The asphalt is darker than usual. It’s been spitting down moisture from the sky off and on for most of the morning. My breath flows visibly away from me like a foggy ghost retreating into the ether, and feet suddenly long for warm sandy beaches. This isn’t the ideal day to be driving a $275,000 a screaming supercar that wears paint seemingly crafted from the sun itself.
Still, if I had to pick a day to thrash a Lamborghini Gallardo it would be any day that the Earth chooses to continue revolving around the sun. You could throw a tornado into the mix… but the tornado would have to catch up to me first.
This is the last hurrah for the Lamborghini Gallardo. No more special editions squeezing in to the lineup after this one. It’s called the Gallardo Squadra Corse, and it’s supposed to be the most raw and mean baby bull to roar to life from the Sant’Agata factory. Inside is a mixture of carbon fiber and suede while outside sees more weight-saving carbon fiber and plastic. It’s focused on fast.
It’s not comfortable, as you might imagine. The carbon-fiber fixed back seats are set to keep many a chiropractor in business. Well, not that many seeing as you probably won’t come across a Squadra Corse anytime soon. Lamborghini built just 50 examples for the world, with only 15 coming to the United States. Canada, you get three.
So why am I pushing a limited-edition supercar around a wet, winding road that is devoid of guardrails but filled with beautiful, scenic views complete with steep, dropping cliffs? It’s the end of an era for Lamborghini, and this Gallardo refuses to go without a fight. Over the course of its ten-year run, Lamborghini has produced 14,022 Gallardo iterations. That’s nothing to someone like Honda who sell that many Civics in a month, but it’s wildly massive to a supercar builder. The Gallardo helped bring the automaker back to life, and now it bows its bullish horns to say goodbye… for good.
That’s why I’m driving this car, weather be damned. We couldn’t film the rainy bits, unfortunately, as our camera gear doesn’t enjoy water. The sky eventually cleared, however, and we got to get a closer look at the last fighting breath of the Lamborghini Gallardo.