The Car Geek: Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera to be unveiled in Geneva

The Car Geek

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera to be unveiled in Geneva

Ah, the Italians. They always seem to know how to make us drool.

And who does it best? I’d say it’s the Italian supercar maker Lamborghini which will showcase its new Gallardo Superleggera coupe at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Get those bibs ready as this baby will no doubt make you slobber, thanks to upgraded performance parts and increased power (an additional 10 hp) and a 220-pound reduction in weight (154 pounds for the U.S. model) – making the new range-topping Superleggera faster and more agile than the regular model.

Compared to the basic Gallardo (booooring), the Superleggera needs only 3.8 seconds to go from 0 to 62 mph, read: 0.2 seconds less. The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera comes with robotized mechanical e-gear as standard; a sports package including shock absorbers; and special suede-covered steering wheel.

The car's engine is the latest version of Lamborghini's well-known 4,961 cc V10. 530 hp is achieved in 8,000 rpm.

In case you weren’t slobbering enough: Lamborghini engineers decreased the Lamborghini Gallardo's already low weight using advanced materials. The engine hood is made of visible carbon fiber and plastic, a type of material that guarantees lightness and also shows off the magnificent V10. Talk about flaunting it when you have it!

The word is light, as the rear diffuser and underbody covering, the rearview mirrors, door panels and the central tunnel's covering are also made of carbon fiber. Weight was further decreased by replacing certain glass surfaces with clear plastic. The interior is just as good: monocoque carbon fiber sports seats covered in Alcantara are offered.