2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

The bull has been raging wilder than ever this past year, with new LP640 versions of the Murcielago and Murcielago roadster-both of which lean dangerously over the edge of insanity. But why stop there? Why not make a Gallardo that is lighter, more powerful, and more focused than ever?

Using carbon fiber for the engine bay cover, center tunnel cover, mirrors, rear diffuser, and door panels, the Gallardo Superleggera weighs 154 pounds less than the regular model, and for good measure, output is raised 10 horses to 530 horsepower. These modifications translate to a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker than the Gallardo) and a ratio of 5.5 pounds per horsepower. All Superleggeras will come with e-gear transmissions and new fifteen-spoke wheels that are too dainty for our taste. If the car doesn't have enough carbon for you already, a carbon fiber wing and carbon-ceramic brakes are optional.

The Gallardo Superleggera is meant to be the Lamborghini for purists, and yes, it's the lightest, smallest bull you can buy. But what we'd really like to see is a similar model that ditches a differential and goes to rear-drive, and bolts to it a six-speed stick. Keep the carbon, but give us some tougher looking wheels. That would be our Lamborghini dream.

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