|Automobili Lamborghini today announced the end of production for its popular variant, the Gallardo. At the sportscar marque’s factory buildings of Sant’Agata Bolognese, the last Lamborghini Gallardo has left the production line. The Lamborghini Gallardo is sold in more than 45 countries across the globe, including in Malaysia by Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur under the stewardship of JH Italia.|
The final Gallardo is an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Rosso Mars (red) and it is destined for a private collector. With a total of 14,022 units the Gallardo is not only by far the most-built Lamborghini, it ranks among the most successful super sports cars — and has long since established itself as an icon of Italian design and the art of automotive engineering. It all started at the 2003 Geneva Motor show where the first generation Lamborghini Gallardo popped up, with its compelling technical concept, lightweight design through an aluminium space frame, the combined power and highrevving characteristics of the 10-liter NA engine with e-gear, sequential gear shifting, and the awe-inspiring all-wheel drive. That year also saw the Italian Super Sports makers celebrated its 40th anniversary. In 2005, the Spyder version (an open top) came onboard, followed by the Superleggera two years later. The Gallardo Superleggera’s lighter frame, infused with carbon fiber components, could churn an output of over 530 hp.
Second generation of the Lamborghini Gallardo
The second generation of the Gallardo arrived in 2008. With a redesigned front and rear, a new engine with gasoline direct injection and 560 hp, plus further-enhanced equipment, the Gallardo LP 560-4 proved that even an
exemplary product can be improved. The second-generation Spyder was also delivered to its first customers in 2008. The new version of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera followed in 2010 with an increase in output to 570 hp, this time also as the open-top Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. Occupying another niche in the broad spectrum of Gallardo versions were the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni limited edition and the LP 550-2 Spyder.
After a total of 32 Gallardo versions, the two utilized in racing were the Super Trofeo Stradale and the Gallardo Squadra Corse. Both the Super Trofeo and Squadra Corse were put to stringent tests in the toughest one-make race series across Europe, U.S. and Asia venues, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. The Gallardo Squadra Corse boasts a dry weight of 1340 kilograms, 70 less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4. With a stunning power-toweight ratio of 2.35 kgs per hp it delivers breathtaking performance: from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and top speed of 320 km/h. At the same time. the Super Sports’ carbon ceramic brake system guarantees unmatched stopping power.
Lambotghini Gallardo completes a 10-year cycle of excellence
In the decade of the Gallardo (2003 – 2013), production grew to a whole new dimension with volumes of around 2,000 cars per year on average. The Gallardo continues to prove its motorsport competence, racing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Alongside European race tracks, this fascinating one make series has now also conquered the circuits of Asia and North America with its own series in those regions. The Gallardo GT3 has also celebrated numerous successes at sports car races around the globe. In the year of Automobili Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, the Gallardo success story has now come to an end with car number 14,022. Almost half of all 30,000 Lamborghinis built since the company was first founded in 1963, are Gallardos.