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Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 news - White rascal - 2008

The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 drew
the Geneva crowds like moths to an industrial jet turbine. But while the rest of
the punters were limited to gazing at the faster, more aggressive new Gallardo
from a respectable distance, Top Gear was granted an out-of-hours audience to
haul the LP560 off to a top-secret studio and get up close and personal with
the meaner baby Lambo. 

For the full shoot, you’ll need to get
your hands on the April edition of Top Gear magazine - out next Thursday, March
20 - but in the meantime, we thought we’d bring you up to date on Sant’Agata’s
latest weapon.

That name, for a start: the LP560-4, in
full. The LP at the start refers to the longitudinal engine - longitudinale
posteriore in Italian - layout; the 4 at the end to the four-wheel-drive
transmission; and the 560 in the middle to the monumental power output.

That’s 552bhp in English money, from a
revised 5.2-litre V10 which features direct injection and variable valve
control on all four camshafts. Which means power is up some 32bhp over the old
Gallardo, with an extra 23lb ft of torque to play with, too.

Despite the extra power, fuel consumption
and emissions are reduced by 18 per cent, making the Gallardo almost green.

The Gallardo’s E-Gear paddle-shift
transmission has been revised too, making it lighter and quicker-shifting. But
the six-speed manual remains - which is no bad thing.

Bigger brakes and a slightly firmer
suspension set-up complete the mechanical alterations… but then there are
those looks.

And it does look mean. Seriously mean.
Lambo’s design director Manfred Fitzgerald describes the new Gallardo as
‘aggressive and yet more minimal’ than the outgoing model, and the razor-sharp
new looks draw heavily on the million-Euro special-edition Reventon.

Round the front there’s a new splitter and
air intakes, but it’s the squatter, scarier rear, with its quad exhausts and
mental diffuser, that really belies the Gallardo’s F430-devouring intentions.

The modifications aren’t just aesthetic -
the LP560 is, says, Lamborghini, 31 per cent more aerodynamic, which helps fuel
consumption but more importantly should make it even better at
dimension-bending speeds.

Whetted your appetite? For the full story
behind the stunning new Gallardo LP560, get hold of April’s Top Gear magazine,
on sale next week.

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