That's not to say that the Gallardo has suddenly become a gas miser. Equipped with an optional six-speed manual, the Superleggera manages just 12 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Stick with the E-Gear single-clutch automated manual and the numbers improve slightly to 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. Either way, power meets the ground through all four wheels with 70 percent of it going to the rear.
Handling all that power are the aforementioned 19-inch wheels, which have been wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Corsa rubber made exclusively for the Superleggera. Suspension tuning lifted from the Super Trofeo cars keeps the wheels planted and the ride rock-solid, but such is the price for absolute performance. Stopping duty is handled by 14.37-inch steel rotors and aluminum eight-piston calipers in front and 14.0-inch rotors and four-piston calipers in the rear. Stability control is standard and offers three modes, allowing you to dial in your preferred level of insanity.
If those aren't enough for what you have in mind, 15-inch carbon-ceramic front rotors clamped by six-piston calipers and 14-inch carbon-ceramic rear rotors with four-piston calipers are optional. The race fever doesn't stop there. If total domination on the track is your goal, four-point harnesses, a fire extinguisher, and a steel roll cage are all optional, as is a larger rear wing.
For those on the opposite end of the spectrum, or even those who prefer some modicum of civility with their madness, the Superleggera isn't entirely without creature comforts. The interior is wrapped in black Alcantara (which is lighter than leather) with colored accent stitching, and air conditioning and power windows are standard. If you're willing to give up some of your weight savings, a navigation system, backup camera, alarm, a storage package, LED lighting, special floor mats and Lamborghini's front-end lifting system are all optional extras.
You may want to spring for that lift system, lest you tear up that pointy new nose and the enormous air intakes that feed the giant radiators needed to cool the monster V-10 and create a familial resemblance to the mighty Murcielago. Lamborghini has also done some work around the back end with that new rear diffuser mentioned earlier, and new quad exhaust pipes. Overall, the new body work adds 3.4 inches to the Superleggera's length, but all other dimensions remain identical to the original.
Lamborghini hasn't announced a price for its latest lightweight screamer, but the original model's $220,000 base price is a good starting point. Adding options will surely push that tally much higher, but if you can afford a Superleggera in the first place, you probably aren't worried about that.
2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera
Base price $237,600
Vehicle layout Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door, coupe
Engine Engines 5.2L/562-hp/398-lb-ft DOHC 40-valve V-10
Transmissions 6-speed auto-clutch manual, 6-speed manual
Curb weight 2954 (mfr)
Wheelbase 100.8 in
Length x width x height 172.7 x 74.8 x 45.9 in
0-62 mph 3.5 sec (mfr est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 12-14 / 20 mpg
CO2 emissions 1.20-1.33 lb/mile (est)
On sale in U.S. June 2010