2014 Lamborghini Gallardo | new car review
Going out of production
As you would expect with a car that is being replaced, there is little new for 2014 on the Lamborghini Gallardo. But it is everything that a mad Italian supercar should be; bold, low, brash, ostentatious, and bright. It’s a fabulous looking car.
As we all know, Lamborghini is owned by the Audi arm of the Volkswagen Group, so the instant feeling when you sit in a Gallardo is one of relief; you know you won’t break down. The interior is not too dissimilar from its cousin, the Audi R8. It’s predominantly clinical with flashes of typical supercar madness here and there.
The 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo uses an aluminium space frame chassis design, courtesy of Audi, which makes it structurally safe. Thereafter, everything is bolted on and controlled electronically, such as the rear spoiler. Typical supercar issues remain, however, such as a small cabin space and an inability to traverse road humps without risking thousands of Dirhams worth of damage.
What’s on offer?
Because the Gallardo has now ceased production, there are no guarantees that all the model variations will be available in the UAE. Prices do start at AED 650,000 for an entry level, rear-wheel drive LP550-2 model however. A top spec Spyder Performante will be double that. All models come with the typical 5.2 litre V10 engine which emits 550hp.
Saying that the Gallardo is Lamborghini’s smallest offering is like saying that Manchester City is Manchester’s smallest football team. It is no such thing, just slightly smaller than the Aventador. It is doubtful that many more will be sold as the Huracan is soon to take over, but if you do decide to snap up one of the last ones, I don’t think many people will snigger at you. It’s still a brilliant car.