Geneva 2010: Lamborghini Brings a Real Supercar

Automobile Staff

With all the buzz about electric supercars at the Geneva show, you can almost forget it’s possible to buy an old fashioned V-10 screamer these days. Enter the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera.

Instead of adding electronics and complexity, Lamborghini would rather reduce weight and increase horsepower. So we’ve got 562 hp to move a mere 2954 pounds of carbon fiber and aluminum around your favorite back roads. Naturally Lamborghini will let customers add a navigation system or the brand’s signature front end lifting system for people who aren’t afraid to negate the weight savings of the Superleggera package.

In addition to being faster than the old Gallardo Superleggera (the 570-4 does 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds) the LP570-4 is also easier on the environment; CO2 emissions are down 20% and fuel economy is up by 2 mpg (to 14 mpg in the city!) for the automatic transmission cars. And the car will top out at 202 mph if you can find enough open road, so performance certainly isn’t sacrificed for fuel economy.

If you aren’t willing to consider a hybrid just yet, Lamborghini may be your best bet for a slightly more socially conscious supercar. Even if you don’t particularly care about the environmental benefits, it’s nice to see an automaker offering a lighter version of a production car. We can all agree with that plan...

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