2013 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4/LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica
With an all-new Gallardo still a year or so off, Lamborghini showed revised versions of both its LP 560-4 and hotter LP 570-4 variants at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Both of these V10-powered all-wheel-drive supercars are due to arrive in showrooms in late fall. The most pronounced change is seen on the 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo L560-4. It receives subtle nose and tail modifications with the revamps on both ends embracing the firm's signature triangle and trapezoid forms but in even bolder configurations divided by body color and black. Both its front air intakes and rear cooling outlets for the unchanged 5.2-liter/553-horse have been enlarged for the new season, and each fenderwell is now filled with a new wheel/tire package that wraps sticky performance rubber around new 19-inch "Apollo" light-alloy rims that feature a matte-black main finish and machined spokes in polished silver. Also joining the option mix is a new Style Package that nets high-gloss black paintwork on the underside of the front spoiler, front/rear grille inserts and the transverse rear-trim valence element.
At the top of the Gallardo range, the otherwise unchanged LP 570-4 does gain a new Edizione Tecnica option. Available on both the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera coupe and the open-air Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, the Edizione Tecnica kit gives each an even more focused appearance along with enhanced performance. Featuring three unique color combinations -- Nero Nemesis (matte black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matte white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes - the Edizione Tecnica cars also come with a fixed high rear wing. On the functional front, the Edizione Tecnica brings standard carbon-ceramic brakes that both reduce weight and enhance stopping power. Like the LP 560-4, the LP 570-4's 5.2-liter V10 nestled amidships carries forward unchanged and here continues to make 562 horsepower.
Elsewhere in the Lambo lineup, the rear-drive Gallardo LP 550-2 in Coupe and Spyder hit the new year as carryovers. While the LP 570-4 Trofeo Stradale rolls off into the sunset the raging 691-horse V12-powered Aventador adds Start-Stop technology, cylinder deactivation and a slightly more civilized suspension tune.