LP 560-4 Goes Topless : Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder [review]
Tue, 04/28/2009 - 18:03 — admin
Lamborghini has taken on a whole new persona ever since under the aegis of VW-Audi they actually turned in a profit in their very first full year of production. This amazing success was a result of their then all-new Gallardo (pronounced Ga-yar-do which is a breed of Spanish fighting bull). It has taken them two cautious years to bring forth this open top variant called the Gallardo Spyder.
The additional year of gestation was obviously well spent on perfecting the new roadster. It now boasts of the industry’s strongest open top chassis and this was patently apparent while driving on the roads around Key Largo and Miami. There was not a trace of the chassis shudder when the suspension accidentally finds a pothole.
Precious few are those open-top cars that can pass this kind of abuse without causing the whole car to quiver. With this sort of strength, the engineers can be daring enough to fit a suspension as firmly sprung as the Gallardo coupe from which the Spyder is derived which should confer the Spyder similar handling characteristics as the excellent coupe.
The latest raft of 2006 Gallardo improvements like lower fuel consumption, quicker steering, better intake and exhaust systems also find its way into the new Spyder.
In the beginning of 2000, the Spyder was conceived at the Lamborghini Centro Stile studios back in early 2000 along with the coupe. So it is by no accident that the Spyder’s lines are so perfectly suited to the roadster form, revealing the purpose of every crease line found in the original coupe’s styling.
Under the carbonfibre rear tonneau cover resides a potent 520bhp 5-litre V10 engine. It gets 20bhp more than the original engine and makes all the right kinds of sounds befitting an Italian purebred supercar. Yet the exhaust system remains fairly quiet as long as the engine is kept below 3500 rpm.
And it is not all bark either. Together with the engine’s full 520 bhp fury, Lamborghini’s E-gear robotized paddle-shift transmission system, helps rocket the Spyder to 100 km/h in a blazing 4.0 seconds equalling the revised Gallardo Special Edition and 0.2 seconds ahead of the original Gallardo.
This is an excellent result considering the Spyder is 140-kg heavier thanks to the mandatory reinforcement required to shore up the open top chassis.
It has also contributed to an astonishing top speed of 324 km/h, just 1 km/h slower than the latest Gallardo SE coupe and 5 km/h more than the original coupe proving that the aerodynamic signature of the Spyder is surprisingly close to that of the coupe.
The Spyder’s considerable prowess was put to the test at Miami’s Homestead Speedway circuit. Needless to say the Spyder was flogged ruthlessly around the racetrack but it did not just withstand the pressure, it shone and delivered.
It may lack the edgy feel that thrills but most if not all of its owners will appreciate its user-friendliness even at the extremes of its performance potential. The huge steel brakes had the toughest job of all but they stood up to the repeated abuse rather well.
Notwithstanding, Lamborghini will be introducing Carbon-Composite Brakes in due course to improve braking stamina further not to mention bragging rights.
This is where the supercar will reside, in the eyes and minds of all who see it, where the mere glimpse of the Spyder will draw baited breath. Here is where this work of art is shared with all onlookers whether in admiration or envy, reaffirming its status among the league of supercar greats.
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