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Origins

Belgian automotive designer Luc Donckerwolke is the key architect of the Gallardo’s wedge shaped design, with original inspiration drawn from the 1995 Lamborghini Calà Concept designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. The resulting product has decidedly Lamborghini-esque design cues, but was also modernized with the latest technologies and refreshed with luxurious standard-setting appointments.

The Lamborghini Gallardo was designed and produced during the period when the automaker had just come under Audi ownership. The most notable byproduct of this relationship would be the Audi R8, with early versions of the model being closely based on the Gallardo. Over the years, the two cars would share certain components.

Special Editions / One-Off Models

Quite an extensive number of limited and special edition versions of the Gallardo were also released over the years, many of which were exclusively made for specific regions and markets. We’ll dive deeper into those cars in the “Variants” and “In Depth Guides” sections below.

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