Lamborghini and Manhattan Motorcars teamed up on Tuesday evening to host a soiree showing off the newest baby of the Lamborghini family: the 2013 Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder. The new model was debuted at car shows in Paris and Los Angeles earlier this year so we knew what to expect, but the event did give some of New York’s more well-to-do car enthusiasts a chance to admire the LP560-4 and other luxury models housed at the West Side dealership in person. Although I didn’t see anyone whipping out a checkbook, it was a spirited evening of networking and ogling the high-performance eye-candy. Paying homage to Lamborghini’s heritage, Italian red wine, crostini and cannolis were passed around the luxury showroom as guests admired the latest addition to the collection of coveted sportscars.
For all-intensive purposes, Lamborghini’s are like massive toys for the affluent who feel a need for a lot of speed and even more flash (think
Christian Troy on Nip/Tuck). So similar to when we were kids and anticipated the new Barbie with the trendy outfit or a superhero game with more powers, Lambo devotees wait with bated breath to see what design elements and performance features will come out next. The Gallardo LP560-4 features a single trapezoidal shaped rear with a massive black vent below the taillights, and diagonal lines give the Spyder a slightly more aggressive look than the coupe. The electronically controlled rear spoiler rises at speed to enhance traction. A fairly standard leather interior as far as Lamborghinis go features door panels and a center console that are color coded to match the exterior. The 5.2-liter V10 90” DOHC engine pushes out anywhere from 542 to 562 horsepower, going from 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 202 mph (performance does vary between the coupe and Spyder due to the convertible’s heavier drop-top).
Keep in mind that even though the closest most people will ever get to owning a Gallardo will be in their dreams, this is considered an “entry-level” Lamborghini with a base price starting at a cool $202,000.