First Look: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

Lamborghini states a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph. The 5.2-liter direct-injection V-10 puts out a whopping 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The stratospheric V-10 employees a dry-sump lubrication system for less parasitic loss, along with variable cam-timing and intake manifold geometry to achieve the deep breathing necessary for 110 horsepower per liter. Combine that with optimized aerodynamics via underbody panels and a new rear diffuser, and Lamborghini says that the new Performante isn't just quicker than the standard 570-4, it's also cleaner, turning in lower CO2 figures.

Under the car, the suspension has been tuned to deliver higher levels of grip on and off the track. Tires are Pirelli Pzero Corsas, which are as close to dedicated race rubber as you can get while still being DOT legal for public roads. The 235/35 front and 295/30 rears are mounted on the same 19-inch wheels found on the Superleggera, which are roughly 28 pounds lighter than the wheels on the standard Gallardo. Further reduction of unsprung weight was found by using titanium wheel bearings and wheel bolts. The Performante uses the same aluminum A-arm suspension and all-wheel-drive system found on the standard Gallardo. The high-performance drivetrain uses a center viscous coupling along with a 45-percent locking rear differential to deliver power to the ground. In normal operating conditions, 70 percent of the V-10's power is sent to the rear to give the Performante the more traditional feel of a rear-wheel-drive car. Optional six-piston brake calipers and carbon ceramic rotors ensure the Performante stops as well as it goes.

Lamborghini hasn't announced a delivery date or price yet. Still, odds are that Sant' Agata is already sold out. As for price, if you have to ask...

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