The Lamborghini Gallardo celebrates its 10th birthday this year. A decade old. A year for each cylinder. Quite old, when there are newer, more shiny things around, such as the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458. Alongside them, Lambo’s bread-and-butter supercar looks a bit, well, bread-and-butter. An old bruiser, no longer to be taken seriously. A battle-scarred veteran of the supercar wars.
And that’s precisely why you shouldn’t underestimate it. Lamborghini knows how to make an exciting sports car, always has done, and hopefully always will do. But, yes, in essence, the latest Gallardo hasn’t progressed forward so much as sideways. No engine or chassis upgrades, the interior is entirely familiar, all that’s new is a pair of bumpers fore and aft and some even more spangly 19-inch ‘Apollo-polished’ alloys.
And that old 5.2-litre V10 is still a proper bobby-dazzler, so crisply responsive and heartily potent. Masses of thrust there. It’s only available with the E-gear six-speed sequential manual transmission these days, which is clunky unless you remember to back off the throttle between shifts, but otherwise this is a powerpack you can really engage with and deploy regularly to mighty effect.
Overall, then, it’s a fun car that knows how to show its driver a whale of a time, and for this we should be thankful. But I’m not sure that’s enough any more. A new Gallardo is needed, Lamborghini. Just make sure it doesn’t lose the essence of this one.
5204cc, V10, 4WD, 552bhp, 397lb ft, n/a mpg, 330g/km CO2, 0–62mph in 4.0secs, 201mph, 1550kg
Outclassed in almost every way nowadays, but this is still a bull that knows how to rage. Angry car, fun car