Carbon fibre. The lightweight and super strong material has had a bit of an identity problem over the years. For many, it was seen as a tacky aftermarket add-on usually applied to the dashboard or mirror caps of a ropey ricer or hatchback. Even though the pure exotica crowd has been using it in the build of cars for years, more often than not it’s been hidden under a thin layer of paint.
However, nowadays having your carbon fibre on display is all the rage, and Lamborghini is absolutely mad for the stuff. It’s going to feature heavily in all future Lambos and the Italian bull certainly isn’t shying away with the black-and-grey weave on the Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. It’s absolutely everywhere – on the door cards, transmission tunnel, diffuser, engine cover, side sills, rear spoiler and mirrors. Even the Alcantara door pull gets a flash of carbon fibre; though I’m not entirely sure what purpose it’s serving there. All of this light material, plus ditching the rear glass for thin Perspex and some lightweight alloys make for a significant 70kg weight reduction in comparison to the regular LP560-4.
Not content with losing a passenger’s worth of weight out of the car, Lamborghini has also upped the power of the Superleggera. Admittedly, it’s not by much – a tweak of the ECU has released another 10bhp to give the lightweight Lambo a headline power figure of 562bhp (or 570PS as per the name).
As with all modern Lamborghinis, the performance off the line is savage to say the least – especially with Corsa mode engaged. Though you can choose to have your Superleggera with a six-speed manual gearbox, very few buyers opt for it. This isn’t just a Middle East issue, latest figures from Sant’Agata suggest that just 2% of all Lamborghinis leave the factory with a proper do-it-yourself ‘box.