LAMBORGHINI HAS this week revealed the 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, successor to the original Gallardo Superleggera, produced from 2007 to 2008.
With only 172 examples in existence, the original Gallardo Superleggera produced 390kW and weighed in at just 1330kg. The new Superleggera, which sits above the LP 560-4 in the Gallardo line-up, features a direct-injected 5.2 litre V10 and develops a full 425kW and 540Nm of torque.
The big V10 is mated to Lamborghini's six-speed automatic 'e-gear' transmission as standard, with fuel consumption rated at 13.5 l/100km.
The new Superleggera rockets to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, besting the LP 560-4's 3.7 second run. Top speed is listed as 325km/h.
A new launch-control function features in the Superleggera, holding the V10 at 5000rpm before launching off the line.
A Reventon-like revised front bumper increases the Superleggera's downforce and channels more air to the engine.
The Gallardo's glass rear windshield, engine cover and side windows have been swapped out for lighter polycarbonate versions, while titanium wheel nuts and the extensive use of carbon-fibre keeps weight down.
Behind the forged 19-inch alloy wheels, braking is managed by 365mm vented discs up front and 356mm at the rear. Bigger 380mm carbon ceramic six-piston brakes figure on the Superleggera's options list.
Drivers keen to hit the track can also option four-point harnesses, a fire extinguisher and a roll cage. The creature comforts are still featured however, including air conditioning, power windows and a navigation system.