It’s not often I’ll use the words ‘anti-climax’ in the same sentence as ‘Lamborghini’, but with all the kerfuffle started by Lamborghini’s ‘NOVA’ video, you’d have thought something genuinely ‘New’ was being presented at the Paris Motor Show.
Instead we get Triangles and Trapezoids.
That’s the hugely significant news Lamborghini was teasing in the run up to Mondial de l’Automobile 2012. It’s the swansong of Lamborghini’s Gallardo, the most successful model in the company’s 50 year history, selling nearly 13,000 units since 2003.
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So as part of its end-of-life facelift, Lamborghini’s designers have gone all ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and incorporated triangular and trapezoidal forms into the new Gallardo LP 560-4.
The front-end is now divided by diagonal elements in body colour and in black, to present a broader and more forceful presence on the road. While to complete the look, larger air intakes have been added just ahead of the 19-inch front wheels, which feature a new ‘Apollo polished’ finish, painted in matt black and featuring precision-machined spokes in polished silver.
There are changes at the rear-end too. Those triangles and trapezoids feature again, while the engine’s ventilation panels now have now a wider surface area, thus improving thermodynamic efficiency.
An optional ‘style package’ adds high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front and rear grilles and the transverse element of the rear trim. Customers can choose from fixed-roof and spyder versions of the new LP 560-4.
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If that doesn’t move you, then there’s a style upgrade available for the LP 570-4 Superleggera and LP 570-4 Spyder Performante – called Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica.
The Edizione Tecnica immediately stands out for its front end featured by a pointed nose, with two large air intakes for cooling the radiator. Both models benefit from improved equipment and a more individual look (although this has nothing to do with triangles and trapezoids).
The key features include a fixed high rear wing and carbon-ceramic brakes, together with three new colour combinations.
These optional colour combinations – where the entire roof arch and front air intakes are painted in a contrast colour – include; Nero Nemesis (matt black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matt white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes.
As before, all new Gallardo models can be customised using the company’s ‘Ad Personam’ program, which gives buyers the chance to create their own unique sports car.
The revised LP 560-4 and new Edizione Tecnica models will be available from November, while the two-wheel drive Gallardo LP 550-2 Coupe and Spyder continue unchanged. A new Gallardo (let’s hope they don’t call at ‘Nova’) will likely make an appearance sometime next year.