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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 17th 2010
2--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, April 17, 2010 Aircraft engineers help SHARP: The Lamborghini Superleggera is considered one of the sharpest supercars in the world today. Engineers put the latest Lamborghini on a diet to get it to fighting weight. Now the gloves are off. Shaun Cleary reports from Europe IN Italian, ''superleggra'' means super lightweight. In the case of the Lamborgh- ini Gallardo, it means a lot more. The latest LP570-4 coupe is lighter than before and it also has an extra seven kW in the engine room, but the Superleggera is really about sharpening one of the sharpest supercars in the world today. Lamborghini is also using the Gallardo Superleggera as a demonstration of its commit- ment to stripping excess bulk out of its cars, both now and in the future. ''Lamborghini used to be known for having very lightweight vehicles with powerful propul- sion systems. I think we lost that over the course of the years and we have to get back to that,'' says Lamborghini's design boss Manfred Fitzgerald. But the Superleggera still comes with a hefty pricetag --- an 18 per cent price hike in Europe points to a bottom line in the $560,000 region in Australia. Although Lamborghini won't admit it, the timing of the Gallardo Superleggera launch is ideal for it to compete with the recent release of Ferrari's all-new 458 Italia. The Superleggera is 40kg lighter than the Ferrari, despite the Gallardo's age, so it seems Lamborghini's work really is worthy of credit. Besides, as a racetrack weapon, the new Superleggera is the best Gallardo yet. Lamborghini is so dedicated to weight-loss work it entered a partnership with the Univer- sity of Washington, a global pioneer in the research and development of carbonfibre tech- nology including work with Boeing on its new 787 Dreamliner. Fitzgerald insists the partnership will allow Lamborghini to revolutionise the use of carbon- fibre in its cars. ''We've learnt over the past couple of years how to better understand carbonfibre, which will be playing a key role in lightweight construction and manufacturing,'' he says. ''Asthetic parts were done in carbonfibre but it will become more and more crucial to have this material also going into structural parts. ''For us it is a key factor of giving the customers added value. Of the 70kg stripped out of the LP570-4 Superleggera, 40kg is thanks to the extensive use of carbonfibre inside the cockpit, in the engine cover, door sills, exterior mirrors and the re-designed diffuser. The F1-style rear diffuser, in combination with a covered underbody, also helps the Superleggera generate around 50 per cent more downforce for high-speed cornering. Acceleration is fearsome, reaching 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds thanks to a special launch control program and bounding to 200km/h in only 10.2sec, before hitting its top speed of 325km/h. It's the kind of performance that will earn you more police attention than Lewis Hamil- ton's Benz burnout. At the heart of the Superleggera is an all- alloy, direct-injected 5.2- litre V10 engine that develops 419kW at a stratospheric 8000 revs and produces a hefty torque figure of 540Nm at 6500. As those stats suggest, the engine's best work is done at high revs, lacking the bottom- to-midrange grunt that many modern forced- induction engines deliver. But that only validates your urge to mash the throttle, just to hear the beast rage as it approaches the upper reaches of its rev range. The Lamborghini's sensational acoustics --- a deep, rich undertone overlaid by a high- pitched animalistic wail --- is a consequence of the engine's dual-plane crankshaft, where opposing pistons share a common bearing in this crankshaft design. The suspension has been stiffened signifi- cantly on the Superleggera, with a 20 per cent increase in damper firmness and new suspension bushes that are 90 percent stiffer. The harsh difference in the Superleg- gera's suspension is immediately obvious, even before reaching the end of pitlane at the Spanish Monteblanco circuit where the car was launched to the world's media. It doesn't offer grand touring ability of the we have a hUGE CHOICE OF OVER 80 CARS for you to choose from IN THE YARD www.thecarmart.com.au 6211 0566 14 Derwent Park Rd, Derwent Park David Strang 0404 724 986 Mark Patterson 0417 025 936 Todd Jackson 0419 514 956 Rob Sylvester 0418 124 226 (Finance) Easy on-site finance available 16266JAYNE 00 Mitsubishi Lancer Gli 1.5lt manual, p/s, a/c, a low 81,000km, faultless condition, tint, spoiler, reliable vehicle. Reduced to save $7995 4 DAY SALE SAVINGS RANGE DEALS 06 Proton Savvy 1.1lt Manual, p/s, a/c, alloys, 80,000km, a smart little late model hatch. Reduced to save $7995 01 Toyota Prius 1.5lt auto, p/s, a/c, electrics, alloys, huge savings on your fuel bill with this hybrid, the cheapest in town. Reduced to save $7995 FREE TRANSFER OF REGO WITH ALL CARS SOLD * OPEN ALL WEEKEND SALE ENDS 5PM sUNDAY SAVE $2000 SAVE $2000 SAVE $3000
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