Lamborghini Unveils New Drop-Top Supercar

Posted on: 24 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The Italian supercar giant releases the first pictures of its new open-topped model.

If you're going to reveal a new drop-top supercar you might as well do it in the place you're going to sell the most of them.

So that's exactly what Lamborghini has done with its new Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder. The Italian firm revealed its open-topped raging bull in Los Angeles this week.

The LP560-4 Spyder is simply a drop-top version of the acclaimed Gallardo LP560-4 Coupé. The numbers in the name refer to the huge 560bhp output of its V12 engine and the four-wheel drive system used to transfer its prodigious power to the road.

It's then hardly surprising to hear that the Lamborghini is fast: this open-topped Italian can reach 62mph in just four seconds and blast up to over 200mph.

The new Spyder features the same revised, lightened transmission as its coupé sibling, the 'Corsa' mode allowing gearshifts some 40 per cent faster than previously. Even so, this is one Lamborghini that is more likely to be seen cruising down Californian boulevards than setting lap times around racetracks.

The new Lamborghini modelIn 2007 some 30 per cent of Lamborghini's US sales were in the Southern Californian region, making it the most important US state for the Italian supercar firm. The new LP560-4 Spyder is certain to ensure that Lamborghini maintains that volume in California's sunny climate, the 18 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel consumption it brings doing its bit - albeit a small bit - to help reduce California's infamous smog levels.

Available to order worldwide from Lamborghini dealers now, the Gallardo LP560-4 will reach customers in Spring 2009. So if you fancy a 201mph roadster to enjoy next summer in then get your order in soon.

Do you like the look of the new Lamborghini? Have you ever owned or driven a Lamborghini? Which Lamborghini model is your favourite?

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