2008 Lamborghini Gallardo


2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo was new.

Pros & Cons

  • Distinct and aggressive styling
  • Spectacular 0-to-60 times and slalom speeds
  • Agile, grippy handling with permanent all-wheel drive
  • Snug interior may not fit taller drivers
  • Some find the materials lacking for the price

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Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating:
This model has never been fully tested for critics' rating. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Performance:
This model has never been fully tested for performance. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Interior:
This model has never been fully tested for interior. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. As a result, it doesn't have an overall score and cannot be ranked against other luxury sports cars.
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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Overview

The 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo is a world-class sports car that boasts wild acceleration that goes with its wildly styled exterior. Named after a breed of eighteenth-century fighting bulls, the Gallardo made its debut in 2004. Since then, it's become the best-selling vehicle in Lamborghini's history -- and it's easy to see why. The Auto Channel calls it a "supercar like few other. Quick, responsive and highly desirable." Likewise, the Arizona Republic says the Gallardo is "every bit the supercar, boasting plenty of performance, style and charisma." Last year, Lamborghini began offering the new Gallardo Superleggera, which features lighter-weight components and more horsepower. New Car Test Drive calls this newest offering "one of the most exciting, easy-to-drive sports cars ever built, a very special car for the few who can afford it."

But does the Gallardo justify its extravagant $200,000-plus base price? "For those with loads of disposable income, Gallardo has to be on the sports-car shopping list," says the Arizona Republic. Note that the Superleggera costs almost $30,000 more than the base Gallardo. Still, Car and Driver calls it "something of a bargain for Lambo fanciers," noting that "a Superleggera is a good $100,000 less than a comparably equipped Murciélago LP640, about as quick in a straight line, and a lot less of a handful on a track."

The Gallardo comes as a two-door coupe equipped with a 5.0-liter V10 engine. The Superleggera model adds 10 additional horsepower. The Gallardo Spyder, added to the line in 2006, features an automatic soft top.

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