What is it?
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, the most obvious rival to the Ferrari F430 Scuderia.
True, the Ferrari is more expensive than the Lamborghini, but adding a robotised-manual gearbox and ceramic brakes to the LP560-4, both standard on the Scuderia, closes the gap. A lot.
The LP560-4 replaces the standard Gallardo coupé. And is a big improvement on it. Its engine is bigger, at 5204cc, and with 552bhp it makes a great deal more power. It sounds better, too.
Underneath it has been thoroughly re-engineered, with revised suspension, newly developed tyres, a lighter body with styling and aerodynamic tweaks and revised drivetrain.
What’s it like?
The differences over the original Gallardo are subtle, but you can tell the new car is faster and even more polished than before.
Now, it rides well, and although the steering has little feel it’s deadly accurate and has less kickback. The way it goes and stops are beyond reproach too.
The new engine makes its peak power at the same 8000rpm as before, and while peak torque is developed at a high 6500rpm, it doesn’t feel peakier overall. The e-gear transmission shifts faster than before, but it’s still slower and less smooth than the Ferrari’s ‘Superfast’ F1 system.