanical and driving experience among the four-wheel drive versions of the Gallardo range.
In fact, beside the Gallardo four-wheel drive, the two-wheel drive Gallardo LP 550-2 in Coupe and Spyder format are still available. With its purist rear-wheel drive, it appeals to drivers that prefer a highly active and engaged driving style. The Gallardo LP 550-2 offers the unique design and performance of a Lamborghini in a simple and uncomplicated form.