27 September 2010

New hardcore Lambo Gallardo unveiled

Special edition LP570-4 Blancpain gets carbon-fibre bits in honour of world's fastest one-make race series...

Excited? You should be, you automotive rascals. Lamborghini is serving up a treat for you, so you better bring your big plate...

What you see above is the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Blancpain Edition. For the peasants among you, Blancpain make watches. Like, really expensive ones. A Blancpain watch is to a wrist-based timepiece what the Palace of Versailles is to a land-based residence.

Blancpain also sponsors Lamborghini's lightly insane Super Trofeo race series - the fastest one-make series on Earth - so the good folk at Sant’Agata felt it necessary to smother a Superleggera in carbon fibre and roll out a new Gallardo. All hail the Blancpain Edition!

See more pics of the Blancpain Lambo

Regular readers of TopGear.com will know Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann is serious about carbon fibre - the new supercar set to debut at Paris is likely to bleed it - and as such this Blancpain Gallardo gets a mighty carbon fibre rear spoiler, new engine cover (for ventilation), diffuser, new mirror casings, carbon-ceramic brake discs and calipers, and 'Skorpius' wheels.

The seats are stitched in Alcantara with yellow accents and visible carbon fibre, along with the Blancpain logo stitched about the cabin. 

Lamborghini reckons the Gallardo's performance is enhanced by these carbon-fibre details, but the specs are equal to the standard 570-4 Superleggera: the 5.2-litre V10 generates 565bhp and propels the Gallardo, its owners and their soon-to-be-emptied stomachs from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of over 200mph. Sant’Agata also proudly trumpets the Blancpain's weight boasts no more than 1,340kg - the same as the Superleggera.

Still, this be no bad thing indeed. 570bhp in something weighing the same as a Focus diesel is a Good Thing. Like it?

And now, rather spuriously, is some more Lamborghini goodness. US tuner Underground Racing has tweaked the mighty, meaty and magnificent Murcielago LP670-4. And by tweaked, we mean wig-splitting, ice-cap melting tweakery. They've pumped the Murci's power from 670bhp to 1,100bhp using two turbochargers.

Watch Underground Racing's promo vid and tell us you're not fizzing...

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