As one of the company’s most popular sports cars to date, the Lamborghini Gallardo has been awarded the Dream Car of the Year award in 2006 and Car of the Year award in 2009 by Top Gear, the magazine show for automobiles. The car has been in production since 2003, giving rise to special editions that have enjoyed worldwide reception.
Succeeding the Lamborghini Jalpa, the Gallardo comes in 2-door coupe or 2-door spyder sketched by Luc Donckerwolke, current designer for Volkswagen. The first generation included the Gallardo Superleggera, produced from 2007 to 2008, a tribute to the Lamborghini 350GT by Carrozzeria Touring.
The LP 560-4, which was based on the design of the Murcielago LP 640, was introduced by 2008. This generation had improved fuel efficiency due to the direct fuel injection system and 40 PS engine. From 2008 to 2012, five variants in different body styles have also been produced. This includes the LP 560-4 Spyder first unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show. Starting 2005, special limited editions of the Gallardo were also released for international markets.
The Lamborghini Gallardo also has a strong legacy in GT races. In 2007, the Gallardo was restyled for motorsport racing by Reiter Engineering. A motorsport version, the LP 560-4 Super Trofeo, was raced until 2011.