Super car manufacturers have this uncanny knack of wringing more performance out of their outrageous creations… Sant’ Agata recently put the Lamborghini Gallardo on a strict diet to produce the Gallardo Superleggera – lightweight and powerful it maybe, but is that enough to unsettle the rest of the serious metal at this year’s shootout?Super car manufacturers have this uncanny knack of wringing more performance out of their outrageous creations… Sant’ Agata recently put the Lamborghini Gallardo on a strict diet to produce the Gallardo Superleggera – lightweight and powerful it maybe, but is that enough to unsettle the rest of the serious metal at this year’s shootout?content here
Lamborghinis are generally quite exclusive as it is, but the Gallardo Superleggera is something of a rare treat – only 350 owners will be able to get their hands on the Superleggera this year. Even the four colour options available sound just a little bit special – Borealis Orange, Telesto Grey, Noctis Black and Midas Yellow. Furthermore, the Superleggera’s fifteen spoke, 19-inch wheels, sporting 235 series Pirelli rubber up front and 295 at the rear, have a gloss black “Skorpius” finish. There is also the new rear wing, which, in standard form, takes the shape of self-raising carbon-fibre spoiler and there is an optional fixed wing that perches on two centre mounted arms behind the (gloriously transparent) engine cover.
With the power of the 5,0-litre V10 boosted from 382 kW to 395 kW and 100 kg sheared off the total weight of the vehicle, Lamborghini claims that the Superleggera has “the fastest acceleration in its class” and when in becomes available in South Africa in the near future, it should cost about R2,8 million.
The weight-loss program involved such measures as replacing many of the glass surfaces with lightweight transparent polycarbonate to bring the vehicle weight down to just 1 470 kg. Approximately 17 per cent of the weight loss was achieved from the new materials used on the exterior of the car, such as the use of carbon-fibre for the wing and side mirrors, while 47 per cent of the expendable mass was found in the interior of the Gallardo.
Door panels, the centre console and the steering wheel all look bare, but undoubtedly stunning, in their shiny carbon finish. The newcomer comes equipped with lightweight racing seats trimmed in a combination of exposed carbon fibre and alcantara and it was in one of these seats where CAR photojournalist Ian McLaren had the opportunity to tune into the Superleggera’s awesome note.
Peformance wise, the Superleggera’s zero to 100 km/h time has been reduced from an already face-distorting 4,1 seconds to just 3,8 seconds and tops out at 309 km/h. The company’s mechanical e-gear transmission has been included as standard, enabling drivers to change gear without lifting a hand from the steering wheel or having to use a clutch pedal.
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You can also view a stunning video clip of the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera being put through its paces during CAR Magazine’s performance issue shootout.
Listen to the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera exhaust note.