Meanwhile, the LP560-4’s layout is no different from the previous Gallardo’s, although the differentials and the axles are revised for weight savings. As before, transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed E-gear automated manual. The 2009 E-gear is new, and it changes gears by way of a rotational selector instead of a fore/aft movement. This, according to Lamborghini, promises smoother gearchanges that take place 40% more quickly.
The 2009 edition of E-gear also has a new, more aggressive “Corsa” program and a “Thrust Mode” – otherwise known as Launch Control. In Thrust Mode, the computer takes over , optimizing the launch and shifting so that even your grandmother could achieve a 3.7-second run to 62 mph. (This is 0.3 second quicker than last year’s car.) The LP560-4 goes on to beat the 2008 Gallardo by a half second to 200 km/h (124 mph), hitting that mark in only 11.8 seconds. And flat out, the LP560-4 will reach 202 mph (up from a measly195 mph).
The oomph responsible for making the Gallardo a true 200-mph supercar comes from a completely new engine – it’s a 90-degree, aluminum V-10, just like the old unit, but with bigger bore spacing. It displaces 5.2 liters and, with the help of FSI direct injection, produces 560 metric hp at 8000 rpm – up from 520 in the 2008 model. Torque is also up, from 376 lb-ft at 4250 rpm to 398 lb-ft at 6500 rpm, but don’t let the elevated peak rpm fool you – the new engine has more low-end torque than the old one. FSI allows a much higher compression ratio, at 12.5:1 instead of 11.0:1, and the new engine makes more grunt everywhere in the engine’s operating range.
Source: Automobile Magazine