September 25, 2009

Lamborghini Gallardo

A little history

The Sant’Agata company limited itself to the construction of supercars from the late Eighties but, in 2003, added a “cheaper” alternative to its exclusive Murciélago. The new car, a compact coupe known as the Gallardo, was powered by a 5.0-litre V10 rated at 500 hp at the time it was launched. Transmission was to all four wheels (a serious departure from the models built by archrival Ferrari) through either a manual or semi-automatic 6-speed gearbox. Top speed was well in excess of 300 kph, which seemed more than adequate for most driving situations.

Early in 2006, Lamborghini added a Spyder version to the coupe, inaugurating an engine now pushed to 520 bhp. Still more performance was to come with the 2008 LP560-4, introduced at Geneva (coupe) and Los Angeles (Spyder). Now fitted with a 5.2-litre V10 good for 560 hp, the LP560-4 passed the 200 mph psychological barrier, not a meaningless event on the important American market, though highway patrolmen would certainly frown on Gallardo owners pushing their Gallardos to their limits on Californian roads.

The Gallardo is still produced today.

About the model

Model: Lamborghini Gallardo
Year: c.2003
Maker: High Speed
Scale: 1/43
Distributed by: High Speed, ref. 43KFB24
Acquired: brand new, in September 2005, in Manila, Philippines

Simple perhaps, but excellent considering the price. High Speed did an excellent job, though as usual with the Chinese die-cast maker colour choice is rather limited – well, only this orange model actually. My rating is 12/20.





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