The 2003 Lamborghini Gallardo was the first Lamborghini production vehicle with a V10 engine, and that made it an immediate success. There was a previous model designed to be a baby Lamborghini in 1987, but none of the prototypes worked out the way designers wanted, and in 1998 the project started from scratch, and it was decided to rather design a car around the new V10 powerplant. Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini Technical Director from 2006 to 2022, recalls: “The L140 had a 72° V10 engine with the gearbox integrated in the oil pan area, designed by Lamborghini, and not practical to produce for the type of car it was intended for. Furthermore, the position of the gearbox under the engine generated a high centre of gravity, which wouldn’t guarantee the drivability and handling characteristics that a super sports Lamborghini should have. So, when we started the project codenamed “Baby Diablo”, a V8 was chosen and it was decided to look for a potential engine among those already on the market, including the 8-cylinder Audi. With the subsequent acquisition by Audi, it was decided to produce a completely new car with an aluminium tubular frame and a 10-cylinder engine, designed by Lamborghini, and a brand-new transmission, both manual and robotized.”
Take a look at the YouTube video from a while back that shows Jay Leno review one of the coolest Lamborghinis ever made, the Gallardo. This is a 2012 model and that means it's sorta of in the middle of the iconic nameplate's production run. It's got it all, looks, power, and a soundtrack that brings music to your ears. Just to emphasise how cool the car is, there's one in the SXdrv garages right now in the form of a 500.2 : 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo | Jay Leno's Garage
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