• Feb 20th 2009 at 1:29PM
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The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 has a lot going for it. It's aggressive, attractive and an absolute hoot to drive. It's also the Robb Report Car of the Year, beating out a dozen other luxury automobiles ranging from track stars like the Nissan GT-R and Corvette ZR1 to the quirky little SMART fortwo. The LP560-4 is the 16th winner of the award, given to the best and brightest of the luxury field by editors who know a thing or two about the good life. Testing took place in California's Napa Valley, where Robb Report staffers joined 50 guest judges to put the 13 vehicles through their paces.

The Gallardo won the award based on its supercar looks, fit and finish, and a four-wheel-drive system that makes the LP560-4 just as capable in the twisties as it is in a straight line. While the LP560-4 didn't change much aesthetically for 2009, Lamborghini made significant changes beneath the Gallardo's skin.

Robb Report Editor-in-Chief Brett Anderson summed up why the Gallardo came home with the hardware: "No past iterations of the Gallardo have delivered the combination of power and precision you get from this engine and four-wheel-drive system." Hit the jump to read the Robb Report press release, which includes the finishing order for all 13 vehicles.


[Source: Robb Report]

PRESS RELEASE

ROBB REPORT EDITORS NAME LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP560-4 AS 2009 CAR OF THE YEAR

In March Issue, Luxury Lifestyle Authority Honors a Car That "Even Outperforms Its Looks"

MALIBU, CA (February 18, 2009) –Lauded as "a sports car cleverly designed as a supercar, without any of the usual supercar shortcomings," the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 has been selected by the editors of Robb Report as the luxury lifestyle magazine's 2009 Car of the Year.

Now in its 16th year, the award is presented annually to an automobile, formally introduced in the previous year, whose technical designs, styling, and performance position it as the world's preeminent sports or luxury car.

Selected from an exceptionally competitive field, the Gallardo LP560-4 outdistanced a dozen other luxury and sports cars to earn top honors. Listed in order of finish, the other finalists were the Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, BMW M3, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Aston Martin DBS, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, Jaguar XF, Nissan GT-R, Tesla Roadster, Bentley Brooklands, Smart Fortwo, and Iconic GTR Roadster.

The Lamborghini's selection resulted from extensive testing in California's Napa Valley by a panel of experts that included Robb Report editor in chief Brett Anderson and correspondents Paul Dean and Marco Della Cava. Those journalists were joined by more than 50 guest judges, including executives and Robb Report readers from throughout the world.

"Though the Gallardo's body styling is familiar to Italian-sports-car enthusiasts, the LP560-4's performance is unlike anything they have experienced before from this marque, thanks to the brilliant fine tuning it has received" explained Mr. Anderson. "No past iterations of the Gallardo have delivered the combination of power and precision you get from this engine and four-wheel-drive system."

Equally impressed, Mr. Della Cava credited Lamborghini's sister brand, Audi, for its influence on the Gallardo: It has "impeccable ... build quality, superglue road manners, and enough visual oomph to revive the dead," he stated. "All the right numbers are here: a mid-mounted V-10 producing 552 hp; a 44-pound reduction in weight, thanks to a new transmission, composite brakes, and lighter suspension components; and the 4 after the car's badge number, which denotes a four-wheel-drive system that turns even novice drivers into mini Formula One racers."

Mr. Della Cava's views were echoed by fellow judge Paul Dean, who praised the Gallardo for its ability to work "in concert to furnish shotlike acceleration, the safety of all-wheel drive, the crispest of shifts, [and] a top speed that blurs landscapes."

"The success of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 can be traced to the dedication and passion exhibited for the brand by every Lamborghini employee, coupled with the drive to consistently deliver the most exciting super sports cars in the world," stated Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. "Robb Report's continued recognition of Lamborghini's efforts is very important to the brand, and the award for Car of the Year cannot be understated."

Hitting newsstands today, Robb Report's March issue provides discriminating automotive enthusiasts with an in-depth exploration of a wide array of new models and emerging technologies.

Now in its 33rd year, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, and cigars. Additional information can be accessed through the magazine's Web site at www.robbreport.com.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i. want. that. car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Of course it is.

      It is after all, the car of choice of soon to be third wives.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but since when did the Smart Fortwo become a luxury automobile?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol. No kidding.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good, now all those bailout bankers can get a Lambo, you know, for business purposes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pretty funny comments from some people who have never driven the car, can never afford one and apparently have no interest in trying. This car deserves an award almost every year. As mentioned its a wonderful vehicle from style to handling to horsepower. If you don't understand paddle shifters, look it up or read a single review. At least drive one. Don't knock it because you don't get it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So now I need a credit check before I can form an opinion? Damn, this credit mess is out of control!

        Look, I'm sure the Gallardo is a lovely commuter car - not that I would know since I've never driven one - but I question the methodogy that the car "experts" at the Robb Report might employ. I've never thumbed through a RR before, but I get the impression that their target audience might be a gathering of twits (and tw[a]ts for that matter) that are more interested in landing the primo valet spot at the country club and think that a paddle shifter belongs in a canoe.

        Just a guess. I might be wrong. It's happened before...once. :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      i bought this magazine once, last year when they reviewed the audi r8 and the writing was really bad nothing of the caliber of MT, C&D, Even road and track. it didnt really review the car just like the person who has the money to drive it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lamborghini, il Mito.
      Ciao from Italy... :-))
      • 6 Years Ago
      "50 guest judges". Lets keep that in mind, unless most of the 50 were biased, this Robb report should be considered credible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What were the other cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Car of the Year??? What..... that's bull crappy, it wasn't even featured in Consumer Reports..... I guess it's just a horribly designed vehicle because it lacks side door and head airbags..... [sarcasm]
        • 6 Years Ago
        consumer reports is biased garbage for people who don't enjoy cars and only drive for convience... you know, the camry/accord/prius/civic croud...
        • 6 Years Ago
        huh? I don't know what you're talking about, but car of the year for any magazine is about as prestigious as being student of the month in a elementary school. Specially since they only count new releases.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How come the REAL car mags like EVO, CAR, Performance Car (from the UK) and the not-so-REAL ones like Automobile, R&T, MotorTrend etc all chose the Nissan GTR with no exception. Robb "Bling" Report would not be seen dead in a "nissan" and know much less about cars than they do about jewelry and skin care. I have subscribed to auto mags since the 70's but have never bought a single copy of Robb's after going thru one at the bookstore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This reminds me, I need to get my subscription for the Robb Report.
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