Just a couple days ago GoodCarBadCar.net began hosting a video in which evo‘s Chris Harris test drove the very wonderful, very expensive Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. The Good Car Guy even made mention of the Superleggerawhen discussing the Ford Focus RS500 yesterday.
Now, finally, GoodCarBadCar.net has a photo Gallery to enjoy, as well, seen after the jump. The details on this special V10-engined Lamborghini Gallardo are spelled out in the earlier post. Lamborghini’s greatest feat may have been the institution and execution of the Gallardo’s diet. The Superleggera weighs just 2,954 pounds. And so it should be: Superleggera means “superlight”. With enough horsepower to make a gigantic SUV seem unbelievably fast, one can safely assume the Gallardo Superleggera‘s capabalities in a straight line are astounding. However, this Lamborghini’s sublimity brings attention to a real problem in the current Marketplace.
Mid-engined vehicles are, more often than not, of the supercar variety. Time was a Toyota MR2 Spyder, ugly as just about anything on the road, showed mid-engine handling dynamics to a completely new demographic. But for the most part, mid-engine placement is for Lamborghini, Ferrari, Pagani, Koenigsegg, and Bugatti.
Great though this Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera may be, its connection to the real world is as barely there as a SoCal beach bikini. This is like discussing the trickle-down effect Formula 1 has in modern times. And it’s not meant in derision of the Superleggera. Oh no, the Gallardo Superleggera is a-w-e-s-o-m-e. Yet the least expensive mid-engine vehicles available in America today are the Lotus Elise $47,250 and the Porsche Boxster ($47,600). Both are favourites of The Good Car Guy. Both are twice the price of a well-equipped Mazda MX-5 Miata.
Where’s the Miata’s competition? The mid-engined Toyota MR2 Spyder didn’t fail because it was mid-engined but because of its absolute lack of storage capacity and its poor styling. Then the front-engined Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky disappeared with their brands. It’s time somebody stepped up to the plate with a verifiable sports car rival for the Mazda MX-5 Miata. As good as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera is, I’m certain they won’t be selling any for $21,000.