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Diet gives Gallardo super boost

2007-03-30 08:28

Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Lamborghini has put the Gallardo on a diet making it even more athletic. The special-edition Gallardo, which is badged as the Superleggera, made its debut at the recent Geneva Motor Show.

The Italian carmaker has reduced the weight of the Superleggera by 100kg, and it weighs in at 1 470kg.

According to Lamborghini the weight/power ratio of the Gallardo Superleggera is only 2.5 kg/hp.

Engine power has also been increased to 426 kW at 7 500 r/min. Torque is 650 Nm at 5 400 r/min.

This means that the special Gallardo goes two tenths faster from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. Top speed is above 320 km/h.

The weight-saving was achieved by using advanced materials and technologies. The engine cover is made of visible carbon fibre and transparent polycarbonate, a type of material that guarantees lightness and also shows off the magnificent V10.

The rear diffuser and underbody covering, the rearview mirrors, door panels and the central tunnel's covering are also made of carbon fibre.

Further reductions in weight were achieved by replacing certain glass surfaces with transparent polycarbonate.

For the interior, monocoque carbon fibre sports seats covered in Alcantara were chosen to ensure restraint of the driver and passenger during the intense lateral accelerations that the Gallardo Superleggera is capable of achieving around curves.

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