Ride it like Beckham

david-beckham-picture-1.jpg Known as the best soccer player in England, David Beckham has an obsession with cars, and apparently has too many of them. One of his latest acquisition is the Italian supercar, Lamborghini Gallardo. With a paycheck of $250 million for joining Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy. This football star really knows how to ride.

The Gallardo was designed as a competitor to Ferrari‘s 360 Modena, and now competes with its replacement, the F430. Although performance is lower than that of the Murcielago, it is still very high, and the Gallardo has much better rearward visibility (than the Murcielago) and, according to reviewers, is more maneuverable and tractable in low-speed traffic, making the Gallardo a more practical car to drive. It is also much more practical to use in bad weather than many other supercars, thanks to rear-biased all-wheel drive


At current U.S. prices, a base Gallardo costs about US$175,000 to $300,000.

The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled auto-clutch manual, or, as Lamborghini abbreviates it to, “E-gear”. The latter allows the driver to make shifts much faster than an automatic transmission would, with the control that a manual offers. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, and does not need to manually actuate the clutch.

Surely with this ride, he can go wherever he wants to.



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