Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003, the Gallardo was intended to complement the 12-cylinder Murciélago in Lamborghini’s model line. Far from entry level, however, the Gallardo was a 10-cylinder, fire-breathing supercar that not only offers world-class performance, but all the refinement and technology that Audi ownership has afforded the sports car manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Two years after the introduction of the coupe, the Gallardo Spyder was released. This new model featured a folding soft top; the Spyder’s top is a properly lined and insulated piece that stows or deploys noiselessly in just over 20 seconds, using electrohydraulic power from two actuators. Additionally there were 20 more horsepower, a lower-ratio gearbox, recalibrated suspension, strengthened chassis and more precise steering. Its permanent all-wheel-drive system makes it easy to use all 520 hp to their full potential.
This mid-engined sports car conveys an impression of impending power even when static. The design language, inspired by contemporary aircraft construction, is clearly discernible. The appearance is characterized by edges and straight surfaces. The Spyder’s far-forward cockpit with its steeply raked windscreen gives it a forceful profile. In keeping with the style of the coupe version, the Spyder’s flowing roofline mirrors the coupe when the soft top is closed. The design incorporates the authentic Spyder experience with no visible roll-over bars but instead a fully retractable glass window and invisible pop-up bars which are activated in case of an emergency.
Powered by an impressive 5.2-liter, 520-hp DOHC V10 powerplant, this Gallardo has the desirable 6-speed E-Gear (auto and paddle shift) transmission. Other mechanical attributes include four-wheel disc brakes that have massive ventilated rotors, all-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension with double wishbones in front and rear, plus front and rear stabilizer bars. The car’s fully integrated design and technical development has yielded stylistic elements that invariably have an underlying practical function.
The two-tone seats are heated and have eight-way adjustment, including height; other features include Callisto two-piece wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, power mirrors, power windows, navigation, power top, AM/FM/CD, analog instrumentation, tasteful leather and alloy interior trim elements, remote keyless door locks and air conditioning.
The V10 Lamborghini Gallardo has proven to be one of the Italian company’s greatest success stories, with over 14,000 units being produced since its 2003 inception. The final example rolled off the assembly line in November of 2013, and the model continues to be a very sought-after supercar. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a barely used Gallardo that will stand out from any other example on the road.
Please note this vehicle shows 7,361 miles instead of the 1,300 listed in the catalog, and while the seller believes the miles to be actual and the title states the same, CARFAX shows a mileage inconsistency. This is believed to be a clerical error within CARFAX.