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Offline smileone96


  • Joined: Oct 2008

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  • Location: Adelaide
Can those who own, owned or driven both give me an evaluation? If you had to pick one, which would you prefer and why? Negatives and positives would be great. Would be very grateful for your opinions!



Offline dkabab

I've been a passenger in both, the lp640 pulls a lot harder, not sure if it does, just feels like it, but gallardo would be more agile I'd say.

What about an lp570-4 SL

Oh and the interior on the gallardo is so much nicer IMO.



Offline jamesatfish


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I was actually wondering the same thing myself recently and the guys at Lambo in Sydney kindly let me drive an 09 560-4 (e-gear) and 07 640 (manual) last weekend.  I've been considering my next car and was thinking of giving the Murci a go to replace my 05 Gallardo.

The 640 (which I drove first) was a brutal experience - the V12 has a very deep, menacing note, far more so than my current car.  Performance wise the first few thousand RPM were very similar to the Gallardo, but after 4-5k RPM it's in another league altogether - I'm not ashamed to admit I had a 'holy crap' moment experiencing the acceleration for the first time.  It's a wide car and I was much more conscious of the car's size driving through the Sydney CBD, but I'm guessing people get used to this after a while.  The scissor doors are pure drama and I love them.

Sadly the interior isn't up to scratch in my opinion.  Whilst everything is well finished (carbon, aluminium, leather etc etc), the design is very much mid-90s and the lack of modern conveniences really shows in a car built in 2007.  I really have a gripe with the aftermarket-branded stereo unit fitted into the centre console - it just doesn't befit the car.

The 560-4's interior, on the other hand, is a far nicer place to be.  Despite being Audi units (or perhaps because of it) everything looks like it was placed there at the factory, and things integrate with each other in a way you'd expect from modern cars (for instance, the navigation system displays trip details and next-turn information in the screen between the tacho and speedo).  The button layout is more intuitive, the finish seems better than the 640 and the seatbelts and handbrake are in the 'correct' position.  The interior is Audi A6 to the Murci's Pagani Zonda minimalist, deliberately unconventional design.

Performance-wise the 560-4 isn't in the same acceleration league as the 640, but it was still a noticable improvement over my 05 and the 3.something seconds it takes to get 0-100 isn't exactly slow.  In terms of handling I find the Gallardos very easy to drive quickly, having driven the 05 and the 550/560s on race tracks & private road circuits, and the AWD system is very confidence inspiring.  Obviously given the CBD test drive I didn't get a chance to push the 640 anywhere near its limits but it does feel like it would take more skill / commitment / bravado to drive it as quickly.

The e-gear system on the new Gallardos is a million times better than on the early cars; although I couldn't make an actual comparison with the 640 given the car I drove was a manual, I believe the Murci's e-gear is a generation behind that in the Gallardo.  If you're going down the e-gear path you'll appreciate the improved system in the 560 especially if you often drive in stop/start traffic.

Obviously to each their own, but after driving both my wife and I were sold on the Gallardo option rather than the 640.  The Gallardo is more than quick enough for my level of driving ability, the performance, e-gear operation and exhaust note are all significant improvements over our 05 and the interior looks both familiar and befitting a car at that price tag.  I do have an infatuation with the Murci's scissor doors but that's about the only thing I'd regret not getting, and for me that's not enough to sway me over to the 640.



Offline smileone96


  • Joined: Oct 2008

  • Drives: Black Cars
  • Location: Adelaide
Thanks guys, and that detailed response James. I think I am of the same mind. I am very drawn to the thought of the big engine, big sound, and of course, the scissor doors... The interior and the more versatile drive is drawing me to the 560. Need to win the lotto and then get both, or convince a friend to get the other....



Offline 98octane

Great write-up, James.  One of the best first posts on AE.   :thumbsup:



Offline jamesatfish


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Thanks for the welcome - have been lurking here for some time and it's nice to finally be able to put something back to the forum.



Offline TTz

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Basically the LP640 is one of the Last Old School Super Cars - Brutal, Italian in all its Glory...

LP560-4 - German with a little flair.

You never go from a Murcie to a Gallardo do you...............? I couldnt not even for the LP570-4
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Offline smileone96


  • Joined: Oct 2008

  • Drives: Black Cars
  • Location: Adelaide
Basically the LP640 is one of the Last Old School Super Cars - Brutal, Italian in all its Glory...

LP560-4 - German with a little flair.

You never go from a Murcie to a Gallardo do you...............? I couldnt not even for the LP570-4
True....Damn it..



Offline mhh

  • Chief Test Pilot

  • Joined: Feb 2006

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I haven't driven a 560 or 570, just 04 and 06 Gallardos ( a lot ) and an early SL ( very briefly ), but I preferred the LP640. It was a nicer car with more to feel good about. I found mine much more reliable and more completely developed. However, I can see why some would prefer the G because it's smaller size makes it an easier car to place on the road and fully exploit in tight going. As others have said, the G also has a better interior - although nothing special by today's standards.

Overall, it is a tough call - both good cars I reckon.



Offline smileone96


  • Joined: Oct 2008

  • Drives: Black Cars
  • Location: Adelaide
Thanks mhh, I am having the difficulties choosing now, but have not driven a 640 yet...



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