The Gallardo was designed as a competitor to the Ferrari 360, and now competes with its replacement, the Ferrari F430. The Gallardo has a rear-biased all-wheel drive system which differentiates it from its rear-wheel drive competitors. Lamborghini's parent company Audi is renowned for its quattro 4WD system, however Lamborghini uses a system of its own. Unlike the Countach, Diablo, and Murciélago models, the Gallardo does not have scissor doors. The Gallardo was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, who won the 2003 Red Dot Award for the design of both the 2004 Gallardo and 2002 Murciélago.
The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled 'semi-automatic single-clutch sequential manual', which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than a manual transmission would. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not need to manually actuate the clutch.
The Audi R8 sports car, launched in early 2007, is based on the Gallardo platform, and uses a 4.2 litre V8 in place of the Gallardo's V10 to avoid competing directly with the Gallardo. For the 2008 model year, an onboard computer, iPod connectivity with USB, heated mirrors, Q-citura stitching that originally could only be found on the Nera model, and a beige soft-top on the Spyder, were added to the Gallardo.
I didn't have any plan on adding this model until I saw one at a bargain price. I quickly grabbed it and there, it now sits on one of the shelves in my Lamborghini display . As usual, AA makes the best modern Lamborghini models in 1:18 scale. Like the newer release, Gallardo Superleggera, this standard Gallardo model is packed with accurate details and the paint job is flawless. The wheels, disc brakes and calipers are very realistic. The tires are labeled with "P Zero".Well crafted interior and engine are great features not to be missed.
It still is a great addition in my Lambo collection.
4 scales (1:18, 1:43, 1:64, 1:100)
With its super light weight brother, the Gallardo Superleggera.