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Press Release) Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera
Even more dynamic,
lighter, more powerful and stunning – the Lamborghini Gallardo LP
570-4 Superleggera is the new top model in the Gallardo line-up. Its
evocative “superlight” badge refers to a driving machine of true
sporting character and describes a high-performance and lean
automotive athlete. The Superleggera makes its entrance to continue
the success of its predecessor, launched in 2007, of which
Lamborghini produced and sold no less than 618 in just one year.
Compared with the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4, the weight of the
Gallardo Superleggera has been trimmed by 70 kilograms (154 lb). The
super sportscar from Sant’Agata Bolognese boasts a dry weight of no
more than 1340 kilograms (2954 lb) – the lightest road-going model
in Lamborghini’s range, and a new arrival in one of the most
exclusive market niche segments.
One key factor is the exterior and interior components made from
carbon-fiber. Carbon-fiber is ideal for the manufacture of
sportscars as its use allows for weight reduction and improved
mechanical features. The car’s performance is thus enhanced thanks
to a better weight-to-power ratio and reduced total mass, which
means that CO2 emissions are also lower. Lamborghini has been at the
forefront in this material’s application for many years, and now the
brand is extending its leadership even further.
The V10 power unit with 5.2 liters (317,6 cu in) of displacement
generates 419 kW (570 CV*) in the Gallardo Superleggera. This puts
the weight-to-power ratio of the new top model at only 2.35
kilograms (5.18 lb) per CV and guarantees breathtaking performance.
The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera handles the dash from zero to 100
km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds and flies past the 200 km/h (124 mph)
mark only 10.2 seconds later, ultimately reaching 325 km/h (202
mph). The engine with “Iniezione Diretta Stratificata” gasoline
direct injection also boasts an impressive degree of efficiency. Its
fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 20,5 percent
compared to the previous model.
The Gallardo Superleggera is an uncompromising driving machine. Its
running gear, with its mighty braking system, has a dedicated and
exceptionally precise set-up, while its 19-inch wheels, Pirelli P
Zero Corsa, clad in Pirelli sports rubber, are extremely light. The
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera brings a whole new
meaning to the term “super sportscar”.
Design and aerodynamics: The
beauty of power
The elegance of every
Lamborghini rests on both its extreme power and precise
functionality. The Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera’s bodyshell is
sculptured and completely free from stylistic additions. Dimensions
define the contours of a dynamic wedge – 4.39 meters (172,7 in)
long, 1.90 meters (74,8 in) wide, but only 1.17 meters (45,9 in)
Exterior modifications are all directed at increasing aerodynamic
effects. Working closely with wind tunnel experts, the designers
from Lamborghini’s Centro Stile remodeled the front bumper –
three-dimensional, deeply recessed elements form trapezoidal frames
for the large air intakes. Together with the V-shaped, sharply
defined nose and the LED daytime running lights, the black elements
give the front end a razor-sharp look, reminiscent of Lamborghini’s
top model. The new design increases the supply of cooling air and
improves the downforce on the front axle.
The modifications to the fully-covered underbody, which include new
sill elements and a redesigned diffuser incorporating four large
tailpipes, help to achieve better aerodynamic results. The Gallardo
Superleggera sports a small rear spoiler as standard. A big rear
spoiler is available as an option.
The bodyshell: Intelligent
The model on which the
Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is based, the Gallardo LP 560-4, is
already a prime example of Lamborghini’s lightweight engineering
philosophy, with its dry weight of 1410 kilograms (3108.5 lb). Its
bodyshell is made from aluminum, with moulded node elements and
extruded parts forming an extremely stiff framework into which the
aluminum panels are integrated. The spaceframe structure is
impact-resistant and forms the basis for the super sportscar’s
Against this background, the task of reducing the weight by a
further 70 kilograms (154 lb) presented a huge challenge to
Lamborghini engineers – the target figure, a weight-to-power ratio
of 2.35 kilograms (5.18 lb) per CV, sets a new best among the
competition. Lamborghini engineers handled the task as they usually
do – with hi-tech competence and aesthetic flair.
The rear windshield and side windows are made from robust and
resistant polycarbonate. The engine cover also includes a
polycarbonate window, beneath which the V10 engine is displayed like
a technical work of art. The long cover section runs from the roof
to the rear of the vehicle and is made from carbon-fiber. Engineers
also selected carbon-fiber for the rear spoiler, sills, diffuser,
parts of the underbody paneling and the fine exterior mirror
With its minimal weight and extremely high rigidity, carbon-fiber is
the ideal material for a super sportscar. As far back as the 1980s,
Lamborghini was already gathering experience in this field with the
Countach. Today, some parts of the Murciélago’s structure are made
from carbon-fiber. In order to secure this leading position even
further, the brand from Sant’Agata Bolognese established a center of
excellence for carbon-fiber materials, where specialists are
developing components, working with efficient manufacturing
Lamborghini’s carbon-fiber strategy is further proven by its
foundation of the “Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite
Structures Laboratory” (ACSL) at the University of Washington in
Seattle, USA. Lamborghini provides support to the facility and its
long-term, co-operative research work in the fields of aeronautics
and astronautics, together with the composite materials’ application
within the automotive sector. Alongside the University of
Washington, aircraft company Boeing is also among Lamborghini’s
The aircraft manufacturer commands enormous expertise in the field
of composite materials. With the new Type 787 Dreamliner, Boeing has
developed the world’s first commercial aircraft built entirely from
carbon-fibre. Thanks to its superior characteristics, it consumes
around 20 percent less fuel than a conventional aeroplane.
The interior and the use of
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.
Just like the rest of the cockpit, the sports seats are clad in
lightweight Alcantara instead of leather. At Lamborghini, weight
reduction is in no way synonymous with sacrifice – the Gallardo LP
570-4 Superleggera is still equipped with air conditioning and
electric powered windows as standard.
Lamborghini has built on this strength – the interior is crafted
with passionate attention to the tiniest detail; high quality
materials indulge both visually and sensually.
The interior, including roof and mats, retains the Lamborghini
Gallardo’s black finish. As a contrasting color for elements such as
seat trims and stitching, customers can choose among green, yellow,
orange and two shades of gray. They match exterior paint finishes in
Verde Ithaca, Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Nero
Noctis and Bianco Monocerus.
The engine: 10.2 seconds
from zero to 200 km/h
In the Gallardo LP 570-4
Superleggera, LP stands for “longitudinale posteriore” and refers to
the orientation of the V10 engine – which is mounted longitudinally
behind the driver, just like every Lamborghini engine. The number
570 refers to the maximum power output in CV, which equates to 419
kW and is available at 8,000 rpm. Equally impressive is the pulling
power – the torque curve peaks at 540 Nm (398,3 ft lbs) at 6,500
rpm. The increase of 7 kW (10 CV) is the result of the new dedicated
engine management strategy.
The V10 has a displacement of 5204 cm3 and achieves a specific
output of 80.5 kW (109.6 CV) per liter. Special features on this
long-stroke engine with an aluminum crankcase include dry sump
lubrication and a cylinder angle of 90 degrees. Both solutions lower
the center of gravity, thus improving the handling dynamics. To
ensure an ideal combustion chamber fill, the engine has an
adjustable intake manifold and continuous control of the
The crankshaft is conceived as a dual-plane crank – the connecting
rods of opposing pistons share one bearing. This configuration
delivers alternating ignition intervals of 54 and 90 degrees; a
unique sequence that is the reason for the compelling, racing
car-like sound of the V10. As the revs rise, resounding bass notes
are overlaid with razor sharp harmonics.
The powerful V10, combined with the model’s weight reduction, gives
the Gallardo Superleggera LP 570-4 breathtaking performance. The car
accelerates zero to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 3,4 seconds, 0 to
200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 10,2 seconds – then continues relentlessly
to its top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).
The Gallardo Superleggera is also considerably more efficient –
compared with its predecessor, its fuel consumption in the EU
driving cycle is reduced by 3,5 liters per 100 kilometer (0,9 gal),
or 20,5 percent, to 13,5 liters/100 km (16 mpg). 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.
Power transmission: Traction
The Gallardo LP 570-4
Superleggera comes with the e-gear transmission operated via
steering wheel paddles, as standard. The automated system with
electronic management shifts through its six gears extremely
smoothly and far more quickly than could be achieved by human
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.
Every single kilometer in the new Superleggera is utterly thrilling
– not least because of the relentless traction in practically every
situation. This is largely attributable to the four driven wheels,
as indicated by the number 4 in the model name.
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.
In 1993, the Diablo VT was the first Italian super sportscar with an
all-wheel drive set-up, and Lamborghini has been steadily
consolidating its leadership ever since. In fact, thanks to the
car’s superior traction, Lamborghini drivers can accelerate earlier
out of a bend than drivers of rear-wheel drive cars.
The running gear: Even
firmer, even more precise
The new Gallardo
Superleggera is a highly-concentrated driving machine – it thrills
with breathtaking cornering speeds and fast, immediate feedback. Its
handling is always precise, stable and predictable.
The running gear layout is derived directly from Lamborghini’s
motorsport experience. The suspension is aluminum double wishbones.
The precise rack and pinion steering keeps the driver very closely
connected with the road. The shock absorbers are extremely firm, and
the anti-roll bars and suspension mounts have been further
reinforced: these features enable the running gear to reach its full
dynamic potential. No other model in the Gallardo range is as close
to a race car as this one. The development of the Superleggera was
heavily influenced by experiences gained from the world’s fastest
single-brand race series, the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo.
Another special feature of the Gallardo Superleggera is the wheels.
The 19-inch units are aluminum forged and are therefore extremely
lightweight – saving 13 kilograms (28.6 lb). The wheel bolts are
made from titanium and are also incredibly light and rigid. The
tires are 235/35 ZR19 at the front and 295/30 ZR19 at the rear and
come from the Pirelli P Zero Corsa series. Developed specifically
for the new top model in the Gallardo range, they are closely
related to pure race rubber.
Behind the huge wheels
are brakes that serve to deliver uncompromising stopping power and
are managed by the standard-fit ESP stability control system. The
front wheels are served by aluminum eight-piston calipers, with
four-piston units at the rear. The ventilated brake discs have a
diameter of 365 and 356 millimeters (ø 14.37 x 1.34 in and 14.02 x
1.26 in) respectively. As an optional extra, Lamborghini can fit
extremely fade-resistant and lightweight discs made from
carbon-fiber ceramic with six pistons at the front. The front
ceramic discs have a diameter of 380 millimeters (ø 15 x 1.5 in).
Equipment: Hi-tech for road
specialized carbon-fiber lightweight components, the Lamborghini
Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera is delivered ex-works with an array
of other high-end features. Highlights include the e-gear
transmission – a manual gearbox is also available at no additional
cost – the dedicated set-up, the Pirelli sports tires and the sports
seats. Alcantara upholstery and a hand-stitched steering wheel also
set the interior ambiance.
The range of special equipment is particularly sporty. It includes
carbon-fiber ceramic brake discs, four-point seat belts, fire
extinguisher and a steel roll cage. Visual impact can be further
increased by a rear spoiler and the engine bay for the engine
compartment – both from carbon-fiber – as well as colored brake
For the interior, Lamborghini offers special floor mats and leather
steering wheels, a storage package and an alarm system. An
additional carbon-fiber package includes center console and
instrument panel trim, the parking brake handle, parts of the
steering wheel and the door handles. A LED light package illuminates
the engine compartment, the interior, and the entry area.
Additional features of special equipment increase comfort, such as
the multimedia navigation system, the lifting system which raises
the front of the car to enable driving over obstacles, a remote
control for opening garage doors and a rear view camera mounted
beneath the rear spoiler. Customers who want to personalize their
Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, can use Lamborghini’s wide-ranging
options of the “Ad Personam” individualization program.