Essentially it’s a clubsport version of the already rather fabulous Gallardo. Which means, in theory, it’s one of the more focused supercars the world has ever seen.
Lamborghini’s brief for the Superlegerra was initially pretty straightforward; to make a Gallardo that would weigh exactly 100kg less than the standard car, and in the process create a machine to make the Ferrari F430 and Porsche 911 Turbo look decidedly second-rate.
For a while Lamborghini toyed with the idea of binning the Gallardo’s four-wheel-drive system because that would have saved 50kg in one hit. But in the end Sant’Agata’s top brass decided that four-wheel drive is an integral pat of a modern Lamborghini’s genetic make-up, so the weight would have to be saved in other areas.
About 500 miles of carbonfibre later, the engineers reached their target. Everything from the seats to the engine cover to the electric rear wing to the door inserts were binned and replaced with lighter, carbonfibre equivalents. Even the gearbox casing was re-engineered out of magnesium to save weight while the regular alloy wheels were swapped for lighter forged alloy items. The exhaust system, too, was redesigned to save kilos, and the specified unit not only weighs 8kg less but also produces less back pressure.