The Superleggera is back, and it's faster and lighter than ever before. This ultra high-performance variant builds upon the Gallardo line, which was first introduced in 2008. The car is a successor to the previous Gallardo Superleggera, which was produced in 2007 for less than a year.
This two-door coupe weighs just 2,954 lbs. It's the fastest Gallardo road car yet, sprinting to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds on its way to a 202 mph top speed.
The supercar has tweaked engine management software to squeeze another 10 horsepower from the standard Gallardo's direct-injection V10. The 570 horsepower motor also gets a launch-control mode, with cranks the 90-degree, all-alloy V10 up to 5,000 rpm before bursting off the line and capable of hitting 124 mph in 10.2 seconds. Peak output comes at 8,000 rpm, while max torque of 398 lb-ft arrives at 6,500 rpm.
The Superleggera features the normal Gallardo's six-speed, robotized E-gear transmission as standard.
Many modifications were made in order to keep the car's curb weight to a minimum. Engineers switched the side glass, the rear glass and the engine cover to light-weight polycarbonate, while the rear hood made of carbon fiber. After recently cementing its carbon-fiber research alliance with the University of Washington's Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory, the Superleggera also uses carbon fiber for the rear diffuser, underbody paneling, exterior mirror housings, door sills and the rear spoiler.
Lamborghini says it saved 88 lbs. by using carbon instead of plastics or metals. The automaker made widespread use of the material inside the cabin as well, including on the center console cover, door panels and seat shells.
Despite all the weight-saving measures, the Superleggera still has air conditioning and power windows as standard equipment.
The automaker saved another 28.6 lbs. by using forged alumina, 19-inch alloy wheels and took the theme to extremes with titanium wheel nuts.
The body changes are slight and mainly focused on aerodynamics, including the rear wing (there's a larger version as an option), the rear diffuser, with four exhaust pipes running through it, and the remodeled front bumper. The new shape pushes more air into the radiators and also gives more down force over the front axle.
A set of super-sticky Pirelli PZero Corsa tires -- 235/35 up front and 295/30s at the back -- were developed specifically for the Superleggera.
While the standard Superleggera is brought to a halt by enormous eight-piston calipers and 365mm discs up front (with four-pistons at the back), there is a lightweight, carbon-ceramic option with six-piston front calipers as well.
For the latest model year, Lamborghini has created a new special edition variant of the Superleggera called the Edizione Tecnica. It features a unique rear wing, carbon-ceramic brakes and a special two-tone exterior color scheme. Available combinations include a Nero Nemesis (matte black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and intakes, a Bianco Canopus (matte white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and intakes and an Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front intakes.
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