6 years now firmly under the control of Audi, are planning
to expand their model line up in a move to offer exceptional
supercars in every conceivable field.
at turning Lamborghini around has been remarkable, with the
supercar manufacturer reporting their first operating profit
since 1998 last year. This was combined with a new
production record of 1,678 units in 2004, compared to 1,357
units in 2003 which also represented a record achievement.
By comparison, Lamborghini built only 216 units in 1997.
The majority of
new sales are accounted for by the Gallardo, which itself is
set to spawn two open top versions within the near future
and a PitÚn high-performance version of the coupe in
to launch their mainstream Gallardo Spider at the Frankfurt
IAA in September, an event which is to be shortly followed
by an Asian debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. First
deliveries will start in early 2006.
Spider will incorporate an electro-hydraulic push-button
soft-top. The car will represent the second soft-top in the
Lamborghini range, and will be offered alongside the
range-topping MurciŤlago Roadster. The MurciŤlago Roadster
itself recently played a major role in the film Batman
Begins, starring as the everyday car of billionaire Bruce
Wayne (Batman) when not using the Batmobile.
Pictures of the
new Gallardo soft-top have already been leaked, subject to a
studio photo shoot. The yellow car clearly shows the carís
handsome new shape, which is less radical then that of the
Unlike the 493
bhp Gallardo coupť, the Spider will be fitted with a 522 bhp
version of the V10 engine. Various packages will also be
available, including a special Smokerís Package which
replaces the standard cup holder with an ashtray. Priced at
$8,600 there is also a Carbon Fibre Interior Package (which
is expensive to say the least), and will replace the
standard dashboard, centre console, air vents and inner door
areas with carbon fibre trim. Alongside this there will be a
Leather Option, which is the same as the Carbon Fibre
Interior Package. The Leather Option unbelievably includes
the air vents being finished in leather instead of matte
plastic (although this is also an option with Porsche and
Audi). On top of this there will be a $4,000 special leather
option which uses perforated Napa leather as on the
MurciŤlago. A Branding Package will include Gallardo Spider
script on the dashboard and rear of the car and the CI
shield in the headrests.
The striking and
popular glass bonnet will not be an option on the Spider,
and is due to the positioning of the ragtop storage space
which consumes a large portion of the engine bay.
At the moment no
production orders of the Gallardo Spider are being taken,
although pre-orders from dealers are being put down. Many
Lamborghini dealers in the USA have already received
deposits for around 15-25 cars, so around 400 Spiders may
already be spoken for the US market alone.
Concept S is
As a preview to
the 522 bhp Gallardo Spider, Lamborghini presented the
wild-looking Concept S at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
From the outset Lamborghini presented the possibility of
producing the Concept S in limited form.
now confirmed that they will produce the Concept S in
limited series. About 80-90 units are planned for
production alongside the Gallardo Spider. To be fitted with
the same 522 bhp V10 as the Spider, the car will have to be
properly engineered before production starts, with the
example at Geneva being a mere mock-up.
Gallardo PitÚn for delivery in September
Updates to the
Gallardo and MurciŤlago are also planned within the
short-term future, with prototypes seen testing at the
NŁrburgring with modified bumpers and new alloy wheels. First on the
list is the limited edition Gallardo PitÚn, which will also
see a launch at the Frankfurt IAA in September. This car
will also be fitted with the 523 bhp version of the V10
fitted to the Gallardo Spider, with the standard Gallardo
coupť expecting to receive this engine in 2006.