Updated 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 revealed in Paris

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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There are some benefits to being a smaller player in the automotive game, one of which is flexibility to modify models that are soon to be entirely replaced. For 2013, Lamborghini has done just that with its Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder, giving would-be customers motivation to step up above the "base" LP550-2 Coupe and Spyder models that don't get the updates, and only a year before an all-new 2014 Gallardo arrives.

Believe it or not, the 2013 updates actually add an element of visual aggression to a car that many already considered to be the most intimidating in its class. When looking from the front only the front clip has changed, now featuring a completely new look that removes the body-colour bisecting panel at centre and replaces it with a wide unobstructed grille opening. The new look is at once more elegant thanks to a set of angled braces that could almost be called delicate in their ultra-thin F1 front wing-inspired appearance. The outward set are body-colour and the inside two painted black and therefore hidden from the mind's eye, yet they trace the tapered folds in the unchanged hood rearward in their trajectory. It's a dramatic change that geometrically is much more appealing. At the same time the massive vents just forward of the front wheels are gone, replaced by finer triangular openings that integrate into the outward edges of the new grille design. From profile the new frontal design blends more effortlessly with the rest of the car, immediately asserting its presence yet less conflicting overall.

Moving rearward, Lamborghini has added an attractive set of black-painted alloy rims that complement the overall look nicely, although a variety of wheel and tire combinations are available so that buyers can give their LP560-4 Coupe or Spyder a personal look.

At the rear, Lamborghini continues the diagonal theme by replacing the thick upright supports of the old LP560-4 with thin diagonal struts, each reaching down to visually meet up with a modified rear fascia that's angled upwards at each corner so as to flow more naturally to the eye. The rear end, like the front, is more aggressive in appearance, yet due to the same visual lightness, it comes across as more elegant overall. Finishing alterations off are four fat tailpipes that fill the outer reaches of the carryover diffuser.

To be clear, only the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe and Spyder get the changes, while entry-level rear-wheel drive models carry forward unchanged as do top-line models like the LP670-4 Superleggera and Spyder Performante. The LP570-4 Trofeo Stradale has been discontinued.
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Topics: Roadster, Sports Coupe, Lamborghini, 2013, Gallardo LP560-4, $99,999+,

Geographic location: Paris

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