With its sleek body style and superior handling, the Lamborghini Gallardo draws eyes wherever it goes. One of our experts took this Italian supercar for a test drive—see what he has to say about this engineering masterpiece.
It sounds really good. Hey guys. Welcome back to European Exotic Center. Behind me, we have a 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo coupe with a six-speed gated manual transmission. One of my favorite cars growing up, it's super nostalgic to me. This car is finished in a black metallic, exterior paint color, Callisto wheels with yellow brake calipers to match the interior, dual-exhaust pipes and, as well, you have a 5-liter, V-10 engine, which sounds amazing. Yellow and black interior, as I said. You have your six-speed gated manual right there. The car has 15,000 miles on it. Now let's go ahead and take it out for a drive.
It sounds really good. Five liter, V-10 engine, naturally aspirated of course. 500 horsepower. Many people think that the 5.0 Gallardo sounds better than the newer 5.2 LP Gallardos. Growing up, I always had a soft spot for the first gen. Second gen is amazing, looks a bit more updated, more powerful, but there's something about the first gen Gallardo that I always loved, especially the coupes.
What surprised me about this so much too, is the clutch is super light. Downshifting is pretty easy, the pedals aren't too close together, which is nice. And the fact this is a manual, I was like, I have to take this thing out.
So handling is pretty good. This car is car 16 years old. It's still a lovely car in the corners. This car is tiny, it feels tiny. It really envelopes around you, which was, I guess at the time, for some people, a nice change from the traditional huge V12 Lambos that were just massive. This feels much different than that. This came out as the baby Lambo, the entry-level Lamborghini back in the day, and they sold over 10,000 Gallardos over the years and it became their best-selling car of all time. And for good reason. It's a fantastic car. It was more attainable than the V12 cars.
Yeah, I think zero to 60 is like four seconds in this thing. Top speed, 195. So I'm six foot four and it is quite spacious in here. It is still a Lamborghini, it has that aggressive styling with the slanted windscreen and low windows. Everything about it is traditional Lamborghini, but I fit just fine. Plenty of legroom, plenty of headroom. The seat actually goes back even further. You can see out of it. It's not a Prius, but you can definitely see out the back of it.
It's a very aggressive sound and, as I said, it just gets better and better the higher up you go in the rev range. 500 horsepower is not that much by today's standards, of course, there are cars with up to 800 horsepower stock from the factory now. It's just pretty crazy. A 500 horsepower is just enough. It's exactly the amount of power that you need to have a great time. It's got just the perfect amount of power to use on the street. You can really wind it out, this thing revs to 8,000 RPM, eight-and-a-half-thousand RPM, and it just sounds incredible.
This feels refreshingly old school. But in traffic, you just, like I said, slab it in forth. It just kind of feels like a regular, dare I say, a regular kind of sports car, I guess. Just a regular car. It doesn't really seem.... Nothing too outlandish.
I am genuinely surprised at the head room. I have about an inch or so, my hair adds about four inches on top. So the average six foot, four-inch person would fit just fine in here.
I mean, it feels like you're hitting mach one. It feels like you're hitting Mach one.
Gear changes are quite easy, you can move it with one finger. It's pretty simple, clinks right into place. And there's just nothing better, nothing more satisfying, than a metal-on-metal, gated manual clink clink, kind of just rowing-through -the-gears feeling. Cars nowadays lack a manual, but they also, even more so, lack a gated shifter. More cars should just have a gated shifter. It just feels so much more mechanical, so much more in tune with the engine, more connected with the car. The pure essence of driving pleasure. I mean, nothing beats it. Yeah, not the best road for this.
I think for the low $100,000 price range, $130,000, $120,000, $115,000, even lower than that, I just think it's such a phenomenal car. It's a great entry-level exotic. It's usable, it's relatively comfortable and... This is embarrassing, right? Yep. Yep. All right.
Get her moving, son.
That turning radius, not good
I do love the yellow interior, as well... That's a very proper Lambo thing to do is just throw some yellow in there. The outside, it is a black metallic XD or a paint color, but it's really more of like a grayish black. Excellent looking color, but I just love that they threw some color inside as well with yellow bright calipers to match. Great looking spec.
There is a bit of storage space in the back. This car is 16 years old and it just has a nice, again, rawness to it that modern cars just don't have. And yeah, again, parking is easy. It's easy to maneuver around town. Still turns heads.
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Lamborghini’s ever-changing V12 line, featuring both the Lamborghini Aventador and Murciélago, may be popular, but it doesn’t capture the same majesty as the original flagship model of the company’s V10 line, the Gallardo.
The second vehicle released by Lamborghini under Audi—Lamborghini’s parent company—the Gallardo became an instant best-seller. It’s easy to see why, too: it sports a stylish design and, thanks to its powerful V10 engine, can go from 0 to 60 in under 4 seconds. Although Lamborghini retired the Gallardo in 2013, replacing it with the Lamborghini Huracán, there is no denying that this supercar has managed to remain popular thanks to its superior design.
How does this supercar drive?
What’s under the hood?
Across its 10-year run, Gallardo models came with a host of standard and optional features, including:
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