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 |  Feb 20 2012, 8:08 PM

It may have taken Lamborghini almost 10 years to produce its 12,000th Gallardo, but the milestone for the exotic Italian automaker is one worth celebrating. Given its exclusivity, prestige, and price tag, it’s remarkable to think that 12,000 Gallardos are out there on the road today.

Just to compare, the Murcielago in its ten-year production run sold merely 4,099 cars – which is understandable considering how much more it costs than the smaller Gallardo. But nonetheless, we’ve seen some remarkable special edition models over the years including the Gallardo Trofeo Stradale, the LP550-2 Spyder, and the LP560-4 Bicolore.

The current-generation Gallardo first entered production back in 2003 and Lamborghini is expected to replace the model soon. The exotic Italian automaker even went so far as to hint at the car’s successor when they announced the 12,000th Gallardo, tweeting “Ready for what comes next?” Unfortunately that’s all they teased, but we really expect Lamborghini to break some news this year on the Gallardo successor.

GALLERY: Gallardo Trofeo Stradale

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 |  Feb 03 2012, 10:01 AM

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Many of usl dream of owning an Italian exotic like the Ferrari 458 Italia or Lamborghini Gallardo, but sometimes desperation causes us to get our hands on whatever we can, in whatever form we can. That’s where this awesome wooden Lamborghini Gallardo comes into play.

This handmade wooden Lamborghini Gallardo replica is out in Latvia, but the sellers are willing to ship it worldwide and currently has a starting bid of around $2,400. The eBay auction listing states that it was made at the factory of Arbo Ltd. and is constructed out of a wooden material called DendroLight. A quick peek around the Arbo website shows that they specialize in wooden windows and doors – not car replicas, in case anyone was wondering.

We love the description though, which calls the Gallardo a wooden car in very good condition, constructed in the year 2011. There are no doors, so the windshield is a bit lifted up to make it easier to step into the car. It has front and rear lights, turn signals and a horn. The best part? It’s a two-human powered car, a la pedal boat style. Funniest of all is the bullet point for the description? “Chicks magnet.”  No doubt.

GALLERY: Wooden Lamborghini Gallardo

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[Source: eBay]

 |  Jan 26 2012, 5:00 PM

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If you’ve seen the cult classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off you should know that nothing good ever comes of keeping a car still while revving the engine.

In the movie’s case, Ferris tries to take miles off the odometer of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California by jacking the rear wheels up on blocks and running the car in reverse. Pretty dumb. No miles come off the car and it rockets backwards out a display window to its doom.

You would think that people in charge of running an auto show would have enough sense to avoid such calamity, but you would be wrong. A privately-owned Lamborghini Gallardo got sacrificed to the car god of fire at this year’s Portland International Auto Show after someone gave an idiot the keys.

According to fire regulation, no car may enter the show with more than a quarter-tank of gas. When the Gallardo tried to go in with more than that, the fire marshal refused. A reasonable person might siphon the gas or better yet just cruise it off. After all, Lambos aren’t known for their fuel economy.

Nope! Enter Ferris Bueller’s real life double, someone stupid enough to pop the car in neutral and stick a wooden block on the gas pedal to burn off excess fuel. Well, as you might imagine, the car caught fire. We’re not sure whether to laugh or cry, but at least the otherwise nondescript Portland show got some unusual publicity.

Chalk this one up to ignorance.

[Source: Motor Authority]

 |  Jan 11 2012, 1:45 PM

Nothing probably irks us more than a bunch of people driving recklessly on the highway, but seeing a fleet of Lamborghinis doing it really makes us shake our heads. From the moment the video starts rolling, we’re anticipating disaster and of course it doesn’t fail to deliver.

It appears that this high speed freeway run took place out in Taiwan, and we don’t feel sorry one bit for the owner considering how many people these drivers also put at risk. Nonetheless, the Gallardo loses control and wrecks on the freeway causing quite a bit of damage to its front end and possibly more. Hopefully no one was hurt in the making of this video.

Watch the video after the break.

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 |  Nov 07 2011, 10:15 AM

Lamborghini will reportedly move ahead with production of a LP550-2 Spyder variant, hitting the streets in a few months as a 2012 model year car. Unfortunately there aren’t many details surrounding the Spyder version of the LP550-2 (photo above) except that it will be “more demanding” and a “more emotional and gratifying drive”.

We can safely anticipate that an official announcement on the RWD LP550-2 Spyder will be made shortly, and we’re hoping there’s a possibility that it’ll make its debut at the upcoming 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

[Source: Teamspeed]

 |  Sep 13 2011, 11:34 AM

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Although Lamborghini‘s Sesto Elemento concept was originally designed as a concept, whispers regarding its production-ready nature seemed to start as soon as it was unveiled.

Now, Lamborghini CEO Stephen Winkelman has confirmed the obvious, announcing a limited run of 20 cars – all of which are sold out. While the Sesto Elemento uses the same 5.2L V10 as the Gallardo, its mostly carbon-fiber construction allows it to hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, thanks to a 2200 lb curb weight.

No timeline or pricing information has been given but expect this one to take a few years to come to market, with a price tag well into the seven figures.

 |  Sep 12 2011, 2:57 PM

Given all the attention the Lamborghini Aventador has been getting of late, it would seem that it’s older sibling, the Gallardo has been left out in the cold.

Well, Laborghini has decided to give the smaller car some love, bolstering the lineup with the hottest version ever; the LP 570-4 Trofeo Stradale.

Unveiled at Volkswagen’s Press Night, during the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show; the spicy new Gallardo is derived from the racers that compete in the one-make Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, hence the name.

Key features include carbon composite aerodynamic aids that improved aerodynamics over the regular Gallardo, including a manually adjustable rear spoiler (which result in a three-fold increased downforce); as well as improving stability through the corners.

There’s also a quick release, race car style engine cover ; plus a 570 horsepower mid-mounted V-10; race-derrived six-speed gearbox with standard steering wheel paddles; plus a Blancpain Super Trofeo based suspension, featuring aluminum double wishbones at all four corners. Monster brakes with eight piston front and four-piston rear calipers plus aluminum rotors round out the chassis features.

Riding on ultra-lightweight, black finished 19-inch wheels, shod in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubber and complimented by a Rosso Mars exterior hue with black accents (optional for the roof; standard on the spoiler , air intakes and mirror housings), the Trofeo Stradale is truly a sight to behold (Lamborghini says it will also offer the car in Grigio Telesto or Bianco Monocerus, fancy terms for gray and white, for those so inclined).

Weighing at just 1340 kg (2954 lbs), it promises to be the best performing of the breed ever; 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds; with a top speed of 198 mph (320 km/h). It’s shame that the company says it will only be producing 150 examples, though for the lucky few that managed to put one in their garage, there’s no question  they’ll have a bonafide future collectible.

Gallery: Lamborghini Gallardo Trofeo Stradale

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 |  Aug 09 2011, 12:45 PM

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What to do with a twin-turbo Lamborghini Gallardo? That’s the question Robert Himler asked himself after getting his Italian exotic back from Underground Racing, once they completed a 1,250-whp build on the car.

Race a jet? Impress the ladies? How about: scare the sh*t out of his mom. And that’ sjust what he did, installing a Go-Pro camera on the dash to document the spirited ride through the city. And the reaction from her is, well, priceless. In fact, it’s quite hilarious, mostly because it’s what we’d expect all our moms to do if we ever had the opportunity to do the same.

Check out the awesome video after the break.

[Source: Autoblog]

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 |  Aug 01 2011, 9:30 AM

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Based out of Germany, Cosa Design has released a tuning package for the Lamborghini Gallardo giving it an aggressive Reventon-inspired design. In addition to the radical styling, Cosa Design also upgrades the horsepower to 540-hp and torque to 405 lb-ft from the factory 500-hp and 376 lb-ft. This also helps give the Gallardo a new top speed of 197-mph.

Even though the power upgrades might be enticing for a few owners, the body kit is a little unfortunate with the new front skirt, side skirts, rear apron, diffuser and rear wing clearly inspired by the more aggressive Reventon, but not quite as classy or refined.

Completing the package, Cosa Design also upgrades the suspension on the Gallardo, equipping it with a set of coilovers with adjustable height and stiffness and gives the Italian exotic a staggered set of 20-inch wheels paired with Continental Sport Contact rubber.

No pricing on the tuning package has been released. Hopefully that means parts are sold separately.

GALLERY: Cosa Design Lamborghini Gallardo

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 |  Jul 28 2011, 1:30 PM

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Dennis Rodman, known for his outlandish appearance and behavior on and off the NBA court, had a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo customized to fit his style… and possibly his style only. In true Rodman extravagance, he had his Gallardo repainted a unique gold flake finish featuring a rainbow-esque shade depending on how the light hits it. In his defense, this style of paint was probably cool and flashy enough back when he did it to match his style.

Who are we kidding. There’s no way to defend this type of paint job (which costs $15,000, no less) on one of Italy’s finest exotics. Though it’s worth mentioning that the entire exotic isn’t treated to the special shade; the sides of the vehicle are now in a gloss black thanks to a fender bender. As of March it sported only 7,000 miles on the odometer. It’s also worth mentioning that the Gallardo is apparently outfitted with $12,000 custom wheels, but that value might be a tad inflated.

[Source: Jalopnik]

 |  Jul 07 2011, 6:30 PM

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Look, you have to try awfully hard to make any exotic, let alone a Lamborghini Gallardo, look bad. But somehow Galaxy Warrior (what a name) did exactly that with what they consider a styling package for the Italian exotic. While the front bumper isn’t as awful thanks to its hints at Reventon-inspired styling, the atrocious rear bumper just absolutely ruins the Lambo. Gone is the sleek, sexy and exotic styling the Gallardo is known for and enter in something we would expect to see on a Honda Civic.

What’s even worse than the idea that two Gallardos sport this kit is the fact that its manufacturer, ATS Automotive, is asking over $16,000 for it. This will net you the Reventon-like front bumper, a pair of side skirts, the repulsive rear bumper, rear wing and a dual-tipped rear silencer. And surprisingly at the price, the kit is made from fiberglass using temperature-resistant resins and comes unpainted.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come flying off the shelves.

GALLERY: Galaxy Warrior Lamborghini Gallardo

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[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Jul 07 2011, 4:59 PM

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With Ferrari having done away with manual transmissions already, Lamborghini is the next supercar manufacturer to follow the two-pedal trend, with the Bolognese outfit announcing that the next Gallardo will not be available with a manual gearbox, similar to its Aventador sibling.

Car enthusiasts will undoubtedly cry foul at this announcement, but Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani claims that as little as 1 percent of Lamborghini cars leave the factory with a stick-shift. The Gallardo is available with the proprietary e-gear sequential gearbox, while the Aventador’s new 7-speed ISR system has been universally praised by critics.

While manual transmissions are arguably more fun, Lamborghini argues that the dual purpose nature of their cars (comfortable around town, blindingly fast on the open road) can only be actualized with an automated paddle-shift transmission, stating that the manual gearbox offers an interruption in the vehicle’s various functions. We’d argue that perfection has a price, and it’s one we’re willing to pay, but customers have evidently voted with their wallets, and Lamborghini has listened loud and clear.

[Source: Motor Trend]

 |  May 24 2011, 12:14 PM

For anyone who grew up with posters of the Countach or Diablo on their wall, the idea of an “everyday” Lamborghini is utterly laughable. By definition, a Lamborghini has always been a loud, crude, in-your-face supercar that makes absolutely no concessions in the way of comfort or convenience.

But Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann claims that things are about to change, with a new addition to the model lineup designed to be a daily driver. Speaking to the Reuters Global Luxury and Fashion Summit, Winkelmann said ”We are going to have a third model. It has to be an everyday car. We want to have a car which is able to be used on a daily basis.”

Details are practically non-existant, since Winkelmann seemed to state that the car has been recently approved, and would take another four years to hit showrooms. Lamborghini has previous previewed a 4-door sedan model, dubbed the Estoque (seen above), while Ferrari’s new four-seat, four-wheel drive FF pseudo-hatchback will be on sale in 2012.

[Source: Reuters]

 |  Apr 29 2011, 3:49 PM

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Lamborghini head Stephan Winkelmann said that China will overtake the United States as its largest market in the very near future. Winklemann said that the exact sales numbers would depend largely on the new Aventador, and how many units it could deliver to China.

Q1 2011 sales outstripped those of 2010, even though Lamborghini was only selling the Gallardo, while it sold the Murcielago alongside it in 2010. Lamborghini plans on expanding its sales network from 14 dealerships to 20 by year’s end. China’s Lamborghini customer tends to be younger and female, two demographics which tend to display greater brand loyalty, qualities that Winkelmann obviously wants in a customer.

Rolls-Royce announced earlier in the month that it expects China to become the third largest market for its cars, while Ferrari is also anticipating the country to become an extremely important market in the near future.

[Source: Reuters]

 |  Mar 16 2011, 9:36 AM

Yesterday news broke of a disgruntled Lamborghini owner in China, who hired a crew of blue-costumed laborers to destroy his prized car in protest.

The Gallardo in question was wrecked on World Consumer Rights Day, after Lamborghini couldn’t get the car to run properly.

We’re sure Lambo is getting the point with all this bad publicity, even if it hardly reflects well on the owner.

Initial photos of the Lambo-smash hit the web yesterday, but now we’ve got the video!

See the destruction after the jump:

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 |  Mar 15 2011, 2:31 PM

A disgruntled Lamborghini owner in China hired a crew to mercilessly disfigure his black Lamborghini Gallardo after the owner felt he received unsatisfactory treatment from Lamborghini China.

The owner organized the stunt to mark World Consumer Rights Day. Apparently, the Gallardo was plagued with mechanical issues even after it was serviced by an authorized Chinese outlet. Running or not, the owner could have just as easily donated the car to AutoGuide and we would have been very happy people indeed.

[Source: Photoblog]

 |  Mar 10 2011, 1:41 PM

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To celebrate Italy’s 150 years of unity, Lamborghini has decided to release a special edition Gallardo sporting the Tricolore name. Nothing is too extravagant on the limited edition Gallardo, just simply Lamborghini’s tribute to its home country by accenting the otherwise white Gallardo with three stripes representing the colors of the Italian flag.

In addition to the green, white and red stripe, the Gallardo Tricolore will also feature carbon fiber mirror caps. On the inside, the Italian tribute continues with the three-color accent on the driver seat.

No other details were revealed by Lamborghini, but it’ll probably be safe to assume that it’ll sport the 560-hp V10 powerplant that can be seen in their Bicolore variant. And if we had to guess, they’ll probably produce 150 of these bad boys.

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Mar 10 2011, 1:22 PM

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Stolen cars tend to be more mundane vehicles which can easily be exported to another country or chopped up for parts. Or both. But celebrity chef Guy Fieri, host of shows like “Minute To Win It” and “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” had something a little more exotic stolen from him, and the heist’s execution wasn’t exactly normal either.

According to reports, the thief rappelled down the roof of the building, busted the lock on the San Francisco dealership’s garage door and made off with Fieri’s yellow Lamborghini Gallardo. Police are dumbfounded as to what someone would want with such a high profile car, but our guess is that it’s no longer in the United States.

[Source: Sfgate.com]

 |  Feb 03 2011, 9:12 PM

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Amari Design is a branch of Amari Supercars, a pre-owned supercar dealership in the United Kingdom. A new division set to focus on tuning exotics, Amari Design looks to launch with its own version of a tuned Lamborghini Gallardo dubbed the Invidia Edition.

While a looker, the Amari Design Gallardo project caught our eye because of the aspiration to produce 740-hp out of the Gallardo’s 5.0L V10 powerplant. No details were provided on how Amari hopes to achieve the power figure, but they have boasted that John Greatorex (what an awesome last name) heads up Amari’s Service garage. Apparently Greatorex is one of the great five supercar mechanics in the United Kingdom.

To back up all the extra horsepower, Amari Design will be outfitting the Gallardo with plenty of body modifications including a restyled front bumper, carbon fiber front spoiler, new front fenders and rear quarter panels, side skirts, rear bumper with carbon fiber diffuser and carbon fiber rear spoiler. A new exhaust is also being developed to fit the new rear fascia along with bumping up horsepower.

Amari also announced that the Invidia Edition Gallardo will sport some interior upgrades featuring carbon fiber trim and Alcantara throughout. No pricing has been announced but Amari Design is already underway in production hoping to debut in April.

GALLERY: Amari Design Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition

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 |  Jan 15 2011, 2:35 PM

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Known for their tuning prowess and expertise in building Lamborghini race cars, Reiter Engineering has just made another huge splash with their Gallardo LP600+ GT3 race car. The LP600+ ushers in 600-hp at 8000 rpm out of its 5.2L V10 powerplant while weighing in at a scant 2,623-lbs.

With a price tag just a tad over $375,000, Reiter Engineering’s Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+ is most certainly not for everybody.

In addition to its race-inspired aesthetics, the LP600+ features a new exhaust system, the suspension has been overhauled based on Reiter’s Murcielago R-GT while the brakes are from AP. The cockpit screams race car with a complete switch panel in the center console and paddle shifters to access the modified gear ratios.

The Lp600+ comes equipped with 18×11-inch lightweight magnesium wheels in the front while the rear sports a wider 18×12.5-inch pairing. Reiter Engineering has also fine-tuned the aerodynamics with a front splitter featuring double under-floor diffusers and a high down force rear racing wing.

GALLERY: Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Gallardo LP600+

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[Source: Jon Sibal]

 |  Dec 21 2010, 11:18 AM

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Hamann previously released its first Victory iteration with the original Lamborghini Gallardo and now they’ve followed it up with the Victory II on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. The tuning package’s main focal point is its widebody conversion along with plenty more additional carbon fiber parts and increased engine performance.

Hamann equips the Gallardo LP560-4 with new wing doors on the Victory II, in true traditional Lamborghini fashion. The front bumper is very much race-inspired and features a center carbon fiber diffuser. The fender blisters gives the Lp560-4 a wider stance with extended side skirts to match, while the rear receives a new diffuser and rear wing. The hood, spoiler and the air intake on the roof are available in carbon fiber..

For wheels, Hamann has matched the Victory II with a set of 20-inch Edition Race wheels with a unique finish to match the theme of the exotic. The wheels are sized with a 20×9.5-inch pair on the front, while the rear is equipped with 20×13-inchers.

Horsepower increases from 560-hp to 580-hp with 424 lb-ft of torque. This is done through an ECU retune while the note of the car is certainly changed with new mufflers to the exhaust.

The interior is overlaid with a 14-piece carbon fiber interior kit while Hamann also offers carbon fiber-backed sport seats. And of course, anything in the interior can be reupholstered or customized to the customer’s desires.

GALLERY: Hamann Victory II Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4

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 |  Dec 18 2010, 8:51 PM

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We’ve never been a huge fan of widebody Lamborghinis or Ferraris, but Anderson Germany has actually executed this one properly. They’ve taken your standard Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 and decided to make what they call a ‘White Edition’ out of it by widening its body, outfitting it with 20-inch wheels and enhancing horsepower by 40 additional ponies.

Going from the stock 560-hp to 600-hp, Anderson Germany does an ECU modification along with new air filters and a sport exhaust system. An adjustable valve in the exhaust allows the driver to enjoy three different levels of noise. The exhaust also frees up close to 50 lbs of unnecessary weight.

Lowering the vehicle is a sport suspension package which also helps sit the 20-inch three-piece wheels nicely onto the fenders. Up front is a 20×9 wrapped with 245/30/20 while the rear consists of a massive 20×12.5-inch pairing with 325/25/20 rubber. Clearly the rear of this Gallardo has been widened and it is packing some serious rubber.

The widebody aero kit also consists of a new front bumper, side skirts, a rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Inside the white and black theme continues with white carbon details, black Alcantara and black and white leather seats.

GALLERY: Anderson Germany Lamborghini Gallardo White Edition

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[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Dec 17 2010, 5:22 PM

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Oh what has this world come to? Former import model, Tila Nguyen, turned reality TV star Tila Tequila, has gotten herself behind the steering wheel of a bright Tiffany Blue Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560.

As much as we find Tila Tequila annoying and tasteless, we have to admit that the bright blue pairs up nicely with the Gallardo LP-560′s lines. Bright colors always seems to do Italian’s hottest exotics justice.

But we digress and hopefully all the little girls out there aren’t looking up to Miss Tila as a role model. Remember girls, you really don’t have to go through the extent of what she did to get yourself a Lamborghini.

At least it’s not pink, right?

[Source: Topspeed]

 |  Nov 17 2010, 1:25 PM

Lamborghini‘s newest, badass Gallardo continues the proud tradition of giving Italian supercars incredibly banal names, with the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante, which literally means “Convertible Performance”.

The rest of the car is anything but staid, with enough performante to give you a third eye socket.  Weighing just under 3300 pounds, the droptop Lambo packs a 570 horsepower V10 and hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 201 mph. Weight has been reduced by 143 lbs, coincidentally the upper weight limit of any potential owner’s female companion.

Expect to see this car parked outside a fancy restaurant sometime in 2011, most likely with the optional massive spoiler installed.

[Source:  Lamborghini]

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