Step back 10 years in time to the 2003 Geneva Motor Show and you may remember the reveal of the 1st ever Lamborghini Gallardo, boasting 369kW from a normally aspirated 5-litre V10, relayed to the ground via a robotized manual gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive. Fast forward 10 years and 32 variations later and the final Gallardo, a Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Rosso Mars red, has rolled off the production line at Sant’Agata Bolognese.
It is a rather sad day, not only for Lamborghini, but the motoring world as a whole, as the Gallardo was not only beautiful in all incarnations, but also served as the greatest selling Lamborghini of all time, selling a total of 14 022 units being sold in its 10 year lifespan. Not only was this the greatest selling Lamborghini of all time, but it also raised production for Lamborghini from an average of 250 units a year to over 2000. True to Lamborghini naming heritage, the Gallardo was named after a fighting bull, whose bloodline continues today and was known for its exceptional courage and undaunted nature – attributes which the Gallardo maintained throughout its tenure.
Highlights of the Gallardo’s life included 32 variants, ranging from the Gallardo to the Gallardo Spyder. The Superleggera in 2007 signified the end for the 1st generation Gallardo with 395kW and large amounts of carbon fibre. In 2008, the second generation Gallardo was born, with an updated 5.2-litre V10 and increased power figures of 418kW in LP560-4 guise. The 2nd generation Spyder also arrived in 2008, and in 2010, the second generation Superleggera, the LP 570-4 made its debut, also available in convertible format as the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. Lamborghini also released special editions of the Gallardo with RWD-only drivetrain in the Valentino Balbone LP 550-2 and LP 550-2 Spyder, appealing to sporting purists.
The final parting shot for the Gallardo was the introduction earlier this year of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corsa, born from the Super Trofeo Stradale racing series and built for the road. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corsa sports a dry weight of 1340 kilograms, with a power-to-weight ratio of 317kW-per-tonne. The Squadra Corsa sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320km/h
In this, the 50th anniversary year of Lamborghini, we bid farewell to an automotive icon that spans nearly 50% of all 30 000 Lamborghinis ever produced. The final Gallardo already has an owner and has been shipped off to a private collector, and while the Gallardo nameplate dies today, to be replaced by the Cabrera next year, it will always remain a legend.
Farewell Lamborghini Gallardo, we salute you!