What is it?
Rumour has it that the production line marked ‘Gallardo’ will glide gently to a halt in August this year to allow tooling for the all-new baby Lamborghini to begin, which may or may not go on sale before the summer of next year depending on (a) who you talk to at Lamborghini, and (b) if you believe what they say to be true.
Either way, and despite the imminent ceasing of the now 10-year-old Gallardo’s production, this is the last time that Lamborghini will breathe new life into its smallest but biggest-selling car. And as last hurrahs go, this is not exactly one to take your breath away.
What we are talking about is a mild redesign of both nose and tail, one that introduces the weirdly triangular, some say slightly vulgar, design themes that appear pretty much all over the Aventador and the limited-edition Sesto Elemento.
There’s also a new design of 19-inch alloy wheel and larger air intakes have been carved into the bodywork just ahead of the front wheels, again drawing on the sharp-edged visual themes pioneered on Lamborghini’s most recent creations.
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.