2006 Lamborghini Gallardo
By Dave Good
Do you ever forget your first date with a Lamborghini? I haven’t. Back in the ‘70’s (high school years for me) I went on a service call with my dad to a client’s home. There, parked in the early morning still of the client’s garage were not one, but two Miuras. Over the years, I’ve remembered them the way you might remember a first kiss. In the world of exotic speedsters, Lamborghini has always held private reserve status, firmly lodged in permanent wish list status in many an enthusiast’s heart and soul. Think about it -- how many framed Countach or Diablo posters are still hanging in garages today?
This year, Lamborghini updated the Gallardo. A more-or-less tweaked version of an established design, it is still one handsome bull. Gallardo benefits from high tech advances already in place on the SE and the Spyder models. The idea for 2006, as the story goes, was to wed a high performance sports car with a daily driver. Conflict of interest? Not if your definition of a daily driver includes top speeds of 200 mph and something approaching Formula One handling.
Gallardo’s muscular, compact thermoplastic and aluminum curves were rolled out this year in three additional colors: green, blue, and gray, with additional changes made to existing interior/exterior color packages. The glove leather cockpit includes expected amenities like a multimedia system with CD changer and MP3 player; the range of options includes a rear TV camera, video tuner, and an automated sequential e-gear transmission with paddles on the steering column.
Gallardo gets to the grocery store and back on Lambo’s Viscous Traction system and double wishbone suspension with the help of a mid-rear longitudinally mounted V10 5 - liter 500 horse power plant that does 0 – 60 in just over four seconds. The gearbox is mounted just aft of the engine and the rear spoiler is electronically controlled. At just over 3,100 pounds, weight distribution and a lowered center of gravity are just right for sports handling and comfort, even on long road trips. And through Lamborghini’s ‘Privilege Programme,’ a buyer can select from an extended range of options intended to make Gallardo the most exclusive bad boy in the stable.
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Posted March 20, 2006
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