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Gallardo cosmetic update

The Gallardos are the most successful cars in Lamborghini’s 49-year history, almost 13,000 rolling out of showrooms since their 2003 introduction. That’s almost beneath notice for the Volkswagen Group, Lamborghini’s parent, but it’s a lot in the world of quarter-million-dollar exotics.

And of course Lamborghini wants those robust sales to continue. Which means tantalizing new customers.

Lambo cosmetic surgeons have nipped and tucked the Gallardo design to keep it looking new, and that’s what this Paris debutante represents—a freshening, while the factory at Sant’Agata, Italy, begins setting up for the next generation, expected for model year 2014.

When the 2013 LP560-4 goes on sale in November, it will sport new front and rear end treatments calculated to make this Lambo “even more aggressive and more extreme.”

The most immediately recognizable change is an expanded grille that spans the entire front end, with bigger air intakes ahead of the front wheels, presumably enhancing brake cooling. The grille incorporates the triangular and trapezoidal elements that distinguish the Gallardo, and the updates are set off by a new set of 19-inch alloy wheels, matte black with polished silver spokes.

The triangles and trapezoids of the going-away view have also had some attention, and the air intake sheltering the engine bay is a bit bigger, for improved efficiency, according to Lamborghini.

Not sure about you guys but I’m not a fan of this new look. They say this is supposed to make it look more aggressive but all I see is it made it look less aggressive and it somehow seems to have added a much more “plastic” look to it.


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