Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
Two years after the launch of the Coupe version of the Gallardo, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting the new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This latest addition brings the marque's range of supercars to four models.
The Gallardo Spyder is not just an open-top version of the Coupé, but and a unique system for opening and closing the fabric roof that utilises the engine compartment to store the folded roof.
The Lamborghini Centro Stile and engineers from the Research and Development team have worked in close partnership to develop rhis new design and to bring this clean and sharp lines on the road.
The original design vision for the Gallardo was created in the year 2000 and this vision continues with the ”open” version. The dimensions of the Gallardo, combined with its competitive performance targets, ensure the car has an athletic compactness. The long wheelbase complemented by short overhangs dynamise its appearance. The cab-forward cockpit is integrated in the body by a strongly-slanted front screen and tensed pillars. The complex surfacing is intersected by crisp graphics and its detailing, which is orientated towards optimum cooling, evokes a strong aeronautical influence in its proportions and formal language.
The roof raising/lowering system of the Gallardo Spyder is based on an electronic control system with electrohydraulic actuators and comprises the following elements:
- hood made from black fabric
- electronic control system, integrated in the car’s CAN-BUS network, that controls the movement of the roof
- electric pump
- engine bonnet (that also functions as a hood cover) made from carbon fibre
- six hydraulic cylinders (four to operate the hood and two to operate the bonnet)
- two electric actuators (one to lock the catch at the front of the roof and one to release the bonnet catch)
- electric motor to raise and lower the rear window
The roof raising/lowering mechanism is extremely simple to operate by way of two push-buttons on the centre of the dashboard. And the whole operation takes just over 20 seconds.
The rear screen moves automatically while the roof is being opened or closed. This automatically-controlled movement always returns the screen to the raised position. The driver can also choose to have the screen in the lowered position (also with the roof raised) by pressing the appropriate button on the dashboard.
There is also a "service function" that positions the roof so as to allow access to the engine.
Great care has been taken over the structural design of the new Gallardo Spyder, which of course complies fully with all the relevant safety standards.
The space frame has been reinforced in the area of the sills and the A pillars have been strengthened with the adoption of an automatic Roll Over protection system (comprising two “pop-ups") integrated with the air bag system.
All these solutions, which place Lamborghini at the very forefront of open top car design, were driven by the need to present to the public a true spyder characterised by a pure design.
Engine and Performance
The new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder features a number of important modifications to
The 10-cylinder 4961 cc propulsion unit now develops 520 hp (382 kW) at 8,000 rpm.
The six-speed gearbox now has lower ratios (1st gear is 27% lower, 2nd gear is 13%, 3rd / 4th / 5th gears are all 6% lower, while 6th gear is 3.5% lower), which create a more dynamic performance.
The steering is also more direct and precise and the suspension has been recalibrated.
Like the other models in the range, the Gallardo Spyder also benefits from aluminium bodywork and features permanent four-wheel drive.
And finally, its performance figures: the Gallardo Spyder – which complies with EURO 4 homologation standards – reaches a top speed of 314 km/h with the roof up and 307 km/h with the roof down, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
Amongst its standard equipment the following items are particularly worthy of mention:
- power steering fluid cooler (for sports use)
- automatic door locking at speeds of over 15 km/h
- Lamborghini Multimedia System as standard (not available for Japan)
There are also new body colours available. In addition to those current range of Gallardo colours, the new Gallardo Spyder is also available in the two special colours: Celeste Phoebe (light blue) and Verde Picus (green). There are also new colours also for the leather interiors: Marrone Janus (brown) as the main colour, Bianco Polar (white) as a contrast colour, and carpets in Marrone
There is also a range of optional equipment that makes the Gallardo Spyder even more exclusive, including:
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The Lamborghini Gallardo SE (Special Edition) is limited to 250 units. It is characterized by two-tone body paint, an even more sporty interior and technical improvements.
The basis for the Special Edition is the extreme and uncompromising Lamborghini Gallardo.
The Lamborghini Gallardo SE is equipped with permanent four wheel drive, 6 speed gearbox, aluminum space frame, ESP and ASR, ABS, ABD, air conditioning, as well as two front and two side airbags.
The color range consists of six alternatives: two grey shades, Grigio Altair and Grigio Proteus, as well as Balloon White (white), Giallo Midas (yellow), Arancio Borealis (orange) and Verde Ithaca (green). The roof, engine bonnet, front and rear spoiler as well as the two side mirrors are painted in Nero Noctis (black), making them stand out against the body color. The rear lights are slightly tinted. The newly designed “Callisto” rims give an extra touch to the overall appearance, which is complemented by the colored brake calipers (available in grey or yellow).
The interior design reflects the two-tone concept by having all piping and stitching matching the exterior body color of the car. The Lamborghini shield is embossed on the headrest of the driver and passenger seats. The Lamborghini script has been carefully inserted into the dashboard. The carpets are black having borders that match the exterior body color of the car. Needless to say, the entire interior is handcrafted in partially perforated leather of supreme quality. The interior design underlines the new, more aggressive personality of this Special Edition.
The limited Special Edition is richly equipped with standard features such as a rear view camera, which, in combination with the built-in multimedia screen, facilitates parking. The sports suspension, P Zero Corsa tyres (specifically developed by Pirelli for more sporty driving) and sports steering wheel are all standard features on the Special Edition. The long list of standard equipment also includes an exclusive car cover.
A considerable range of additional equipment is available. Customers can also choose the robotized e.gear gearbox, as well as a navigation system (depending on the country), heated side mirrors, fully electrical and heated seats. A winter package (heated seats, side mirrors, heated wash jets, rubber floor mats, 12 Volt outlet), and a lifting system are also available. Standard tyres instead of sports tyres can be ordered at no extra cost.
The Gallardo SE benefits from several technical modifications. The 10-cylinder engine has the same power has the new Spyder, with 520 hp (382 kW) at 8000 rpm. The result is shown in the improved acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (4.2 seconds previously), while the top speed is now 315 km/h (309 km/h previously).
These new performance levels are shown impressively on a car equipped with e.gear and a feature called “thrust mode”. This optimizes acceleration and gear changes from a standing start through all gears.
Additional modifications mean more direct and precise steering, which improve even further the superb handling of the vehicle.
Gallardo Model Year 2006
The technical modifications made to the Gallardo Spyder and Gallardo SE also apply to the Gallardo Model Year 2006. The Gallardo Spyder, Gallardo SE and Gallardo MY 06 all fully comply with EURO 4 homologation standards.
Thanks to an increased engine power of 520 hp and lower ratio gears, the Gallardo MY 06 can reach a top speed of 315 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds.
Equipment levels have also been enhanced and include such items as the new Lamborghini Multimedia System (CD-changer, MP3 player and radio), new colours for the interior trim, a non-smoking version (where the cigar lighter is replaced by a 12V socket).
There are also three new colours to choose from: these are Verde Faunus (green), Blu Fontus (blue) and Grigio Proteus (grey). Some changes have been made to the existing colour range: Rosso Leto replaces Rosso Metis (red) and Nero Serapis replaces Nero Osyris (black).
There are also new colours for the interior leather: Arancio Leonis (orange) replaces "Mira" and Rosso Centaurus (red) replaces Rosso Mysia (red).
There is a new range of optional equipment for the Gallardo MY 06, including a series of "Packages”:
The “Branding Package“: Lamborghini script on dashboard
Lamborghini logo in relief on the head rest
Coloured logo on the wheels
The “Travel Package”: Storage box located under the steering wheel
Storage nets on the backs of the seats
The “Winter Package”: Heated mirrors, seats and screenwash nozzles
Winter tyres with titanium Cassiopea wheels
12 V socket in the boot
Optional equipment for the Gallardo 06 also includes the rear video camera and a TV-tuner (not available for USA/Canada and Japan).
Other options include new "Callisto" wheels and the sports setup for the MY 06 model, with racing steering wheel, steering and suspension.
There is also a range of customised options for the Gallardo MY 06 (under the name “Privilege Programme”), which gives customers the possibility to purchase an even more exclusive and truly unique car.
Murciélago Model Year 2006
There are new features on the Lamborghini flagship, the 12-cylinder Murciélago Model Year 2006 (Coupé and Roadster).
The most important of these is without doubt the possibility to equip the car with carbon-ceramic brakes.
Carbon-ceramic discs offer clear benefits:
- braking efficiency remains constant at both low and high temperature, with no fading, even after hard use
- improved handling, agility and efficiency
- shorter braking distances with reduced pedal effort
These advantages are complemented by:
- longer lifetime
- lighter than steel
- “state of the art” system
The Murciélago MY 06 also complies with EU4 standards (ECE)
The Murciélago MY 06 has a new standard equipment package, which includes a Becker navigation system (not for the USA) and a range of new options.
Optional equipment includes the “Interior Carbon Package“, where a number of the interior components are made from carbon fibre:
- cover for the driver side display
- dashboard cover (right and left sides)
- handbrake lever
- cover for the air conditioning and radio
- handles on the sides of the centre tunnelhtray
A further optional extra is the “Branding Package”, which comprises the Lamborghini logo in relief on the headrests and the coloured Lamborghini logo on the wheels.
The Murciélago MY 06 Coupé is now also available in the exclusive new colour Oro Adonis (gold), already available for the Roadster version.
The "Privilege Programme" car customisation option is also available for the Murciélago MY 06
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
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Lamborghini Gallardo SE/MY 06
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Lamborghini Murciélago MY 06
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