LAS VEGAS — Italian horses are slightly smaller than American ones. So when Lamborghini talks about the 560 "cavallis" under the hood of the Gallardo LP560-4, it's really more like 552 American hp.
But when you can have a $201,000 supercar that can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 202 mph, no one is going to worry about a few misplaced ponies.
The basics: The redesigned Gallardo has a new engine, transmission, suspension and brakes. These aren't tweaks. They really are new designs.
The 5.2-liter V-10 engine has been bored out from 5.0 liters in displacement, with a new block and head. It features variable valve timing as well as direct injection with a Bosch high-pressure pump. Compression is increased to 12.5, up from 11.1.
Lamborghini's "e-gear" paddle-shift automatic transmission boasts shift times 40 percent faster than its predecessor and weighs 27 pounds less. There are three shift maps: Automatic, Sport and a ruthless Corsa setting that kicks like a mule.
The aluminum double-wishbone suspension has new geometry, spring and damping rates. The rear toe angle also has been adjusted. The stock brakes are self-ventilating discs. And the 2009 Gallardo's $10,000 optional carbon ceramic brakes come with 15-inch brakes up front, and 14-inchers in the rear that can hammer 1.2 g's of force.