Ferruccio’s ‘little’ represents the most successful model in the history of the House of Sant’Agata Bolognese. What we describe today is the most recent interpretation of the 10-cylinder icon: the New LP 560-4 Gallardo Spyder. “New”, yes, because the front and rear have been recently revised compared to the 2008 version, which now make it more similar to the older sister Aventador.
The first is characterized by triangular and trapezoidal shapes, distinctive features of the new Lamborghini stylistic language: diagonal profiles, black or in body color, subdivide the front of the car, making it appear wider, dynamic and strongly adherent to the road. The new look is completed by the increased front air intakes and the 19-inch “Cordelia High Gloss Black” alloy wheels painted in black. Even the rear of the Gallardo has a completely new design, with a more dynamic impact: the characteristic stylistic features are also in this case the triangle and the trapeze. The tailpipes now have a larger surface, improving thermodynamic efficiency. The end result is a mixture of a few decisive features, connected together by segments that define the typical design of the Casa del Toro in a marked way, but without excess.
The hood in lined canvas is available in black, blue, gray and beige. The convertible top movement operation takes place via two buttons located on the central tunnel; the time required for opening and closing is about 20 seconds. The drive system consists of an electric pump, six hydraulic cylinders, an electric motor and two electric actuators.
In order to ensure maximum safety, Lamborghini engineers incorporated a pop-up roll bar behind each of the seats. Normally the roll bars are preloaded by a powerful spring and come out in a protective position within 250 milliseconds of activation by a special sensor that detects the danger of the car rolling over. At the same time the seat belt pretensioners are activated.
The LP 560-4 abbreviation reveals that this car is powered by an engine placed in the rear longitudinal position, capable of unloading 560 hp of maximum power on the road thanks to the four-wheel drive system available (that 4, for the in fact). The engine, able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.0 seconds, surprised us with its great elasticity: it pushes well from low revs and continues in a stretch that seems to never end. At the wheel of this pure blood, then, the great handling qualities immediately emerged: the roll is minimal, you travel almost ‘flat’; the pitch is almost eliminated by the high anti-dive and anti-squat values of the suspension, all to the advantage of a clean ride. Wandering along the beautiful roads of the Bolognese hills we appreciated the great driving precision that the New Gallardo can offer: the speed of insertion in curves was slightly penalized by the four-wheel drive configuration, to the advantage of the acceleration exit phase, which it receives a considerable benefit.
For lovers of the technique, we cannot fail to underline the particularity used for fuel injection. The car adopts a “Stratified Direct Injection” system, an innovative solution that allows optimization in all engine load conditions. With Stratified Direct Injection, the fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber with a pressure of up to 100 bar by means of a side injector. This generates a perfect turbulence movement (“tumble effect”) to the mixture of air and fuel, obtaining a homogeneous charge and creating optimal conditions for highly efficient combustion.