Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder Revealed

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder

The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show

For the Italians, 'cabriolet' sounds too French, and maybe put to too much use by the Germans. 'Roadster' is perhaps too unrefined and it kinda sounds like 'toaster'. 'Convertible', well, that's just downright pedestrian. Like some kind of jacket that turns into a raincoat when it starts to pour.

No, Italians call them 'Spyder' - as if to say, this car can climb walls.

And here is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, a...topless?...version of the Gallardo introduced earlier this year.

This Gallardo Spyder comes with a 5.2 liter V10 engine delivering 560 hp and 540 Nm of torque to all four wheels; an improvement of 40 horses over the previous incarnation of this engine.

The roof retracts in 20 seconds in case you're really in a hurry to look cool.

And the E-Gear automatic now sports shift changes 40 percent quicker. Clunky shifting being a drawback of previous sequential boxes that seems to have been overcome, at least in supercar and premium ranges.

Lamborghini promises no sacrifices for this Spyder and claims its top speed of 324 km/h can be reached with either an opened or closed top.

Published Nov 19th, 2008 4:47pm By Alex Ricciuti

Automobili Lamborghini, creator of the world’s most exclusive super sport cars, today held the worldwide debut of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560—4 Spyder at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As the successor to the best-selling Lamborghini of all time, the new LP 560-4 Spyder combines the Coupé’s design, performance and handling characteristics with the open-air pleasure only a soft top super sports car can deliver.

As the brand’s largest global market, the United States – specifically Southern California - was strategically chosen as the perfect location to unveil the new open top super sports car. In 2007, Southern California contributed to approximately 30 percent of all Lamborghini sales in the United States, maintaining its position as the country’s most successful region.

“The LP 560-4 is the best example of the Gallardo to date and will be a great contribution to Lamborghini’s future success,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The entirely new LP 560-4 Spyder adds another dimension to the Gallardo’s lineage with extreme design language and class-leading performance.”

The much anticipated Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder offers a new 5.2 liter engine with 40 additional horsepower than its predecessor; allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph in only four seconds with a top speed of 201 mph. The car’s agility has also been greatly refined with a new, lighter transmission, which allows increased shift times by 40 percent (Corsa Mode), combined with an all-new chassis, suspension and Lamborghini’s permanent all-wheel drive system. Despite increased performance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18 percent.

Since 2003, more than 8,500 Gallardos have left the production facility in the birth place of all Lamborghinis in Sant’Agata, Bolognese, Italy. The Gallardo LP 560-4 Coupé was first unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008 with the dynamic launch taking place in Las Vegas later that spring. Each person who experienced the new Gallardo on the track or the streets unanimously agreed: the Gallardo LP 560-4 is an all-new car that can be enjoyed on any driving surface. Since, the new Gallardo has been critically acclaimed by customers and the media for its extreme performance, aggressive design and increased drivability. The highly anticipated LP 560-4 Spyder is set to continue this legacy. The Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder is now available to order from dealers worldwide, with customer deliveries commencing Spring 2009.

In 2007, the United States market accounted for 39 percent of total Lamborghini sales worldwide and remains the brand’s largest global market. Since the beginning of 2005, Automobili Lamborghini has strategically increased its global reach from 65 to 119 dealers worldwide; 31 of these dealers are located in the United States. Last year was a record year for the brand with 930 Lamborghinis delivered in the United States and 2,406 delivered worldwide.

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Rembo Rembo
HOHO,looks perfect.....
Nov 24th, 2008 1:02am
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michelin901 michelin901
i sat in this n it was the best thing i did in my life. the lambo stand at the l.a auto show was the coolest.
Nov 23rd, 2008 8:09pm
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Eddie0812 Eddie0812
I feel angry because why Lambo make a 560-4 spyder, everyone admire it...but when Ferrari make a Scuderia Spider, everyone think that it is stupid...Are everyone here only like lambo and hate Ferrari??
Nov 21st, 2008 12:35am
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lucifa lucifa
nah, it's cos of the design philosiphy. scuderia is all about track performance, so a heavy convertible version is pointless. the lp560 isn't a track car - that's what the superleggera is for - a convertible superleggera would be just as pointless as a scuderia spyder, but thankfully audi hasn't had the poor insight to build one (yet)
Nov 21st, 2008 4:18pm
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Penner Penner
For the price of this car you could save so many children in bangladesh!
Nov 20th, 2008 9:27pm
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lucifa lucifa
question - is this better looking than the reventon or not?
Nov 20th, 2008 8:44pm
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The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
I love this car! It is the ULTIMATE BEAST! Sexy too!
Nov 20th, 2008 5:26pm
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kevoluetion kevoluetion
R8 did not fall short of a Lambo because to avoid direct competition with each other, you really think they cannot make an R8 to match Lambos performance? Audi saved Lambo in terms of built quality and unique design cues. The lambo looks very audish to me, esp the back.
Nov 20th, 2008 3:50pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
very nice
Nov 20th, 2008 3:11pm
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wisp wisp
Is Audi responsible for Lambo designs or is it VW? People please please, how can you think that Audi should be credited for such a good design when their R8 falls short of this master stroke of a Lambo. Give credit to lambo and not Audi please please, coz at the rate some fans are going, they might as well credit Audi for the Seat Ibiza interior design.
Nov 20th, 2008 2:48pm
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Why even bring that up. Nobody even credited Audi for the design of this car. Audi and Lamborghini are designed by different people. You've made it clear you don't like Audi. No need to bring up crap that nobody even asked for to start another flame war.
Nov 21st, 2008 4:01am
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lucifa lucifa
ok now THAT is a good looking car. probably the most sorted side-profile of anything i've ever seen - it just works.
Nov 20th, 2008 1:37pm
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chizz chizz
I just can't wow loud enough!
Nov 20th, 2008 12:09pm
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
very nice... but i'd still get the coupe. :D dunno why. this is probably heavier, less rigid etc.. but still very nice. :D
Nov 20th, 2008 11:49am
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RussianMafia RussianMafia
The phone collecting ability of this Gallardo is even more improved!
Nov 20th, 2008 9:05am
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kevoluetion kevoluetion
Flawless car!! Sexy looks and superb performance!! Audis done it again.
Nov 20th, 2008 8:51am
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michelin901 michelin901
audis done it again. ha ha ha ha. they own em n tats it. you think lambo asks audi for tips? its audi who steals lambo tech n knowhow. and dont start with the r8 matchin up.
Nov 23rd, 2008 8:11pm
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
Does it come in any other colour apart from white... How about a glass engine cover like the coupé?
Nov 20th, 2008 7:05am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
i love it
Nov 20th, 2008 4:35am
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Tuner_Mad Tuner_Mad
Oooh! Nice one!
Nov 20th, 2008 2:13am
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
wow, first Gallardo I would ever consider buying. Up till now I thought they were just the Murc's ugly younger sibling.
Nov 20th, 2008 1:57am
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Geefiasco Geefiasco
Nov 20th, 2008 12:31am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
Nov 19th, 2008 11:36pm
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rDuke rDuke
Nov 19th, 2008 11:21pm
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