Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 Spider

Why does Clarkson like this car so much? Because "when you go above 3500rpm it makes a noise like a punctured sumo wrestler. And because you sit so far forwards, which makes it feel like you're on the nose of some giant, snarling power-crazed animal".

Add to that the four wheel drive system, which gives you added confidence as it manfully copes with the 510bhp and the breathtaking acceleration. A wonderfully exciting car for both those who wish to be noticed and those who thrive on the thrill of raw horsepower on the open road.

  Standard Mileage
24 Hours £ 700 100
Weekend £ 2,100 300
Full Week £ 4,200 700

Specification

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 rollover protection system (comprising two ‘pop-ups') integrated with the air bag system. Like other models in the range, the Gallardo Spyder also benefits from aluminium bodywork and features permanent four-wheel drive.

The Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder features a number of important modifications to the original Gallardo Coupé's engine and transmission system. The 10-cylinder 4961cc propulsion unit now develops 520hp (382 kW) at 8,000rpm. The six-speed gearbox creates a more dynamic performance with lower ratios: first gear is 27% lower, second gear is 13%. Third, fourth and fifth gears are all 6% lower, while sixth gear is 3.5% lower. The steering is also more direct and precise and the suspension has been recalibrated.

Technical Specification

Engine 10 cylinders V 90°, DOHC 4 valves, 18° crankpin offset
Power 382 kW (520 ps / 520 hp) at 8000 rpm
Torque 510 Nm at 4250 rpm
Transmission Permanent 4-wheel drive with viscous traction system
Acceleration 0-100 km/h 3.95 sec
Max. Speed 315 km/h / 196 mp/h
Suspension Aluminium double wishbones front and rear suspensions system, anti-roll bar, anti-dive and anti-squat.

* Winter pricing is applicable on hires between 1 October and the end of February.