Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

Author

admin

Browse pages
Current page

1

Current page

2

Current page

3

Current page

4

Current page

5

Current page

6

Current page

7

Current page

8

Current page

9

Current page

10

Current page

11

Current page

12

Current page

13

Current page

14

Current page

15

Current page

16

Current page

17

Current page

18

Current page

19

Current page

20

Current page

21

Current page

22

Current page

23

Current page

24

Current page

25

Current page

26

Current page

27

Current page

28

Current page

29

Current page

30

Current page

31

Current page

32

Current page

33

Current page

34

Current page

35

Current page

36

Current page

37

Current page

38

Current page

39

Current page

40

Current page

41

Current page

42

Current page

43

Current page

44

Current page

45

Current page

46

Current page

47

Current page

48

Current page

49

Current page

50

Current page

51

Current page

52

Current page

53

Current page

54

Current page

55

Current page

56

Current page

57

Current page

58

Current page

59

Current page

60

Current page

61

Current page

62

Current page

63

Current page

64

Current page

65

Current page

66

Current page

67

Current page

68

Current page

69

Current page

70

Current page

71

Current page

72

Current page

73

Current page

74

Current page

75

Current page

76

Current page

77

Current page

78

Current page

79

Current page

80

Current page

81

Current page

82

Current page

83

Current page

84

Current page

85

Current page

86

Current page

87

Current page

88

Current page

89

Current page

90

Current page

91

Current page

92

Current page

93

Current page

94

Current page

95

Current page

96

Current page

97

Current page

98

Current page

99

Current page

100

Current page

101

Current page

102

Current page

103

Current page

104

Current page

105

Current page

106

Current page

107

Current page

108

Current page

109

Current page

110

Current page

111

Current page

112

Current page

113

Current page

114

Current page

115

Current page

116

Current page

117

Current page

118

Current page

119

Current page

120

Current page

121

Current page

122

Current page

123

Current page

124

Current page

125

Current page

126

Current page

127

Current page

128

Current page

129

Current page

130

Current page

131

Current page

132

Matters of moment

Andrew Frankel

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
One of Andrew Frankel’s life lessons has been that meeting your hero is often a let-down. Not any more…

During the 1970s and 1980s I was mad about Lamborghinis. There was a time when I could tell you exactly what type of downdraught Webers were used to fuel the V12 of a Miura SV, and the precise specification of the rear Pirelli P7 used by a LP500S Countach — a 345/35 VR 15 if memory serves. But as the ’90s dawned, two things happened. First, and not before time, I grew up; second, I got a job at a car magazine and occasionally drove Lamborghinis.

One of the most memorable columns I have read involved Jeremy Clarkson describing meeting Chuck Yeager. The point he made was that if you ever get a chance to meet your hero, turn it down — they’ll never live up to your expectations. And now I wish I’d never driven a Countach because, had I not, I might still think it was a great car. It’s not — the LP500S was badly built, cramped, had poor handling and… was not even that quick. The Diablos were faster but required huge effort for disproportionately small rewards; only the stripped-out Diablo SV and limited edition SE30 came close to fulfilling my idea of what a Lamborghini should be like.

And then came Audi. Who’d have thought it would have taken a company that had struggled since the death of the Quattro to make a decent driver’s car to make Lamborghini reality as good as Lamborghini theory? But they did it, turning the Diablo into the brutally quick and charismatic Murcielago and, most importantly, creating a bespoke V10 to power the new Gallardo.

In fact the early Gallardos weren’t great at all. They felt antiseptic to drive. But for 2006 Lamborghini, as if realising their error, changed everything from the engine and gearbox to the suspension and steering. And now the Gallardo is the best car ever to wear a raging bull on its nose and, I would say, the first car in its history truly to have the measure of its rival, the Ferrari F430, a car clearly conceived and exquisitely well executed.

Most peculiar is the fact that the best Gallardo is the convertible. Emphatically, I am not a drop-top kind of guy. I giggle when I see people with more money than hair posing in convertible supercars and wonder why they elect to spend more to compromise their driving pleasure. But if the Gallardo Spyder is worse to drive than the coupé, you’d need them both side by side to tell it. Indeed the Spyder offers an enhanced driving experience, because the noise of the 520bhp V10 with the roof down beggars belief. It handles exquisitely, hits 60mph in less than 4sec and reaches 195mph, which should be enough for most.

What makes me happiest is to think there is some lad out there with pictures of Lambos all over his walls who, one day, will have enough money to buy one. And when he climbs aboard his first Lamborghini I hope it’s a Gallardo. For he’ll come away from meeting his hero not with a sense of crushing disillusion, but simply agog that the experience was better even than he had dreamt it could be.

Related articles

Related products