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27 September 2012

Lamborghini unveils facelifted Gallardo

Meet the new LP560-4 and its lightweight brother, the Edizione Tecnica. So many triangles…
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What Lambo's done is take a Gallardo - one of its most successful cars, with more than 13,000 leaving the Sant'Agata factory - and made it... triangley. But seeing as you're equipped with eyes and a brain, you'll have your own opinion on whether this facelift's uglier or prettier than its predecessor. And whether or not facelifting it at all was a pointless exercise. But, in the most literal sense, that's clearly not the case.

The new front end now wears an anglegasm of triangular and trapezoidal forms, which the manufacturer describes as "highly typical of the Lamborghini design language". Overall, the new look's broader and more fighty with larger air intakes in front, fresh 19-inch rims, and a brand-spanking bottom with a wider air outlet for better thermodynamics.

Bolt-on options only involve a "Style Package" thus far. You get high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front and rear grilles and the rear trim bit that stretches across the rear. Not gaudy enough? Lambo's "Ad Personam" personalisation program lets you run wild with other shades (and your bank balance) inside and out.

Not a fan? Well how d'you like these apples - the black one's called the Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica and it's a new 1340kg lightweight special (power to mass has been whittled down to 420bhp per tonne, 53bhp more than standard). There's extra spec, a chuff-off great big spoiler and squeaky carbon-ceramic brakes.

You can choose from three new colour combos, where the roof arch and front air intakes are painted in a contrasting hue. You can have a Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes.

We'll find out the finer details on power outputs, weight loss and whether or not the drivetrain setups have changed over the course of the Paris motor show. That said, Lambo's not shouting about engine mods, which probably means the 543bhp, 5.2-litre, 540Nm V10's not been subject to much surgery.

Which would you choose, TopGear.commers?

Tags: lamborghini, gallardo, paris 12, lp 570 4 edizione tecnica, lp 560 4

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