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  1. Mr Mezzanotte

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    25/11/2013 End of production for the Lamborghini Gallardo

    - Ten years of an Italian Icon
    - The ‘most sold’ Lamborghini super sports car
    - Still best in class with record lap times

    In the historic factory buildings of
    Sant’Agata Bolognese, the last Lamborghini Gallardo has left the production
    line. The final model is a Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Rosso
    Mars (red) and it is destined for a private collector. With a total of 14,022
    units the Gallardo is not only by far the most-built Lamborghini, it ranks
    among the most successful super sports cars -- and has long since established
    itself as an icon of Italian design and the art of automotive engineering.
    With its appearance ten years ago in the year of the company’s 40th
    anniversary, the Gallardo marked a fundamental watershed in the history of
    Automobili Lamborghini. In Lamborghini’s first four decades, an average of
    just 250 Lamborghinis were built per year. In the decade of the Gallardo,
    production grew to a whole new dimension with volumes of around 2,000
    cars per year on average -- while, in global terms, retaining the highly
    exclusive nature of vehicles bearing the badge of the bull. In keeping with the
    Lamborghini tradition, the name of the Gallardo too was derived from the
    world of bullfighting. Bred in the 18th century, the Gallardo bloodline was
    known for its exceptional courage and undaunted nature.
    The great career of the Lamborghini Gallardo began in 2003 at the Geneva
    Motor Show. Its unique, extreme design, created by the Centro Stile
    Lamborghini, phenomenal dynamics and outstanding quality formed the basis
    for its enormous and enduring success over a whole decade. The Gallardo’s
    technical concept was compelling from day one: systematic lightweight
    design through an aluminum space frame; the combined power and highrevving
    characteristics of the ten-cylinder naturally aspirated engine; the
    Lamborghini e-gear, a completely new robotized sequential gear shifting
    system; and, finally, the amazing handling and safety provided by permanent
    all-wheel drive.
    This notwithstanding, an enhancement in the driving experience was already
    in the pipeline - the open-air driving thrill of the Gallardo Spyder, which joined
    the lineup in 2005. The Gallardo Superleggera came along in 2007. With its
    reduced weight, thanks to a large number of carbon fiber components, its
    output increased to 530 hp and with its purist design, pushed the performance
    benchmark yet another notch higher.
    The second generation of the Gallardo arrived in 2008. With a redesigned
    front and rear, a new engine with gasoline direct injection and 560 hp, plus
    further-enhanced equipment, the Gallardo LP 560-4 proved that even an
    excellent product can be improved. The second-generation Spyder was also
    delivered to its first customers in 2008. The new version of the Gallardo LP
    570-4 Superleggera followed in 2010 with an increase in output to 570 hp, this
    time also as the open-top Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. Occupying
    another niche in the broad spectrum of Gallardo versions were the LP 550-2
    Valentino Balboni limited edition and the LP 550-2 Spyder: with their rearwheel
    drive, they appealed to a particularly purist group of sports car fans.
    The pinnacle of sporting performance among the total of 32 Gallardo variants
    was marked by the Super Trofeo Stradale and, finally, the Gallardo Squadra
    Corse. They draw a direct line from the competition version in the world’s
    fasted single-brand race series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, to
    the road. The LP 570-4 Squadra Corse, in particular, demonstrated in several
    comparison tests just how outstanding the Gallardo still is. In specialist
    magazines from Quattroruote in Italy, through Car in the United Kingdom to
    Sport Auto in Germany, the Gallardo continued to prove right up to the end of
    its career that it was still the clear frontrunner in terms of performance,
    handling and driving pleasure, setting a best-in-class lap time in Hockenheim
    (Germany) and record lap times in Balocco and Vairano (Italy).
    The Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse boasts a dry weight of 1340 kilograms,
    70 less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4. With a stunning power-toweight
    ratio of 2.35 kilograms per hp it delivers breathtaking performance:
    from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, from 0 to 200 km/h in just 10.4 seconds.
    Top speed is 320 km/h. The carbon ceramic brake system guarantees
    unmatched stopping power.
    The Lamborghini Gallardo was sold in more than 45 countries across the
    globe. In true Italian style, the Gallardo offered an exceptionally high range of
    choices for individualization. Via the ‘‘Ad Personam’’ program, each and every
    customer was able to have his Lamborghini V10 super sports car perfectly
    tailored to suit his own preferences. A whole decade of production also
    brought with it a wide array of special editions, often exclusive to specific
    markets, like the Singapore, Malaysia, China and India Editions. One
    particularly exclusive version of the super sports car gained global
    prominence through its very special service record: several units were built of
    the Gallardo Polizia Stradale with blue lights, special paintwork and dedicated
    equipment. Two are currently in service with the Italian State Police.
    The Gallardo continues to prove its motorsport competence, racing in the
    Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo. Alongside European race tracks, this
    fascinating one make series has now also conquered the circuits of Asia and
    North America with its own series in those regions. The Gallardo GT3 has also
    celebrated numerous successes at sports car races around the globe.
    In the year of Automobili Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, the Gallardo success
    story has now come to an end with car number 14,022. Almost half of all
    30,000 Lamborghinis built since the company was first founded in 1963, are
    Gallardos.
     
  2. sp1der

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    Strange concept not to have a new model ready for sale as the old model is run out, as this effectivley cuts off I would expect a sizeable revenue stream from the business.
     
  3. atomicskiracer

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    The new gallardo will be shown in December and I would think having a delay for retooling is pretty typical within this industry....and then they will see a sales surge to offset the reduction in revenue from the delay.
     
  4. redheadfox

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    Here's a list with, I think, all the Gallardo versions. It is... Huge.

    Gallardo
    Gallardo Spyder
    Gallardo SE
    Gallardo Nera
    Gallardo Superleggera
    Gallardo Momo Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni
    Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni Spyder
    Gallardo LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata
    Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni Tricolore
    Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni Bicolore
    Gallardo LP550-2 Super Trofeo
    Gallardo LP550-2 Singapore Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Malaysia Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Indonesia Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 India Serie Speciale
    Gallardo LP560-4
    Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
    Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore
    Gallardo LP560-4 Nova
    Gallardo LP560-4 Nova Spyder
    Gallardo LP560-4 Gold Edition (Oro Elios)
    Gallardo LP560-4 Noctis
    Gallardo LP560-4 Bianco Rosso
    Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
    Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante
    Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale
    Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Asia
    Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition
    Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica
    Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante Edizione Tecnica
    Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse

    Then there's the updated basic Gallardo from late 2005 too, which I didn't count as another model, and the two Polizia versions plus the race cars.

    They really went over the top in my opinion. The thing is, they actually all look good, from the cleaner '03 Gallardo to the Squadra Corse. And it certainly doesn't look old to me.

    Leaves me to wonder if any other brand can match this? The 997 perhaps?
     
  5. Julius H.

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    #5 Julius H., Nov 26, 2013
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  6. Jasperlambo

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    afaik the Momo Edition was not an official factory model, but I ca imagine it being on the list.
    The Nero Rosso could be mentioned as well then.
    And there was a Nuova LP560-4 Noctis as well.
    Also I don't think that Bicolore and Tricolore are 'Balboni', nor is LP550-2 Spyder.

    The list is long indeed ...
     
  7. Maser

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    It was the same story when the LP670-4 went out of production, its replacement, the Aventador, took a while to arrive too.

    My understanding is they need to disassemble the Gallardo line in order to put the new line in for the replacement model, as it will be built in the same building and which we will officially see for the first time at the Geneva Motorshow in early March 2014 (subject to the picture embargo holding..).

    Other, bigger, car companies have more manufacturing space to play around with but the Lamborghini factory is still busy churning out Aventadors and the limited run cars, so there's no spare capacity to create a pilot line for the new model. Makes you wonder what happens when the production Urus comes on stream; or maybe that's going to be built elsewhere?? Who knows.

    14,000 Gallardos is a big number for Lamborghini, let's hope the replacement does just as well for them.
     
  8. Andrew R.

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    #8 Andrew R., Nov 26, 2013
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    redheadfox, thanks for the run down! Do you keep track of the other models?

    PS. there is a LP550-2 Spyder... but I am not aware of a Spyder version of the Balboni model?

    Thanks!!
     
  9. drjohngober

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    interesting the last G produced is Ferrari red
     
  10. redheadfox

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    #11 redheadfox, Nov 26, 2013
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    Thanks Jasper, I was not aware of the Momo Edition not being an official factory model.
    And indeed, the other LP550-2's of course shouldn't have Balboni in them, I even forgot to add the 'normal' one. I'll also add the new Noctis as I have missed that too, so thanks for the input.
    I can't find anything on the Nero Rosso though?

    Since I can't edit my previous post anymore, the correcter version of the list:

    Gallardo
    Gallardo Spyder
    Gallardo SE
    Gallardo Nera
    Gallardo Superleggera
    Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni
    Gallardo LP550-2
    Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder
    Gallardo LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata
    Gallardo LP550-2 Tricolore
    Gallardo LP550-2 Bicolore
    Gallardo LP550-2 Super Trofeo
    Gallardo LP550-2 Singapore Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Hong Kong 20th Anniversary Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Malaysia Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 Indonesia Limited Edition
    Gallardo LP550-2 India Serie Speciale
    Gallardo LP560-2 50th Anniversario edition
    Gallardo LP560-4
    Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
    Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore
    Gallardo LP560-4 Nuova
    Gallardo LP560-4 Nuova Spyder
    Gallardo LP560-4 Nuova Noctis
    Gallardo LP560-4 Gold Edition (Oro Elios)
    Gallardo LP560-4 Noctis
    Gallardo LP560-4 Bianco Rosso
    Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
    Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante
    Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale
    Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Asia
    Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition
    Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica
    Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante Edizione Tecnica
    Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse
     
  11. Mr Mezzanotte

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    missing the US only LP560-2 (manual gearbox) versions ?

    wasn't there also a LP560-2 Bicolore ?
     
  12. redheadfox

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    Amazing how there still are versions I've never heard of, I added the LP560-2 to the list.
    I can't find anything on a Bicolore, so perhaps that was a personalized car like the '07 Italia one?
     
  13. XTP

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    Don't you mean the LP560-2 50 Anniversario.

    As far as I know that is the only LP560-2

    Gr.
    Xander
     
  14. V-TWELVE

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    Pffffft! I'm amazed it doesn't have decals proclaiming it the Grasso Madonna Canta Edizione.
     
  15. ApexOversteer

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    Missing the LP560-2 Anniversary Edition
     
  16. BlueBiturbo

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    I have never any pic of that model. Any difference with the standard LP 550-2?
     
  17. Olivier NAMECHE

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    I'm not missing my Gallardo Superleggera.

    For sure 14.000 Gallardo won't make this model a collector's interest ...

    This model will continue to decrease its market value, as we can notice what worthes now a F355 or a F360... these models are masse production and will never reach Vintage Lambos enthusiasm & raising value !
     
  18. EMILIO

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    agreed ...to me almost all modern sport cars will never be good collectable (with exception of Zondas, Carrera GT, Enzo and very limited production sport cars)

    main issues are: big production numbers, platform sharing and their industrial production

    old lambo ferraris were really hand made and this will make a difference in value
     
  19. ARTNNYC

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    I LOVE my Superleggera!!!!!!!!! One of the most fun and entertaining cars I have owned...and I have a few
     
  20. rynoshark

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    I really enjoyed my '08 Superleggera...I miss it except the gearbox was crap and clunky. It was perfect for daily driving in the Seattle rain.
     
  21. NürScud

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    #22 NürScud, Nov 27, 2013
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    Here the complete list with dates.

    From 2003:

    1) Gallardo 5.0
    2) Gallardo SE
    3) Gallardo Spyder
    4) Gallardo Nera
    5) Gallardo Superleggera
    6) Gallardo Polizia
    7) Gallardo Momo Edition (for the US only)



    8) 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
    9) 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia
    10 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
    11) 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni
    12) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Singapur
    13) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Tricolore
    14) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Bicolore (LP550-2 for US)
    15) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain
    16) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante
    17) 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera
    18) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 GZ8 Guang Zhou Limited Edition
    19) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 HK20 (Hong Kong)
    20) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 MLE (Malaysia LE)
    21) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder
    22) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 BiancoRosso
    23) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Oro Elios
    24) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Supertrofeo Stradale
    25) 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Noctis
    26) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2
    27) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder
    28) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
    29) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder
    30) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica
    31) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante Edizione Tecnica
    32) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Squadra Corse
    33) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Supertrofeo Asia
    34) 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-4 50th Anniversary edition

    ** Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 India Limited Edition**
     
  22. BlueBiturbo

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    Huh? Supertrofeo Asia?
    Is it a racecar or roadcar?
     
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