The German-owned Italian brand has just revealed its new, limited edition version of the 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo supercar. Quite predictably, the vehicle will be lighter, stronger and faster than the, ahem, “stock” version Gallardo, which is by no means slow even though the bulk of transformations involves stripping dead weight from the interior and body with all of its high-performance components (i.e. the engine and exhaust system) basically left untouched.
Staying true to its name, the Superleggera (which means Super-light in Italian) is 100 kilos (220 pounds) lighter than the original car, tipping the scales at pretty much impressive 1430 kg.
How exactly did they achieve this feat? Well, they just threw away the old rear diffuser, undertray, interior door panels, central tunnel, engine cover and even the rearview-mirror housings and replaced them with new feather-light parts made of high-grade carbon fiber.
Some metal parts are also replaced with transparent polycarbonate. The latter, for example, is used to cover the engine hood and to replace some glass surfaces.
Considering the fact that the new Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is also 10hp more powerful and therefore features an almost stunning 2.5kg/hp power to weight ratio, the supercar takes only 3.8 seconds to teleport from zero to 100km/h. This is about 0.2 seconds better than the basic model can achieve.
The 0-200km/h stretch is covered in 12.4 seconds and the car takes only 11.7 seconds to run the quarter mile (402m) reaching a top speed of 198 km/h (123 mph). Its top speed is limited at 315 km/h and… Well, you got the idea: the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, Aston Martin DBS, and even the Bentley Continental GT Speed suck a great deal compared to this beauty.
The Superleggera features the same 4.9-liter V10 engine, which is capable of producing a maximum of 530 hp @ 8,000 rpm / 510 Nm @4250 and is mated to a new six-speed transmission system that lets a driver to shift without taking his hands from the steering wheel. The increase in power is achieved with the help of new intake and exhaust system as well as a reprogrammed ECU module.
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