Sunday, March 7, 2010


The lightweight and more powerful stunner from Sant’Agata Bolognese 
redefines “Super Sports Car.”

“The new Gallardo Superleggera is an uncompromising road machine with racecar dynamics and a 200-mph top speed,” says Victor Young, President, Lamborghini Sarasota (Florida). Compared with the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4, the weight of the new Superleggera has been trimmed by 154 pounds. At 2,954 pounds (dry) it is the lightest road-going Lamborghini, and a new arrival in one of the most exclusive market niche segments: Super Sports Car. 

One key factor is the exterior and interior components made from carbon fiber. Engineers selected carbon fiber for the rear spoiler, sills, diffuser, parts of the underbody paneling and the exterior mirror casings. The center tunnel cover, door panels and the E-gear lever surround were also fabricated from carbon fiber. The high-end material is also used for the sports seats’ shells and the seats are clad in lightweight Alcantara. The car’s performance is enhanced thanks to a better weight-to-power ratio and reduced total mass, as well as lower CO2 emissions.

The Superleggera’s 5.2-liter (317 cubic inch) V10 engine generates 570 horsepower and 398 foot pounds of torque. This puts the weight-to-power ratio at just 5.18 pounds per horsepower and guarantees breathtaking performance. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera can go from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and flies past the 124 mph mark only 10.2 seconds later. Top speed is 202 mph.

 Displacing 5.2 liters, the direct injection V10 achieves a specific output of 109.6 horsepower per liter. Special features on this long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase include dry sump lubrication and a cylinder angle of 90 degrees, thus lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity and improving handling dynamics. To ensure ideal combustion, the engine has an adjustable intake manifold and continuous control of the chain-driven camshafts.

The model on which the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is based, the Gallardo LP 560-4, is already a prime example of Lamborghini’s lightweight engineering philosophy, weighing in at 3,108 pounds (dry). Its body shell is made from aluminum, with molded node elements and extruded parts forming an extremely stiff framework into which the aluminum panels are integrated. The space-frame structure is impact-resistant and forms the basis for the Superleggera’s precise handling.

The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera comes with the electronically managed, six-speed E-gear transmission operated via steering wheel paddles, as standard. Permanent all-wheel drive integrates a central viscous coupling and a 45 percent limited-slip differential on the rear axle. In normal circumstances, the power delivered is channeled with a ratio of 30/70 to the front and rear axles. The weight distribution of the super-light Gallardo is 43/57 percent (front/rear).

Behind the forged aluminum 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires (developed specifically for the Superleggera) are aluminum eight-piston calipers, front, four-piston units, rear brakes that deliver uncompromising stopping power and are managed by the standard-fit ESP stability control system. Optional six-piston fade-resistant, lightweight carbon-fiber-ceramic (front) brakes are available.

Engineered to deliver race track dynamics and performance, the Superleggera comes standard with all the amenities of a road car, including standard air conditioning and power windows!

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