- Mar 4, 2008
Geneva 2008: Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 live and drool-worthy
After circumnavigating the whole of the Geneva expo center, a strange force drew us to a minimalistic booth on the west side of the complex. There, we were afforded our first live glimpse of Lamborghini's newest exotica, the Gallardo LP560-4. As its name implies, the gussied-up Gallardo is sporting 560 hp from its new, direct-injected 5.2-liter V10. Hacking off 20 kilos from the curb weight allows the LP560-4 to rocket to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 201 mph, all the while increasing fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions by some 18-percent.
All the official details are available after the jump and we've assembled a high-res gallery of live and press images below.
Sant'Agata Bolognese, March 3rd, 2008
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
Setting a New Standard
Powerful elegance - a new definition
With the new Gallardo LP560-4, Lamborghini once again sets a higher standard for super sports cars. With its new engine, permanent four-wheel drive transmission and new suspension, it delivers clearly improved performance and dynamics. In parallel, its innovative design takes the classic lines unique to the Lamborghini brand one step further. Powerful elegance has never been so defined before.
The Gallardo LP560-4 is the successor of the most successful Lamborghini model of all time. Approximately 7100 Gallardo models have left the Sant'Agata Bolognese production plant since its launch in 2003. "The LP560-4 will consolidate this success story," states Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "It will outclass its predecessor in every aspect; its dynamics are distinctly breathtaking and its design sets new standards. With the introduction of the Gallardo LP560-4, we will consistently continue Lamborghini's growth strategy".
The powerful heart of the Gallardo LP560-4 is the new 5.2 litre V10 engine with an output of 560 PS (412 kW) at 8000 rpm. The increase of 40 PS compared with that of the previous Gallardo, and the approximate 20 kilogram reduction in weight, improves the power weight ratio to 2.5 kilograms per PS (hp) and thus enhances performance. The LP560-4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, its speed at 11.8 seconds is 200 km/h and its top speed lies at 325 km/h. At the same time the new, highly efficient engine enthrals its driver with its direct fuel injection system - "Iniezione Diretta Stratificata". Despite its clearly increased power, fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions have been reduced by a staggering 18 percent.
The engineers in the Sant'Agata-based Technical Department have also improved traction, handling and stability at high speeds. The redesigned four-wheel drive transmission, the new suspension and the optimised aerodynamics as well as the reduced weight and decreased friction between the components, all contribute to the overall improvements in
the vehicle. Thus the Gallardo LP560-4 presents itself as a cutting edge super sports car also suitable for the race-track. The car is also surprisingly suited to long-distance driving and despite its extreme performance capabilities is easy to control whilst maintaining utmost stability.
A Lamborghini is and always will be a highly efficient athlete. Its extreme sensuality is based upon precision, performance and on spontaneous action. A Lamborghini's elegance is that of stark, purist strength. This DNA of the Lamborghini brand is being continuously developed by the Centro Stile in every new car. Thus the Gallardo LP560-4 displays the precise lines and clean surface edges in its distinctly minimalist design. Ornaments or embellishments of any form are alien to it.
Evolution of form systematically follows the demands of function: the newly designed front of the LP 560-4 squats deeply to the ground which contributes to its aerodynamic efficiency. The enlarged and clearly accentuated cooling intakes meet the demands of augmented engine power thus increasing the air circulation vital to a vehicle as powerful as
this. The spoiler, positioned low between the air intakes, improves aerodynamic equilibrium at high speeds.
Characteristic LED – Daytime running light
The new headlights have a characteristic 'daytime' running light integrated beneath the Bi-Xenon lamps: 15 diodes (LED) have been positioned in a Y structure. The same motif appears again in the rear tail-lights. The stop and brake lights have been inspired by the Miura Concept, the Murciélago LP640 and the Reventón and display the Y form three times over.
The completely redesigned rear gives the definition "powerful elegance" a new meaning: rear lights, air cooling vents, bumper and diffuser are arranged in precise positions on the car's exterior, which make the
LP560-4 appear extremely wide and bonded to the road surface. In addition, the streamlined covers left and right of the engine hood accentuate the powerful shoulders and lengthened, stretched lines of the new Gallardo.
Clearly improved aerodynamics
The rear diffuser has been newly designed, is more efficient with respect to its predecessor and, together with the smooth underbody, contributes to the excellent steering stability even at extremely high speeds. In sum, the aerodynamic efficiency with regard to output compared to that of its predecessor has been increased by 31 limited slip and an electronic differential
lock at the front complete the four-wheel drive system.
Superior traction and handling
Not only does the maximum traction take advantage of the permanent four-wheel drive system, but also the car's clearly superior handling. Each wheel can only transfer a certain amount of torque to the road. As
the propulsion power is distributed onto all four wheels through the viscous traction system, more potential for directional control remains - and reserves in every situation distinguish a perfectly made sports car.
Despite all the engine thrust, changing gears in the Gallardo LP560-4 is one of the most exciting experiences of driving this vehicle. It is still the customer's personal preference as to whether he wishes to change gears
manually through the exact 'gate' guides of the six-speed gearbox via the short gear stick, or whether he prefers to let his fingertips control the e.gear's paddle-shift system located behind the steering wheel: the
latter solution becoming the preference of the majority of Lamborghini customers.
Gear change time reduced by 40 per cent
The automated e-gear transmission has been completely redesigned and improved in all aspects. The complete system has not only been reduced in weight, but the time employed to change gears has also been reduced
by 40 per cent in "CORSA" mode. The driver may choose between five different driving and changing programs: in addition to the 'normal' mode, the Gallardo LP560-4 offers a SPORT programm with its even more rapid gear changing times and increased number of revolutions. The CORSA program directs the engine to optimum acceleration. It permits a greater slip angle and also allows - with maximum safety - the full dynamism of the LP560-4 to be enjoyed even on a race-track. The 'Thrust Mode' ensures maximum acceleration from neutral while the angle of the throttle valve and the clutch are here optimally adjusted to one another. Finally the Automatic mode: here the engine changes gear in total independence and permits a particularly comfortable mode of
High-tech parts with Lamborghini know-how
Even the Gallardo LP560-4's predecessor was one of the world's best super sports cars with regard to handling, precision and driving stability. However, the latest model provides an even more intense driving
experience: the new suspension improves the car's handling, its driving comfort and its directional stability at high speeds.
The Gallardo LP560-4's space frame is uncompromisingly high tech. Its technical production was conceived from motor sport technologies. The double wishbones made out of aluminium with newly designed
kinematics, while the springs and shock absorbers are tightly adjusted for grip.
The rear axle now has an additional track rod which further improves the excellent control of this super sports vehicle. Newly developed elements are the rubber-metal bearings - authentic high-tech parts - which clearly
improve the special Lamborghini driving dynamics with well-chosen material combinations and cleverly defined assembly.
Extreme road adherence
The steering rack works with relatively little assisted steering support, thus bonding the driver closely to the road. This in turn provides him with an intense experience of power and impulse. The steering has its own
cooling system for the power steering fluid.
Precise, breathtakingly fast, whilst stable and free from surprises, the Gallardo LP560-4's dynamics assures a sensuous experience. The LP560-4's tyres (format 235/35 ZR 19 front and 295/30 ZR 19 rear) appear to bond with the asphalt. Specially developed Pirelli P-Zero series tyres are fitted: these have a particularly low roll resistance which also maintains tyre wear at a minimum without, of course, any reduction in their performance quality. At a speed of over 120 km/h an independently extended rear spoiler increases the downforce on the rear axle It acts in association with the specially formed underbody which directs the
airstream under the car.
Optional Carbon Ceramic Brake system
The new braking system acts with brute force. At the front, eight 'Brembo specialist' cylinder callipers grasp the 365 mm diameter brake discs. At the rear, four cylinder callipers act on the 356 mm brake discs. In addition, the new disc ventilation system improves the stability in extreme situations. Optionally, discs made out of Carbon Ceramic are offered. At the front the CCB (Carbon Ceramic Brakes) discs measure 380mm in diameter and at the rear 356mm. They deliver much improved performance at a reduced weight. In total, the CCB braking system is
lighter in weight that, at the wheel, improves driving dynamics and comfort.
The interior and trim
With the Gallardo LP560-4 Lamborghini provides its customers with a generous and sporty standard equipment package. Direct from the production line, a customer will find included in his vehicle passenger and lateral air-bags; a two-zone air-conditioning system with sun regulation; The Lamborghini Multimedia System including an USB connector; and sports seats with an electronically operated backrest. In addition to this, the interior trim includes fine leather and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED daytime running light. The car is supplied with new Apollo wheels as standard.
A large variety of options increases the interior comfort of the vehicle, including a navigation system and a module for TV reception, a hands-free Bluetooth® phone set, an anti-theft device and a rearview camera.
A further option is the lifting system control of the front of the vehicle which, at the touch of a button, is raised to enable driving over obstacles. The new polished cross wheel rims 'Cordelia' or the black Y-rims 'Callisto'
complete the options range. Finally, the engine hood made from glass creates a showcase for the heart of the Gallardo LP560-4.
The possibilities and different combinations available in the Individualisation Program Ad Personam are almost inexhaustible. Behind this program stands the philosophy that a super sports car of this nature should, after all, reflect the personality of its owner by enabling him to completely indulge his expectations and wishes. As a consequence, extreme exclusivity is the trademark of Lamborghini's individualisation program. "Think the Impossible" states the motto. Ad Personam offers a host of options in order that a customer may give the car an imprint of his own style with respect to the interior trim and exterior. A new highlight in the program are the following three exclusive matt colours: Nero Nemesis (matt black), Bianco Canopus (matt white), Marrone Apus
(matt brown). The new matt colours underline the clearly defined and purist precision of the Lamborghini design.
Frame & Body
- Frame Structural aluminium spaceframe, based on aluminium extruded parts welded to aluminium casted joint elements.
- Body Aluminium with thermoplastic "hang on" parts
- Rear Spoiler Electronically controlled
- Mirrors External mirror with ectrical closing system
- Suspension Double wishbones front and rear suspension system, antiroll bar anti-dive and anti-squat ESP 8.0 Full ESP System with ABS,ASR and ABD
- Front Front Dual Stage driver and passenger airbags, side Head-thorax airbags
- Tyres (Frontreari) Pirelli Pzero 235/35 ZR 19 – 295/30 ZR 19
- Wheels (front-rear) Aluminium aloy, 8.5" x 019"- 11"x 019"
- Steering Power- assisted rack and pinion
- Kerb-to-kerb turning circle 11,50 m
- Steel brakes Power vacuum, aluminium alloy callipers : 8 cylinder front callipers and 4 cylinder rear callipers
- Ventilated discs (front-rear) ø 365 x 34mm front –ø 356 x 32 mm rear
- CCB brakes Power vacuum, aluminium alloy callipers :6 cylinder front callipers and 4 cylinder rear callipers
- Ventilated discs (front-rear) ø 380 x 38mm front –ø 356 x 32 mm rear
- Type 10 cylindres V90°, DOHC 4 valves,common-pin crankshaft
- displacement 5204 cc
- Compression ratio 12,5 : 1
- Maximum power 412 kW (560 ps) at 8000 rpm
- Maximum torque 540 Nm 6500 rpm
- Engine management system Bosch MED 9
- Cooling system Engine and Gearbox radiator
- Cooling system oil Oil to Water cooler
- Cooling system water Two water radiators
- Emission control system Catalytic converters with lambda sensors
- Lubrication system Dry sump
- Type of trasmission Permanent 4-wheel drive with viscous traction system
- Gearbox 6 Speed + reverse, A optional, robotized sequential e-gear system with actuation by paddles on the steering column
- Clutch Double plate ø 215 mm
- Rear Differential 45% limited slip
- Front Differential Slip limitation by ABD function
- Top speed 325 km/h
- Acceleration (0-100 km/h) 3,7 sec.
- Acceleration (0-200 km/h) 11,8 sec.
- Wheelbase 2560 mm
- Overall legth 4345 mm
- Overall width 1900 mm
- Overall height 1165 mm
- Track (front– rear) 1632 mm – 1597 mm
- Carb Weight 1500
- Weight distribution (front-rear) Front 43
- Engine oil 10 litres
- Fuel tank 90 litres
- Engine coolant 20 litres
Consumption with E-Gear
- Urban 21 L/100 km
- Extra urban 10 L/100 km
- Combined 14 L/100 km
- Emission Euro 4
- CO 2 327 g/km
Consumption with manual trasmission
- Urban 22 L/100 km
- Extra urban 10 L/100 km
- Combined 14,7 L/100 km
- Emission Euro 4
- CO 2 351 g/km