2012 458 v. 2012 550-2 comparison. I own the 458 and had a chance for a hours long test drive in the Lambo. I'm sure this comparison has been made numerous, numerous times but no one in my family wants to hear me talk about cars so maybe someone here will. Looks - This is subjective but hard to beat a red on tan 458. Gallardo looks way better in person than in pictures. 458 just looks like it has more thought into it and the Gallardo looks like a protype of sorts. Steering/handling - 458 is light, Lambo feels real solid. I really like the feedback in the Lambo but the 458 was so much more precise. I went on a very spirited drive on a winding mountain road and it was awesome but that little voice in my head was like - this would be cooler in a Ferrari. I thought I felt a slight body roll in the Lambo that is not present in the 458. I did not feel the weight transfer as much upon breaking and accelerating that I do on the 458. I am assuming I need to drive it more and under varying circumstances to get a better feel. Brakes - The Lambo brakes are real solid and not punchy at all. I did not like the feel on the brake pedal as you don't push it in far and there's not a lot of feedback so you are wondering if the car is going to stop or not but it does a great job of getting down quick. Transmission - No question 458 is much better. You can really tell the DCT v egear. Around town DCT is much smoother. Also under a load the DCT does not skip a beat. When you are accelerating in the Lambo and upshift there's a second where your tires seem to twitch or loose traction and there's a bit of a pause. The downshifts are great in the Lambo. I still enjoyed the egear as it felt more old school. Acceleration - Not sure if I noticed much a difference in end speed but the Lambo has a great pull. I'm not sure how to describe it but it is a very smooth strong pull. A bit less dramatic than the 458 but real, real solid. My favorite part of the car. Sound - slight edge to 458 because it sounds better at all speeds. the v10 in the Lambo really hums up around 4rpm and higher. start up is a bit better in the Lambo. I think I'll still buy the Lambo as I got a real good deal on it but I prefer the 458 all around. The Gallardo is a lot of bang for your buck though.