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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Story by Jason Husman
Today we participated in the Ultimate Lamborghini Experience at Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) in Fontana, CA. The event was sponsored by Lamborghini of Beverly Hills and Al & Ed's Autosound. The dealership provided three Gallardo's and the car audio guys brought a variety of modified vehicles for show.

Again, we decided to spend the night closer to the race track so we didn't have to get up as early to drive there by 8:00 am. The day started off with a catered breakfast and a mandatory 30 minute racing technical class. Immediately after the training, we were given helmets for the day (and to keep!) and were put into a group.

Basically I was given two opportunities to drive a Gallardo Supperleggera around the 2.8 mile, 21 turn, auto competition road course. I was also able to take my 2007 Vantage and a Smart car around the track for a number of laps. The Lamborghini was definitely the quickest car of the three.

I enjoyed driving the Aston Martin and didn't have any problem following the Lamborghinis around the track. Many of the other owners were not seasoned drivers and were probably shocked that I was keeping up! The Smart car was just a silly car for the track.

Every time I got into a car and went on the track, one of the many celebrity racing instructors rode as passenger and instructor. My instructor for the day was V.J. Merzayan, a seasoned Grand Am driver who also set multiple club track records. It was very helpful to have expert advice around every corner. After each lap I was always improving my times and technique.

The other celebrity drivers included Tony Adamowicz (Tony A2Z), Al Unser III, Kim Brower, Steve Walsh, David Mecey, Darren Young, Jonathan Lawson, Troy Mueller (Rowland) and Flynn Baglin.

One of the highlights of the day was the unveiling of the brand new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. There were plenty of reporters present including Motor Trend, Road & Track and Los Angeles KNBC Channel 4 doing a short for their television show Whipnotic.
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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Monday, April 28, 2008
Story by Jason Husman
Lamborghini of Beverly Hills offered me the Superleggera on Monday. Of course I didn't turn them down. We ended up driving around Los Angeles for nearly two hours. JoAnn and I picked up the car and went west to Malibu along the PCH. We managed to get up one curvy mountain road and come back down another. At one point, we went through a tunnel, where I nearly caused some hearing damage by mashing the accelerator. The car is extremely loud even when stock.

JoAnn took her turn driving the Lamborghini! Although she wanted a pillow to help boost her height, she was more than capable of handling the car. She managed to floor the accelerator a few times and laughed as if on a rollercoaster!

Here are some Gallardo LP560/4 pricing specs so far. Base price is $198,000. Available options include E-gear ($10,000), dark rear tail lights ($325), transparent engine bonnet ($4,235), colored brake calipers ($850), carbon ceramic brakes ($15,600), electric & heated seats ($3,630), heated seats ($600), bluetooth ($900), premium audio system ($2,080), navigation system ($2,600), rear view camera ($2,600), complete luggage set ($7,800) and leather steering wheel ($650). Freight options are sea ($2,000) or air ($6,502).
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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Story by Jason Husman
Today was the semi-annual Lamborghini owner's run in Los Angeles. The day started at the LA Lamborghini service center location. A quick breakfast, oil check and a little drama. One owner misjudged a curb and high centered his Countach. That was quickly remedied with about five guys lifting the front of the car while the owner reversed his car.

Our route was fairly straight forward. First we jumped onto the 405 north, then met up with the 5 north and eventually turned west on the 126. A few miles down the 126 we took a gas and bathroom break. Just before the stop, we caught the attention of the CHP. While taking our midway break, we saw a few CHP roll through the gas station. Luckily, we never saw them again. There was only one all woman car in the mix and I just had to take their picture!

After the break we headed west to Fillmore and then south on the 23. Eventually we ended up in the hills above Malibu on Decker Canyon Road. Once we reached PCH, we went south and ran into the 10 east. The last stop was the dealership for a decent Italian brunch. JoAnn met me, we had some grub and we took another 20 minute test drive in the Superleggera. She also approved the Gallardo! So...

I ordered a 2010 Gallardo LP560/4! Woo Hoo!

Here are some performance stats on the Gallardo. The standard Gallardo has 520hp, weighs 1430kg (dry), has a top speed of 196 mp/h and hits 100 km/h (62 mp/h) in 3.95 seconds. The Gallardo Superleggera has 530hp, weighs 1330kg, has a top speed of 196 mp/h and and hits 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. The new Gallardo 560/4 has 560hp, weighs 1500kg, has a top speed of 202 mp/h and and hits 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds!
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