Time was when a Lamborghini was all about monstering the straights and not falling off through the corners. But the Gallardo 560-4 obliterates that preconception forever with its eye-watering blend of grip, balance and composure, not to mention its steering and traction, both of which are excellent. And that’s to say nothing of the car’s most surprising feature: its ride comfort. The way that the 560-4 feels so soothing and refined on a motorway is testament to the achievement of its engineers.
If there is a criticism of the handling, it’s that when you really start to lean on the 560-4 in a quick corner, the nose does have a tendency to run wide. A very well-timed lift will make the nose tuck in and possibly even allow a dose of oversteer with the ESP disengaged but, in essence, there’s a natural degree of understeer engineered into the chassis that mostly adds to the 560’s civility.
Although you might think that a convertible Lamborghini would be the four-wheeled equivalent of a hen party full of footballers’ wives, it’s actually a very good car. They simply don’t make badly engineered products at Lamborghini any more, and the way that the Gallardo LP560-4 Spyder gives so little away to its coupé cousin dynamically is testament to this. Even on lumpy surfaces, the Spyder feels amazingly well sorted, not remotely wobbly, and basically very much like the tin-top LP560-4.