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Lamborghini Gallardo news - Lambo gets a Leg up - 2007

With rumours of a Ferrari
F430 Challenge Stradale still milling around, Lamborghini has stolen a march on
its supercar rival and announced that it will unveil a stripped-down road racer
at Geneva.

This is the Gallardo
Superleggera, a lighter, lither version of Lambo’s baby supercar.

Superleggera means
‘super-light’ in Italian - a revival of the popular name for tube-framed 1950s
sports cars - and it’s an apt title.

This special edition is
240kg lighter than the standard Gallardo, with a kerb weight of just 1,330kg
compared to 1,570kg.

The weight loss has been
achieved through the use of a structural aluminium spaceframe hung with
aluminium and thermoplastic parts, as well as a carbon fibre bonnet.

The interior gets a
similar treatment, with the standard leather trim dispensed of in favour of
racing bucket seats and carbon fibre swathes.

The five-litre V10 engine
has also received a slight boost, with overall power now standing at 522bhp.

All of which means that
the Superleggera is a fraction quicker off the line, reaching 62mph in 3.8
seconds - a tenth of a second quicker than its full fat rival. Top speed
remains at a more-than-ample 197mph.

We’ll be on hand to see
the covers officially come off the Superleggera at Geneva.

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