2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Spyder Performante
The beautiful Gallardo was Lamborghini’s entry level car from 2003 until 2013. The Luc Donckerwolke designed V10 baby Lambo was an instant hit and represents the best- selling model in the history of the Sant’Agata Bolognese company as a total of 14,002 were built during their ten year production run backing up V12 bigger brothers, Murcielago and Avenator, while commemorating the company’s 50th Anniversary.
Among the amazing successful run for the Gallardo, several (okay, let’s face it, nearly thirty) special and limited editions appeared with subtle tweaks, everything from Spyders, to police cars to Superleggeras to GT3 racing cars and even one named after our friend Valentino Balboni, appear in different configurations, colors and performance packages.
Ultimately, the Final Edition Gallardo version was the LP560-4 which made its debut at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. The LP560-4 featured the recognizable angular aerodynamic shape and new 5.2 liter V10 engine that produced 552BHP and subtle aero and ergo tweaks inspired by the Murciélago and Reventon penned by designer Walter da Silva who was given the task of designing the model’s final iteration.
The engine also features the Audi Sport-inspired Iniezione Diretta Stratificata (direct fuel injection) to help fuel mileage and emissions while increasing power output. The racing derived technology is a variation on the concept of gasoline direct injection which maximizes both power and fuel economy at the same time.
With nearly 40BHP more than the previous Gallardo, Lamborghini offered the LP560-4 with the choice of E-Gear transmission or a standard manual 6-speed mated with the all-wheel drive system, what Lamborghini calls the “Viscous Traction System,” contacting the ground with 19” aluminum wheels shod with Pirelli P-Zero 295/30 ZR 19 tires in the rear and 235/35 ZR 19 in the front. In all, with weight reduction and increased power from the engine, performance increased as the car launches from 0-60MPH in 3.7 seconds and 0-120MPH in 11.8 seconds and a top speed of 202MPH.
The elegant chassis and body design continues into the cabin where a sparse but thoroughly ergonomic interior envelopes driver and passenger comfortably with a minimum of fuss, with everything right where it should be. Toggle switches which sit just under the entertainment, navigation and information system, control the various electronic components such as windows, interior and exterior lights and fuel cap all on a concise line across the center of the dash.
Both driver and passenger may manage their own comfort with the dual zone climate control system for air conditioning, fan level and heated seat settings. On top of the dash, three analog dials monitor oil pressure, oil temperature and battery output. There is even a small stash box built into the dash just to the left of the steering column where the driver may stow away valuables. It’s all so civilized that it belies the growling 552- horse V10 engine that sits under the rear bonnet which, oh by the way, is illuminated with an LED lighting system so it’s visible under the tempered glass in the dark.
This Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder (#12658) is a U.S. version example in beautiful Nero Noctis (black) over Black Alcantara and only 13,188 miles. The convertible Gallardo Performante is loaded with options (listed below) and needs nothing, ready for the road or concours.
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