• Feb 27th 2008 at 9:58AM
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Reports circulating the automotive webdom suggest that the new version of the Gallardo which Lamborghini will be unveiling next week in Geneva will be called the LP560-4. Whereas previous reports indicated a LP550 nameplate, the LP560-4 designation draws on the new car's reported metric power rating of 560 PS – equivalent to 552hp – with the 4 designating the four-wheel-drive system. This latter addition is not present on previous Lamborghini model nomenclature, including the Murcielago, whose second iteration was similarly named LP640, without the additional 4 despite the traction at all wheels. (We wonder if Lamborghini decided to forgo the 550 numerology because arch-rival Ferrari used it on a contemporary model.) Meanwhile, AutoWeek reports that the new Gallardo's engine is more closely related to that of the Audi RS6: a more durable 5.2-liter V10 with FSI direct-injection, replacing the outgoing Gallardo's 5-liter unit.

The revised nomenclature comes from quotes attributed to Lambo chief Stephan Winkelmann, and accompanies the conceptual rendering you see above, although neither appears on the company's press site. Whatever the banner under which the new Gallardo will drive, it not only itself helps Lamborghini directly live up to its promise of a new model at each major auto show, but opens to the door to new future variants, which are likely to include a new Spyder and possibly a new Superleggera. We'll continue to keep our eyes and ears open.

[Source: tuningsnews.net via World Car Fans]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      The RS6 is rated at 580HP and is a biturbo 5.2L V-10. The engines in the S6 and S8 however, are N/A 5.2L FSI V-10's sporting 435 and 450HP.

      Being that the Gallardo is not turbo, isn't the engine more realted to the S-Cars rather than the RS-Cars?

      Regardless, it's quite impressive to get that much power out of an N/A street engine of that size and especially such a big jump from what the S6 and S8 get powerwise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Figures the Germans take over and the exotic names go out the window.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least I can't see "LP560-4" being mentioned in any club songs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      By naming the updated version the Gallardo LP560-4, this report suggests that Lambo wants people to know that the regular Gallardo has AWD.

      This opens the door for Lambo to release a SLIGHTLY more affordable Gallardo V8 with RWD, which won't have the number 4.

      Either way, a more powerful Gallardo LP560-4 with AWD and a slightly more affordable Gallardo with RWD sound great!
        • 7 Years Ago
        and how much affordable would it be? half? which is $100,000? at least it would need 450HP
        • 7 Years Ago
        I bet it wouldn't be cheaper once you insure it :)
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing, only the skeptic in me doubts that the RWD-only version would be more affordable.

        I'm thinking more like, RWD-only, track-day special edition (a more focused Superleggera), that would undoubtedly carry a premium. Think GT2 to Porsche's 911 Turbo.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Italian exotics shouldn't have numbers after their names!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Exotic cars need exotic names. LP560-4 is not nearly as evocative as Gallardo. Just as 512TR can't hold a candle to Testarossa. It's just a number and letter soup. Don't make me decode your exotics name - give me a poetic whiff of far off lands and a dream of slicing through the corner over the cliffs of someplace I've only read about.
      The worst of it is that the numbers seem to lock the car down to a certain time. Five years from now when every exotic car worth it's salt is sporting 750 horses under the hood, do you really want to pull up in something with 2/3 the bragging rights?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to all the cool Lambo names? Leave the prefixes and numbers to the Germans, Italian cars need provocative names with beautiful sounds (Quattroporte, GranTurismo, Gallardo, Murcielago... etc etc)
      • 7 Years Ago
      jeez o' man, and I thought LP640 didn't really roll off the tongue...
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