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2011 Lamborghini Gallardo Performance

This performance review was written when the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo was new.

The 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo has a powerful 10-cylinder, 560-horsepower engine and some of the most impressive handling and braking capabilities on the market. This year, a lot of journalists had the opportunity to test the Gallardo Supperleggera, a lighter version of the LP560-4 with performance that’s even more engaging because it’s 154 pounds lighter than the base model. It’s the Gallardo version of a Boxster Spyder, reducing weight found on the base model.

  • "Shocking in person and a bona fide supercar, the LP560-4 will put its driver into sensory overload." -- Car and Driver
  • "The steering is exact. The power extreme. The braking world class. The gas mileage abysmal if you drive it the way you should drive it -- but I don't see anyone purchasing this car because they want to pinch pennies at the pump." -- Detroit News
  • "With this kind of power, the Gallardo offers an amazing level of performance in its stock trim. However, for even more performance, Lamborghini offers a special edition called the Valentino Balboni edition. This model ups the ante by routing all of its power through the real wheels alone, bringing it even one step closer to a full blown race car and giving it the ability to kick the rear end around as needed, or wanted." -- Automobile Magazine
  • [on the Superleggara] "Weighing in at a scant 2,202 pounds, the V10-powered supercar is about a third lighter than Lamborghini’s closest current offering, and several hundred pounds less than a Mazda Miata. It’s an amazing achievement that promises huge increases in the often disparate areas of efficiency and performance, while compromising neither." -- Fox News

Acceleration and Power

Reviewers have nothing but good things to say about the 2011 Gallardo’s powertrain. The LP560-4 is equipped with a 5.2-liter 10-cylinder engine that produces 560 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 398 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but an automatic, E-gear transmission featuring paddles on the steering column for manual shifting is optional. Lamborghini reports that the Gallardo coupe has a top speed of 202 mph. What's more, it can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 11.8 seconds. The Spyder is somewhat slower, and averages 4.0 seconds and 13.1 seconds, respectively.

This year, reviewers have spent most of their time drooling over the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera’s performance capabilities. It shares the LP560-4’s engine, but because its 154 pounds lighter, this model has better performance. It accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and from zero to 124 mph in 10.2 seconds. Like the LP560-4, the Superleggera’s top speed is 202 mph.

According to the EPA, the 2011 Gallardo coupe and spyder models have identical fuel economy ratings. Paired with an automatic transmission, the Gallardo averages 13/20 mpg city/highway, and paired with a manual transmission, the Gallardo averages 12/20 mpg city/highway. No fuel economy data is available on the Superleggera.

  • "In ‘base’ LP 560-4 form the Gallardo screams, reaching 60 mph in less than four seconds and gunning to a top end right around 200 mph. And, of course, the lighter, more potent Superleggera edition is quicker still. Also on tap are an adaptive, mega-grip suspension, monster Brembo brakes, and an available E-Gear paddle-shift auto-clutch six-speed. This one's as fast as it looks." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo's performance is just as otherworldly as one would expect from any exotic sports car. The V10 power plant shrieks off the line as the revs climb toward redline. " -- Edmunds
  • "Imagine dropping the top and facing the 560 Spyder into the teeth of a Category 6 hurricane...that's what driving this Lambo at top speed would be like. Minus the rain, of course." -- Road and Track

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say the Gallardo’s steering capabilities are exceptional, and that its standard all-wheel drive keeps the Gallardo glued to the road. If you test a Superleggera, you may notice a bit of understeer. There are few comments about the Gallardo’s brakes but automotive journalists who do mention them report that they are smooth and astonishingly impressive.

  • "Up on the twisty mountain roads leading to La Teide, the volcanic mountain at the center of Tenerife and the highest point in Spain, the standard all-wheel-drive system helps the Gallardo stick as we rise through the coastal fog and burst into a pine forest. The super-accurate steering could use just a touch more feel, but it doesn't take long to figure out how to place the Gallardo in corners." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Like most modern exotic cars, the Gallardo is at ease in traffic, not a caged beast like exotics of old. But where some exotics (like Ferrari F430s), have dramatically different city and open-road personalities, the Lambo is always a bit on edge, firmer and more aggressive." -- Road and Track
  • "Steering feel on both is exceptional, and each manages to deliver carbon ceramic brakes (standard on the 458, a $15,600 option on the 570-4) that apply as smoothly as steel ones when cold while delivering astonishing whoa in track conditions." -- Motor Trend
  • "Compared to models from rival manufacturer Ferrari, the LP 560-4 is slightly less nimble and tossable. It is, however, perfectly at home blasting down the highway and carving through high-speed sweepers." -- Edmunds
  • "As in the Gallardo LP560-4, the extra weight of the all-wheel-drive system at the front end makes the Superleggera understeer more than the 458 Italia on corner entry, but as you feed the power in, the central viscous coupling transfers torque to the rear axle, and it’s possible to get the tail out, provided the stability-control system is switched off." -- Car and Driver
Review Last Updated: 5/17/11

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