Ahead of its official unveil at Geneva, details of the Lamborghini LP570-4 Superleggera have been leaked onto the net. Building on the success of the previous Superleggera, which sold 618 units in one year, the new car features 70kg less weight than the LP560-4 making it the lightest Lamborghini in the range.
As expected, the weight losses stream mainly from the extensive use of carbon fiber, 40kg of the 70kg saving infact. Externally, the new spoiler makes use of fiber as does the engine cover. Inside, the center tunnel cover, the door panels and the surround for the e-gear automated manual transmission lever are all coated in the light stuff. To further reduce the weight Alcantara has replaced the leather of the seats and dash. Weight balance is 43/57, fornt/rear.
Colour options for the supercar include Verde Ithaca, Giallo Midas, Arancio Borealis, Grigio Telesto, Nero Noctis and Bianco Monocerus.
As for the engine, 570bhp is produced at 8,000rpm, with torque curve peaks at 540Nm (398,3ft-lbs) at 6,500rpm. The minimal gain was achieved through careful ECU programming. Being the fastest Gallardo, performance figures are important, zero to 100km/h (62mph) can be achieved in just 3.4 seconds, 0 to 200km/h (124mph) in 10.2 seconds and the top speed is 325km/h (202mph).
The e-gear transmission is included as standard and a manual is available for those who are unsatisfied with the robotized system – at no extra cost. The six-speed box offers three settings, two available in full automatic mode, the third ‘thrust mode’ being available in conjunction with the paddle shifter “delivers maximum off-the-line performance and is programmed to manage starting revs of around 5000rpm with minimal wheel slip”.
A 20.5% increase in fuel economy has been observed although we’re not sure this will be a small part of most potential owners interests. Figures are 13.5liters/100km (16mpg).
Aerodynamically, Lamborghini have worked hard. The whole front spoiler has been re-designed with trapezoidal air intakes creating a new look. The new design features LED daytime running lights and is aimed at improving cooling of components at the front of the car and improving downforce. A redesigned diffuser is featured as standard, however, owners will have to spec the larger spoiler, as has been the case with the LP670-4 SV and the previous Superleggera.
The final area of significant weight loss are the new 19 inch alloys. Saving 13kgs, they are manufactured from forged aluminium with titanium wheel nuts. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires measure 235/35 ZR19 at the front and 295/30 ZR19 at the rear. Ceramic brakes are an optional extra as they are in the LP560-4, the LP570-4 makes do with eight-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) aluminum units measuring 365 and 356 millimeters in diameter.
We will be getting new pictures tonight so keep an eye out. We should be able to get a few pictures of our own tomorrow when the Geneva Auto Salon 2010 opens.