Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 named “Performance Car Of The Year” by CAR Magazine

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

The ultimate Performance Car of The Year for 2008, according to CAR magazine’s annual test, is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. According to the November issue of CAR, after a series of tests on the road and on the track, the Gallardo LP 560-4 managed to outdo rivals like the Aston Martin DBS, Mercedes-Benz CLK Black and Porsche 911 GT2 in the supercar category.

It also managed to beat all other finalists from seven other categories -- like the Mitsubishi Evo 360, MINI John Cooper Works and Nissan GT-R – to grab the overall win. According to CAR editor Phil McNamara, their test is unique from other awards as it focuses more on emotion than science.

He remarked that CAR builds its decision on the way cars arouse the soul instead of judging them through their speed or maneuverability. McNamara noted that while all finalists are good performers, only one managed to outshine others to deliver its promises.

In conclusion, CAR magazine said the Gallardo LP 560-4 is a special car “to see and to drive.” Lamborghini unveiled the Gallardo LP 560-4 earlier this year as replacement for the original Gallardo. The carmaker has delivered around 7,100 Gallardo models since it was launched in 2003.

The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 features a new engine mated to a permanent four-wheel drive transmission and a new suspension. Aside from enhanced performance and dynamics, the Gallardo LP560-4 features a design laden with powerful yet elegant classic lines that are distinctively Lamborghini.

According to Stephan Winkelmann, president and chief executive of Automobili Lamborghini, the LP560-4 will consolidate the success story of the original Gallardo, adding that the new model is bound to outclass its predecessor in every aspect. He noted that the new model features breathtaking dynamics and a standards-setting design.

He added that the introduction of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 should continue Lamborghini's growth strategy. Sitting at the core of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 is a 5.2 liter V10 engine that provides up to 560 PS (412 kW) in output at 8000 rpm.

This engine is 40 PS more powerful and 20 kg lighter than the one that powers the Gallardo. With a power-to-weight ratio of 2.5 kilograms per PS (hp), the LP560-4 is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and from nil to 200 km/h in 11.8 seconds.

Top speed is set at 325 km/h. Thanks to the direct fuel injection system "IniezioneDirettaStratificata," the new V10 engine is can increase its power while cutting its fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 18 percent.

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Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 named the ultimate Performance Car of The Year 2008

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 has been named the ultimate Performance Car of The Year 2008 in CAR magazine’s annual test.

In the November issue of CAR, on sale now, the judges put the competitors through their paces on both road and track. The Gallardo LP 560-4 beat contenders in its supercar group including the Porsche 911 GT2, Aston Martin DBS and Mercedes-Benz CLK Black. It then went on to win the overall competition against finalists from seven other categories, including challengers such as the Nissan GT-R, Mitsubishi Evo 360 and MINI John Cooper Works.

“The CAR test is unique among such awards in that it focuses more on emotion than science. The magazine bases its decision on the way cars stir the soul rather than simply how fast they are or how well they handle. All the finalists are good performers, but only one outshone the others to deliver on everything it promises,“ said CAR editor Phil McNamara.

“The Gallardo LP 560-4 is a special car to see, to drive and, we bet, to own and that’s why it’s our Performance Car of The Year,” was CAR magazine’s final judgement.“

The Gallardo LP 560-4 was unveiled earlier this year as Lamborghini’s replacement for its original Gallardo, of which approximately 7100 models have been delivered since its first launch in 2003.

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