New Car: 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale


We’d like to imagine that when it came time pick a shade of red for the new Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale, Lamborghini asked a wise, old pigment specialist, “Which is the reddest of the reds, signore?” To which he replied, “Rosso Mars, it is the reddest.” And yes, it is true.

Slathered with the hue is an equally extreme edition of the Gallardo. (Gray and white are offered for unassuming Lamborghini buyers, although we aren’t sure such people exist in nature.) As the name implies, this car essentially is a roadgoing version of the car that races in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, a single-marque series in Europe. The rear spoiler, which Lamborghini itself describes as “enormous,” is taken directly from the racing version and delivers three times the downforce of a standard Gallardo, helping cornering and high-speed stability. It’s made of carbon-fiber, as is the quick-release engine cover that’s also boosted straight off the track car. Other bare carbon bits include the rocker-panel covers, the rear diffuser, and the side-mirror housings. Along with extensive use of aluminum and lightweight 19-inch wheels, the carbon-fiber addenda help shave more than 150 pounds, dropping the Stradale’s weight to around 3350 pounds.

The V-10 hiding behind the seats has now gone full circle. It started life in the Gallardo Superleggera street car and was passed virtually unchanged to the Super Trofeo racer. As a result, Lamborghini can easily say this new model has a racing engine, even though it really just has the one from the Superleggera. Not that we’re criticizing that move—the 570-hp screamer peaks at 8000 rpm, delivering a 0-to-62-mph time of 3.4 seconds and doubling that speed in 10.4 on its way to a terminal velocity of 199 mph. (As with all Lamborghini acceleration estimates, you can bet on those being fairly conservative.)

Thanks to: Car and Driver


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