Lamborghini Launched the new Gallardo recently. Touted as a Ferrari basher the Gallardo will compete directly with the F360 Modena. As the story goes, once Ferrucio Lamborghini, a self made millionaire went to Enzo Ferrari with a complaint that his Ferrari wasn't performing well. Enzo dismissed him asking him to go back to building tractors which is what Lamborghini did in those days, somewhere in the 60 I believe. What Ferrucio did was to get back and collect the best engineers he could find in Italy and set out to build a car that would rival the Ferrari. Four decades later, it seems, he has succeded. Expect a price tag of about 125,000 dollars. But the price is right for a V-10 car producing in excess of 500 BHP (that is about a 100 more than the F360 Modena). Maximum torque of 510 Nm and 0 to 100 Km/ph in just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of about 309 km/hr.More Lamborghini Gallardo Pictures here.
Type : V-10 90 degree, 18 degree crankpin offset, light-alloy block, mid mounted (longitudal), permantent four-wheel drive with viscous traction system
Distribution : Dual overhead camshafts
Main bearings : n.a.
Cyl. Capacity : 4961 cc
Bore & stroke : 82.5 x 92.8 mm
Intake system : Variable geometry
Valve gear : Chain driven, intake and exhaust continuously variable valve timing, electronically controlled.
Compr. ratio : 11.0:1
Max. power : 500 bhp (367 kW) at 7800 rpm
Max. torque : 510 Nm at 4500 rpm
Cooling system: Two water radiators + gearbox oil cooler + engine oil cooler
Emission contr.: Catalytic converters with lambda sensors
Engine management : Lamborghini L.I.E., with individual static ignition, multipoint sequential fuel injection, drive-by-wire system, OBD system
Plugs : n.a.
Electr. system : 12 V
Alternator : n.a.
Fuel type : Unleaded 95 R.O.N.
Fuel cons. : n.a.
Lubrication : Dry sump
Top speed : 309 Km/h (192 Mph)
0 - 100 Km/h : 4.2 sec
Type : Lamborghini six-speed + reverse manual all-synchromesh
Optional : Robotized sequential E-gear system with actuation by paddles on the steering column
Clutch : Double plate
Disc diameter : 215 mm
Structure : Structural alumnium space frame, based on aluminium extruded parts welded to aluminium caster joint elements
Body : Aluminium with thermoplastic 'hang on' parts
Suspension : Double wishbones front and rear suspension, anti-roll bar, anti-dive and anti-squat 'self adjusting' FSD dampers
ESP : Full ESP system with ABS, ASR and ABD
Brakes : All wheel ventilated discs, power vacuum, aluminium alloy calipers : 8 cylinders front caliper and 4 cylinders rear caliper
Front : 365 x 34 mm
Rear : 335 x 32 mm
Steering type : Power-assisted rack and pinion, n.a. turns lock to lock
Turning circle : 11.5 m
Front tyre size : 235/35 ZR 19
Rear tyre size : 295/30 ZR 19
Type : Pirelli P ZERO 'ROSSO' with asymmetric unidirectional tread
Front rim size : 8.5 x 19 inch
Rear rim size : 11x19 inch
Type : Monoblock alloy wheels
Mirrors : External mirror with electrical closing and heating system, internal mirror with anti-blinding system
Rear Spoiler : Electronically controlled
Airbags : Front 'dual stage' driver and passenger airbags, side 'head-thorax' airbags
Wheelbase : 2560 mm (100.7 in)
Overall length : 4300 mm (169.3 in)
Overall width : 1900 mm (74.8 in)
Overall height : 1165 mm (45.9 in)
Front track : 1622 mm (63.9 in)
Rear track : 1592 mm (62.7 in)
Ground clear. : n.a.
Front overhang : n.a.
Rear overhang : n.a.
Weight : 1430 kg
Distribution : 42/58 % front / rear
Fuel : 90 Lt
Engine oil : 10 Lt.
Cooling system : 20 Lt.
Luggage : n.a.
Price : US MSRP estimated at $ 165,000 to $ 170,000
Lamborghini Gallardo designed by : ItalDesign - Giugiaro concept further developed by the Lamborghini Centro Stile.
Gallardo built by : Automobili Lamborghini SpA.