Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

The Essentials

  • Price from £167,628
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 19.3mpg
  • What is it? A convertible supercar that will get everyone looking at you... and wondering how comfortable you really are.

Great

  • One of the ultimate supercars
  • High-speed manoeuvres have never been so thrilling
  • Audi input should ease reliability concerns

Gripes

  • Puts style well before comfort, both inside and on the road
  • Tyres kick up a lot of road noise
  • Doesn't feel as expensive as it should
  • Drive

    Lightning pace and wonderful high-speed handling; low-speed ride is firm and there's plenty of noise

  • Inside

    Body-hugging, moulded seats for two and a stylish control panel, even if some of it's the same as an Audi's

  • Safety

    Twin front and side airbags and electronic stability control come as standard

  • Reliability

    As Lamborghini is now owned by Audi, reliability isn't such a concern

  • Space

    Comfortable up-front where the action is; boot space is seriously minimalist

  • Standard and extras

    There's a long list of expensive extras, but if you don't want to tick those boxes you're left with just climate control, a CD player and leather seats

  • What's it like to drive?

    The Gallardo Spyder offers dizzying acceleration, stunning handling and the soundtrack of a racing driver's dreams. Better still, you can fold the roof so that everyone can see the grin on your face. Or is that a grimace? The ride is bottom-bruisingly hard at low speeds and there's a lot of noise from the road and wind to compete with the V10 engine. The regular six-speed manual is smoother to use than the paddle-shift version. And if it's not quite extreme enough, try the more powerful Performante version.

  • What's it like inside?

    If you ever wanted to have a secret affair or consultation at the plastic surgeon then this is not the car to take, because every set of eyes will be on you wherever you go. The Gallardo's wedged shape gives it those fantastic Miami Vice looks, but you do have to compromise in terms of passengers (one only) and boot space (not much to speak of). Rear visibility isn't great and the pedals are annoyingly offset to the left. For this money we'd expect more than leather seats, climate control and a CD player  the options list is extensive and expensive.

  • How reliable is it?

    Audi now owns Lamborghini and so build quality is paramount, but you'll need to keep it regularly serviced at vast expense.
    As for safety, front and side airbags are fitted, along with stability control that you can tinker with depending whether you're doing the school run or a track day.

  • Should I buy one?

    If you've got the money and crave the attention - why not. You'll have to join the waiting list, or try a specialist dealer to beat the queue, and prepare for astronomical running costs. At least you shouldn't have trouble finding a buyer when the novelty wears off.