LAMBORGHINI Gallardo Spyder
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The 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder is not just like any other roadster on the market.
It is a spyder that can coast nice and easy in traffic or can scream its 550 hp engine on a race track. Because that’s where the 550 number came from its power. As for the dash-2, it means it is rear-wheel drive.
This is one of the few roadsters that looks good even with the top up. Of course, it looks much better with that fabric down. The car looks like it is ready to attack any winding road. The massive front bumper with three air scoops needed to cool the front radiator and front disc brakes are large. The angular shape of the car can be noticed on other details such as the wing mirrors, side scoops and upper vents for the engine.
Inside, there is a luxurious interior, covered in leather and aluminum. There is no shifter for the automated dual-clutch gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The car can be driven in manual mode and the gear changing time can be adjusted from three specific buttons: Sport, A (Auto), and Corsa (Racing). The 550-2 has tight seats and bolstered, but not that tight as those in the Superleggera.
The dashboard looks exquisite, but it is actually carried over from the Audi family. So, if you’ll find some buttons you know, those might be exactly the same as from your A6.
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The engineers managed to reduce the weight of the car by 65 kg (143 lb), resulting in a dry weight of 1.485 kg (3.274 lb). As with its brother Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera, the weight loss comes from large exterior and interior components made of carbon-fiber. Exterior modifications are aimed to increase the aerodynamic effect in comparison with the Gallado Spyder. The front bumper was remodeled along with the underbody paneling, seals and the rear diffuser by wind tunnel experts and Lamborgini designers. The interior features includes Alcantara upholstery, hand-stitched steering wheel, carbon fiber trimmings, multimedia navigation system, lifting system for the nose of the car, garage door opener and a rear-view camera. The V10 engine from under the hood is standard bolted to an e-gear transmission with steering wheel paddle shifters, that can shift gears extremely smooth and far more quicker than a a human. Power is transmitted to all wheels as standard with a ratio of 30:70 to the front and rear axles.
The revised Gallardo came on the market at the wrong time.
Yet, it managed to survive and kept the baby-Lambo running on the production lines in high-enough numbers to be kept for another five years.
It takes a keen eye to distinguish the 2006 Gallardo Spyder from a 2008 model year. Both featured wedged shapes with angular headlights. The main difference was that on the ‘08 model, its headlamps were shorter. Moreover, at the front, the new model featured enhanced side air-scoops in the front bumper. In the back, the 2008 Gallardo Spyder sported new taillights. They were still squared but stretched over the upper panel. Its power-operated rag-top was completely retractable in a designated compartment between the engine and the cockpit.
Inside, Lamborghini tried hard to hide its links with Audi by installing a new design for most of the buttons. Yet, a few left remembered us that somewhere behind the raging bull was a humble A3 TDI with the same switches. But the seats were gorgeous, with high-bolstered areas to keep their occupants fixed during hard cornering maneuvers. For the manual version, Audi placed a straight, polished gear stick that popped out from the center console, while the automatic version installed three buttons on a round aluminum disc plus two paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel.
Under the hood, the Italian carmaker used a re-tuned version of Audi’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine. Its power increased to 560 hp and sent it in all corners.
Lamborghini introduced the Gallardo in 2003, but the carmaker was not convinced that an open-top version might be a good idea for a sports car enthusiast.
Yet, it was.
The Gallardo was the most successful Lamborghini ever built and the second supercar launched by the Italian brand under Audi’s ownership. The carmaker took baby-steps in developing a new range of vehicles and didn’t create an open-top Gallardo until 2006, which was unveiled in January at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Spyder version counted for about one-third of the Gallardo lineup sales.
Its design continued the angular shapes introduced in 2001 by the Murcielago lineup. Its angular headlights and short front were followed by a very raked windshield and a short cabin followed by the engine compartment’s lid. Its wide rear fenders featured massive air-intakes. In the back, the design team returned to the angular shapes and installed vertical, squared-looking taillights. The dual exhaust popped through the rear bumper above the splitter.
The cabin was cramped and fit for two occupants, separated by a massive center console. Its leather-clad interior was better finished than some of the other Lamborghini vehicles before the Audi-era, but some Audi A3 buttons and switches spoiled the exclusive car’s look. Depending on the version, the car featured buttons for the automatic transmission selector or a short gear-stick.
Under the hood, Lamborghini dropped a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated screaming V-10 that could rev up to 8050 rpm while the engine provided its peak power at 8,000 rpm. Thanks to its all-wheel-drive system, the Gallardo promised to be a daily-driver supercar and directly attacked the Ferrari F360 and Porsche 911 Turbo customers.