I have had a Gallardo for about a month and 1300 miles and thought I'd give some of my impressions. First, the fit & finish are excellent. Although this comment will draw fire, I have thought for many years that the Lambo was a poorly built and unreliable car, and having seen Countach & Diablo cars apart for service, I would not have one. The Murci may be better (I have not carefully studied one), and the Gallardo is very, very good. I have had the car in the air and looked underneath. The welds are very nice, the location of components sensible, and the routing of wiring and plumbing are very neat & tidy. The interior fit and finish is also excellent and suits me perfectly. The tilt & telescoping wheel gives a better driving position than my 355, in which you must be an orangutan in order to comfortably reach the wheel. Some people complain about the plebian Audi gauges & switchgear and I could not differ more. It does have a German flair to it, though, but I happen to like it. The trunk space is pretty much a joke and makes my 355 look cavernous. I removed the front trunk divider (so I can bring my briefcase and workout gear to the office) and have the fitted luggage, and by using the space behind the seats and the trunk, two people can go for a 3-4 day trip. Extended vacations in the car are out, but then again I don't go on long trips in my cars, so it is not much of an issue. The engine is fantastic. I have another V10 car and this one sounds so different, with the even-firing (every 72 degrees) crank throws. I even like the way the car starts, spinning frenetically (I think to build oil pressure before the ignition fires) and then lighting off with a sound sort of like my 355 on steroids. The exhaust could be a hair louder, and I hope to experiment further (James Patterson was kind enough to help me install his production prototype exhaust, which is a work of art but a bit too much for my daily-driver purposes) with something that has just a bit more and deeper growl. By the time you get to 3000 rpm, the torque becomes amazing all the way to 8000 rpm. You give up 500 rpm to the 360/355, but with 2 more cylinders, the exhaust tone is actually higher and with the significant increase in torque, the 360 (I have driven one) is noticeably slower and my 355 feels positively anemic in comparison. The engine is a full dry sump design. Driving the car is a complete joy. The seating position and ergonomics are nearly perfect for me. The seats are quite firm but supportive, a very germanic trait. I have not driven the car for more than about 1 1/2 hours at a time, but noticed no discomfort or fatigue. The shifting (I have a 6-speed) is the best of any car I have ever owned, which is particularly amazing given that this is a min-engine car with a complex linkage. I suspect the small, dual-disc clutch makes the transaxle shift very well, given a lighter load on the synchros. I test drove the e-gear and it is less involved and a bit worrisome at low speeds; I may be in the minority in my preference for a traditional 6-speed. The e-gear made wonderful down-shifts. Visibility is amazingly good, although not as good as my 355. You must rely heavily on the mirrors and the rear 3/4 view is badly obscured thorugh the rear window. I generally back into parking places, as it is so difficult to see traffic if backing and turning in an attempt to get out of a parking spot. Little things I don't like include lack of cruise control, the fact that there is no key fob remote trunk release, and I have had a few niggling quality issues, like the windows not raising properly and a suspension rattle. The car also needs proper front brake ducting and it is WAY too heavy! I put my car on race scales and with full fuel and NO driver, the car weighed 3544 lbs. The advertised weight is about 3150 and even if that excluded 22 gallons of fuel, the advertised weight is off by at least 200 lbs. I just don't understand why an all aluminum car needs to be so heavy - but all of the manufacturers are making portly cars - GM is in fact the surprising leader with a Z06 that I know weighs about 3150. The AWD is excellent, and I actually look forward to rain in this car, just to exploit the performance of 4 driven wheels. The ESP (stability) management is very effective, but intrusive if you want to go fast. I had to turn it off on track. As for the track, I have driven it for about 30 minutes at my home track MotorSport Ranch. This is a 1.7 mile, 11-turn and very technical track. All I did was check tire pressures and go for it. The brakes were excellent, with no fade, but the front rotors had a blue sheen by the end; ducting is a must for serious track work in order to improve pad & rotor life. Despite the short straights, I saw an indicated 125 mph before braking on the front straight, which is less than 5 mph slower than my Formula Mazda race car with wings & slick tires. The car has significant understeer and needs alignment work and perhaps a larger rear sway bar. Despite all this, the track personnel timed me at roughly 1:22 for a lap. I frankly can't believe this, given that I was on street tires and not really trying to wring it out, but a buddy in his GT3 could just keep up, and in fact went off in the effort, while I was fairly conservative. I am optimistic that with good tires and alignment that this car might break 1:20 at MSR, which is what GT3 will do on slicks. Bottom line is that this car really seems to fit the bill of a daily-driveable supercar. There are no high-dollar service intervals like the Ferrari, the car is very comfortable and tractable as transportation, and the car performs at a very high level on track. This is not a poseur car that can't put the go with the show. The car is a joy in wet conditions. To give you an idea of how pleasant it is to drive, my wife absolutely loves it, and she never wants to drive my other sports cars (except the 355, which she agrees takes a back seat to this car in driveability). I can and do take it to work, dinner, symphony, and the track. I love my Ferrari and it is more classically beautiful than the Gallardo, but Ferrari had better take this car very seriously. I don't feel I have a bias in favor of either marque, and I can safely say that I would not consider a 360 (including stradale) against this car and would guarantee that, stock for stock, this car will beat a 360 on the track - and if it rains, fuggedaboudit! The good news for Ferraristi is that Ferrari almost certainly will have to come out with a car that is a quantum leap over the 360, and then Audi has already demonstrated the technology to turbo the Gallardo, so . . . .