Lamborghini’s limited road version of the car that races in Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo
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.
Like nearly every Lamborghini sold today, each of the 150 Super Trofeos sold will feature all-wheel drive and an e-gear single-clutch automated manual transmission. In the company’s defense, the race cars shift gears for themselves, too. And because Italians are suggestive and can’t call something “launch control” like everyone else, the Super Trofeo’s system is called “Thrust Mode.” It aims to deliver maximum acceleration with a clutch dump at 5000 rpm. Speed is scrubbed by eight-piston front brake calipers and four-piston rears, with ventilated cast-iron discs as standard and carbon-ceramic discs as an option.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.)
Is the LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale our favorite of the countless special-edition Gallardos? That’s tough to say, given the existence of the rear-drive, manual-transmission Valentino Balboni, but we will say that it’s definitely the reddest—and that we can’t wait to drive one.Rosso Mars returns as the dye color for the Alcantara that covers much of the Super Trofeo’s interior. Contrasting black material with red stitching covers the dash top and runs along the sides of the seat, while the steering wheel is wrapped with real suede with red stitching. Anyone who didn’t get their fill of carbon on the exterior can request optional pieces to replace the standard handbrake arm, the center console cover, the lower rim of the steering wheel, the IP frame, and the handles for the doors and glove box. Lamborghini also offers a tubular roll cage, a fire extinguisher, and four-point harnesses for racing types, as well as navigation, Bluetooth, and a lift system for the front end to aid in traversing speed bumps and the like.