Lambo 570-4 Superleggera: Orange Arrow
Under the hood is the same 5.2-litre V10 unit that powers all Gallardos. For those not familiar, the Superleggera is rated at 570 CV, which is the Italian way of denoting power in tandem with its CO2 emissions. For us, the car is capable of churning out just over 561bhp when the engine is hovering at 8000rpm. That’s approximately 10bhp more than the regular four-wheel-drive Gallardo. Peak torque kicks in around 1500rpm below peak power. And the 540Nm greatly helps in propelling the car from standstill to 100kph in 3.4 seconds – that’s 0.3 seconds faster than the 560-4. Obviously, in the real world, that doesn’t sound like much unless, like us, you hit the track.
This Superleggera is in one of the three colour combinations you can get the car in. It has some fancy names, (nothing fancier to hear than ‘Lamborghini’, of course) but for the sake of simplicity, let’s say it’s a shade of orange with matt black pillars and front air intakes. Visually, that and that mighty fixed rear wing are a clear giveaway that this is not your ‘regular’ (for want of another word) Gallardo. A closer inspection, at standstill, reveals carbon-ceramic brakes behind those massive 19-inch alloys and a subtle Edizione Tecnica badge under the not-so-subtle rear quarter glass.