ive had the pleasure to drive several gallardos. Perhaps pleasure is an overstatment. I was really underwhelmed by them. ALthought that might be because my daily driver is a 600WHP sl55. So perhaps im a bit spoiled. In my opinion gallardos are the porsche boxster of lambos exception being a TT gallardo.
For the money i would get a F430 if your wanting something in the stock exotic class. Ive driven a few of those and they were WAY more enjoyable than a gallardo.