This is how I believe the Lamborghini Gallardo was designed.
The people lucky enough to work at Lamborghini put a block of clay in a wind tunnel and started chipping away at it until they were absolutely ecstatic about the flow of the wind around the body. Perfetto!
The end result? A stunning Gallardo flawlessly slicing through air - one big sweeping curve from the front end all the way to back. Bello! (Ok I'm done with Italian translations of English words)
And to think, the creator of this car, Ferruccio Lamborghini, originally manufactured tractors. He owned many high-end sports cars his life but was never quite satisfied with anything that he owned. So he did what any of us would do if we don't like what we drive - created his own car.
Ferruccio who was fascinated with bullfighting named most of his cars after famous bulls. He adopted the bull as the emblem which you may already know. Don't worry - this is not a history lesson.
I can't really think of better car model names other than....Gallardo, Murcielago, Diablo, Reventon, Aventador. I mean, what could be better than saying "I drive an Aventador".
I met Justin, who owns the Lamborghin, through a mutual friend. He bought his Gallardo a year ago and plans on keeping it for a long time although he does want to modify it quite a bit.
All Lamborghinis are striking - they definitely catch your attention. While we were in the parking garage a couple people gave us a "thumbs up". I can't imagine what it's like for Justin to drive this around. Every time a Lamborghini drives by, just about everyone turns their head. There is really no way you could hide if you drive this around - and I know the people are thinking two things: 1) that Lambo looks pretty amazing and 2) who the hell is driving this car? What do they do for a living?
Justin's bull has gorgeous aftermarket wheels and titanium exhaust. The wheels are super wide - but with a 5.0 L V10 producing about 500 hp on a relatively light car, you need all the grip you can get.
This is a 2004 Gallardo but you wouldn't know by looking at it. The styling looks as modern and unique as it did 10 years ago. In fact, the only thing that gives away the age of the car is the cassette player! I think that's pretty awesome that this car has one. I think Justin should be keep it but he is planning on eventually replacing this with an aftermarket sound system. If you saw this car, would you think that it has a tape player??? I honestly can't even remember the last time I saw a cassette tape.
The gated shifter is awesome...Justin modified the shift knob and put Italian stripes across across the base of the shifter. Nice touch!
The aftermarket wheels and brake calipers really make the car stand out. These wheels, in my opinion, look waaay better than the stock ones. These wheels, arguably, should have been the ones that came straight from factory.
The huge hood in the rear (or should I say trunk lid?) hides the massive V10 built by Audi. The internals are very similar to the Audi R8. I really liked the look of the car with the hood open...it's long and exposes the massive engine with a heat shield. These huge V10s need to be cooled, similar to Ray and Leslie's Dodge Viper ACR.
Being in a parking garage allowed me to enjoy the loud exhaust reverberating within the parking garage walls. I think we annoyed a ton of people while I was filming (we were next to an apartment building) because I was asking Justin to floor it the whole time. The modified exhaust was so loud that the ground shook. It was deafening but thoroughly enjoyable.
Lamborghinis are the kind of fantasy cars that most of us dream of owning. It brings out our inner child. The car really stands out in every way possible and I think Justin will keep it for a very long time.
Well, the new Huracan is pretty sweet, so maybe not.
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