If you demand the very best of everything you own, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera should be a part of your collection. You can’t deny the abilities of the Gallardo. The mid-mounted V10 and AWD are a recipe for performance. A fully loaded coupe will tip the scales at 3,400 lbs, which is lean for being AWD with ten cylinders. But Lamborghini decided to see what would happen if it went on a diet. After swapping almost everything inside and out with carbon fiber, the Gallardo Superleggera was born. “Super light” in Italian, it weighed in at 2,954 lbs.
Digging into the engine created a bump in power, to the tune of 562 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. Combined with one of the lightest cars they have ever built, it allows 62 mph to disappear in 3.4 seconds. Top speed is a blistering 202 mph, which is why many of the cars have met an early end. Our friend Sam Hampton was killed in Lakeland, Florida after losing control on Interstate 4.
Valentino Balboni hit the wall going 150 mph at Daytona in another example. Why are they so hard to control? The reason is you have a power-to-weight ratio of a race car, with 235mm tires on the front and 295mm on the back. In order to push this car to its limit safely, it needs racing rubber. Tires have come a long way in the past few years, so the Superleggera shouldn’t scare you. Throw a set of Michelins or Perellis on and enjoy it.
Lamborghini won’t build anything like this again. Bean counters and the legal department won’t allow another Superleggera to be as brutal. If you think you can tame it, click on the link below for all the details.