By Eric Elezuo (with Agency report)
Even though Lamborghini stopped the production of Gallardo in 2014, being a model that was designed for just 10 years; 2003 to 2013, it is a car that has refused to go away, and it remains a desirable choice among exotic sports cars. It was for these reasons that the Gallardo became the best-selling model in the company’s 50-year history.
It is highly doubtful that anyone fortunate enough to afford a 2014 Gallardo would regret their purchase because its quality, performance, refinement, aesthetics, drivability and entertainment remain incredibly appealing, coupled with its insane performance. It is arguably one of the fastest, sexiest exotic sports cars on the road.
The 2014 Gallardo delivers the kind of performance one would expect from any exotic sports car. It is, however, perfectly at home speeding down the highway and carving through high-speed sweepers. It represents the Gallardo’s capabilities as a lightweight car perfect for those who want to squeeze every drop of excitement possible from this lithe Lamborghini.
Powering all 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo models is a mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10. A six-speed manual transmission is fitted to the Gallardo LP550-2. All other Gallardos receive a six-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission known as e-gear, which is optional on the 550 models.
The 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo is a mid-engine exotic sports car that is offered as the LP550-2 coupe and Spyder roadster, LP560-4 coupe and Spyder roadster and LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica coupe and LP570-4 Spyder Performante Edizione Tecnica roadster. The “-2” indicates rear-wheel drive, while “-4” indicates all-wheel drive.
The Gallardo LP550-2 models produce 550 horsepower and 397 pound-feet of torque and send all power to the rear wheels. More power is available with the LP560-4, which sends 560 hp and 397 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. Lamborghini estimates that these models will reach 60 miles per hour in the mid-3-second range.
For its traditional manual transmission, Environmental Protection Agency-estimated fuel economy checks in at 12miles per gallon in the city, 20mpg on the highway and 15mpg in combined driving, and for its e-gear, it delivers 13mpg/city, 20mpg/highway and 16mpg/ in combined driving.
Leather and soft-touch materials adorn much of the interior, as one might expect, and the switchgear, gauges and multimedia driver interface are essentially made of refined materials akin to Audi’s parts bin.
Standard equipment on the LP550-2 and LP560-4 models includes 19-inch wheels, an automatically extending rear spoiler, bi-xenon headlights, power-folding mirrors, nose-raising suspension for curb clearance, dual-zone automatic climate control, power seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, multimedia driver interface similar to Audi’s Multi Media Interface system and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player. The Spyder has a full power-operated soft top, while coupes receive a transparent engine cover and LED accent lights.
Options include upgraded alloy wheels, simulated suede upholstery, fitted luggage, heated seats, navigation system, rearview camera and upgraded audio with iPod integration. Available packages include the Travel package, which adds a cup holder, luggage net behind the seats and a small storage compartment near the steering wheel, as well as a pair of interior Carbon packages.
For such a car, storage space is understandably negligible, but for light travellers, it’s an option to consider.
Lamborghini also offers its “Ad Personam” customisation program, which gives the buyer extensive input into exterior and interior color combinations.
Standard safety features on all 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo models include antilock brakes, stability control and airbags with head protection.
The good: It has an exotic, jaw-dropping exterior styling, tenacious traction, pleasant all-wheel-drive handling, ferocious power, fantastic noises and comfortable leather seats.
The bad: Only the most flexible drivers would find ingress and egress an easy task, and some reviewers are of the view that it is less nimble than some competitors and that ride could be stiff-legged. They also said Bluetooth and iPod connectivity should be standard features.