, V-10 DOHC
manual or e-gear, AWD
/ 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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