Xenon headlamps, leather upholstery, a navigation system, a four-speaker audio system with iPod interface, and a dual-zone automatic climate control round out the standard features list. The LP550-2 has a standard six-speed manual transmission; its optional automated manual gearbox is standard on the LP560-4.
The LP570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica is a more serious performer that benefits from extensive use of carbon fiber, a boost to 570 horsepower, carbon ceramic brakes, Alcantara upholstery and special 19-inch alloy wheels. The special edition Gallardo Bicolore is based on of the LP550-2, but comes with a special black contrasting roof, matching interior stitching and premium leather, and the six-speed manual transmission. Finally, the LP550-2 Tricolore is another special package with a stripe motif that honors the Italian flag, as well as Alcantara upholstery and special 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Gallardo, then, is a ticket into the fantasy of driving a high-performance Italian sports car with some of the real-world usability Lamborghinis traditionally lack. It may not be the most advanced supercar out there—and many of its rivals have caught up with its performance—but it has the special something that justifies a six-figure price tag.