Top Gear drives the Lambo Gallardo STS
Flat out across Italy in the extreme new Super Trofeo Stradale. The perfect day?
Posted: 21 Mar 2012
But on regular roads at relatively normal pace, this is still a Gallardo. A car first launched in 2003. Which means that, despite all the limited-edition-ness of the STS and its bewinged brilliance, it is starting to feel its age. The creases on the supercar forehead, as yet unsmoothed by a technological botox. The gearbox is probably the biggest giveaway, thumping between changes, nodding heads. The ride has also started to feel mildly fidgety compared to the unswerving poise of cars currently at the very apex of the game, like the Ferrari 458 and especially the McLaren MP4-12C. It's not bad in absolute terms for a car with this potential, but the class has moved on, and the Gallardo is starting to feel a bit creaky about the knees.
Pondering the easily blunted cutting edge, I withdraw to the nearest hotel to try to keep miles off the car. I'm tempted to keep driving, but with the temperatures dropping further, that mileage limit and the lack of International Gorge Recovery services, we call it a night.