All things considered, this remains a great supercar, a car that’s aurally and visually thrilling, and can still back it all up with a thoroughly absorbing drive.
It feels unbelievably special to drive, too: the 552bhp V10 has a richly layered, guttural roar, and time hasn’t tempered the savagery with which it fires you down the road. No turbos here, remember, so the throttle response is utterly incisive, every flex of your foot met with an immediate, precision-metered response.
The four-wheel drive system makes the Gallardo’s limits incredibly high on a dry road. Brake deep into a tighter corner and you’ll feel the front tyres starting to slip, while a subsequent push on the throttle will allow the rear a tiny bit of attitude before slingshotting you down the next straight.