The Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car built by Lamborghini. The Gallardo is Lamborghini’s most-produced model to date, with 5,000 built in the first three years of production. It is less expensive than Lamborghini’s larger, more powerful Murcielago. The car is named after a famous breed of fighting bull. The Spanish word gallardo translates into gallant. The Gallardo was designed as a competitor to the Ferrari 360, and now competes with its replacement, the Ferrari F430 both of which have V8 engines and develop similar peak power. The Gallardo has a specially developed rear-biased all-wheel drive system which differentiates it from its rear-wheel drive competitors. At current U.S. prices, a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo coupe costs USD $186,250 – $222,800, while a 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo spyder costs $201,595 – $263,595. The Gallardo is the first and only car to use the Lamborghini V10 engine. The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled ’emi-automatic single-clutch sequential manual, or, as Lamborghini abbreviates it to, E-gear. The latter E-gear allows the driver to make shifts much faster than a manual transmission would, however with this option one sacrifices a certain measure of control that the manual transmission would offer. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not need to manually actuate the clutch.
Posted on March 12, 2008 by lamborghinigarage