Lamborghini is bringing back the lightweight, stripped-down Gallardo with a new Superleggera model, launched this week at the Geneva show. The new model becomes the lightest car in the firm’s range, and employs much of the thinking that was behind the 2007 Gallardo Superleggera.
Mechanically the Superleggera is much the same as a standard LP560-4 — so it comes with a 5.2-litre V10 — but as with the previous model, the power has been increased by 10bhp, to 562bhp. Torque stays the same at 398lb ft.
The weight savings, achieved mainly through the use of carbonfibre, helps to give the car a kerb weight of 1340kg. That’s around 70kg less than a standard Gallardo.
Much of the interior — including the centre console, the door panels and the shells of the seats — is made from carbonfibre, while the exterior features carbonfibre sill covers, rear spoiler and mirror casings.
The rear windscreen and the side windows are made from polycarbonate, while the forged aluminium wheels help to cut 13kg. Even the wheel bolts are made from light, expensive titanium.