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Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera


Year 2010
Engine 5.2 litre , V-10 DOHC
Transmission 6-speed, manual or e-gear, AWD
Max speed 202 mph
0-60 mph 3.4 seconds
Horsepower 562 hp @ 8,000rpm
weight 1340 kg / 2954 lbs

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show Lamborghini took the wraps off the newest addition to the Gallardo family. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera (super light) is the not only the latest Gallardo, it's also the highest performing.

The performance increases are due to two primary factors. Weight reduction and power increase. The weight loss was achieved by a variety of means. The rear windshield, side windows and transparent engine cover are made from robust and resistant polycarbonate. While carbon-fiber has been used for the rear spoiler, sidesills, rear diffuser, parts of the underbody paneling and the exterior mirror casings. Altogether, carbon-fiber components make up 40 (88 lb) of the 70 kilograms (154 lb) saved on the Gallardo Superleggera. In the interior, too, engineers aimed to reduce weight as much as possible. The center tunnel cover, the door panels and the surround of the e-gear automated manual transmission lever are made from carbon-fiber. The high-end material is also used for the sports seats’ shells. They make a significant contribution to the overall weight reduction.

From its 5.2 litre V10 the Lamborghini engineers have managed to coax out 562 horsepower @ 8,000 rpm (10 hp up on the Gallardo LP560-4 Superleggera) and 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) of torque at 6,500 rpm. This equates to a 0-62 mph sprint time of just 3.4 seconds and a top speed which cracks the 200 mph barrier.

Despite the performance gains the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is also 20 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor. This improvement is partly due to the “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” gasoline direct injection, which injects fuel into the combustion chambers at pressures of up to 100 bar. The tumbling mix cools the combustion chambers, which enables a very high compression ratio of 12.5:1 which, in turn, increases efficiency. Obviously no Lamborghini is ever going to be considered a fuel efficient vehicle, but a 20 percent reduction in fuel consumption is impressive nonetheless.

The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera comes with the e-gear transmission operated via steering wheel paddles, as standard. The e-gear control unit has three operating modes, two of which available in automatic. The 'Thrust mode' delivers maximum off-the-line performance and is programmed to manage starting revs of around 5000 rpm with minimal wheel slip.

The permanent all-wheel drive integrates a central viscous coupling and a 45 percent limited slip differential on the rear axle. In normal circumstances, the power delivered by the V10 is channeled with a ratio of 30:70 to the front and rear axles. The weight distribution of the superlight Gallardo is 43/57 percent front/rear.



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