Another Week, Another Special Edition Lamborghini Gallardo
It’s business as usual at Lamborghini, as a new version of the V10-engined Gallardo has been announced, and it draws heavily from Lamborghini’s racing program. In lieu of replacing the decade-old Gallardo, Lamborghini is taking a more cost-effective approach by endlessly mixing and matching color schemes and carbon fiber accessories to slap on its least expensive sports car. While this surely makes financial sense for Lamborghini in the short term, it also prevents Volkswagen’s supercar branch from producing a modern car to compete with purer sports cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia or the Gallardo’s stablemate, the Audi R8 V10. While the Squadra Corse refocuses its sights to the track (being derived from the car currently serving in Lamborghini’s one-make Blancpain Super Trofeo series), it does little to distract us from the fact that 2014 is the Gallardo’s last year with us, and the highly anticipated replacement is yet to be revealed.
The Squadra Corse owes much of its design and tech to the Super Troefo race car; both cars share an identical engine, carbon fiber rear wing, and quick-release removable engine cover. Both feature stripped out interiors designed to save weight, and the street-legal supercar is 154lbs lighter than the standard Gallardo. They also share a common transmission, which brings me to my next point.
The new Gallardo variant is slightly disappointing because it was initially confirmed to be driven solely by a six-speed manual gearbox. Road & Track previewed the car in April, and we found that if so equipped, it would be the last Italian supercar with a row-your-own shifter. The Squadra Corse appears to be that car, the final interpretation of the Gallardo, and the 570hp engine comes paired only with the now-familiar e-gear automated manual tranny. It is not a terrible system, but when the stick is confirmed by the Lamborghini of America COO, you come to expect it.
While the omission of a standard gearbox is a bit of a letdown, there are no indications that the Squadra Corse will be anything less than fantastic. There’s no getting around the age of the Lamborghini, but that doesn’t mean the SC will be dead on arrival, not by a long shot. The car, especially after the 2009 facelift, is still stunning on the road and is far less gaudy than the Aventador. All the racing bits will give the Squadra Corse a less reserved look than the base Gallardo, and the weight saving and power bump give the car impressive performance numbers to boot. 0-60mph takes only 3.4 seconds, and top speed is capped at the magic figure of 200mph.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Squadra Corse will officially debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. It will mark the final year of Gallardo production before a successor is announced.