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Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera

Stelios Stelios
User | Posts: 105 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 04/17/07
07:07 AM

Since its debut in Geneva, Lamborghini's new lightweight Gallardo Superleggera, aimed to compete with the Ferrari 430CS and Porsche GT3 RS, has generated quite a buzz throughout automotive magazines. Dropping roughly 150 pounds, the already supermodel skinny Gallardo now weighs less than Nicole Richie but looks like Gisele Bündchen. The Gallardo’s V10 power plant has been fine-tuned to spit out a modest 9 more horsepower over the baby Gallardo. Lamborghini claims a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds--0.2 seconds quicker than the standard Gallardo. Early articles have been quick to point out that Lamborghini beat Ferrari to the chase, with the 430 Challenge Stradale slated to make its debut this fall. But has Lamborghini really made a car worth challenging Ferrari?

Consider the 2003 360 Challenge Stradale and the lengths Ferrari went to shave pounds from the car--from extensive use of carbon fibre to removing the radio, electric windows, and even the carpet, all which resulted in a healthy 250 pound loss.

In contrast, the Superleggera has satellite navigation, electric windows, a radio, and carpet in a “track day” car. When Ferrari unveils the 430 Challenge Stradale this fall, we can expect it to be a bare-bones version of the standard 430, legal for road use but intended for the track. If the 360CS is any indication, the 430CS will be immensely powerful and much lighter than the standard 430.

The horsepower and weight figures suggest the Superleggera can compete with the 430CS, but something tells me Lamborghini held something back with this car. Lamborghini did a great deal to drop 150 pounds from the car, but in the minds of “purists,” the Superleggera could be much more by simply stripping comfort features that serve no purpose on the track.

When we finally see the Superleggera and the Challenge Stradale square off in the future, there is no doubt it will be the match-up of the year. Italian exotics have never been better. I just don’t see the Superleggera offering the same racing experience the CS will deliver because Lamborghini only went halfway with this car. It’s not purely for racing, but it’s not purely for everyday road use either. When challenging the biggest racing name in the business on the circuit, you can’t be both.  

Stelios Stelios
User | Posts: 105 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 06/19/07
09:47 AM

To reply to my own post, it seems that some of the above information was incorrect--the Superleggera does not come standard with Sat Nav, but is on the options list instead.

Is anyone else excited as I am for these two cars to face off?  

Stelios Stelios
User | Posts: 105 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 07/23/07
10:01 AM

So it seems that the 430's lighter sibling will not inherit the Challenge Stradale moniker. Instead, Ferrari has named the car the 430 Scuderia in honor of its racing team.

Official figures show that the Scuderia lost 220 lbs from the standard 430, meaning it's 176 lbs lighter than it's Lamborghini rival. This weight reduction was achieved by massive amounts of carbon fiber and a plexiglass rear windscreen. Gone are the radio and carpet as well.

Round 1 to Ferrari.

Power is up by 20 ponies to an impressive 503 horsepower. However, this is still 20 less than the Superleggera's 523 horsepower.

Since the Superleggera has more horsepower, Round 2 goes to the Lambo. However, given the Lambo's extra weight, it will need every one of those horses working overtime to keep up.

Performance figures are still being kept a secret, but expect the Scuderia to sprint to 60 in the mid-to-high 3 second range. The Lambo gets there in 3.8, so early speculations suggests we're in for quite a duel.

Stay tuned for Round 3 when the car is unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Wink  

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