Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2009 Porsche 911 VS 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo Near Phoenix, AZ

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2009 Porsche 911

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2009 Lamborghini Gallardo

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche 911 Coupe are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the 911 and the Gallardo LP560-4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

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There are almost 13 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Lamborghini dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the 911’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The 911 Turbo’s standard 3.6 turbo 6 cyl. produces 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 398) than the Gallardo LP560-4’s 5.0 DOHC V10. The 911 GT2 Coupe’s standard 3.6 turbo 6 cyl. produces 62 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 398) than the Gallardo LP560-4’s 5.0 DOHC V10.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the 911’s engines produce their peak torque and horsepower at lower RPM’s than the Gallardo LP560-4:

Horsepower

Torque

911 3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

6500 RPM

4400 RPM

911 S 3.8 DOHC 6 cyl.

6500 RPM

4400 RPM

911 GT3 3.6 GT3 6 cyl.

7600 RPM

5500 RPM

911 Turbo 3.6 turbo 6 cyl.

6000 RPM

1950 RPM

911 GT2 Coupe 3.6 turbo 6 cyl.

6500 RPM

1950 RPM

Gallardo LP560-4 5.0 DOHC V10

8000 RPM

6500 RPM

The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the 911 lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the 911 Turbo gets better fuel mileage than the Gallardo LP560-4:

911

Gallardo LP560-4

Manual

16 city/23 hwy

12 city/20 hwy

Coupe/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

Convertible/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

13 city/20 hwy

The 911 has a tether attaching its gas cap, to prevent its loss. The Gallardo LP560-4’s gas cap isn’t tethered, so it can be left at a gas station if the driver forgets to screw the cap back in.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the 911 Turbo/GT3/GT2’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Gallardo LP560-4:

911 Turbo/GT3/GT2

Gallardo LP560-4

Front Rotors

14.96 inches

14.4 inches

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The 911 has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The 911 stops shorter than the Gallardo LP560-4:

911

Gallardo LP560-4

80 to 0 MPH

184 feet

192 feet

Road & Track

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The 911 GT3 handles at 1.04 G’s, while the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The 911 GT2 Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 3.8 MPH faster than the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe (75.9 vs. 72.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the 911’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Gallardo LP560-4’s (36 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by AutoWeek, the interior of the 911 Turbo Coupe Carrera 4 is quieter than the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe:

911

Gallardo LP560-4

At idle

54 dB

58 dB

Full-Throttle

79 dB

89 dB

60 MPH Cruising

67 dB

75 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The 911 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the Gallardo LP560-4 can only carry 2.

The 911 has 15 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Gallardo LP560-4 (64 vs. 49).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The 911 Coupe has a much larger trunk than the Gallardo LP560-4 Coupe (11.7 vs. 4 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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When four different drivers share the 911, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for all four. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The 911’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Gallardo LP560-4’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 911’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Gallardo LP560-4’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the 911 offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The 911’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The Gallardo LP560-4’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The 911’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Gallardo LP560-4’s standard power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

The 911 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Gallardo LP560-4 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The 911’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the 911 offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Gallardo LP560-4 doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

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