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Offline Laminator


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Impossible to beat these

Fixed. :)

They certainly looked good on that Arancio Borealis Gallardo Spyder they had at Clipsal 500.



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Everything gets old.  5 years from now we'll look at them as old-school.



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Offline mhh

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The titanium Callistos are the best looking wheel Lambo make (made?) although they are pretty heavy.  The wheels on the Superleggera look good too - up close at least - and they are very light.  The all black Callistos - not so much. 




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All-black rims can be kinda ghetto-bling if not done right.  Lots of nicely modified cars on LP sorta ruined by downgrading the car to ricer-spec.



Offline mhh

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The titanium Callistos are the best looking wheel Lambo make (made?) although they are pretty heavy.  The wheels on the Superleggera look good too - up close at least - and they are very light.  The all black Callistos - not so much. 



Edit: One neat feature of the Callistos is that the old telephone dial pattern from the 70's cars is still subtly echoed in the styling.



Offline mhh

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All-black rims can be kinda ghetto-bling if not done right.  Lots of nicely modified cars on LP sorta ruined by downgrading the car to ricer-spec.

Yeah, those Yanks sure know how to ruin a good design.  Almost none of their mods are an improvement.  Even with the new model, they don't car about the wheels as they want to tear them off and put some aftermarket junk on.  WTF?!



Offline Laminator


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The titanium Callistos are the best looking wheel Lambo make (made?)

They'd be stupid to stop making them. :(

BTW Mark, have you received the pics I sent you?



Offline Rat Boy

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Image: Gallardo LP560
 
Author: Jethro Bovingdon
Images: Charlie Magee
 
Vehicle Spec.
 
Engine: V10, 5204cc, 40v
Power: 552bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque: 398lb ft @ 6500rpm
Top speed: 202mph
0-62mph: 3.7-seconds
Price: 147,330
On sale: Now
 
 
PLUS: The traditional Gallardo strengths remain - superb traction, fantastic engine and compact dimensions. The LP560-4 feels noticeably faster and the redesign looks fresh and edgy. The new direct injection engine is fantastic
 
MINUS: The traditional Gallardo weaknesses remain - poor gearshift quality with e-gear, snatchy brakes if you opt for the ceramics. On the track the non 'Sport' chassis car understeers quite markedly and there's very little throttle adjustability.
 
 
 
The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is fighting a battle on two fronts: Just across town is ever-present sparring partner Ferrari. They've had the dynamic high ground since the F430 launched in late '04, and although the Superlegerra closed the gap for the boys from Sant 'Agata, Maranello's response - the phenomenal Scuderia - put clear blue water between baby Ferrari and baby Lamborghini again. The LP560-4 must redress the balance. Perhaps more significant is the threat posed by the fabulous Audi R8. Ok, so it's cheaper, less powerful and hasn't got that evocative Raging Bull badge, but unquestionably quattro GmbH took Lamborghini's basic chassis and four-wheel drive system and improved the end product. That must have been hard to bear - and there's more potential embarrassment to come when the 5.2-litre V10 R8 with around 500bhp is launched later this year.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
So the LP560-4 needs to be decisively faster than the R8, and decisively more aggressive. But it needs more than that. It needs a dynamic polish that has been missing in the Gallardo - that last 5-percent that makes all the difference when you're wringing every last drop from the package. I can't imagine anyone complaining about the Gallardo's point-to-point effectiveness - the Superleggera is quite frighteningly quick across the ground - but little details like grabby brakes and the traditionally clunky e-gear paddle shift gearbox need to be eradicated. To challenge the Scuderia it needs to go even further. It needs to change direction with more enthusiasm, communicate more clearly through the wheel and have that scalpel-sharp precision that makes the Ferrari such a mesmerising device. Put simply the LP560-4 has its work cut out.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
The changes to the Gallardo's suspension, engine, gearbox and aerodynamics suggest that Lamborghini know as much. The new direct injection 5.2-litre V10 thumps out 552bhp at 8000rpm and 398lb ft at 6500rpm, gains of 39bhp and 22lb ft over the old 5-litre unit and more than enough to cover the Scuderia's 503bhp. Lamborghini's 'entry level' car now does 202mph and 0-62mph in 3.7-seconds. The e-gear transmission has been thoroughly overhauled and now has four modes - Normal, Auto, Sport and Corsa - the latter of which cuts shift times by 40-percent compared to the old car in Sport. There's also a 'Thrust' mode, which is essentially launch control. Flicking between the two more aggressive shift settings also increases the tolerance of the ESP, although there's still the option to disable it altogether.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
Lamborghini has worked hard on the suspension and four-wheel drive system, too. The viscous coupling can transfer torque more quickly between front and rear (the steady state balance is still 30:70 front-rear) as grip ebbs and flows between the axles, and new springs, dampers, bushes and anti-roll bars all round are said to improve body control and ride comfort simultaneously - there's also an additional tie-rod at the rear to ensure the camber remains consistent even under extreme load. Combined with 30-percent more downforce thanks to a revised underfloor and venturi at the rear and a 20kg weight saving, the LP560-4 is clearly more than just a facelift. This is Lamborghini making a point. However, these modifications don't come cheap. The LP560-4 costs 147,330 in basic form - a full 20,000 more than the previous car, if slightly cheaper than the limited run Superleggera, which cost 151,515.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
The launch venue for the LP560-4 is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the surrounding roads in deference to the US being their biggest market (41 percent), and in the quest for unbroken sunshine. The track element utilises some of the high speed banking of the oval circuit and a tighter, mainly 3rd gear infield section. All the cars are equipped with e-gear, a 6250 option. However, somewhat inexplicably none of them have the optional 'Sport' chassis set-up, which is stiffer and according to chief test driver Giorgio Sanna makes the Gallardo much more resistant to understeer and replicates the Superleggera's awesome composure under extreme duress.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
No matter. An empty racetrack and a Lamborghini LP560-4 are a pretty enticing combination. The styling revisions look fantastic in the metal, and the car looks fresh and modern again. The 5.2-litre V10 sounds different, too. It's still an angry noise but there's a melodic edge to the old blare now due to a different firing order, and at higher revs it sounds more distinctly V10 - the fierce bark underscored by a softer warble. It's a mighty unit, throwing the Gallardo around the banking with a gleeful relentlessness, its thick seam of torque growing and then morphing into a frenetic final climb to the 8500rpm limiter.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
The gearbox - in 'Corsa' mode - still isn't a match for Ferrari's F1 Superfast and is positively archaic compared to the GTR's twin-clutch transmission. Try keeping your foot pinned as you flick the upshift paddle and the car is unsettled by the violence of the shift. A little lift of the throttle helps to smooth things out, but it feels neither whip-crack fast like the Scuderia or super-smooth like a GTR or M3 with the new DCT gearbox. 'Sport' mode is more refined but the shifts feel a bit lazy for such a full-on supercar. Having said that the e-gear is definitely improved - but it's still not the best of these systems. Lamborghini claim the total torque interruption is 120-milliseconds (Ferrari claim 60ms for the Scuderia but there is some debate as to what they're actually measuring) but on this evidence we'd stick with a good old-fashioned 6-speed manual.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
The medium speed turns of the Speedway are quite a tough challenge. The LP560-4 feels great through the first left of the infield, turning in on the brakes and while downshifting (one big advantage with e-gear) the front P Zero Corsas bite and the rear feels perfectly in tune with the steering's rate of response. The next long 3rd gear right is trickier to nail, the car pushing wide very early in the corner and the understeer building rapidly if you keep the throttle in. Lift your right foot and the nose recovers its grip, but as you reapply the power the front tyres start to scrub wide again. This pattern is repeated through the next little complex, the LP560-4 eating up short, sharp direction changes but succumbing to the clutches of understeer through the longer turns.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
And no matter what I try, the understeer is impossible to defeat. I'm sure a full-on Scandinavian-flick would do the trick but that seems an extreme way to get a 552bhp mid-engined supercar to steer on the throttle. Unfortunately for Lamborghini I think an R8 would have been more fun, more adjustable on this circuit. However, the surface temperature was over 40-degrees C and playing havoc with the P Zero Corsa tyres, so until we try a car in fairer conditions and with the 'Sport' chassis I think it's too early to say whether the LP560-4 has lost the Gallardo's inherently fine balance. I will condemn the ceramic brakes, though. The middle pedal still has an inch or so of dead travel followed by a sudden and impossible to modulate wall of stopping power. I recently tried a Superleggera with a steel set-up and that worked much more progressively so don't pay extra for a more compromised system.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
On the road you rarely find the limits of the front tyres, and the LP560-4 feels more impressive. It's an awesomely fast road car - stable at speed and with superb traction, controlled and yet surprisingly supple and the way it lunges into three figures is pure heavyweight supercar. Then there's the noise, the sense of occasion and the knowledge that you're travelling in one of the coolest cars on the planet (especially the matt black car I found myself driving back into Las Vegas). I love the Gallardo and I'm sure the LP560-4 will work brilliantly back in the UK. But I suspect it will need that Sport chassis and a manual gearbox and steel brakes to live up to its full potential. As soon as we get to drive an optimum spec car on more representative roads we'll know more about how it stacks up against the Scuderia and if it's good enough to make the R8 an irrelevance.
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
Image: Gallardo LP560
 
http://www.drivers-republic.com/news/news_article_14_05_08_b.cfm
 
Thanks to Drivers Republic



Offline Rat Boy

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PR Codes Retail Vat Total

Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe - MY09 - 143,350.00
Delivery Charge - 2,350.00
NavTrak Pro ADR - 1,175.00
First Reg Fee and Road fund Licence - 455.00

EXTERIOR COLOURS
Blu Caleum Metallic Colours E9E9 1,439.38
Blu Fontus Metallic Colours 7X7X 1,439.38
Nero Serapis Metallic Colours L8L8 1,439.38
Grigio Lynx Metallic Colours 6Y6Y 1,439.38
Grigio Thalasso Metallic Colours P5P5 1,439.38
Giallo Midas Three layer Colours B8B8 2,261.88
Arancio Borealis Three Layer colours C5C5 2,261.88
Gallardo Exterior Colour - Out of current range 4,858.63

EXTERIOR DESIGN
White Side Indicators 7R3 164.50
Transparent Engine Bonnet NM2 2,824.70

TYRES, RIMS & CALLIPERS
Callisto Rims CS2 2,016.30
Callisto Titanuim Coloured Rims C6N 2,838.80
Callisto Shiny Black Coloured Rims F21 2,838.80
Cordelia Polished Rims F22 3,243.00
Pirelli SOTTOZERO Tyres with Apollo Rims 7FJ 4,053.75
Apollo Rims on Winter Tyres 4,053.75
Brake Callipers - Yellow PC1 599.25
Brake Calllipers - Grey PC2 599.25

FUNCTIONAL ENTERTAINMENT & PERFORMANCE
E-Gear G1E 6,249.83
Carbon Ceramic Brakes Yellow PC3 10,328.25
Carbon Ceramic Brakes Grey PC4 10,328.25
Carbon Ceramic Brakes Black PC5 9,729.00
Electric & Heated Seats WV1 2,426.38
Lifting System 2MJ 2,032.75
Anti Theft System 7AL 448.85
Homelink VC1 249.10
Bluetooth 9ZF 564.00
I-POD Preparation (not available with CD Changer) UF2 487.63
CD Changer (not available with I-pod Preparation) 7A2 FOC
Navigation System PND 1,614.45
Rear View Camera 7X9 1,599.18
TV QV1 564.00

PACKAGES
Sport Setup Package PPT 1,390.03
Sport Setup Package with Lifting System PPS 3,422.77
Travel Package PKC 403.03
Comfort Package with Lifting System PCG 5,256.95
Comfort Package PCC 3,224.20
Style Package VJ0 975.25

INTERIOR DESIGN & TRIM ACCESSORIES
Bi-Colour Elegant I0UB 1,198.50
Bi-Colour Sportive I0UC 1,198.50
Unicolour Sportive 0UF 1,198.50
Alcantara N7U 1,198.50
Steering Wheel In Suede Leather 1ML 410.08
Steering Wheel in Perforated Leather 2PV 410.08
Branding Package PBP 564.00
Interior Carbon Package I (Small) 7TD 2,596.75
Interior Carbon Package II 5MK 5,949.03
Interior Leather Package I ( small) 5MQ 329.00
Interior Leather Package II 5MR 2,744.80
Interior Q-Citura on Leather N5X 1,621.50
Interior Q-Citura on Alcantara N6D 1,621.50
Alcantara Roof Lining & Pillars 6NN 646.25
Smoker Version 9JC FOC
Luggage set I+II QE6 4,852.75
Luggage Set I (Front) QE4 2,426.38
Luggage Set II (behind seats) QE5 2,426.38



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