Supercar Of The Week: Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera


It is a battle that will rage on for as long as the automobile exists: Ferrari vs. Lamborghini. There was the Miura against the Berlinetta Boxer. Then the Countach against the Testarossa. Later it was the Gallardo against the F360 Modena. Then Ferrari edged ahead with the F430, so Lamborghini came back with the LP560-4 Gallardo.

The two have been one-upping each other like schoolyard boys for decades, and the fight is still on today.

Last year Ferrari pulled the wraps off of their gorgeous new 458 Italia. They didn't just have the current Gallardo beat. They had it wiped off the face of the Earth. The Italia was prettier, more advanced and more powerful. 

It didn't take them long to retaliate, we are talking about Lamborghini after all.

Welcome to the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. The LP stands for longitudinal posterior referring to the orientation of the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. The 570 stands for the horsepower (in the units the Italians use. About 561 in American units), and the "Superleggera" means "superlight." 

In other words, Lamborghini sent the old 560-4 off to boot camp where it lost some weight and gained some power. They gave it a little tweak to the ECU here and a little bit of carbon fiber there, and before they knew it power was up by 10 horses and weight was down by about 350 pounds (dry weight). It might not sound like much, but that is a 10 percent weight loss. Does that mean that there is a 10 percent performance gain? 

Well, the Superleggera does 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds. That is .3 of a second faster than the Gallardo it is based on. the 0-124 mph is over in just 10.2 seconds, which is over one and a half seconds faster than the normal Gallardo. The greatest feature of them all, to me at least, is the stripe they added on the side.

Anything with the colors of the Italian flag stroked down the side is a winner in my book. Add this stripe to the word Superleggera written in a gorgeous sort of cursive font and you have that little superficial cherry on top of the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera's carbon fiber cake. 

[Lamborghini]

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