Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia
The Gallardo needs no introduction. It has been around since 2004 and still looks both modern and mental with performance that is expected of a raging Italian Bull. This particular Gallardo has its dial turned up to eleven, with Amari Design having breathed new life into the performance and styling of this already quick car. John Greatorex has brought the car to the party today and gives me the low-down on some of the finer points.
Known as the Invidia, the Gallardo features a number of styling modifications which look both balanced and well-proportioned and give the car a more aggressive, purposeful stance. Inside, the carbon-fibre racing seats have been re-trimmed in Alcantara. It’s a neat styling package and the bright orange/red paintwork sets the whole thing off beautifully.
For the mechanicals, the Lamborghini has received a power hike to 540bhp and a new custom exhaust means we can enjoy the tunefulness of that power in all its glory. Time for some driving.
Climbing in to the sports-seat in the small Gallardo cabin, I am reminded that Italians didn’t cater for those of us of a loftier disposition. The seats don’t move very much, which leaves me sat with my head wedged against the roof, along with a contortionist position in the lumbar of my back, which has my internals screaming at me to get out. Not bloody likely – this is a special Lambo, and I’m going to enjoy this specialness even if it kills me. My spine informs me that I will be reminded of this defiance for the next two days. But for now, it’s on with the show. John fires up the car and blips the throttle. It sounds good. Very good.
Out on the road, John gives me a demonstration of the power. It quickly starts to feel like the throttle is attached to my face because, with every press of the right foot, the noise gets louder and my smile gets bigger. It’s very fast, and under load it is very loud – and in this car that can only be a good thing. It’s an Italian screamer. As the manual gearbox is worked through the h-gate, the noise is intense and sounds exactly what you’d want in an extreme Supercar. It feels very quick, with my torso welded in the seat as the acceleration fires us through the gears at a merry old rate, but at the same time the power feels progressive and smooth.
It’s a great thing, this Gallardo. I like the look, the noise, the power, the badge. It’s fantastic. The suspension on this particular car however is more hard-core and after already being wedged into the seat is too uncomfortable for me on these roads. “The suspension is set up on this car with track days in mind. That’s why it’s so stiff”, John tells me. Comfort aside, I really enjoyed my time in this car. It’s very rapid, sounds spectacular and looks superb.