High performance is guaranteed by a V10 engine and a race-tuned chassis. The Lamborghini Gallardo has huge supercar appeal and then there's the Audi build quality.
Not easy to get comfortable, rear visibility is poor and the interior fittings are disappointing. There could be more feedback from the steering, the low-speed ride is hard and the big tyres create a lot of road noise.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Gallardo's 5.2-litre V10 engine produces a whopping 552bhp, which propels it to 60mph in just 4.0sec - and the Performante version is more powerful, and quicker still. Acceleration in any gear is astonishing, and the sound is something to savour, too. The standard six-speed manual gearbox is better than the optional clutchless manual gearbox that is clunky and operated using paddles on the steering wheel.
Ride & Handling
Although the Gallardo needs a fair bit of effort on the steering to get it into corners, it handles brilliantly at speed. There's immense traction from the four-wheel-drive system, superb grip and virtually no body lean when cornering hard. The stiff suspension means things can become unsettled over mid-corner ruts, though, and at low speeds the ride is really unforgiving.
With a big V10 sat behind your ear, it's hardly surprising that the Gallardo makes plenty of racket. Those fat tyres pick up plenty of road noise, and a fair bit of wind noise is generated, too. The brakes are switch-like when trundling along in traffic, while the optional paddle-shift gearchange is so jerky you can hear and feel what’s happening every time you swap cogs