The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is a rare variant of the 5.0 V10 Gallardo with only 618 being produced worldwide. Superleggera translating to super light in Italian, it is 100KG lighter than the standard model reaching 0-60 in 3.8 Seconds and onto 196 mph. This was through many modifications unique to the Superleggera to take it into a class above the standard Gallardo.
Weight reduction was accomplished with a polycarbonate rear window and thinner front windscreen which was complimented by a catalogue of carbon fibre panelling throughout. Consisting of; engine cover, fixed rear wing, rear diffuser, under trays, side skirts, wing mirrors, single piece Sparco carbon bucket seats, and a wide selection of interior panels. Power was increased by 11bhp to 523 Bhp and an RPM increase from 7500 RPM to 8000 RPM, by modifying the air intake boxes to increase volumetric efficiency and improving flow through exhaust manifolds. All accompanied with uprated brake callipers to 8 piston brake callipers front and rear.
This well kept 2008 example covered over half its mileage in the first five years of life, having 17,500 miles by its 2013 service. Since then it has covered a few thousand miles per year, being used for special occasions and to keep it running perfectly, bringing it to 30,500 miles at it sits today. Over the last couple of years it has been kept in professional storage, with all service work completed by Lamborghini specialist RE-Performance.
The drivetrain of the Superleggera received exclusive updates to further reduce weight and parasitic losses. Consisting of; magnesium front differential housing, magnesium gearbox housing, Lightened front drive shafts, Lightened Prop shaft. Accompanied with unique suspension changes such as; Custom Front upright control arms, Bilstein sports shocks and springs, Speedline forged wheels, improved anti-roll bars.
The Paintwork is not perfect. The drivers front wing has slight paint burn from a previous owner and the front end has multiple stone chips from road use. This does not take away from the car and other than this the car has been well looked after with good service history, having been stored with minimal use over the last couple of years.
Upon start up this Gallardo Superleggera demands attention with its custom exhaust. Clicking the E gear transmission into first and pulling away requires commitment from the driver as to not slip the clutch, letting you know that you need to be confident with driver inputs. Once rolling the magic of the Superleggera begins to set in, giving an old school supercar feel in a more modern chassis. Effortless torque and the glorious high pitched exhaust note kicking in above 4000RPM, encourage revs to be kept high and gears to be changed less frequently. This is a car that encourages fun and makes driving an occasion.