Making the Gallardo better sounds like a real challenge, but Lamborghini managed to shed 154 pounds and increase the horsepower a bit for the Superleggera.
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The angular front intakes give the Superleggera a stealth-fighter look.
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With a wheelbase of about 8 feet, 4 inches, the Superleggera is ready for quick cornering.
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Ceramic brakes are an expensive option, but they resist fade during lap after hot lap.
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The Superleggera's all-wheel drive biases 70 percent torque toward the rear.
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One of the carbon fiber components is this rear wing. The rear engine cover is also made of polycarbonate instead of glass for more weight reduction.
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This 5.2-liter direct-injection V-10 produces 570 horsepower and 393 pound-feet of torque. The bias toward more horsepower is an attribute of race cars.
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Two big pipes come out of each side at the rear of the car.
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The sport seats have carbon fiber shells, and the only adjustment is back and forth.
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Instead of a console-mounted shifter, the six-speed sequential gearbox requires the steering-column-mounted paddles for manual shifting.
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These buttons control the car's drive mode and toggle the transmission between manual and automatic.
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With its compact font, the speedometer is not easy to read. However, the tachometer matters more.
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The Leggera showed immensely fast acceleration, 3.4 seconds to 60 mph, according to Lamborghini.
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Cornering on this damp track easily led to slides in the Leggera.
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