The Superleggera is undoubtedly the best driving Gallardo of the bunch, but I’m not entirely convinced about it. The seats prove to be painful after a lot of time behind the wheel – my 6’2″ frame just doesn’t fit as well as someone of Denby’s stature does – and I reckon that the crashy nature of the suspension and setup would begin to annoy after a long time with the car. Maybe I’m getting old before my time, but I find myself hankering after the standard LP560-4 much more. But is in the plain Jane Coupe or the Mr Softy Spyder that sits on top of the Gallardo tree?
Whilst the Coupe might lack the visual drama of the carbon-fetish Superleggera, as a package it makes a lot of sense. Simmo isn’t entirely convinced by the car, “It’s a nice, good competent car but it’s not special enough to warrant buying, but if you did particularly like that I do believe you could use it everyday.” Not special enough??? Really? It’s an Italian supercar with 552bhp from one of the few V10 engines still to be in production – maybe Jon spent a little too much time in the Spyder and the sun got to him. I still maintain that the Coupe is a great all-round car; I just think it got overlooked by the others in this company.
However… and bear with me here, I’m going to put my head above the parapet and say that the ultimate Gallardo is the Spyder. Yes, on a hard charge, it might be a little bit lacking compared to the Coupe, but the added benefit of losing of the roof provides it with an extra dimension. The sound of that V10 on full chat is one to be savoured and you certainly get the full benefit of it with the Spyder.
If anything, I only wish the Spyder had a little more visual drama and maybe a chunk taken out of the kerbweight – then, I think there would be no question about it being the Gallardo to end all Gallardos…