2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Overview
The Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car built by Lamborghini and its most-produced model to date, with over 10,000 built in its first seven years of production. The car is named after a famous breed of fighting bull and represented to many the smaller version of the Murcielago, a descendant of Lamborghini's Jalpa from the 1980s.
What's New for 2012
Price Range: $191,900 - $256,300
MPG Range: 13 - 20 mpg
Bodystyles: Coupe, Convertible
Example 1: 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo
For 2012, the Lamborghini Gallardo sees no changes.
The 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo is an exotic sports car. It is offered as the LP560-4 coupe and Spyder roadster, as well as the LP570-4 Superleggera coupe and LP570-4 Spyder Performante. There is also the rear-wheel-drive variant -- the LP550-2 -- which comes in standard monotone colors, or as the "Bicolore" edition with a two-tone paint scheme.
They are powered by a 5.2-liter direct-injection V10 engine; the 560-4 has 552 hp, 398 lb-ft of torque, AWD and 6-speed manual or optional robotized “E-gear” transmission; the Superleggera and Spyder Performante have AWD, standard E-gear, and the hp increases to 562; the 550-2 also has standard E-gear but is rear-wheel driven and has 543 hp, and the 550-2 Spyder and 560-4 Spyder have 560, with the former having rear-wheel drive and the latter with AWD. All of the Spyders are convertibles, the rest are coupes, and all are designed to seat 2 people. All levels of trim sport aluminum alloy 19-inch wheels.
The 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that sends 550 hp and 397 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. The LP560-4 is powered by a similar engine tweaked for 560 hp and 397 lb-ft of torque that goes to all four wheels. A six-speed manual transmission with a gated metal shifter is standard, while a six-speed, single-clutch automated manual transmission (known as "e-gear") is optional.
ú Engine: 5.2L V ten-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
ú Premium unleaded fuel
ú Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 13 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 381 mi. range
ú Gasoline direct fuel injection
ú 23.8gallon fuel tank
ú Power (SAE): 550 hp @ 8,000 rpm; 398 ft lb of torque @ 6,500 rpm
ú 3.077:1 axle ratio
ú Brake assist system
ú Four-wheel disc brakes including 4-ventilated
ú Electronic brake distribution
ú Electronic traction control
ú Rear mechanical limited-slip differential
ú Stability control
ú Independent front and rear wishbone suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs
ú Front and rear suspension levelling
ú Tire kit
ú Body-color front and rear bumpers
ú Day time running lights
ú Driver and passenger power door mirrors: heated, body-color
ú External dimensions: overall length (inches): 171.2, overall width (inches): 74.8, overall height (inches): 45.9, wheelbase (inches): 100.8, front track (inches): 64.3, rear track (inches): 62.9 and curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.7
ú Electric foldable mirrors
ú Headlight cleaners
ú Headlights: Bi-Xenon with projector beam lenses
ú Luxury trim: alloy on shifter, leather on doors and leather on dashboard
ú Gloss paint
ú Rear window:
ú Trunk/hatch spoiler
ú Tinted glass
ú Weights: published curb weight (lbs): 3,042
ú Windshield wipers with intermittent wiper
Unlike previous Lamborghini models, the 2012 Gallardo provides a fairly livable cabin, thanks in large part to influence from parent company Audi. Leather and soft-touch materials adorn much of the interior as one might expect, but the switchgear, gauges and multimedia driver interface are essentially pulled from the Audi parts bin. Some might bemoan this dilution of Lamborghini's traditional Italian character, but most will be thankful that everything actually works. Further advancements can be found in the fundamentally sound driving position and the comfortable and supportive seats.
ú 12V power outlet(s) in front and rear
ú Remote control trunk/hatch release
ú Memorized adjustment: includes door mirror position and steering wheel position
ú Cruise control
ú Front and rear reading lights
ú Cargo area light
ú Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
ú Luxury trim: chrome and leather on shifter, chrome and leather on doors and wood/woodgrain on dashboard
ú Carpet floor mats
ú Load restraint: hooks
ú Card key power locks : includes power windows
ú Anti-theft protection
ú Leather upholstery
ú Front seat center armrest
ú Rear seat center armrest
ú Driver seat : heated, ventilated, climate-controlled and bucket with six 12-way power ; details: memorized height, power lumbar and memorized tilt, front passenger seat : heated, ventilated, climate-controlled and bucket with six 12-way power ; details: power height, power lumbar and power tilt
ú Rear seats:
o Wood & leather-trimmed, tilt/ telescoping steering wheel
o Front cup holders
o Rear electric blind
o Ventilation system with micro filter
o Passenger ventilation controls
o Auto-dimming rear view mirror
o Front and rear power windows with two-touch on one window
o Overhead consoles
Example 1: 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo
All models come with dual-stage front-and-side airbags with head/thorax airbags on optional comfort seats. Eight-piston front brake calipers and 4-piston in the rear and ventilated cast-iron discs help you control the beast; carbon-ceramic disc brakes are an option.
New for the trim, and for Lamborghini, is the rear-wheel drive of the 550-2. Not only does it reduce the car’s weight by 300 pounds, but it also adds to performance and thrill to have all that power behind you. Those crafty Italians re-tuned the car to handle the new drivetrain, enhancing stability in the rear and precision in the front, making for a smooth and nimble ride. They estimate 0 to 60 at 4.2 seconds.
But make no mistake; despite its civility, the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo is a wild child at heart that will provide all the visceral thrills you expect from an exotic sports car. Of course the Gallardo has worthy rivals in the form of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Audi R8, Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. So we highly recommend test-driving them all -- not only because it's what a smart consumer should do, but also because it sounds like a helluva way to spend a weekend.
The Gallardo is targeted at the extremely wealthy who want a real high-performance vehicle and aren’t afraid to get behind the wheel and flaunt it
Similar cars compared to a 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo: 2012 Porsche 911, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador.
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