Production of the Lamborghini Gallardo has ended.

Lamborghini reports that the final Gallardo, an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in Rosso Mars, rolled off its Sant’Agata production line yesterday.

The Gallardo will soon be replaced by a new baby Lamborghini model, widely expected to be called the Cabrera.

The final example has been sold to a private collector.

Lamborghini says that 14,022 Gallardos have been produced, meaning the model accounts for almost half of the 30,000 cars the company has ever made have.

It goes without saying, then, that the Gallardo now holds the record for the best-selling Lamborghini model of all time.

It was launched at the Geneva Motor Show ten years ago, as part of Lamborghini’s 40th anniversary celebration.

And while some members of the motoring press were at first reluctant to accept the idea of a baby Lamborghini, painting it as the model you bought ‘if you couldn’t afford a Murcielago’, it flew out of showrooms.

It was originally powered by a 493bhp 5.0-litre V10 that had been developed with input from Cosworth, and which fed its power to the road through four-wheel drive.

However, in 2008, a comprehensive facelift saw the engine’s capacity upped to 5.2 litres, with a corresponding increase in power to 552bhp.

Shortly afterwards, two two-wheel-drive special editions were offered, and then a two-wheel-drive entry-level variant with 542bhp was added to the range permanently.

Track-oriented ‘Superleggera’ versions were also offered, both before and after the face-lift, the latter offering a searing 562bhp power output.

There’s no official word yet on when the new baby Lamborghini will break cover, but commentators expect it to follow its predecessor’s example by making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

That could mean it’ll be revealed as early as March next year.

Leon Poultney


November 26, 2013