Test Driven: Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

The Lamborghini Gallardo is a fantastic, well-executed supercar for the street. Like most cars in this sector, it is still impractical in many regards, but nowhere near to the degree of the Murcielago. Overall though, it can be quite useable as a second car, that you drive for fun on nice days, because it is practical enough for most basic tasks, and a lot more fun than your other car would be.

It is very fast and very loud, its V10 sounds absolutely awesome. It has a very connected feel in the steering that is much lighter than that of big brother Murci. While driving on any road it is a much more livable car than the Murcielago as well, but it is still a Lamborghini so you still have that supercar image and feel. It is not a big car so it is very placeable in traffic and doesn’t feel too large to really drive on fun backroads. Handling-wise, it feels very hard and taught, no mush to be had in its driving dynamics. Its transmission works great, you just have to use the gas like as like a manual off the line because it behaves nothing like an automatic and will therefore shake if you don’t assert your foot.

It feels like you are sitting in a wedge that encompasses you, especially when merging into traffic, this means you have to really look before you change lanes, and in the Spyder, maybe giraffe your neck a little to see back. A bit nerve racking but at least you can see around you unlike in the Murcielago. This is a car you drive on your toes, an intense and exciting experience to be sure, so if you just want to relax this isn’t the car for you. On the highway speed is gained very quickly and the car isn’t really at a comfortable cruising gate until around 100mph, anything lower than 90mph and you sense it wants to go more. On the street the open top spyder is definitely the way to go because it lets you really enjoy the sound of that engine and the experience of driving.

The Gallardo is a fantastic car, one of the best overall supercars you can buy because it gives you everything and compromises very little. It is also the right size for road use unlike its sibling, and I honestly believe that as a car it is superior to the Murcielago because it offers that supercar experience with less things wrong about the car. It is more civilized, whether that’s a good or bad thing in a car like this is really a matter of opinion, but I really liked it and would buy one over a Murcielago any day.

WoM Score: Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (used)

Primary Function: Performance: 2
Secondary Functions: Luxury(2), Practicality(2): 2
Visual Appeal: 2
Build Quality: 1.5
Value for Money: 1

Final Score: 8.5/10



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