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Lamborghini Gallardo: Buying guide and review (2003-2013)

Lamborghini Gallardo: Buying guide and review (2003-2013) Classic and Performance Car
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Since the late 1980s Lamborghini had effectively been a one car brand. While the Diablo and, later, the Murcielago, were true icons of Sant’Agata, their wild, outlandish looks and huge V12 engines made the business case for a smaller model seem entirely logical.
 
Indeed, the idea of a ‘baby’ Lamborghini was mooted in the Nineties with the Cala concept, but as it never came to fruition, no second model had existed since the production of the Jalpa ended in 1988.
 
In 2003, and after five years of Volkswagen ownership, the Gallardo debuted. The 5.0-litre V10 coupe slotted neatly beneath the Murcielago, featuring more compact dimensions which were much easier to live with on a daily basis. 
 
This usability proved a huge hit with buyers. With 14,022 units produced in the Gallardo’s 10-year life, it remains the best-selling Lamborghini of all time. Once the ever-so-slightly underwhelming handling and noise of launch models were tweaked, it proved to be one of the most exciting yet accessible, too.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Launch models of the Gallardo were available as a Coupe only, with a Spyder drop-top joining the range three years later. Buyers could choose from a six-speed manual or “e-gear” paddle shift transmission.
 
The 2008 revisions were more wide-ranging. Second-gen models can easily be singled out by updated styling: the front bumper, inspired by the Reventon, sits below shorter headlights, while the rear gained reshaped tail lights, a larger diffuser and a central vent which runs uninterrupted across the width of the car. The V10 engine, with capacity now standing at 5.2 litres, not only offered more power (up 39bhp to 552bhp) but it was more fuel efficient, too. The extra performance was maximised by the revised e-Gear transmission, now capable of quicker shifts and equipped with a launch control system known as "Thrust Mode".
 
An updated Lamborghini nomenclature for the 2008 LP 560-4 and all subsequent second-gen models makes it easy to figure out what you're looking at: the first number refers to the power (in PS), and the digit after the hyphen denotes the number of driven wheels.
 
Among the most desirable special editions today are the Superleggera models. Both original and revised Gallardos were subjected to the lightweight treatment, with the latter losing 80kg through the fitment of forged alloy wheels, carbon fixed-back seats and windows produced in either thinner glass at the front and perspex at the rear.
 
Power subtly increased too, resulting in the power-to-weight ratio rising from the standard car’s 384 to 399bhp per tonne. Finally, it gained a more aggressive aero package and revised spring and damper rates to sharpen the handling. An open-top version, known as the Spyder Performante, was also produced.
 
Most extreme of all, however, was the Super Trofeo Stradale. Taking inspiration from the one-make series racing Gallardo, it weighed 66kg less than the already-stripped back Superleggera, and gained a huge wing producing three times the downforce.
 
Driving purists might also look to the 2010 LP 550-2 “Balboni”, a rear-drive only model named after Lamborghini test and development driver. Deleting the four-wheel drive system saved 30kg, and it proved sufficiently popular that the following year Lamborghini introduced the LP 550-2 as a new entry-level model.
 
Various colour and trim editions existed throughout the life of the Gallardo. The majority were limited run models produced for specific asian market nations, including Japan (Bianco Rosso), Hong Kong (Noctis) and Indonesia.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine 5204cc V10
Power 552bhp @ 8000rpm
Torque 398lb ft @ 6500rpm
Top speed 202mph
0-60mph 3.7secs
Fuel consumption 20.6mpg
Gearbox Single clutch six-speed automated manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2560mm
Length 4345mm
Width 1900mm
Height 1165mm
Weight 1410kg
 
Common problems
 
• As with any supercar, the Gallardo’s clutch will likely have been subjected to plenty of abuse., so it’s well worth budgeting for a replacement. If you’re interested in an e-gear-equipped car, the good news is that Lamborghini technicians can check its condition easily via the ECU software.

• Like clutches, the brakes can often wear, especially for any models used on track. The OE steel items can be replaced by potentially more robust aftermarket parts at a similar cost.

• The Gallardo’s handbrake is notoriously poor. Don’t be surprised if it can barely hold the car on an incline, and be sure to leave it in gear if you park on a hill! 

• Some parts, particularly within the cabin, are shared across the VW group range – particularly Audi. It’s worth finding out what is interchangeable, because damaged interior parts might be cheaper to source from Audi suppliers.
 
Model History
 
Mar 2003: Gallardo unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show
2005: Coupe updated. The exhaust system is revised for louder top-end noise (with special valves to help it remain quiet at low speeds), and the suspension and steering are also improved. Power climbs to 513bhp, and adjusted gear ratios are shorter than before
2006: Gallardo Spyder released
2007: Gallardo Superleggera featured a significant weight reduction, a small power hike and stickier tyres to result in the fastest first-gen Gallardo
2008: Second-gen model released, named the LP 560-4. Gains revised styling inside and out, an increase in power and improved e-gear semi-auto gearbox 
2010: LP 570-4 Superleggera gains 10bhp, loses 80kg and features more extreme suspension settings
2010: LP 570-4 Spyder Performante unveiled – essentially a roofless version of the Superleggera
2010: LP 550-2 Balboni released. Featured rear-wheel drive for the first time on a Gallardo, and can be distinguished by a white stripe running over the bonnet and roof.
2010: LP 550-2 becomes the new entry point to the Gallardo range
2013: Gallardo production ceases, with its replacement, the Huracan, beginning production the following year
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
- lamborghiniownersclub.co.uk
- www.lamborghini-talk.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Values for the oldest high-mileage Gallardos have started to level out. A 2004 model, with anywhere between 25,000-50,000 miles on the clock, is worth somewhere in the region of £60-£75,000. In general, Spyder variants don’t command significantly more. Facelift models, on account of being both newer and generally accepted as more desirable, start at closer to £90,000.
 
Thanks to both its rarity and desirability among driving enthusiasts, the rear-drive LP 560-2 commands well into six figures. The most expensive examples, however, are the Superleggera and its roofless cousin, the Spyder Performante – the latter fetching as much as £150,000.
 
Words: Alex Ingram
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Last updated: 30th Mar 2016
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  • 2007 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO SPYDER

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    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • 2005 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO COUPE

    $99,500(£0) $99,500(£0)

    --Giallo Halys Yellow, Giallo Taurus Yellow Alcantara with Black leather interior, Yellow Stitching, Black Alcantara Headliner, 13,000 miles, 5.0 Liter V10, 6-speed E-Gear automatic transmission Factory options include: E-Gear, All-wheel drive, 2-tone leather and Alcantara interior with contrasting stitching, Alcantara headliner, Dual-zone climate control, Limited-slip differential, 19-inch Cassiopea wheels finished in Black, Remote keyless entry, Front axle lift system, Yellow brake calipers. The power output is from a 5.0 liter, naturally aspirated V10 with even firing producing 500 bhp @ 7800 rpm and 375 lb. ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm. Performance is 0-60 mph in 4 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. Video walk-around & road test: https://youtu.be/MnJLmIl9sXg

    • Year: 2005
    • Mileage: 13000 mi
    For sale
    $99,500(£0) $99,500(£0)
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £82,990 £82,990

    Branding pk, Heated front seats, Sportivo interiorWe are delighted to offer this 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo eGear spyder with only 15000 miles and 3 former keepers. Presented in Caelum blue mettallic paint with blue sportivo full leather and cream piping and carpets making a superb contrast, a good spec car with branding pack, heated seats and titanium cassiopea alloy wheels. This car has a full Lamborghini specialist and main dealer service history, is in superb condition and is stunning in this colour combination, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    • Engine size: 4961
    For sale
    £82,990 £82,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £113,990 £113,990

    Branding pk, Clear engine bay cover, Skorpius Alloys, Reverse cameraVVS are delighted to offer this 2011 (61) Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Bi Calore special edition presented Bianco Monocerus with contrasting gloss black roof and full black leather interior. A high specification car including Sat nav, reverse camera, clear engine bay cover, branding pack, gloss black inserts, skorpius alloy wheels, electric heated seats and a full Lamborghini service history. These special edition Gallardo's are becoming harder to find in this condition with this service history. One for the collector., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 14000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £113,990 £113,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £219,990 £219,990

    VAT Qualifying, Clear engine bay cover, Full Carbon Bucket SeatsIt is with great pleasure that we offer this spectacular delivery mileage 2011 Lamborghini Superleggera LP 550-2 Singapore Edition for sale today. There were only ten of these cars produced purely for the Singapore market to celebrate ten years of the brand in the country. The importer had approached Lamborghini and said they wanted something really special to mark this first major anniversary. The car is based on an LP 550-2 and features all of the carbon fibre parts from the European Superleggera but in considerably lighter two wheel drive form. The car had an extensive mechanical revamp too including new suspension and software settings, giving the SLE a compltely different, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 100 mi
    For sale
    £219,990 £219,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £164,990 £164,990

    VAT Qualifying, Full Carbon Bucket Seats, Carbon Driving Zone, Transparent engine coverIt is with great pleasure that we offer this spectacular 2011 Lamborghini Superleggera LP 550-2 Singapore Edition for sale today. There were only ten of these cars produced purely for the Singapore market to celebrate ten years of the brand in the country. The importer had approached Lamborghini and said they wanted something really special to mark this first major anniversary. The car is based on an LP 550-2 and features all of the carbon fibre parts from the European Superleggera but in considerably lighter two wheel drive form. The car had an extensive mechanical revamp too including new suspension and software settings, giving the SLE a compltely diff, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 14000 mi
    For sale
    £164,990 £164,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £164,990 £164,990

    Ceramic brakes, Carbon Driving Zone, Full Carbon Bucket Seats, Branding pk, Reverse cameraVVS are delighted to offer this one owner from new 2013 63 plate Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Performante Edizione Tecnica presented in Blu Cepheus with Nero superleggera interior with bianco stitching and bianco performante stitch branding which has covered only 6000 miles. This is a very high spec car and comes with ceramic brakes, high level rear wing, lifting gear, rear camera, full colour satelite navigation with bluetooth and a full lamborghini service history. With this stunning Performante being one of the last produced and one of one in the UK produced in Blu Cepheus, with exceptionally low mileage and the remainder of manufacturers warranty, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 6000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £164,990 £164,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £106,990 £106,990

    Q-Citura Stitching, Branding Pk, Lifting GearVVS are proud to present this 2009 59 plate fantastic LP560-4 spyder in Bianco Monocerus with cross stitched Q-cuitura cream interior with black stitching and piano black trim. This flawless example comes retro-fitted with the latest Lamborghini infotainment system powered by Pioneer which comes complete with Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Audio, DAB and Apple Play giving you full phone connectivity. The spec is extensive with lifting gear, apollo alloys and branding pack. This car comes with a full Lamborghini main dealer service history and is in superb condition throughout., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 20000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £106,990 £106,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £121,990 £121,990

    Leather Upholstery, Solid Paint, Clear engine bay cover, Lifting Gear, Gloss Black Calisto Alloys, Branding pkVVS are delighted to offer this beautiful low mileage 2012 Lamborghini LP 560-4 eGear coupe. Presented in Bianco Monocerus with contrasting Nero hide with white Q-cuitura cross stitching. A lovely spec car with branding pack, gloss black calisto alloys, lifting gear, colour sat nav and full heated electric seats. This car has a flawless full Lamborghini main dealer service history, having just been serviced with 4 new tyres at the main dealer. Simply perfect in every way and ready for the summer., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 8000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £121,990 £121,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £129,990 £129,990

    Branding pk, Carbon Driving Zone, Lifting GearWe are delighted to offer for sale this highly desirable left hand drive 2012 62 plate Lamborghini LP570 Performante. Presented in stunning Bianco Monocerus with contrasting black alcantara interior. The specification includes, high level rear wing, carbon fibre interior, lifting gear, comfort seat option, 19'' Superleggera alloys and the unique to the model bonnet and tricolore stripes. Having covered only 16,000 miles with a comprehensive service history this car would suit the collector and enthusiast alike. Originally supplied in Germany and now UK registered with taxes paid, this Performance represents superb value and comes with an up to date fresh service prior to collection, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £129,990 £129,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £119,990 £119,990

    Branding pk, Gloss Black Calisto Alloys, Q-Citura StitchingVVS are delighted to offer this 2011 61 plate low ownership Lamborghini LP 560-4 spyder. presented in Bianco Monocerus with contrasting nero leather interior with bianco Q-cuitura cross stitching, this full spec car is absolutely stunning and has only covered 5000 miles from new. Specifcation includes, lifting system, branding pack, sat nav, callisto gloss black alloys, full electric seats, heated seats and reverse camera. there is a full and complete Lamborghini main dealer service history with this car and really is unique being low ownership, full spec and only 5000 miles, simply perfect in every way., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 5000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £119,990 £119,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £164,990 £164,990

    Lifting Gear, Reverse camera, Clear engine bay cover, Skorpius Alloys, Branding pkVVS are delighted to offer this 2010 highly desirable Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni edition eGear. Presented in Bianco Monocerus with contrasting Balboni bi-colour leather interior. This is a high spec car including lifting gear, reverse camera and full electric heated seats. The Balboni edition features the extremely rare 2 wheel drive configuration making this highly collectable piece and considerably lighter to use and is offered with a flawless full Lamborghini main dealer documented service history, this car was supplied by HR Owen and maintained for its entire life with them too. One for the collector and an appreciating investment as 1, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 14000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £164,990 £164,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £119,990 £119,990

    Branding pk, Calisto Alloys, Lifting Gear, Reverse cameraVVS are delighted to offer this 2012 Lamborghini LP 560-4 Gallardo Spyder. Presented in the favoured colour of Arancio Borealis orange pearl with contrasting nero leather with orange stitching and gloss black calisto alloys wheels complete the stunning exterior look to this car. A full spec car with lifting gear and reverse camera and a full Lamborghini London service history who have just serviced the car and supplied the car when new. Simply stunning in every way and our favourite colour combination here at VVS., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 23000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £119,990 £119,990
  • LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO 5.0 2008

    £110,000 £110,000

    ;The Gallardo Superleggera isn’t just special, it’s spectacular.;;Delivered new in Italy (Lamborghini Bologna), it spent around 3 years of its life in Italy before being transferred to Germany in 2011 where it went into storage until 2014. The second owner bought the Lamborghini in the summer 2014 and had it serviced at Lamborghini in Frankfurt in November 2014.;;The next service was carried out at The Super Car Rooms in March 2016. Since that service the car has only covered approximately 500 miles.;;Superleggera essentially means super lightweight, and Lamborghini’s engineers went to obsessive lengths ensure that this version of the Gallardo lived up to its badging. The inside door panels are one-piece carbon fibre; the big bolstered sports seats have carbon fibre shells covered in Alacantara with Superleggera yellow stitching. It has black Alacantara head lining with contrasting yellow flashing, black floor mats with yellow contrasting flashing, and an Alacantara steering wheel and dash board. Despite its very clear pull towards the race track, this Superleggera is very well equipped. It features Xenon headlights, carbon-ceramic brakes, climate control, satellite navigation and a multi-media package including a six-CD changer. There is also a front lifting gear, and small carbon wing. The engine covers' glass window has been replaced by a featherweight transparent polycarbonate cover. The thin-spoked Scorpius wheels are forged from magnesium and even feature titanium wheel nuts for extra weight reduction. The wheel hubs are lighter but stronger, and there are thinner front driveshafts and propshaft. The exterior colour is Giallo Mindas. It comes with the owners wallet and manual, two spare plastic keys, 6 months ultimate warranty, and 12 months MOT. Four new tyres have been fitted (Pirelli PZero L 235/35/ ZR19 front, Pirelli P Zero L 295/30 ZR 19 100Y).;;All this careful attention to detail was very much worth it – the Superleggera is a whopping 100kg lighter than a standard V10-engined Gallardo.;Why bother? Because even with just 9bhp more than the standard car, the Superleggera’s aggressive responsiveness to the throttle, the steering and the brakes;makes it feel like a completely different car.;;Please call Nino Barresi to make appointment for viewing.

    • Mileage: 8642 mi
    For sale
    £110,000 £110,000
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £119,990 £119,990

    Branding Pk, Calisto Alloys, Full Electric Heated Seats, Lifting Gear, Reverse cameraVVS are truely privileged to present this stunning 2012 LP550-2 Gallardo Spyder offered in Bianco Monocerus with contasting full black leather interior and 19'' silver Callisto alloy wheels, true to the original design. A great car that spec includes full electric heated seats, branding pack, reverse camera and lifting gear. This special edition is one of only 50 to be created and one of only two resident in the United Kingdom which was supplied by Lamborghini London. The 550-2 is widely regarded as the apex of the Gallardo line with the rear wheel drive providing a much more driver focussed, track orientated experience over even the 570. The subtle decals, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 10000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £119,990 £119,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £129,990 £129,990

    Skorpius Alloys, High level rear wing, Carbon Driving Zone, Clear engine bay cover, Q-Citura StitchingVVS are delighted to offer this 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 50th Anniversary edition presented in the stunning metallic Bianco Opalis with Nero Alcantara Interior and Q-Citura bianco stitching. With only 100 examples worldwide and a handful in UK right hand drive, this was the swansong LP560 model to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous Italian marque and the end of the hugely successful Gallardo era. Visually it is defined by the large carbon fibre spoiler from the Superleggera, it's unique Scorpius alloys and a sumptuous interior filled with carbon fibre and alcantara. But the most important element of the 50th anniversary G, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £129,990 £129,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £106,990 £106,990

    Switchable Akrapovic exhaust system, Gloss Black Calisto Alloys, Lifting Gear, Clear engine bay cover, Satellite navigation system, Reverse camera, Branding PkVVS are delighted to offer this 2011 Gallardo LP550-2 V10 coupe, previously supplied by ourselves to the its last former 4 keepers and now offered for sale again. Presented in nero serapis with nero full leather interior with yellow stitching, gloss black Calisto split rim alloys with yellow brake calipers complete this car looking like an LP560-4. A full spec car with lifting gear, reverse camera, branding package, clear engine bay cover, engine bay LED lighting, privacy glass and the all important full Akrapovic exhaust system. Full Lamborghini main dealer service history having had, Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 15000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £106,990 £106,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £154,990 £154,990

    Full Carbon Bucket Seats, Ceramic brakes, Reverse camera, Lifting GearWe are delighted to offer this immaculate 61 plate Lamborghini Performante LP 570-4 for sale. Presented in the very best colour of Arancio Borealis, with contrasting black alcantara interior which is highlighted with orange stitching and Performante detailing.The car has a perfect specification of ceramic brakes, lifting gear, reversing camera, carbon sports bucket seats, satalite navigation and a full carbon interior.These rare and exciting lightweight spyders are excellent value and make for a canny investment, please note this example has just had £17k ceramic brakes replaced and full service at Lamborghini Kent and is ready to go for summer use., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 5204
    For sale
    £154,990 £154,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £49,990 £49,990

    UK's NO1 LAMBORGHINI BUYER. Arancio Borealis, IMPORT OR UK CARS, 2002-2009 MODELS, PLEASE NOTE THIS CAR IS NOT FOR SALE. IF YOU ARE THINKING OF SELLING OR ARE TRADING IN YOUR GALLARDO, LP 550, 560, OR 570, FOR SOMETHING NEW THEN GIVE US A CALL . VVS ARE THE UK'S NO1 LAMBORGHINI SPECIALIST AND ARE ALWAYS REQUIRING GOOD QUALITY LAMBORGHINI STOCK FOR RETAIL AND HAVE A NUMBER OF CLIENTS WAITING FOR THE RIGHT CARS. MUST HAVE FULL SERVICE HISTORY. PROMPT SECURE PAYMENT BY CHAPS TRANSFER OR COMMISSION BASED SALES PROVIDED. WILL COLLECT FROM ANYWHERE IN THE UK OR EUROPE. CALL NEIL VAS ON +447782 220784 OR EMAIL neillamborghinibuyer.com FOR AN IMMEDIATE PRICE AND DECISION., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 10000 mi
    • Engine size: 4961
    For sale
    £49,990 £49,990
  • Lamborghini Gallardo

    £82,990 £82,990

    Full Electric Heated Seats, Satellite navigation system, Electric door mirrorsWe are delighted to offer for sale this 2007 (57) Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder for sale. Presented in stunning Nero Serapis complimented by two tone blue and black leather interior. This car is a joy to use, very comfortable with full electric heated seats and presents very well indeed, having had only two owners in its life and with a very comprehensive Lamborghini service history and has just been recentley serviced by Lamborghini Sevenoaks the car is ready to be enjoyed., Please visit www.vvsuk.co.uk for 20 High Definition photographs of this car.

    • Mileage: 16000 mi
    • Engine size: 4961
    For sale
    £82,990 £82,990