As far as affordable sports cars go, the $409,500 Lamborghini Gallardo is no bargain – but for nearly a decade the Gallardo has offered a slightly more affordable alternative to the bigger, V12 coupes.
And now, it is no more.
Lamborghini has announced that 2013 model-year Gallardos will be the last, launching a website – www.thefinalgallardo.com – to celebrate the ten-year tenure of the eye-catching V10 variant.
The Gallardo is the highest-selling Lamborghini model ever with more than 13,000 units produced since 2003. It has been offered in both coupe and spyder body-styles, with rear- or all-wheel-drive and numerous special edition models.
All Gallardo models built have been offered with a V10 engine, with early models powered by a 5.0-litre unit producing between 368 and 390kW (and 510Nm), and latter models fitted with a 5.2-litre ten-cylinder with between 405kW and 419kW (and 540Nm).
Lamborghini’s Final Gallardo site says:
“It’s been a crazy beautiful ride for the past decade. One we’ve all enjoyed. And now the last Gallardo is here, the final masterpiece of the collection. Wind in your hair, smile on your face, foot to the floor. Italy personified. Drive it now, or regret it later.”
The latest update for the Gallardo was shown at the Paris motor show in October, with a revised bumper and tail-end design that was met with mixed reaction from the press corp.
Despite the launch of the new website, it’s unclear whether there will be a special “final edition” model offered.
There has been no firm news yet on a potential replacement for the Gallardo, but the Italian brand is expected to reveal a new model some time next year.
It also plans to add an SUV to its lineup to sit alongside the remaining Aventador by about 2016.
Speculation suggests the Gallardo replacement will still be powered by a V10 but won't have a manual option, with the Italian maker favouring a dual-clutch auto.
Lamborghinis have traditionally been named after fighting bulls, but the new model could break with tradition by taking its name from mythology. The maker filed trademarks for Deimos - the personification of terror in Ancient Greek legend - and Hurracan, a name originating from the Mayan god of wind and fire.
The Gallardo hasn’t been without its share of problems. In September this year, Lamborghini announced a recall over a potential fire risk involving part of the steering system. The recall affected 3000 cars worldwide.
More recently, Lamborghini’s Sydney dealership was embroiled in scandal after two Gallardo models that were on display at the Sydney motor show were seized by receivers.