September 13, 2005
Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) 2005 - Gallardo Spyder, Gallardo SE, Gallardo MY 06, Murcielago MY 06
New Gallardo Spyder
Two years after the launch of the Coupé version of the Gallardo, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting the new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This latest addition brings the marque's range of supercars to four models. The Gallardo Spyder is not just an open-top version of the Coupé, but is a completely new model. It has an attractive new design and a unique system for opening and closing the fabric roof that utilises the engine compartment to store the folded roof. The Lamborghini Centro Stile and engineers from the Research and Development team have worked in close partnership to develop this new design and to bring these clean and sharp lines on the road.
Il design - the original design vision for the Gallardo was created in the year 2000 and this vision continues with the "open" version. The dimensions of the Gallardo, combined with its competitive performance targets, ensure the car has an athletic compactness. The long wheelbase complemented by short overhangs dynamise its appearance. The Gallardo Spyder features typical and unique mono-volume proportions, which integrate the Lamborghini design attributes of purism, athleticism and sharpness. The cab-forward cockpit is integrated in the body by a strongly-slanted front screen and tensed pillars. The complex surfacing is intersected by crisp graphics and its detailing, which is orientated towards optimum cooling, evokes a strong aeronautical influence in its proportions and formal language
The roof raising/lowering system of the Gallardo Spyder is based on an electronic control system with electrohydraulic actuators and comprises the following elements:
· hood made from black fabric
The roof raising/lowering mechanism is extremely simple to operate by way of two push-buttons on the centre of the dashboard. And the whole operation takes just over 20 seconds. The rear screen moves automatically while the roof is being opened or closed. This automatically-controlled movement always returns the screen to the raised position. The driver can also choose to have the screen in the lowered position (also with the roof raised) by pressing the appropriate button on the dashboard. There is also a "service function" that positions the roof so as to allow access to the engine. 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 Roll Over protection system (comprising two "pop-ups") integrated with the air bag system. All these solutions, which place Lamborghini at the very forefront of open top car design, were driven by the need to present to the public a true spyder characterised by a pure design.
Engine and Performance - the new Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder features a number of important modifications to the original engine and transmission from the Coupé. The 10-cylinder 4961 cc propulsion unit now develops 520 hp (382 kW) at 8,000 rpm. The six-speed gearbox now has lower ratios (1st gear is 27% lower, 2nd gear is 13%, 3rd / 4th / 5th gears are all 6% lower, while 6th gear is 3.5% lower), which create a more dynamic performance. The steering is also more direct and precise and the suspension has been recalibrated. Like the other models in the range, the Gallardo Spyder also benefits from aluminium bodywork and features permanent four-wheel drive. And finally, its performance figures: the Gallardo Spyder - which complies with EURO 4 homologation standards - reaches a top speed of 314 km/h with the roof up and 307 km/h with the roof down, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
Equipment Amongst its standard equipment the following items are particularly worthy of mention:
· power steering fluid cooler (for sports use)
There are also new body colours available. In addition to those current range of Gallardo colours, the new Gallardo Spyder is also available in the two special colours: Celeste Phoebe (light blue) and Verde Picus (green). There are also new colours also for the leather interiors: Marrone Janus (brown) as the main colour, Bianco Polar (white) as a contrast colour, and carpets in Marrone Janus (brown), Rosso Centaurus (red) or Arancio Leonis (orange). There is also a range of optional equipment that makes the Gallardo Spyder even more exclusive, including:
· video camera on the rear spoiler (available also on the Coupé version)
Other optional equipment (also on the Coupé version) includes:
· a choice of colour and leather and/or Alcantara combinations
Technical data sheet
The color range consists of six alternatives: two grey shades, Grigio Altair and Grigio Proteus, as well as Balloon White (white), Giallo Midas (yellow), Arancio Borealis (orange) and Verde Ithaca (green). The roof, engine bonnet, front and rear spoiler as well as the two side mirrors are painted in Nero Noctis (black), making them stand out against the body color. The rear lights are slightly tinted. The newly designed "Callisto" rims give an extra touch to the overall appearance, which is complemented by the colored brake calipers (available in grey or yellow). The interior design reflects the two-tone concept by having all piping and stitching matching the exterior body color of the car. The Lamborghini shield is embossed on the headrest of the driver and passenger seats. The Lamborghini script has been carefully inserted into the dashboard. The carpets are black having borders that match the exterior body color of the car. Needless to say, the entire interior is handcrafted in partially perforated leather of supreme quality. The interior design underlines the new, more aggressive personality of this Special Edition. The limited Special Edition is richly equipped with standard features such as a rear view camera, which, in combination with the built-in multimedia screen, facilitates parking. The sports suspension, P Zero Corsa tyres (specifically developed by Pirelli for more sporty driving) and sports steering wheel are all standard features on the Special Edition. The long list of standard equipment also includes an exclusive car cover.
A considerable range of additional equipment is available. Customers can also choose the robotized e.gear gearbox, as well as a navigation system (depending on the country), heated side mirrors, fully electrical and heated seats. A winter package (heated seats, side mirrors, heated wash jets, rubber floor mats, 12 Volt outlet), and a lifting system are also available. Standard tyres instead of sports tyres can be ordered at no extra cost. The Gallardo SE benefits from several technical modifications. The 10-cylinder engine has the same power has the new Spyder, with 520 hp (382 kW) at 8000 rpm. The result is shown in the improved acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 4.0 seconds (4.2 seconds previously), while the top speed is now 315 km/h (309 km/h previously). These new performance levels are shown impressively on a car equipped with e.gear and a feature called "thrust mode". This optimizes acceleration and gear changes from a standing start through all gears. Additional modifications mean more direct and precise steering, which improve even further the superb handling of the vehicle.
There is a new range of optional equipment for the Gallardo MY 06, including a series of "Packages": The "Branding Package": Lamborghini script on dashboard Lamborghini logo in relief on the head rest Coloured logo on the wheels The "Travel Package": Storage box located under the steering wheel Storage nets on the backs of the seats Cup holder The "Winter Package": Heated mirrors, seats and screenwash nozzles Black carpets Winter tyres with titanium Cassiopea wheels 12 V socket in the boot
Optional equipment for the Gallardo 06 also includes the rear video camera and a TV-tuner (not available for USA/Canada and Japan). Other options include new "Callisto" wheels and the sports setup for the MY 06 model, with racing steering wheel, steering and suspension. There is also a range of customised options for the Gallardo MY 06 (under the name "Privilege Programme"), which gives customers the possibility to purchase an even more exclusive and truly unique car.
· braking efficiency remains constant at both low and high temperature, with no fading, even after hard use
These advantages are complemented by:
· longer lifetime
The Murciélago MY 06 also complies with EU4 standards (ECE) The Murciélago MY 06 has a new standard equipment package, which includes a Becker navigation system (not for the USA) and a range of new options. Optional equipment includes the "Interior Carbon Package", where a number of the interior components are made from carbon fibre:
· cover for the driver side display
A further optional extra is the "Branding Package", which comprises the Lamborghini logo in relief on the headrests and the coloured Lamborghini logo on the wheels. The Murciélago MY 06 Coupé is now also available in the exclusive new colour Oro Adonis (gold), already available for the Roadster version. The "Privilege Programme" car customisation option is also available for the Murciélago MY 06.