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2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2

2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Review

(0 Stars)  Lambo’s least expensive offering. Don’t call it a bargain.

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New For 2013
The LP550-2 models are unchanged, but the LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder get a new front and rear with a more aggressive look, plus a new wheel-and-tire package. The LP 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante have an optional Edizione Tecnica Package with carbon ceramic brakes, a fixed rear wing, and a choice of two-tone color schemes including orange with black pillars, white with orange pillars, and black with orange pillars.
Overview
Visually, the Gallardo is restrained (for a two-seat Italian exotic), with no outlandish bodywork that puts flash ahead of drivability. Still, this is not a conveyance for people looking to travel undercover. The Gallardo replaces Lamborghini’s previous visual lack of restraint with a pure addiction to speed: the Gallardo is available with 550, 560, or 570 hp, all enough to propel the rear- or all-wheel-drive supercar to 60 mph in fewer than four seconds. Stand on the gas long enough and the Gallardo’s speedometer will crest at close to 200 mph. This high-speed machine can be had in a number of packages, too. It has a manual or an automated manual transmission and comes in coupe, convertible, and super-lightweight body styles. The Gallardo’s 5.2-liter V-10 may be less refined than some of its competitors’ engines, but it makes a great noise to match the car’s great looks. It also has great thirst, but supercar performance and good gas mileage have so far proved impossible to reconcile. The all-wheel-drive system in the LP560-4 and the LP570-4 keeps the fun from getting too dangerous. But don’t for a moment think the Gallardo is sensible. It’s bold and striking and makes a serious statement. Various special editions help buyers get specific about what they want to say.

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2013 Gallardo LP550-2 Coupe Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 5.2L V 10 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 13 MPG city, 20 MPG highway, 16 MPG combined and 381 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
23.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 550 hp @ 8,000 rpm; 398 ft lb of torque @ 6,500 rpm

'13 Lamborghini LP550-2 Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Safety  
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Limited Slip Differential
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Leather Seats
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc Changer
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Transmission Oil Cooler
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