2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Review
We took out a Gallardo Spyder at an autocross day in Irvine a few weeks ago, and it had been the first time in a years that we’d driven this particular car. Our last memories of it is that it was a blast to drive, nimble, powerful, and playful. So did age make our memory fuzzy? We think not! Hoping into the very familiar cabin, it took about 1 minute to get reacquainted with our old friend. Turning on the Italian V10 and hearing it roar to life put a smile on our faces. At every RPM the V10 sounds so good, and it’s the engine that really shines as the winning component in this car. Sure, the looks are a smidge dated compared to the modern LP560 Gallardos and the all new Huracan, but the first generation Gallardo still has a charm and compact, sleek look to it.
Pulling the car out for a warm up lap, it was refreshingly surprising that all the Gallardo wants to do is leap out fast and keep going. Lap 1 was defined buy us keeping ourselves controled while getting readjusted to the Gallardo’s stance and feel. On lap 2, we were able to get more aggressive with the throttle, and we think that made the car very, very happy. Around tight corners there is a bit of understeer, but pushing down on the throttle and letting all 510 horsepower loose on the exit and the Gallardo roars to speed. If you are good with the throttle you can get the Gallardo to “play” easily in the corners, as the AWD allows you to slide about while still getting speed in a controllable manner without the fear that you’ll accidentally run down your friends and onlookers on the sidelines.
All in all the autocross session was a great reminder of just how special this car is, and with the market price for these falling, it’s a great pick up for a beginner supercar. Sure, it’s not the latest and greatest, but you get awesome Italian looks, a solid, naturally aspirated V10, plenty of fun to boot, and great badge. So for those of you in the used supercar market, you might want to give this classic an second glance.
Picture by Matt Wiley