According to Lamborghini the Gallardo Spyder is not just an open-top version of the coupe, but is a completely new model.
It has an attractive new design and a unique system for opening and closing the fabric roof that utilises the engine compartment to store the folded roof.
The roof raising/lowering system of the Gallardo Spyder is based on an electronic control system with electro-hydraulic actuators.
This system is simple to operate by way of two push-buttons on the centre of the dashboard. And the whole operation takes just over 20 seconds.
The rear screen moves automatically while the roof is being opened or closed. This automatically-controlled movement always returns the screen to the raised position.
Furthermore the driver can also choose to have the screen in the lowered position (also with the roof raised) by pressing the appropriate button on the dashboard.
Lamborghini says that it paid special attention to the structural design of the Gallardo Spyder, which of course complies fully with all the relevant safety standards.
The space frame has been reinforced in the area of the sills and the A pillars have been strengthened with the adoption of an automatic roll over protection system (comprising two "pop-ups") integrated with the air bag system.
The Gallardo Spyder features a number of important modifications to the original engine and transmission from the Coupé.
The 10-cylinder 4961 cc propulsion unit now develops 382 kW at 8 000 r/min and the six-speed gearbox has lower ratios too, which create better dynamic performance.
This drop-top rockets to a top speed of 314 km/h with the roof up and 307 km/h with the roof down, while it will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.