With significant changes for 2009, the Lamborghini Gallardo, an all-wheel-drive exotic sports car, now features revised suspension with new mounts, bushings and better-ventilated braking system. In addition, various weight-saving measures have also been taken, such as lightening the gearbox, suspension, brakes, front drive shafts and differential housing, to reduce the weight by 44 pounds. Other updates this year can be viewed in Lamborghini Gallardo photos, including redesigned rear fascia and taillight area. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 coupe is powered by a mid-mounted 5.2L direct-injection V10 engine that packs a massive 553 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque paired to a standard six-speed manual transmission with gated metal shifter, while an automated six-speed sequential-shift manual transmission known as e-gear is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 12 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. Standard safety equipment includes stability control, antilock brakes, and side airbags.Read more Read less
Lamborghini's popular Gallardo hits the ground running in 2009. Gone is the Superleggera, as well as last year's base model, and in their place is the Gallardo LP560-4 in both coupe and Spyder form. Their 5.2L, 553-horsepower V10 replaces the outgoing 5.0L unit and its 520 horses. Suspension has been revised for an even sportier feel, and subtle styling treatment to the front and rear update the supercar's angular looks. The Lambo's slick semi-automatic transmission known as "e.gear" has been revised to deliver gear changes up to 40% faster, according to the manufacturer. The system now also incorporates a launch control called "Thrust Mode." Overall, the 2009 Gallardo weighs about 45 pounds less than its predecessor, and Lamborghini calls it good to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph.
Sexy supercar shape; all-wheel-drive traction; great V10 sounds; performance bragging rights
The 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo's sexy shape is reason enough for most prospective supercar buyers, along with performance that ranks among the best of any street-legal production vehicle. It's become one of the most popular supercars of this decade, with a shape that really does look like it's moving fast even when it's standing still. The addition of extra ponies while also reducing weight in 2009 makes the Gallardo even more attractive to those with a need for speed.