Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 50th Anniversario Edition

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 50th Anniversario Edition

4. The Drive

With such power on tap clear vision is critical. The Gallardo’s V10 is like a volcano; it’ll singe your eyebrows if you get too close and outright destroy you and your property if you don’t respect its power.

From the moment you twist its key and commence combustion you know this car means business. The engine snaps to life with an unexpectedly loud bark from the exhaust, though a second or two later it settles down to a quivering idle; it’s almost like this machine is alive, throbbing with excitement… or rage.

Taking to the road this thing is lightning-quick with an almost impossibly high redline. The engine keeps pulling harder and harder the faster it spins. Most run-of-the-mill powerplants would have detonated into heaps of scrap metal long before the Gallardo even hits its stride. This car is a high-strung thoroughbred that needs vigorous exercise. Its sound and acceleration are nothing short of intoxicating.

GALLERY: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-2 50th Anniversario Edition

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Despite its weapons-grade performance the Gallardo is as easy to drive as a Volkswagen Golf. The clutch engagement is broad, nicely weighted and consistent, there’s plenty of low-RPM torque to get things moving and you can even lug it in a higher-than-necessary gear without complaint. It’s a supercar that can be driven like a family sedan.

Even the intimidating gated shifter is relatively light and easy to use; you’ll (probably) never miss a gear. Plus the clackity-clack noise it makes is pure magic and more addictive than chocolate-covered cocaine. You’ll find yourself rifling through the ratios while stopped at a light just to enjoy the shifter’s satisfying mechanical sounds.

Overall the Gallardo 50th Anniversario Edition drives brilliantly, as a pricey supercar should. If there’s anything to complain about – other than rearward visibility – it’s the ride. The vehicle is very stiff; it could find bumps and ruts on a billiard table. It’s also hard to get into and out of, with an exceptionally low seating position.