Friday, June 27, 2008





The Gallardo was designed as a competitor to the Ferrari F360, and now competes with its replacement, the Ferrari F430. The Gallardo has a rear-biasedall-wheel drive system which differentiates it from its real-wheel drive competitors. Lamborghini's parent company Audi is renowned for its Quattro 4WD system, however Lamborghini uses a system of its own.

Unlike the Countach, Diablo, and Murcielago models, the Gallardo does not have scissor doors.

The Gallardo was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, who won the 2003 Red Dot Award for the design of both the 2003 Gallardo and 2002 MurciƩlago.
At current U.S. prices, a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo coupe costs USD $186,250 - $222,800, while a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder costs USD $201,595 - $263,595.

As of March 2008, the Gallardo is the only model to use the Lamborghini V10 engine.

The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speedmanual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled 'semi-automatic single-clutch sequential model', which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than a manual transmission would. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not need to manually actuate the clutch'.

The Audi R8 sports car, launched in early 2007, is based on the Gallardoplatform, and uses a 4.2 litre V8 in place of the Gallardo's V10 to avoid competing directly with the Gallardo.

For the 2008 model year, an onboard computer,ipod connectivity with USB, heated mirrors, Q-citura stitching that originally could only be found on the Nera model, and a beige soft-top on the Spyder, were added to the Gallardo

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