Frankfurt 2011: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

Frankfurt 2011: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale

Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale – it’s a bit of a mouthful isn’t it? But the simplest way of describing Lamborghini’s new variant is by telling you this is the most extreme Gallardo ever.

This new and most extreme Gallardo is based on the successful race car from the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, the world’s fastest single-make series, and will be produced in a limited run of 150 numbered units.

There are many similarities between the racing and road versions such as the V10 powerplant. Like the Super Trofeo competition version, the new Super Trofeo Stradale is based technically on the Gallardo Superleggera. The V10 powerplant generates 562 bhp at 8000 RPM. The maximum torque is equally impressive, with the torque curve peaking at 540 Nm at 6500 RPM. But it’s not just the performance which is impressive, Lamborghini have gone to the trouble of ‘tuning’ the V10’s firing order to deliver the same spine-tingling sound you hear in the Super Trofeo motor racing series.

Like the race car, the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale uses the robotized e-gear six-speed transmission controlled by steering wheel paddles. This electronically controlled system shifts smoothly through its six gears and for maximum acceleration from a standing start, the transmission can be set to the “Thrust Mode” – a program that allows it to reach the best performance possible executing a racing start with minimal tyre slippage at a set-off engine speed of approximately 5000 rpm.

Lamborghini's V10 engine in the Super Trofeo Stradale

Four-wheel drive is still the order of the day, whilst the layout of the suspension is directly derived from motor racing, Lamborghini say that no other model in the Gallardo line-up is as close to being a true race car. Another great feature is the ultra-lightweight 19-inch wheels, which alone save some 13 kilograms. The lightweight and sturdy wheel bearings and bolts are made from titanium and high performance Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres are footwear of choice.

Eight-piston aluminium callipers are standard wear (with 4-piston on the rear), but on request Lamborghini will install a carbon-ceramic brake system with carbon-ceramic discs measuring 380 mm at the front (up from 365 mm for the standard aluminium discs) and 356 mm for the rear wheels.

Generous use of carbon fibre enales the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale to boast a dry weight of 1340 kg. That’s 70 kg less than the already lean Gallardo LP 560-4, and gives the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale a power-to-weight ratio of 419 bhp/tonne. Performance is suitably supercar-quick with a 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and 125 mph in just 13.8 seconds. Maximum speed is a cool 200 mph (320 Km/h).

The Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale sports a brand new “Rosso Mars” paint finish that underscores the special connection between ultimate race track performance and Lamborghini’s “Italian-ness”. The “Rosso Mars” colour symbolises Italy’s traditional racing red with a modern 21st century touch.

In contrast to the “Rosso Mars” finish Matte Black is used on the large rear spoiler, the engine hood and the front air intakes. The forged wheels are painted in high-gloss black, a colour that is also available on the roof as an option. The rocker panel covers, impressive rear diffuser and outside mirror housings are also made of carbon fibre polished to a high gloss, while the brake callipers are accented in red for the first time on a Lamborghini.

Besides the historically suggestive “Rosso Mars”, the new Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is also available upon request in “Grigio Telesto” or “Bianco Monocerus” with the roof available in gloss black as an option.

Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale - Interior

Inside, Lamborghini have used more carbon fibre and continued the contrasting red/black theme. Alcantara is the dominant upholstery material – in “Rosso Mars” on the underside of the dashboard, the central part of the seat cushion and the backrest combined with extremely lightweight carbon fibre.

Black Alcantara with contrasting red top-stitching is used to finish the other parts of the interior, whilst the steering wheel is upholstered in black suede also with red top-stitching. The door panels, the monocoque racing seats and the center console are all covered with carbon fibre, whilst discreet sporty accents are provided by dark chromed metal.

With such a strong racing connection, Lamborghini are also offering the LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale with a tubular interior roll cage, 4-point safety belts and a fire extinguisher. However if you’ve buying one for ‘show’ more so than ‘go’, you can still equip it with satellite navigation, a Bluetooth connection for mobile phones, an anti-theft system, and a front-axle lifting system for those annoying speed bumps and parking garages.

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