Lamborghini unveils facelifted Gallardo
Meet the new LP560-4 and its lightweight brother, the Edizione Tecnica. So many triangles…
Posted: 12 Nov 2012
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.
Sadly, though, neither of them have been touched by the engineers - the 543bhp, 5.2-litre, 398lb ft V10 remains, as do the two and four-wheel drive setups.
So, in total, that's three noses and tails now, on the 4WD, 2WD and Superleggera. So far only the Superleggera has had its own look, but Lambo wants to differentiate the LP560-4 and Edizione Tecnica - apparently, the two-wheel driver has been eating into four-wheel drive sales so this little effort should bring the four-wheel drive cars back into the limelight. Sales start... NOW.