Haha...the title of this thread made me laugh. I don't think you can really compare the Gallardo and the Carrera GT. Without a doubt though I would take the CGT over a Gallardo anyday. But it depends on what you plan on using it for. The CGT is bigger than the Gallardo and will attract wwwaaaayyyy more attention than the Gallardo. If you really wanted you could use the CGT as a daily driver, though if that's what you wanted it for I would say get the Gallardo instead. Just curious, are you asking this jsut out of curiousity or because you're actually looking at buying one?
CGT, I don't think it looks like an ordinary porsche. From what I've heard when my father took delivery of our Cayenne in Leipzig, the CGT is appearantly one of the strongest performing cars nowadays. I love our Gallardo but if I had the spare change for a new CGT I would take it any day.
We saw the CGT in Carmel during the Run last year and I was mesmerized by its look.
You can't really compare the two, the Porsche is in an entirely different class. A gallardo can compare with a 911 turbo, but not a CGT. There is no way on earth you can mistake the CGT for any other porsche. My answer is, if you want a car you will drive on a daily basis, get the cheaper, smaller, much more managable gallardo. If you want a seriously off the hook supercar, get the much more expensive, much more of a handfull CGT.
If it's at all helpful, there was a CGT at Foreign Cars Italia last time I was there. The owner had hit a cat with it. There was a small (~3") crack in the nose spoiler where he impacted the unfortunate feline.
The nose is a single large carbon fiber piece. Cost to repair the car: $14,000. US.
I'm sure the Gallardo nose isn't cheap, but if a stupid 10lb cat can do that kind of damage, think of what a deer or a pedestrian would do to that car. Those repair costs are out of my league.
As V-P of the local PCA region and owner of 8 Porsches currently, I have had my orange metallic (Arancio borealis) Gallardo down to the dealer on a few occasions and some comparisons were made. One was at a large PCA tech session and we started the two V10s up back to back- my Gallardo with Tubi rumore sounds better than the CGT. People paid more attention to the G than the CGT (once with two CGTs on hand- GT silver, and black).
The local dealer has ordered a CGT: paint to sample Arancio borealis, with wheels painted to match and orange stitching. It is available to purchase. They also usually have one to two in stock at any given time and will discount the price a little.
I'm sure the CGT is a better car overall than the G (it should be for the price), but if you want a car to really be noticed in a Lamborghini is the way to go. Part of that has to do with the fact that most Lambos are bright and most Porsches are silver or gray. People don't know the G from other Lambos and many people come up to my G and say things like "oh my god- a $300,000 car"- Most people have no idea a G is "inexpensive" or a CGT is $448,000- I've had people ask if my 993 turbo is a 944 or a boxster!
That said, why not buy both- I'm waiting until depreciation takes its toll, then I'll buy one, in the meantime my 997 GT3 is on order!