Lamborghini unveils fastest Gallardo yet
This is the Lamborghini LP 570-4 Squadra Corse; due to be unveiled at this year's Frankfurt motor show.
Look past the rather clunky name, which is taken from Lamborghini's newly created racing division, and you'll find that this new Gallardo is the most powerful road legal version ever to emerge from the Sant'Agata factory.
It's fitted with the same 562bhp V10 engine as the Gallardo Super Trofeo racing car, with power being delivered to all four wheels via a six-speed robotised manual gearbox. It will do the 0-62mph sprint in 3.4 seconds and reach 124mph from a standstill in just 10.4 seconds. The top speed is 199mph.
However, as the Squadra Corse is a road car, it is doubtful that owners will be able to get near its performance potential. Should they wish to try, they'll be glad to know that it is fitted with carbon-ceramic brake discs as standard.
Much of the car's styling addenda is also lifted straight from the racing Gallardo, particularly the large rear wing, which Lamborghini claims generates three times as much downforce as the standard Gallardo LP 560-4 model.
Other racy details include heavily sculpted seats, quick-release bonnet catches and the extensive use of carbon-fibre, both inside and out.
Thanks to this use of carbon, as well as other weight saving measures, the Squadra Corse weighs a hefty 70kg less than the standard Gallardo.
Prices have yet to be confirmed, though customers will get a choice of four paint finishes: white, grey, yellow or red.
With an all-new Gallardo expected to be unveiled in 2014, the Squadra Corse is something of a last hurrah for the current model, which has been in production since 2003 and has become the best selling model ever to wear the raging bull emblem.