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Day to day, the Gallardo is predictably expensive to run. Fuel consumption is in the mid to high teens on average (with a worst of 8mpg during our test), insurance is suitably horrendous and depreciation is not likely to be bulletproof. That said, we commend Lamborghini for making this Gallardo 18 percent cleaner than its predecessor. If you’re interested, the CO2 emissions are as low as 327g/km in the cleanest Gallardo, if ‘as low as’ is indeed the correct phrase to use…

The Gallardo starts just about £15k for the manual-equipped LP560-4 model. The e-gear transmission can be had for an extra £8k or so. Spyder versions cost about £10k more than their coupé equivalents. The potent Superleggera version comes in at around £180k, which compares favourably against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C that its extra performance brings it up against. But is it worth the 18 per cent price increase over the regular Gallardo? For some people, probably it is. But we’re left wishing a car with such track-focused tyres and so much attention paid to weight-saving was a bit more adjustable on the limit.

Most customers choose the optional e-gear paddle-shift gearbox; system works well but is still a bit clunky on full-bore upshifts.

The Gallardo is well equipped for a Lamborghini and everything works just as it should, which is no doubt down to the Audi influence. Gone are the days when Lamborghinis can be classed as unreliable or flimsy inside.

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But servicing costs could make you wince. A new clutch on an E-gear for instance, which you might well need within 5000 miles or so if you abuse it, will set you back the price of a family holiday to the Carribean.

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