This tweaked Gallardo was caught testing in Portugal alongside a Maserati Gran Turismo and a Porsche 911. Expect it to be called the LP550

We reported a few weeks ago that Lamborghini were possibly preparing a LP550 version of their Gallardo supercar. Well it appears our hunch was right. Before you are the first spy pictures of Lamborghini’s forthcoming midlife refreshed Gallardo.

Our spy photographers spotted this matt black test mule in Portugal testing alongside a Maserati Gran Turismo and a Porsche 911. It is hard to spot any visual updates with all the matt black tape covering the orange paint but the keen eye will focus on a few differences from the current car. Firstly, the headlights appear to be smaller. The current cars headlights run quite high up towards the A pillars whereas this vehicles headlights stop short. The front splitter also appears modified.

Moving to the rear of the car, the first thing the avid Lamborghini fan will notice is the quad exhaust outlets. These appear close to production ready and will replace the old two pipe outlet system. The engineers look like they have replaced the 3 piece ventilation grill below the rear light cluster with a one piece unit.

The best changes will be saved for the oily bits though as we suspect this car to be running a lighter AWD system, retuned suspension and bigger brakes. A new 550hp 5.2L FSI V10 will also make an appearance. Our eagle eyed spy photographer also has a keen sense of hearing and he reports that the new engine is quite muted when not on full song, so expect this new Gallardo to run a trick exhaust system.

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