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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 25 2008
INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 26, 2008 39 Caught in Spyder's web PETER BARNWELL Dream machine . . . the Lamborghini Gallardo. T THE effect of this car on other road users is mesmerising. Where other high performance cars tend to make many aggro, a Lamborghini in the rear view mirror turns them meek and mild. If only they really knew what it is like to drive a car like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, they would totally flip out. We have and we nearly did.The ex- perience is almost mystical for the mechanically inclined, certainly a sensory overload and possibly the best ego massager money can buy apart from a private jet or multimillion-dollar yacht which not many people can see you in anyway. They sure do in the Lamborghini Spyder -- the con- vertible version of Lamborghini's V10 Gallardo supercar. Essentially the same as the mid- engine tin-top, the Spyder has an electrically folding soft top and no engine window through which to view the crown jewels. You can't have everything. It costs a pretty penny (about $460,000) for the stunning mica orange car we drove that was kitted out with extra goodies like robotised sequential paddle gear shift called e-gear and other luxuries. An aggressive looking beast, the Spyder is all angles and air vents, low slung with a big rump and short front that is totally in keeping with its performance po- tential and the incredible sound blasting out those twin big-bore exhaust pipes. Funnily enough, it only bel- lows, nay blasts, when the throttle is pushed hard otherwise it could be your average unassuming sports car with a handsome bari- tone ringing from the engine.Built around an alu- minium space frame a-la Audi (owner of Lamborghini) and vari- ous polycarbonate and alu- minium panels, the two-seater Gallardo Spyder tips the scales at a respectable 1570kg which means it has plenty of get up with 382kW and 510Nm spinning from the highly developed 5.0-litre V10 en- gine. It will put away a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds and, accord- ing to company literature, will run right through 300km/h -- given access to a handy airfield. Better yet is the Gallardo Spyder's handling and ride aided by all-wheel drive and sophisti- cated electronics that help keep everything in check regardless of speed (well, within reason). The suspension is based around aluminium components and is double wishbone front and back. Lamborghini has added a really handy lift mode to the front suspension for negotiating speed humps and dish gutters. Works a treat. It rolls on 19-inch Pirellis of large proportion fitted to some of the best looking composite alloy wheels we have ever seen. Hand- ling is controlled, quick to re- spond, neutral at high speed, well damped and surprisingly supple even in sport mode. Power is delivered with a greater bias towards the rear axle and a partial limited slip rear differential. The optional e-gear system takes a bit of getting used to and isn't as rapid changing as some other systems but does the job well and is fun to use, even selecting reverse with a push button. It has a large turning circle which is sometimes annoying and likes a drink of high octane premium but with 80 litres in the tank, touring range is pretty good. The pedal box is tight so it's left foot braking. There is plenty of luxury kit inside the cabin including electri- cally adjustable and heated seats, premium audio, climate control aircon and power assisted ancilliaries.It is a surprisingly comfortable car to drive and rela- tively roomy in the cockpit. It offers reasonably good visibility but minimal boot space. Access is easy, egress a little more difficult due to wide rocker panels under the doors. We just worried about it all the time, a problem when you have responsibility for something as valuable and reverred as the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. www.fireflyexpress.com.au Daily Departures Book online and save Firefly Express "Specialising in daily Express Passenger Coach Services between Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Firefly Express has established a reputation within the coach industry, and with the travelling public, of having a fleet of superbly maintained five star coaches, which are constantly updated, along with a staff of professional Coach Captains and Reservation Consultants, ensuring that the level of service provided is second to none." Featuring facilities such as: • Full airconditioning • Fabric reclining seats • Overhead vents and reading lights • Toilet and washroom • On board movies and music • Air cushioned suspension Phone 1300 730 740 for reservations 2162186i pag wk52 • Sydney • Melbourne • Adelaide
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