In Lamborghini’s 50 years of existence, it has built around 30,000 cars. Of these 30,000 cars, nearly half of them - half - were Gallardos.
Which, quite literally, speaks volumes about the importance of the ‘baby’ Lamborghini. Let’s break it down: between the company’s inception in 1963 and 2003, just before the Gallardo came storming onto the scene, Lambo knocked out an average of around 250 cars per year. From 2003 to 2013, that figure rocketed to 2,000 cars per year.
In total, 14,022 Gallardos found homes across the globe. And now, after a mammoth ten-year production run, Lamborghini has called time on its most successful model in history. Though don’t cry yourself to sleep: it’s because the Gallardo has been replaced by the brand new Huracan.
And it really is a brand new car: a new chassis, new suspension, new steering, new electronics and a heavily revised version of that lovely, raucous 5.2-litre V10 delivering a mammoth 602bhp to all four-wheels through a new double-clutch gearbox.
It’ll go from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, hit 124mph in 9.9 seconds and rock on to a top speed in excess of 200mph. And as Top Gear’s Charlie Turner found out during our very first drive of the new car, it sounds utterly, utterly amazing.
You can read that first drive here. But before we move on too quickly, we must first honour the V10 icon with a big Top Gear Guide To The Lamborghini Gallardo. Here, we have attempted to round up every single model of Gallardo in a very ambitious gallery*. Have a click through and let us know your favourite. Warning: there are quite a few…
*Note, there were a few more country-specific models we didn’t include, but these were simply paint and trim specials. Things like the LP560-4 Noctis (China), the, erm, Malaysia limited edition, the Oro Elios, the Japanese-only BiancoRosso, the Hong Kong-bound HK20, and the India Serie Speciale.
Time to stop what you’re doing, and ride with a group of McLarens on a ‘victory lap’