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by Jay Traugott
If this is the final edition of the Gallardo, then it's a hell of a way to go out.
Just yesterday some spy images
appeared showing a mystery Lamborghini Gallardo out testing. Today, however, that mystery has been solved. Introducing the new all-wheel drive LP 570-4 Squadra Corsa, which will have its official live debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. It’s nearly mechanically identical to the LP 570-4 Super Trofeo race car, only that it’s fully street legal. It may just be the greatest Gallardo ever built.
It shares many key components with the Gallardo Superleggera, such as the 5.2-liter V10 that pumps out 570 horsepower, that big carbon fiber rear wing and the removable engine hood. The sole (read: no six-speed manual will be available) transmission is the familiar e-gear six-speed auto with paddle shifters. All told, the Squadra Corse weighs 2,954 lbs., which is 154 lbs. less than the standard LP560-4. Other features include carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber bucket seats with Alcantara center inserts, and Alcantara covering the underside of the dashboard. Overall, the car has a minimalist interior feel.
Additional weight was also saved thanks to even more carbon fiber bits such as the door panels, center console cover, handbrake frame and the lower portion of the steering wheel. Performance, as expected, is quite something. It’ll go from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds, to 124 mph in 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. Named after Lamborghini’s new motorsport division, the Squadra Corse will likely be the final Gallardo. And if that’s the case, it’s a fitting farewell to the Gallardo lineup. Pricing and a production number will be announced later.