Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

Production Cars 24 Nov 2008
Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder

At the Los Angeles Auto Show Lamborghini has unveiled the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, the open version of the 2nd generation Gallardo model. The total weight is 1,550 kg and the new V10 engine delivers 560 hp.


The Gallardo LP 560-4 has been on the market since early 2008, as the successor to the most successful Lamborghini of all time – since 2003, with more than 8,500 models sold.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 4 SpyderThe new generation Gallardo Spyder – as the Coupé – is powered by the new 5.2 litre V10 with an output of 560 hp (412 kW) at 8,000 rpm.

The increase in 40 hp (29 kW) over its predecessor, as well as the 44 pound (20 kilogram) reduction in vehicle weight, improves the power-to-weight ratio to 6.10 pounds (2.77 kg) per hp, thus improving performance even further.

The LP 560-4 Spyder takes only 4.0 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h), reaching 124 mph (0 to 200 km/h) in only 13.1 seconds and going on to a top speed of 201 mph (324 km/h).

The Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder is based on an aluminium structure which, together with its lighter engine, contributes to a dry weight of only 3417.2 Ibs (1,550 kg) – 44 pounds (20 kg) less than its predecessor.

The structure adopts a spaceframe construction, with a frame formed by cast aluminium nodes and extruded profiles, while integrated friction-locked and form-fitted aluminium panels create the bodyshell.

The aerodynamic underbody panel is also integrated into the overall design for structural stiffness. The Spyder incorporates specially-developed additional stiffness elements within the spaceframe to compensate for the absence of a fixed roof.

Thanks to the new driveline, featuring the “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” direct fuel injection system, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18 percent.

Among the new features are the improved traction, handling and stability at high speeds, the redesigned four-wheel drive transmission, new suspension, improved stiffness and optimised aerodynamics.

Design

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 4 SpyderDesigned by the Centro Stile Lamborghini, the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder displays "precise lines and clean surfaces of a minimalist design ethos that resists ornamentation or embellishment of any kind."

Even more than the Coupé, the Spyder places emphasis on the powerful basic wedge form, complemented by the tightly cut soft top.

The redesigned front end lends the LP 560-4 a firm, low stance that also contributes to its aerodynamic efficiency. In line with the increased engine output, the enlarged and clearly accentuated air intakes increase the air flow critical to such a high performance automobile. The spoiler, positioned low between the air intakes, improves aerodynamic stability at high speeds.

The new headlights have characteristic daytime running lights integrated beneath the bi-xenon lamps. 15 LEDs are arranged in a Y form, with the same pattern repeating in the rear tail-lights.

The rear and brake lights were inspired by the Miura concept, the Murciélago LP640 and the Reventón. The Y-shaped elements are now signature features of contemporary Lamborghini models, appearing most recently in the Estoque concept car, the innovative super sports saloon from Sant’Agata.

The completely redesigned rear end includes rear lights, air cooling vents, bumper and diffuser that are precisely arranged to add visual breadth, while sustaining its firm bond with the road surface. In addition, the streamlined covers left and right of the hood accentuate the powerful shoulders and the taut lines of the new Gallardo.

The new exhaust system is finished by four chrome plated tail pipes. The rear diffuser has been redesigned to deliver more downforce and, together with the smooth underbody, it contributes to the vehicle’s directional stability, even at very high speeds. Overall, aerodynamic efficiency in terms of downforce has been improved significantly in comparison with its predecessor – the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder tackles fast curves with even greater refinement.

The fuel and motor oil fill caps, intricately-crafted from aluminium bear testimony to this, as does the rear view camera, which has been integrated into a small fin in the automatically-deploying rear spoiler, as well as the finely-detailed grilles in the exhaust tail pipes.

Compared with the Coupé, the open top version has shoulders that have been raised slightly in order to make room for the soft top.

The fully-lined fabric top – available in black, blue, grey and beige – is operated via two switches located on the centre console. They set in motion a choreography that is over in just 20 seconds.

Lamorghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder – Technical Specifications

Frame and Body
Frame

Structural aluminium space frame, based on aluminium extruded parts welded to aluminium-cast joint elements

Body

Aluminium with thermoplastic ″hang on″ parts

Engine
Type

10 cylinders V90°, DOHC 4 valves, common-pin crankshaft

Displacement

5.2 liter

Maximum power

560 hp at 8,000 rpm

Maximum torque

540 Nm (398 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm

Performance
Top speed

324 Km/h (201 mph)

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph)

4.0 sec

Acceleration 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph)

13,1 sec

Dimensions
Wheelbase

2560 mm (100.7 in)

Overall length

4345 mm (171 in)

Overall width

1900 mm (74.8 in)

Overall height

1184 mm (46.6 in)

Track (front/rear)

1632 mm- 1597mm (64.3 – 62.9 in)

Dry Weight

1550 kg. (3417.2 lbs)

Weight distribution (front/rear)

Front 43%/rear 57%

(Source: Lamborghini)

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