Alongside the bigger rear grille – which, says Lamborghini, “improves the thermodynamic efficiency” of the V10 (without providing it with any more power, torque or ecological credentials compared with what’s gone before) – the overall effect, visually at least, is subtle yet dramatic, both at the same time.
What's it like?
You can spot the 2013 Gallardo fairly easily compared with its predecessors, old or recent, but whether the design tweaks are a step forwards or a step sideways is another matter – or could they even be a step backwards?
Whatever your take on the way that it looks (personally, I think the Gallardo has become less good looking as it has grown older) what lurks beneath the skin hasn’t really changed.
Apart from the new, fractionally lighter alloy wheels, it hasn’t really changed at all, in fact. You still get the same 5.2-litre V10 that produces a thoroughly rousing 553bhp at 8000rpm and 398lb ft at 6500rpm. That’s good enough to fire the 1625kg, four-wheel-drive LP560-4 to 62mph from rest in 4.0sec and to a top speed of 201mph.
Trouble is, in the case of the test car, you also get the same old six-speed paddle-shift gearbox, which feels even more antiquated in its operation than it did before, especially compared with what’s on offer in most, if not all, of its rivals at the same price (£165k).
And unfortunately, much the same can be said about the rest of the way this car now drives – and operates inside – relative to its key competition.
Should I buy one?
There’s still an underlying sense of excitement about looking at, listening to and driving the Lamborghini Gallardo – because anything that makes this much of a fuss about merely going down the road still deserves its place in the heart of the true enthusiast.
If you look closely at what’s actually on offer between the cracks, however, the truth is not that pretty compared with what’s available from not just Ferrari and McLaren nowadays but also Porsche and even Audi.
Bottom line: lovely car that the Gallardo once was, its replacement won’t arrive a moment too soon.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Price £164,444; 0-62mph 4.0sec; Top speed 201mph; Economy 20.0mpg; CO2 emissions 330g/km; Kerb weight 1625kg; Engine V10, 5204cc, petrol; Power 553bhp at 8000rpm; Torque 398lb ft at 6500rpm; Gearbox 6spd sequential manual