Lamborghini Gallardo launched at Geneva Motor Show
Automobili Lamborghini launched its new V10, five litre, 500 bhp Gallardo at the Geneva Motor Show today, giving UK audiences the first opportunity to view the car that Lamborghini says is designed to "Redefine its segment as the best high performance car. The Gallardo is a true sports car that can be used on an everyday basis."Official UK distributor Lamborghini London has been taking deposits for the Lamborghini Gallardo for the past year, although production of right-hand drive models is not expected to commence until late 2003. The Gallardo (pronounced Ga-yardo) has been designed and built to combine the comfort and finish required in a prestige car without any compromise in the performance expected from a Lamborghini. The result is a compact, two-seater, high performance car with maximum speed well over 180 mph, which is as suitable for driving on race tracks as it is on long distance journeys and city roads.
The Gallardo follows recent Lamborghini traditions with permanent four-wheel drive and independent double wishbone suspension. Using aluminium space frame technology developed by Audi, the total 'dry' weight of the car is just 1430 kg despite its four-wheel drive. The engine is mid-rear mounted, with the gearbox behind the engine. Particular attention was paid to achieve the correct weight distribution (42% front, 58% rear) true to Lamborghini's engineering tradition. The car's low centre of gravity is a fundamental engineering factor, leading to the decisions for engine and transmission layout.