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The best-selling Lamborghini ever has lost its top at the Los Angeles Motor Show. Meet the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder...

Described by Lamborghini president and CEO Stephan Winkelmann as the "best example of a Gallardo to date," the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder gives new meaning to the term blown away.

But more than just a case of the Gallardo losing its top, the LP 560-4 Spyder comes kitted with a new 10-cylinder 5.2-litre engine producing 412 kW at 8 000 r/min and with 540 Nm on tap at 6 500 r/min. That should make for head-spinning stuff.

This allows the drop-top to sprint to 100 km/h from standstill in 4 seconds, while top speed is a frightening 324 km/h.

A new gearbox ensures shift times are increased by 40% in Corsa Mode, the manufacturer says.

The lighter transmission, coupled with an all-new chassis and suspension, and Lamborghini's permanent all-wheel drive system, contributes to a car that is said to be significantly more refined and agile. 

Quick greenies may be pleased to know that although performance and fuel consumption are improved, CO2 emissions have been driven down by 18% over the coupe.

Since 2003, more than 8 500 Gallardos have rolled off the Sant'Agata production line. In 2007, 39% off all Lamborghini sales were to customers in the US.


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