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Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 priced and available in limited numbers
Written by Nelson Ireson   
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The follow-up to the best-selling Lamborghini of all time has a lot riding on its shoulders, but by sticking close to its forerunner’s brash looks and fierce performance while improving on the basic figures, the Gallardo LP560-4 has ensured its acceptance and success. The growling 560PS (412kW) 5.2-litre V10 powerplant for which it’s named is the heart of the update, though new sheet metal and upgraded suspension also play a role in the LP560-4’s arsenal of performance.

Weight has been shaved from the outgoing model, making the new car a full 20kg lighter. Combined with a gain of 29kW, incremental improvements in grip and aerodynamic plus an improved transmission, the LP560-4 is an accumulation of moderate performance upgrades that come together to form a cohesive whole that substantially improves the car’s overall capability.

Only handful of the high-performance cars will be available at launch, but most of those interested in purchasing the latest version of the car that's sold 7,100 units since its debut in 2003 will likely want to order them from the factory with their individualised choice of custom options and features.

Powertrain and mechanical upgrades
At the core of the Gallardo LP560-4 lies the mid-mounted 412kW 5.2-litre V10. Since performance is one half of the dual purpose of any Lamborghini - the other half being style - the engine delivers like few others, sending the all-wheel drive two-seater from 0-100km/h in 3.7 seconds. It takes just 11.8 seconds to reach 200km/h and carries on to a top speed of 325km/h.

The new, highly efficient engine derives its performance increase from a direct fuel injection system. Despite its the jump in power, however, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18%. Fuel consumption is 13.7L/100km when equipped with the e-gears transmission.

Maximum power is produced at a stratospheric 8,000rpm, and the engine can continue revving to 8,400rpm at redline. The top torque figure is 540Nm at 6,500rpm. The combination of weight reduction and increased power push the power-to-weight ratio to 3.4kg per kilowatt, a truly supercar-worthy statistic.

The all-wheel drive system is complemented by a mechanical differential at the rear that provides up to 45% limited-slip and an electronic differential lock at the front. Both axles are tied together with a centre differential viscous-coupling unit that distributes power in a 30/70 split between the front and rear, respectively, under normal conditions, though the torque can be redistributed in milliseconds as grip levels require.

That grip is ensured by the redesigned suspension system. The double wishbones are made out of aluminium with newly designed kinematics, while the springs and shock absorbers are tightly adjusted for maximum adhesion. The rear axle now has an additional track rod which further improves control. New rubber-metal bearings throughout improve dynamic response and character.

The final mechanical upgrade lies in the e-gear transmission, which speeds up shift times by 40%.  The system has been completely redesigned, made lighter and quicker by 40 per cent in ‘CORSA’ mode, which also allows higher slip angles and enhances acceleration. Highly adjustable, the transmission allows the driver to choose between five different programs: in addition to the ’normal’ mode, the Gallardo LP560-4 offers a ‘sport mode’ that makes gear changes quicker. ‘Thrust mode’ ensures maximum acceleration from neutral by adjusting the angle of the throttle valve and the clutch to each other for a perfect launch, and finally ‘automatic mode’ enables the car to be driven comfortably when style, rather than performance, is the objective.

Optional carbon-ceramic brakes can be fitted to replace the standard steel units. These race-level parts offer repeatable maximum stopping power with a minimum of fade. Even larger than the standard 365mm front and 356mm rear brake discs at 380mm and 356mm, the carbon units are clamped by the same Brembo Specialist eight-piston callipers up front and four-piston units in the rear.

Enhanced styling with an aerodynamic purpose
The LP560-4 finds several ways to improve upon the original’s already strong aerodynamics. The rear diffuser has been newly designed, and its efficiency, together with the smooth underbody, contributes to excellent steering stability even at extremely high speeds.

At speeds above 120km/h an independently extended rear spoiler increases the down force on the rear axle, acting in association with the specially formed underbody which directs the airstream under the car. The sum total of the aerodynamic improvements is a 31% increase in efficiency compared to the outgoing model.

While functionality is of primary importance in the aerodynamic system’s design, the car’s appearance is equally important, and the designers have managed a careful balance between aesthetics and pragmatics in the LP560-4. Sharply creased lines join smooth surfaces and broad intakes, all sculpted to maximise impact, both on the street and on the track.

Interior styling marries road and track with high-end luxury
A high level of standard equipment is fitted, as one might expect from the nearly $500,000 base price. Essential elements include vehicle passenger and lateral air-bags, a two-zone air-conditioning system with sun regulation, the Lamborghini Multimedia System with USB connector and sports seats with electronically operated backrests.

Like all Lamborghinis, however, the new Gallardo is almost infinitely configurable with a wide array of options and add-ons. Some of the extras that can be had include a navigation system and a module for TV reception, a hands-free Bluetooth phone set, an anti-theft device and a rear-view camera. An additional option is the lifting system control of the front of the vehicle which, at the touch of a button, is raised to enable driving over obstacles.

For the buyer that wants a truly custom Gallardo, the Lamborghini Ad Personam program offers a host of options allowing customers to give the car an imprint of their own style with respect to the interior trim and exterior.  Among the many options are three exclusive new, fashionable matte colours: Nero Nemesis (matte black), Bianco Canopus (matte white), Marrone Apus (matte brown).

Seven round instruments in the cockpit with a new graphic theme provide the driver with essential engine data and a multifunctional display between the speedometer and tachometer provides the driver with essential information and statistics.

On sale now in Australia, the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is priced at $475,000.00 plus on roads and options, with the e-gear transmission option an additional $27,204.00.

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Despite its the jump in power, however, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18%.

Who would ever have thought we'd start consistently seeing these sort of statements in supercar reviews?

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Who would ever have thought we'd start consistently seeing these sort of statements in supercar reviews?

I was reading some older reviews of the Diablo yesterday from when the Gallardo and Murcielago were just concept names...


Price: $499,000
Engine: 6.0-litre V12
Power: 405kW at 7,100rpm
Torque: 620Nm at 5,500rpm
Weight: 1,625kg
Claimed 0-100km/h: 3.95 sec
Claimed top speed: "More than" 330km/h
Fuel consumption: who cares?


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the brisbane sales rep rang me today as he was in the pax seat of the LP560.

look out for it on the roads sydney siders

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the brisbane sales rep rang me today as he was in the pax seat of the LP560.

look out for it on the roads sydney siders

i spoke to him yesterday actually...

dad saw these things flogging around vegas a while ago *the press cars*, was impressed. not his type of car but head turning none-the-less...

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Beddo (future AE blogger :cool: ) attends the LP560-4 launch:

---> http://www.beddysblog.com/2008/08/lamborghini-lp5604-australian.html

Tonight I was luckily enough to be invited to the launch of the new Lamborghini LP560-4 Australian Launch event at Lamborghini's Sydney showroom on William St. I was excited to attend as this was the first official motoring industry launch I've been invited to and also as it was a special brand unveiling a new car, Lamborghini's latest model of their baby supercar the Gallardo.


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$626k optioned up :eek:

Numbers game stamps out the bull

THE bullfighter among supercar brands, Lamborghini, is ditching its fondness for names which evoke the ritualised bloodlust of the matador and gone all alpha-numerical.

The Gallardo is a smoother ride than most of its supercar rivals.

The Murcielago became the LP640-4 with its latest upgrade and so the Gallardo is now the LP560-4 following revisions marking the mid-point of its life-cycle.

There's nothing sexy about the numbers but they do point to the format of the car: the LP560-4 develops 560 metric horsepower and drive goes to all four wheels (hence the "4"). "LP" stands for longitudinale posteriore, which denotes the north-south engine orientation and its location behind the cabin.

The reality behind the digits is an even faster supercar and something they do nothing to illuminate - more civilised as well.

Anyone familiar with the sharp folds and creases of the original will not be confused by the design revisions, which mainly tinker at the edges. The LP560-4 borrows ideas from Lamborghini's Reventon limited-edition model and its fighter-jet inspiration.

Larger front intakes are what you notice most, and lovely new details such as Y-shaped LED clusters in the headlights and tail-lights.

The entire car is still made from aluminium, but weight reduction remains a performance priority and the LP560 sheds 20kg over the former coupe, tipping the scales at 1410kg without fuel. That's still heavier than the track-focused Gallardo Superleggera, which stripped out 100kg to very good effect.

However, the new V10 engine, which ups capacity to 5.2-litres, has been subject to wholesale revision and it shows in the car's vital statistics. Power is up by 30kW over the former coupe, for 412kW, while torque is now 540Nm, up 30Nm.

The result shaves one-third of a second off the previous 0-100km/h time, which is now 3.7 seconds, and the power increase is even enough to overcome the weight disadvantage against the Gallardo Superleggera. The LP560-4 is now the fastest Gallardo.

That makes it supremely quick, with an ability to rev which goes way beyond the legal limits in any gear. The speed piles on as the revs rise and every time I approached maximum power at 8000rpm, I ran through a mental checklist of good lawyers.

This engine, which adopts direct fuel injection, achieves the neat trick of reducing fuel consumption by 18 per cent at the same time as raising outputs.

Other engineering revisions fine-tune the aerodynamics and suspension. The set-up feels softer than the Superleggera, which I drove a year ago, but it still goes around corners as though it's on rails, with enough rubber to make losing traction a challenge. Find some rough tarmac and floor the throttle though, and the tyres will scrabble for grip.

If there's more body movement than in the Superleggera, there's a pay-off in the ride quality which is more forgiving. The LP560 delivers an intimate relationship with the road - not much of the surface is left to your imagination - but it's a featherbed compared to some supercar rivals.

Likewise, noise levels in the cabin are competitive and shuffling around town you don't get a sense of all that V10 power behind you. It hums and thrums below 2000rpm but gets on with the business of commuting. Work the throttle though, and it bursts into life with a splendid deep rorty note.

There are also fewer supercar creaks 'n' groans than I remember the original making, with improvements to the robot manual eliminating some of the cog-chewing sounds.

However, this type of transmission is being replaced at Ferrari and Porsche by double-clutch units which are inherently more refined. The Lamborghini E-gear changes quickly and blips the throttle with alacrity, but still manages to surprise occupants with its shift patterns in auto mode and can be awkwardly hesitant during parking.

It's best when going hell-for-leather but under brakes - fierce carbon ceramic units in this case - the transmission downchanges for the driver and the effect can take some getting used to. The engine adds its own retarding power to the brakes, making it hard to decelerate smoothly.

The black example I drove this week came with the maximum leather option and it's an inviting cabin, even if the quilted upholstery seems to evoke a bygone era of disco lights and white suits.

The centre console and much of the switchgear comes from Audi and at this price, buyers deserve bespoke controls. Audi's influence - they're both part of Volkswagen - has lifted fit and finish although Lamborghini still can't match the best that Germany can achieve.

The cabin is easy to live with, though. There are places to store stuff and visibility isn't as bad as expected. An optional rear-view camera and effective wing mirrors help overcome the dash reflections, high waistline, letterbox rear window and invisible nose. Through-corner sightlines are helped by little quarter windows in the A-pillars.

The rear-view camera was just one item on a long list of options on the test car which lifted its price dramatically. The ceramic brakes, robotised gearbox and transparent engine cover added $90,000 on their own, and there was $150,000 worth of extra bits in total. When it comes to options, Lamborghini makes Mercedes, BMW and their ilk look like amateurs. One essential option is the nose-lift system, which means the LP560 can negotiate speed humps without scraping its chin. It's nearly $9000.

The supercar specialists say despite the financial meltdown, there are still people with money shopping for wheels. Lamborghini will deliver 15 LP560-4s this year and expects to match last year's deliveries by year's end.

Everybody is worried about what next year will hold but whatever its sales tally, "560-4" is a beautiful set of numbers.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Body: Sportscar
Engine: 5.2-litre V10
Outputs: 412kW at 8000rpm and 540Nm at 6500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed robotised sequential manual, permanent all-wheel drive
Price: $475,000
As tested: $625,932 (main options: E-gear, ceramic brakes, transparent engine cover, power seats, lifting system)
On sale: Now


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Very scary, considering the only option you'd easily do without is the brakes (sure you don't need the engine cover but come on)

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Very scary, considering the only option you'd easily do without is the brakes (sure you don't need the engine cover but come on)
have you been for a run in the white one yet cam?

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