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Engine: 5200cc 40v V10, 552bhp @ 8000rpm, 398lb ft @ 6500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual, four-wheel drive
Performance: 3.7sec 0-62mph, 202mph, 19.2mpg, 327g/km CO2
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Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (2008) CAR review

By Chris Chilton

First Drives

13 May 2008 09:06

The first baby Lambo to crack 200mph is far from all-new, but the Gallardo LP560-4 has more to offer over the old car than simply a front bumper that looks like it was pinched from a Ferrari Enzo. More powerful than even the now-dead Superleggera, it’s also significantly more economical and less polluting too.

First of all, what does LP560-4 mean in Lamborghini terms?

As it did when the Murcielago was facelifted in 2006, Lamborghini has added a suffix to the Gallardo that will be lost on some, but is actually a tip of the hat to the company’s past. The LP stands for longitudinal posteriore and refers to the north-south engine layout, first used in the LP400 Countach, the Miura having had a transversely mounted V12. The 560 bit is the power in PS (552bhp) and the four refers to Lamborghini’s now signature four-wheel drive.

So it’s got a couple of extra ponies, eh? Simple chip and exhaust job?

Not quite. The engine still has ten cylinders but it’s been comprehensively re-engineered, the big addition being a capacity hike from 5.0 to 5.2-litres and also the fitment of direct injection which has enabled a big rise in the compression ratio from 11.8:1 to 12.5:1.

The result is 39bhp more than the old Gallardo, 30bhp more than the hardcore Superleggera version and only 19bhp less than the original Murcielago could managed from a 5.7-litre V12. Torque is up too, from 376lb ft to 398lb ft, the top speed climbs 5mph to 201mph and the 0-62mph sprint falls from 3.9sec to 3.7sec.

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Mr. Milo

Mr. Milo says

RE: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (2008) CAR review

I love the little details in the car. Like the back lights, how they look so perfect. Or the shape of the car, like a hole in a cave. What a beauty.

05 October 2008 16:20

 

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Gmbh says

RE: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 driven

Jaf. Reviewed i have read state the R8 gearbox is based on the Gallardos' but most say the R8's is far superior. Interestingly though, most reviews of both cars say the manual gearbox is the best option.

17 May 2008 12:10

 

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jafh says

RE: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 driven

Lovely car, but pity about the e-gear. Have just tested an R8 and was not too impressed with that single-clutch item. The Audi rep tried to tell me that Audi's e-gear is identical to both the Gallardo's and the Modena's. Does anyone know for sure if he's right? For my money, the twin-clutch box in the TT is superior. Incidentally, speaking of price, in Tokyo one can buy last year's demo Gallardo with almost no kilometres on the clock for the same price as a new R8. I think I know which one I would choose!

17 May 2008 09:41

 

farmersboy

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farmersboy says

RE: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 driven

Shhhh...it's not warming up any more, that's why it's now called "Climate Change". Anyway, another nice Lambo, but I feel Audi has too much of a calming influence on the designs these days - it would be nice to see something with the same effectg as the Countach, a "blimey, what the hell is that?" factor.

16 May 2008 08:17

 

-Joe-

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-Joe- says

RE: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 driven

Its faster yet it pollutes less. Ha that shuts Gordon up. But they'l never prasie these manufactorers for trying to help the so called warimng up world

14 May 2008 19:31

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