SPEED OF LIGHT
Lamborghini’s Gallardo trims down for the fight -
THE harsh difference in the Superleggera’s suspension is obvious, even before reaching the end of the pitlane at the Spanish Monteblanco circuit where the car was launched.
It does not offer Grand Touring ability of the LP560-4 Coupe, but that is because the Superleggera was crafted for racetrack prowess . . . and it delivers.
The lighter, sti f f er Superleggera is a much more focussed track car than the LP560-4.
Even though the suspension is rock-hard, it is well-damped for the racetrack and – with the additional downforce – creates a sense of stab- ility through super-fast sections of the track, where you’re quickly grabbing each gear through the six-speed sequential manual’s column-mounted paddle shifters.
The stiffer bushings also ensure there is no slack in the suspension. The Superleggera responds swiftly to steering inputs.
Turn-in is sharper, with hardly any discernible body roll. For all its confident racetrack ability, there sti l l is plenty of mongrel left in this car.
Lift off the throttle mid-corner or fail to get the car’s weight settled squarely before you punish t h e p o werf u l ceramic brakes, and the weight of the midmounted engine will cause the rear of the car to dance around, requir- ing subtle steering corrections. The ESP Sport program is well calibrated, and allows the all-wheel drive system’s 30/70 front-to-rear torque split to slide the tail when you’re powering out of tight corners.
Its emphasis on reducing weight to enhance the driving experience has a second benefit: improved fuel efficiency – which is becoming more important, even for supercar manufacturers.
The Superleggera returns a combined EU fuel economy figure of just 13.5L/100km, which is commendable for a car with its performance potential, and proves innovation like Lamborghini’s will ensure the supercar has a future but don’t count on them getting cheaper.