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Lamborghini goes trophy hunting

2011-09-12 20:31

CHOICES: Blancpain Edition or Trofeo Stradale? 2010 or 2011? Image gallery

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lamborghini
Model Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale
Engine 5.2-litre V10
Power 419kW @ 8 000rpm
Torque 540Nm @ 6 500rpm
Zero To Hundred 3.4 sec
Top Speed 320km/h
Weight 1340kg
Is Lamborghini revealing a brazen automotive white lie at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show?

The iconic Italian supercar brand’s released images and details of its "new" Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale - but is it really that "new"?


So, what is this "new" Lamborghini?

Essentially, it’s a road-going version of the lightweight Gallardos used in the one-make collaborative Blancpain/Lamborghini racing series.

Styling upgrades are typical of a roadcar converted racer – quick-release composite removable engine cover, manually adjustable rear wing – whilst a host of carbon-fire components trim mass by 70kg compared to the factory LP 560-4 Gallardo.

Power comes from the familiar 5.2-litre V10, good for 419kW. Lamborghini says 0-100km is achievable on a high-friction surface in only 3.4 sec; whilst it’s geared for a topspeed of 320km/h.

To ensure ample deceleration Lamborghini will offer optional carbon-ceramic brake discs measuring 380mm up front and 356mm at the rear.

2010 LAMBO FOR 2011 MONEY?

Exclusivity will be guaranteed as Lamborghini says it will build only 150 examples of the Super Trofeo Stradale. So what is the white lie component?

Well, Lamborghini says this is a "new" car of sorts, but at the 2010 Paris auto show Lamborghini revealed a Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition – featuring an oversized rear wing, 419kW 5.2-litre V10 and weighing-in at a similar 1 340kg.

Sound familiar? Strikingly so.

Indeed, the only notable difference between the Blancpain Edition and Trofeo Stradale is that the former debuted at Paris 2010 in black and the latter has been leaked sporting a red hue.

If you are an absolute Lamborghini anorak, though, you'll also notice that this is the first production Lambo to be specified with red brake calipers straight from the factory...

This latest Lamborghini is not a new car at all then, but that white lie does not make it any less desirable - now does it?

The latest from the Frankfurt show.


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