Lamborghini Gallardo Launched At Geneva Motor Show | Part Two

Lamborghini Gallardo


Externally, the Gallardo is undoubtedly Lamborghini, whilst being extremely individual. The Gallardo dimensions (total length 4.3m, width 1.9m and height 1.165m) and its long wheelbase (2.56m), complemented by short overhangs, gives it its dynamic appearance, which integrates the Lamborghini design attributes of purism, athleticism and sharpness. The infamous Lamborghini scissor-door design however, has been reserved for the marque’s 12-cylinder model lineage.

The Gallardo’s aluminium V10, four-valve engine has a displacement of 4961 cc, producing 500 bhp at 7800 rpm. The torque output is optimised across the rpm range, managed by adopting a variable geometry intake manifold and a continuously variable valve timing system for both intake and exhaust. Thus, maximum torque of 510 Nm is reached at 4500 rpm, with 80% of this power already achieved at only 1500 rpm. The throttle control is performed via a drive-by-wire system. The Gallardo includes the new generation Lamborghini LIE engine management system.

The Gallardo’s permanent four-wheel drive transmission is based on Lamborghini’s viscous traction system: the viscous coupling allows, without electronic controls, dynamic weight distribution depending on road conditions.

The six-speed gearbox ensures precision as well as ease of use. A sequential gear shifting system, the Lamborghini ‘e gear’, has been included as an option on the Gallardo with steering wheel-mounted paddles. The e gear allows for very fast but smooth gearshifts, equal to or better than that which is achievable by a very good driver with a standard gearbox. The e gear system also allows different operating modes to be selected such as sport and automatic.

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Published 24 March 2003 Melanie Carter

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