First Look: 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo

By Brandon Turkus

September 27, 2012

The Lamborghini Gallardo has been a highly successful model for the Italian brand. Part of that success is largely due to the amount of work that’s been done to keep it fresh, with subtle tweaks and new editions every few years. The 2012 Paris Motor Show is just another example of Lambo’s attempts to keep its most-affordable car young.
For 2013, we're getting a revised LP 560-4 and a new LP 570-4 Edizione Technica for the Superleggera and Spyder Performante. Both cars feature a front end that draws heavy inspiration from the Sesto Elemento Concept and the larger Aventador. The lines on the flanks seem sharper and more aggressive, while a set of “Apollo polished” nineteen-inch wheels give the smallest Gallardo a bit more purpose.
The Edizione Technica adds a few new items to the Superleggera and Spyder Performante. A fixed rear wing sits out back for added downforce, while carbon-ceramic brakes should bring things to a stop in a hurry. Being based on the skinniest members of the Gallardo range, the 2.35 power-to-weight ratio sounds suitably impressing (we're assuming 2.35 is referring to kilograms rather than pounds, although the press release isn't clear).
Powertrains are largely unchanged, which means a killer V-10 soundtrack and all-wheel drive. Interestingly, Lamborghini is still offering a two-wheel-drive LP 550-2 in both coupe and convertible, which sounds mighty intriguing (we only hope a slick, gated six-speed manual is available as well). The 2013 Gallardo will arrive in Lamborghini dealerships in November of 2012. Of course there’s no word on pricing, but plan on going fairly deep into the six-figure range if you want to put one of these in your garage.
Please scroll down for the official press release from Lamborghini.
The new Gallardo LP 560-4 and LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica: worldwide premiere at the 2012 Paris Motorshow
At the 2012 Paris Motorshow Automobili Lamborghini is presenting the most successful super sports car of its entire history with a new design – even more aggressive, and more extreme: the new Gallardo LP 560-4 and the LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica. The new Gallardo LP 560-4 - equipped with permanent four wheel drive- has a new front end and a new rear, while top models in the Gallardo line-up,the LP 570-4 Superleggera and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, will be offered also as the further enhanced Edizione Tecnica. The six models of the Gallardo family are now clearly differentiated and can be customized perfectly to suit every type of driver.
The new Gallardo models will be available at Lamborghini dealerships from November 2012.
The new Gallardo LP 560-4
The unique design with its razor-sharp lines is one of the key factors in its great success worldwide. Nearly 13,000 units have already left the Sant’Agata Bolognese factory.
The Gallardo design has now been further accentuated in the new Gallardo LP 560-4. The new front end is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal forms – two shapes that are highly typical of the Lamborghini design language. Divided by diagonal elements in body color and in black, the overall look of the front end is broader and more forceful, giving it an even stronger bond with the road.
To complete the new look larger air intakes have been created ahead of the front wheels and the new 19-inch “Apollo polished” alloy wheels, painted in matt black and featuring precision-machined spokes in polished silver.
Also new is the even more dynamic rear end design on the Gallardo LP 560-4. The triangle and trapezoid are, of course, the characteristic design elements here, too. The air outlet for the power unit now has now a wider surface area, which improves its thermodynamic efficiency. A new Style Package is available as an option and offers high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front and rear grilles and the transverse element of the rear trim to give the Gallardo LP 560-4 an even more powerful look.
The new Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica
With a more determined lightweight design, a focus on high performance and a purist look, the LP 570-4 Superleggera and the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante mark the very pinnacle of the Gallardo family. As Edizione Tecnica, they benefit from a further improved equipment level and an even more individual look. Features of the Edizione Tecnica include the fixed high rear wing, as well as brakes in carbon-ceramic technology. They combine low weight with outstanding fade resistance and durability. The power to weight ratio down to an outstanding 2,35 allows the car to be taken as one of the best references in the segment.
The Edizione Tecnica underscore sits very special look with three new exclusive optional color combinations, whereby the entire roof arch and front air intakes are painted in a contrast color. The available shades are: Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes.
In addition to this, all the new Gallardo models can be customized to a virtually limitless degree with the exclusive and well known: “Ad Personam” Lamborghini program.
The new LP 560-4 and the Edizione Tecnica for the LP 570-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante, underline – even in terms of design – the differences in mechanical and driving experience among the four-wheel drive versions of the Gallardo range.
In fact, beside the Gallardo four-wheel drive, the two-wheel drive Gallardo LP 550-2 in Coupe and Spyder format are still available. With its purist rear-wheel drive, it appeals to drivers that prefer a highly active and engaged driving style. The Gallardo LP 550-2 offers the unique design and performance of a Lamborghini in a simple and uncomplicated form.