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How To Buy A Lamborghini

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Italian supercars are the holy grail of speed freaks but few will ever actually achieve the dream of ownership. If, however, you are determined, you can get into the Lambo club for less than the price of a new house...

Lamborghini's most successful and populous model is the Gallardo, prices for which started at £135,000 for the 'entry level' version, and this is probably your best option, with decade old models still modern and now costing from around £50,000.

The Gallardo was developed as the entry point Lamborghini after the company became part of Audi in 1998. It used the same 5.0 litre V10 engine as some of its parent company's models and started off as a four wheel drive coupe. These first models wear the codename LP-550.

For an 'entry level' car it's got some pretty high powered performance - 4.2 seconds to 62mph and a top speed of 192mph sound fairly satisfactory. By 2008 the Gallardo got faster, with a bigger engine and the code name LP-560-4. Later models still got even more power and became available in two wheel drive format and as a coupe or a spyder. Those early four wheel drive models are still great to drive and actually make the Gallardo more practical as an everyday user, allowing you to take more liberties at speed than the later two wheel drivers.

The Audi furnished Gallardo interior is pretty robust but cargo space is minimal - but that's not really why you buy one of these. Apart from the eye watering running costs and perhaps the brutal noise levels, the main problem with owning one of these is the amount of attention it will garner on every journey.

Reliability issues plagued the Lamborghini name for some time but Audi ownership has largely corrected that, but with such a huge amount of electronics there is always the possibility of trouble. Ultimately, in a car like this even mall repair issues, such as lambda sensors, can add up to a £1,000 repair bill, so if that makes you wince you're probably better off forgetting the idea right now. A new set of brakes all round will be £3,000 plus and a clutch replacement, necessary on a 25,000 mile rotation, is about £3,500.

Insurance is another concern - if your record isn't clean you'll be stung, but a 34 year old male with a five year no claims bonus, with mileage limited to 5,000 annually and keeping it on a drive in Hertfordshire, paying the premium annually instead of monthly, could get in under £700.

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