Extreme Gallardo debuts in Frankfurt
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse promises to be the wildest street-going Gallardo ever.
The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse made its public debut this week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The street-going version of the Gallardo Super Trofeo racecar, the new Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse promises to be the most extreme road-going Gallardo ever built.
Though the Gallardo Squadra Corse's mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10 engine makes the same 562 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque as the rest of the Gallardo lineup (and the Gallardo racecar), the extensive use of carbon fiber and aluminum has allowed Lamborghini to get its all-wheel-drive supercar's dry weight down to just under 3000 pounds. Paired with a six-speed single-clutch automatic, Lambo expects the Gallardo Squadra Corse to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds, and to accelerate from 0-124 mph in just 10.4 seconds, before topping out at 199 mph. Braking duties are handled by standard carbon-ceramic brakes.
Not only is the Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse inspired by the Super Trofeo racecar, it shares quite a few parts, including its massive carbon composite rear wing and hood. The rear wing reportedly produces three times more downforce than the standard Gallardo's spoiler, while the carbon-composite hood is equipped with a quick-release system, and thus removable.
Aside from the menacing rear wing, the Gallardo Squadra Corse is distinguished from the rest of the Gallardo lineup by its Italian flag-inspired green, white, and red decal strip that starts just ahead of the V-10's side-air intakes. The Lamborghini Gallardo Squadra Corse comes in yellow, white, gray, or red, while its brake calipers come in red, black, or yellow.
The interior of the Gallardo Squadra Corse sees extensive use of carbon fiber with everything from the door panels and standard racing seats (standard seats are available), to the center console and handbrake frame. Alcantara appears on the seats and even on the underside of the dashboard.
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This sled is definitely not grandma's grocery getter. Other Lambo's like the limited edition Veneno and the Aventador-J supercars have the general appearance of alien spacecraft, while this racing version Gallardo is probably more street sensible, although barely. It would be interesting to see it offered with a dual-clutch 6 speed manual, but it's still a head turning screamer. If somebody has the money, it would be a blast to own one, but it would also be a bummer after the first couple of inevitable tickets. However, it's always nice to see what's out there on the cutting edge of auto styling and technology.
Don't suppose they'd give me one...
I HAVE been a good boy this year!