Thursday, 17 October 2013

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse (2013)

Lamborghini Gallardo

The Lamborghini Gallardo is a sports car built by Lamborghini, their most-produced model to date with over 10,000 built in its first seven years of production. Named after a famous breed of fighting bull,the V-10 Gallardo has been Lamborghini's sales leader and stable-mate to a succession of V-12 flagship models—first to the Lamborghini Murciélago (4,099 built between 2001 and 2011), then to the current flagship Lamborghini Aventador.


The first generation Gallardo came with a 5 liter 90 degree V10 (4961cc), based on Audi's 4.2 Liter V8 developed by Cosworth. The Gallardo offers two choices of transmissions, a conventional (H-Box) six-speed manual transmission, and an advanced six-speed electro-hydraulically controlled semi-automatic robotized manual, which Lamborghini abbreviates to "E-gear". The "E-gear" allows the driver to make shifts much faster than they could with a manual transmission. The driver shifts up and down via paddles behind the steering wheel, but can also change to an automatic modeFor the MY2006 (launched in late 2005) Lamborghini introduced many changes to the car to counter some criticisms garnered from the press and owners. These were based on the limited edition Gallardo SE. The exhaust system was changed to a more sporty one (including a flap to make it quieter around town), the suspension was revised, a new steering rack was fitted, the engine power was increased by 20 bhp to a maximum of 520 metric horsepower (382 kW; 513 hp), and the biggest change was an overall lowering of the gearing, especially in 1st to 5th. The result was a much improved car; it handled and turned better, sounded better under full throttle and the extra power and lower gearing made an already fast car into a much faster one.

LP 560-4

Presented at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, the Gallardo LP 560-4 is a significant refresh of the Gallardo, powered by a new 5.2 L (320 cu in) V10 engine that produces 560 PS (412 kW; 552 hp) at 8,000 rpm and 540 N·m (398 lb·ft) at 6,500 rpm of torque. Featuring "Iniezione Diretta Stratificata" direct fuel injection system to improve efficiency; fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced by 18% despite the increase in performance. It also has a new design inspired by the Murciélago LP 670 and Reventon.The new engine, 40 PS (29 kW; 39 hp) more powerful than in the previous car, comes with two transmission choices: 6-speed manual or 6-speed E-gear, the later of which was revised to offer a Corsa mode which makes 40% quicker shifts than before and decreases traction control restrictions, a Thrust Mode launch control system was also added. Accompanied with a 20 kg (44 lb) weight reduction all the improvements add up to a claimed performance of 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h (120 mph) of 11.8 and a top speed of 325 km/h (202 mph).The MSRP base price is $198,000 in the USand £147,330 (including NavTrak vehicle tracking system and delivery package) in the UK.The first US car was sold in 16th Annual Race to Erase MS charity auction for $270,000 to former True Religion Jeans co-founder/co-creator Kymberly Gold and music producer Victor Newman.

LP 570-4 Superleggera

In March 2010, Lamborghini announced the release of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, a lightweight and more powerful version of the Gallardo LP 560-4 in the same vein as the previous Superleggera. With carbon fiber used extensively inside and out to reduce weight to just 1,340 kg (2,954 lb) making it the lightest road-going Lamborghini in the range. The 5.2L V10 on the LP 570-4 gets a power bump over the standard Gallardo to 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) at 8,000 rpm. Performance has been improved to 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, and a 325 km/h (202 mph) top speed.

LP 570-4 Spyder Performante

In November 2010, Lamborghini announced the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, a convertible version of the LP 570-4 Superleggera. Employing the same 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp) 5. 2 L V 10 and with a curb weight of 1,485 kg (3,274 lb), heavier than the coupe as usual with coupe based convertibles, the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante goes from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 12.0 seconds and has a top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph)

LP 550-2 Coupe and Spyder

Following the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni and LP 550-2 Bicolore special editions, the LP 550-2 Coupe was offered by Lamborghini in the 2011 model year as the lowest priced model in the Gallardo line-up. The rear-wheel drive LP 550-2 Coupe was distinguished by unique black side skirts and "LP 550-2" badging, suspension tuning borrowed from the Valentino Balboni edition and came equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission with E-gear available as a cost option. In 2012, the LP 550-2 Spyder was introduced with the same specifications as the Coupe, as the lowest priced Spyder model.

LP 550-2 Balboni

Limited to 250 units, this Gallardo was named after Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni and to his request, unlike the contemporary line-up, the Balboni is rear wheel drive, reducing the curbweight by 30 kg (66 lb) to 1,470 kg (3,241 lb). The engine was rated at 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp). Other features include re-calibrated optional E-gear transmission, redeveloped 45% limited slip differential, full leather black upholstery with white colour strips, Polar white centre console, a stripe down the centre of the car, and a badge below the left side window bears the signature of Valentino Balboni and the production number of the car. Lamborghini claims the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni can reach a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) and reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds.

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Gold edition (2012)

The Gold edition was designed exclusively for the Chinese market and was unveiled at the Shenzhen-Hong Kong-Macau International auto show. Only 10 will be made at a price of 3.988 million yuan or $810,000.

LP 550-2 Super Trofeo (2010–)

The LP550-2 Super Trofeo is a version of LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni for Hong Kong market. It does not include the centre stripe in the original car. It includes e-Gear transmission, Super Trofeo body kit (tail wing, front and tail diffuser, side skirts), front and side airbags, TFT screen with USB/iPod connection, GPS with Bluetooth, front axle height control

LP 550-2 Tricolore

Presented at the 2011 Turin Auto Show, the Tricolore is a special edition in a similar vein as the Bicolore; with stripe mimicking the Italian flag running thought the body of the car, meant to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification.

LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

Presented on the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Super Trofeo Stradale is a limited (150 units) version of LP570-4 Superleggera. Boasting a dry weight of 1,340 kg (2,954 lb), it's 30 kg (66 lb) lighter than a comparably equipped LP570-4 Superleggera. Esessentially a road version of the Super Trofeo race car, equipped with the same adjustable rear spoiler that offers an aerodynamic load 3 times that of the stardard Gallardo LP 560-4 for increased dynamic stability during tight, high-speed driving. Another element taken directly from the racing version is the removable engine hood with quick-release system. The vehicle included Rosso Mars body colour, 6-speed E-gear transmission

Bianco Rosso (2012)

Exclusive to the Japanese market, it is limited to 10 units and based on the Gallardo LP560-4 hardtop coupe only. The Japan Limited Edition Gallardo Bianco Rosso comes with the white exterior color while the side mirrors and engine bay lined in red, matching the theme of Japan's flag. The Bianco Rosso commemorates 45 years of the Italian automaker's presence in the Japanese market.
Prices start at around 25.41 million yen ($320,100 US) and it was launched in May 2012.

LP 570-4 Squadra Corse (2013)

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse is considered the street-going version of the Gallardo Super Trofeo race car. Though the Gallardo Squadra Corse’s mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10 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. This special edition is given a rear wing that reportedly produces three times more down force than the standard Gallardo’s spoiler, while the carbon composite hood is equipped with a quick-release system, and thus removable. 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, and a black-painted hood, diffuser, air intakes, and wheels. The Gallardo comes in yellow, white, gray, or red, while its brake calipers come in red, black, or yellow.
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