Used Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe 2003 - 2014 review

Category: Sports car

It ticks all the supercar boxes: it's got the looks, performance and handling

Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe (03 - 14)
  • Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe (03 - 14)
  • Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe (03 - 14)
Used Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe 2003 - 2014 review
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What's the used Lamborghini Gallardo coupe like?

When you buy a Lamborghini there are certain things you expect from your car - awesome performance, terrific handling, beautiful styling and the odd reliability headache. The good thing about the Gallardo is that it delivers on all of the good stuff and performs better than you'd expect on the bad.

There's no doubting that you'll pay for it. One of the most exotic cars comes with one of the most exotic pricetags. You might be a bit disappointed with the drabness of the interior and the dull steering, too. However, on every other count it's terrific.


It ticks all the supercar boxes: it's got the looks, performance and handling

  • It's very quick, handles brilliantly and looks great
  • The steering has a slightly numb feel about it, and the cabin isn't quite special enough

A huge, snarling V10 engine provides enormous power, and standard four-wheel drive ensures decent levels of traction. The ride isn't bad, either, and refinement is also impressive for a supercar.

Ownership cost

What used Lamborghini Gallardo coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lamborghini Gallardo coupe?

Breaking the bank is what Lamborghinis were designed to do. For people who can actually afford a Gallardo, spending a fortune on one is half the fun.

Residual values on the Gallardo are pretty good in supercar terms. After three years, buyers of new cars will still be able to sell them for well over 60% of the car's original value. Good news for new buyers, not so great for used buyers, especially when you consider that the thing cost well over £100k in the first place.

Running costs are also horrific, not that you'll care if you can afford a Gallardo in the first place. Obviously, it's in the costliest group 20 for insurance, and the fuel consumption could bankrupt you. You'll get a combined average of just 14.5mpg. Servicing will also be pricey, due to a mixture of exotic parts and 7500-mile service intervals.

Our recommendations

Which used Lamborghini Gallardo coupe should I buy?

All versions come with a 5.0-litre V10 petrol engine, and even in the standard car it develops a whopping 492bhp. The Gallardo is hurled to 60mph from a standing start in just 4.2sec and on to 192mph.

If you can, find a version with the standard manual gearbox. Many buyers specified the optional clutchless manual paddle-shift gearchange when the car was new, but this makes things too jerky and doesn't enhance the sports car experience as well as many hoped it would.

There's also an SE version that is even quicker. An extra 28bhp is squeezed out of the V10 to give a total of 520bhp. This slices two tenths off the 0-60mph time and adds 4mph to the top speed. However, it's much more expensive, and the standard car is plenty fast enough.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Lamborghini Gallardo coupe?