Asking a car guy about their dream car is always a risky proposition. Some may gravitate towards one particular model without hesitation but most of us will only respond with questions. What era? What country of origin? What price range? It’s a complex topic. One thing is for sure though – start asking about European cars and you’ll eventually end up talking about Lamborghinis. When it comes to blending speed, exclusivity, and pure one-upmanship, few cars do it better. This 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is an uncompromisingly high-performance car that, thanks to an impressive list of options stickered at $261,965 new. Meticulously maintained and driven just 6,925 miles, this track star is barely broken in and ready for more. If you’re ready to bring home a fantasy car for a fraction of the sticker price, this Gallardo Superleggera is a perfect option.
While most Lamborghinis are infinitely customizable, this Superleggera maintains its focus with a limited list of options. Thankfully, the original buyer (a senior manager at Google) opted for all the good ones:
* CCB/Black Calipers
* Navigation System
* Standard Seats
* Floor Mats
* Lifting System
* Prep. Track Tubular Frame
* Rear Wing
* Leather Roof Lining
* Anti-theft System
* Tire Pressure Warning Lights
* Carbon Package
* Rear View Camera
As far as looks - you better be an extrovert or an introvert with a strong desire to change if you’re going to bring this Superleggera home. It grabs attention and starts conversations wherever it’s driven. That appeal starts with the classic wedge shape of the car but is elevated by the impressive Arancio Borealis paint. That’s Lamborghini’s term for the enigmatic shade of orange that adorns the car’s lightweight panels. Just 46 were produced in this hue during the model year but the color is an absolute show stopper. If you’re familiar with the company, you already know these cars are hand prepped and painted in Mirandola, roughly 35 miles north of the Lamborghini factory in Sant''Agata Bolognese. It’s a 200+ hour process and, judging by this car, worth every minute. The paintwork practically glows and fitment is perfect – exactly what you would expect from a car this close to the $300k mark.
The Superleggera name translates to “super light” so obviously weight saving was a major concern. All told, Lamborghini engineers freed the car of roughly 150lbs – no small feat when starting with an already weight-sensitive supercar. On the outside of the car, that equates to carbon fiber rear view mirrors, side sills, and a dramatic rear diffuser. The windows were a consideration as well with a lighter windshield and a polycarbonate window over the engine bay. Of course, there were a few stylistic pieces added as well to further distinguish the car from its less aggressive sibling. At the sides, a tasteful black stripe extends from the front wheel well, flowing into a side vent. At the back of the car, an optional fixed carbon fiber spoiler assists with downforce while, below, dark rear taillights mix with that diffuser to create a sinister rear view.
A lot of cars are immediately recognizable by visual cues but how many can you recognize by sound alone? It’s a list that Lamborghini tops, thanks in part to inspired power plants like this 5.0L V10. It’s fundamentally the same engine found in regular Gallardos but Lamborghini engineers freed some extra power, bringing overall numbers to 523 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque. The change came from updates to the engine software, the addition of a larger intake manifold, and a revised exhaust system. Coupled with the weight savings measures, those improvements are good for some impressive numbers like a 3.5-second 0-60, 7.9-second 0-100, and a downright fast 11.7-second quarter mile. While a standard manual transmission was offered as a no cost option, this Superleggera left the factory with 6-speed E-Gear setup which lets the driver control how much input they have over shifts. Automatic mode automates the process, Normal lets drivers shift but takes care of downshifts at cruising speed, and Sport mode offers full control with a noticeably quicker response time and higher rev limit. It’s the best of all worlds, offering comfortable commutes and white knuckle weekends at the track through one convenient package.
Underneath the car, a carbon fiber underbody panel conceals even more technologically forward components. The main feature is a permanent four-wheel drive system which distributes power between the front and rear wheels according to throttle input. Stab the throttle and 80% goes to the back tires, while a lighter foot equals more even distribution. Step on the other pedal and you’ll encounter the carbon ceramic brakes with black 8-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers – a $15,600 option for these cars that not only offers neck-snapping stops but an improved look behind the wheels. Those brakes pair with power steering and a double wishbone front and rear suspension for unrivaled handling on the track. The low-slung supercar also comes equipped with a hydraulic lift system for the front end so you won’t have to worry about clearing obstacles like road bumps or steep driveways. Lamborghini offered only one wheel option for the Super G – a titanium colored 19-inch piece they call “Scorpius”. Wrapped in Pirelli 235/35ZR19 front and 295/30ZR19 rear tires, they complete the car with a functional dose of style.
No matter how many times you crawl into a Lamborghini, there’s always a sense of excitement. The Super G takes that energy even further with a lightened and track friendly Nero Perseus interior. The majority of the car’s weight savings can be attributed to the modifications to the cabin and all of them are on display. For starters, the regular bucket seats were swapped for units with carbon fiber frames, dressed in black Alcantara with a small orange pattern and “Superleggera” script to complement the exterior. Shut the door and you’ll notice the inner door panels are also constructed from carbon fiber while the optional carbon package carries the material onto the center console and emergency brake handle. The headliner and dash are both wrapped in Alcantara with plenty of orange stitching, while the steering wheel and instrument bezel round out the carbon fiber trim. Exotic materials aside, it’s a comfortable and functional space that virtually anyone could feel at home in. There’s no exotic starting procedure and amenities like air conditioning and the AM/FM/CD/SD head unit with navigation and a back-up camera add some familiar touches to track-born space.
This Lamborghini is new in practically every way and even comes with its original papers. The sale includes the car’s window sticker, leather-clad owner’s manual, a branded battery tender, and a matching canvas bag. There’s also a second key fob but you’ll have to take that to the dealership for activation before using it.
Lamborghinis are hand-built masterpieces and the Superleggera is certainly a worthy addition. The company made just 172 of these cars between 2007 and 2008, so opportunities to own examples like this Arancio Borealis ’08 are slim. Driven just 6,925 miles, the car has been operated enough to keep all its vitals in good shape and the combination of the 523hp V10 and the six-speed E-Gear system is guaranteed to keep you entertained for years to come. If you’ve tried the rest and are ready to commit to an uncompromising thrill machine rooted in a rich high-performance history, don’t miss the chance to make this 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera yours today!