This is the final Lamborghini Gallardo
Time for another legend to hang up its boots - the last Gallardo, a LP570-4 Performante, rolls off the Sant'Agata production line
While we dealt with the saddening news of the demise of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, here's some more depressing supercar news - the final Lamborghini Gallardo has rolled off the production line at Sant'Agata, Bolognese. Weep your hearts out.
The final car, a LP560-4 Spyder Performante dyed Rosso Mars (red, to make it simpler) is headed to a private collector's garage.
The Gallardo has had a tremendous run - introduced a decade ago, the Gallardo helped Lamborghini up its sales figures from 250 units a year to 2,000 units a year. That's a near ten-fold increase, right there.
It did receive steady updates in the form of a gazillion variants. There was the Spyder, the Superleggera, followed by the second-gen Gallardo LP570-4 in 2008, which spawned its very own Spyder and Superleggera versions. Then came the Spyder Performante, the rear-wheel-drive LP550-2 Valentino Balboni and the LP550-2 Spyder. It even got a triangle-y facelift last year. The red-hot Super Trofeo Stradale was the penultimate Gallardo, and then arrived the Squadra Corse, both cars being taken right out of Lambo's Blancpain Super Trofeo one-make race series, and being offered to the discerning track day enthusiast.
Then you had the country-specific special editions. There was one for Singapore, China, Malaysia, and we had our very own India special too. Sold in 45 countries, in all, the Gallardo was offered in 32 different flavours throughout its life.
There's more numbers to gawp at: of the 30,000 Lamborghinis produced since the company was founded in 1963, 14,022 cars have been Gallardos. Almost half of all Lamborghinis ever produced are Gallardos, so you know how crucial this model is to the company.
Which is why, all isn't lost. While the Gallardo is on its way out, its replacement, rumoured to be named the 'Cabrera', is waiting in the wings. One small, potent Lambo goes out, and one marches straight back into the bull ring. We can't wait.
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