For the past 15 years, Lamborghini has had an entry-level V-10-powered car to slot below its V-12 flagship. The first Gallardo hit the scene in 2004, and quickly made a name for itself among the supercar class.
Back when the Gallardo debuted, put a brand-new stick-shift example head to head with a bunch of its competitors to see how it would stack up. The Gallardo was the first Lamborghini fully developed after Audi took over the Italian automaker, so people were curious to see what the result was like
Going up against the Lambo in Best Motoring's track battle is a Ferrari 360 Modena, a Porsche 911 Turbo, a Nissan Skyline GT-R, and two Honda NSXs (yes, Honda still sold those new in 2004, in Japan).
The Lamborghini starts off strong, and manages to hold onto the lead on the tight Tsukuba circuit against the more nimble NSXs all the way to the finish. One of the NSX models—a lighter, more focused Type R—took fastest lap, however. Not a bad performance for Lamborghini's first try at an entry-level supercar.