“We specialise in the unexpected,” Lamborghini’s brand and design director Manfred Fitzgerald tells me in an ante-room on a Geneva stand that looks like the private chamber in Al Pacino’s Carlito’s Way Miami nightclub. “We have so many projects up our sleeves right now, I can’t even begin to tell you…”
What he will brief me on, though, is the new Gallardo. Body design, engine, suspension and transmission have all been thoroughly revised, and Lambo claims significant improvements in performance and efficiency. But let’s start with the styling.
Overseen by Fitzgerald – a former marketing guy turned design boss – and implemented by a seven-strong team led by Filippo Perini, the modifications are limited to the Gallardo’s front and rear, but they give the car a razor-sharp new character.