An Honest Review of My Lamborghini Gallardo

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The Gallardo was my childhood dream car. It been my phone background since the iphone 3g, my bedroom wall poster for many years and always held a special place in my heart. I’ve wanted to review the gallardo since Vehicle Virgins was started in 2011. I spent countless hours imagining the driving dynamics, the insane sound and exotic persona. Today is an extremely special day, because this is the first time I’ve reviewed my own car since the first review I ever made of my BMW M5. I finally own a gallardo and have fallen head over heals in love with the car. So let me tell you a bit about Candice.

The beginning of German ownership gave birth to the Lamborghini Gallardo, an exotic that challenged and dominated the Ferrari 360. The baby bull that was just as capable, dynamic and exciting as the Murcielago, the Gallardo brought some amount of practicality and could be driven on a daily basis. Then subsequently rip your face off and deafen all bystanders as the 5 Liter V10 screams to its 8100 RPM redline.

Power sits at 500 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque, and with extensive usage of aluminum, the Gallardo actually has the same power to weight ratio as its older brother, the Murcielago. Transmission choices included a traditional six speed manual or E-gear, either choice enable a top speed of 192 mph. 0-60 happens in a blistering 3.9 seconds. The Gallardo is fast. Really fast.

The transmission is savage and I love it. Then the shifts themselves are insane, pulling the lever grants an instantaneous gear change, accompanied with a sharp jolt as the entire car prepares for more mind blowing speed. Place the car in sport mode and anything above half throttle means shifts pop like a dry ice bomb. It thrashes you, it beats you up, and thats what makes it so damn fun. The single clutch system may shift slower than a dual clutch system, but for spirited driving I’d prefer it any day of the week.

Show the Lamborghini a corner and it complies with prestigious grip, the AWD system inspiring confidence. Power has a default split of 30/70 but can send even more to the rear. The car has so much grip I’ve yet to break the tires loose around a corner.

The seating position in the gallardo is fantastic. You sit low and have a great view over the hood. The steering wheel sits just right and the pedals are the perfect amount of firm. The steering is heavy, very heavy. But once you get used to it, the rack provides welcomed confidence. Lamborghini isn’t known for its exquisite handling like its prancing horse rival. But it is really good, I promise you.

The interior of the Gallardo is thankfully well put together. Traditionally supercars seem to have electronics that are completely unusable, and have utterly terrible ergonomics. With Audi ownership, Lamborghini had access to german expertise and more importantly, the Audi parts bin. Everything works properly, and you even get heated seats! The highlight of the center console is the row of fighter jet toggle switches that control everything from the headlights to the windows.

Few cars can match the attention driving a yellow Lamborghini will attract. A combination of exotic looks and thundering V10 will turn the heads of every single person you pass. Thumbs up are frequent, as are the occasional obscene gesture. It is rather pleasing to notice that the majority of attention is positive, we frequently see people smiling or laughing as the car drives past.

The 5L v10 in the gallardo produces some of the most beautiful noise I’ve ever heard. It’s like an extremely loud well tuned symphony. Just listen to this!!

The smile this car puts on my face is immeasurable. Driving it gives me untold pleasure. My friends are scared for my well being. The utmost important part of a car in my opinion is how it makes you feel. Well the Gallardo makes me feel like 10 year old me playing need for speed. Driving it is like playing a video game, its so damn cool it doesn’t even seem real. But then I remember it is real, and that makes it even better. I’m driving my childhood dream car right now, and there really aren’t many more special things than that. I’ve met my hero, and shes exceeded my expectations. I’m relieved and ecstatic.

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