With its 5.2-liter V10 that produces 552 horsepower, the 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo provides exactly what you'd expect. It screams off the line with Lamborghini's signature quickness, and you can immediately feel the supercar's rapid advancement toward its rpm redline.
Driving this Gallardo is also a ride in history. It was the first Lamborghini completed under Audi supervision. It helped celebrate the carmaker's 50th anniversary, and it was the last year of the vehicle's production. The so-called "Baby Lambo" was replaced by the Huracan.
The mid-mounted, rear-wheel-drive Gallardo advances from zero to 60 mph in under four seconds and has a top speed of nearly 200 mph. There are quicker supercars with higher top-end speeds, but the Lamborghini merits attention because of the carmaker's style and personality.
Lamborghinis are works of art. They turn heads with their sharp-angled design and low-to-the-ground presence. The exhaust notes are particularly appealing, similar to a confident dog's bark.
Driving the Gallardo also affords another appealing dichotomy of high-end vehicles. The interior, constructed of premium materials, includes an abundance of leather. But it's also a high-performance supercar with few frills and little space in the front-mounted trunk. The Gallardo's low stance also means a concerted effort is required to enter and exit.
But isn't that what driving a special car is all about? It's about the experience, right? So travel light and be prepared to drive a unique example of automotive history as well as the best-selling Lamborghini ever made. It will be a remarkable driving experience in a vehicle with supercar royalty status.