Performance parallel to none - Lamborghini Gallardo Permofante LP 570-Spyder

This year’s Standard Bank Namibia Auto Show took place on the 6th and 7th of July. The event took place at the SKW Sport Fields and this year’s event was in partnership with “Biltong Fees” a repeat of last year’s event and yet again, it did not disappoint.

The show was graced with an array of “super” vehicles and bikes in its lineup and inclusive in that lineup was the all-new 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Perfomante LP570-4 Spyder, which attracted a large number of admirers as it was the star attraction at the show.

A number of motor dealers and exhibitors had a great opportunity to showcase some of the most coveted and sought-after cars in the world; even some retro-type cars were on display.

A high-end competitor that made its presence felt was the DV8 Bentley Coupe, which unfortunately was totally overshadowed by the Lamborghini Gallardo, which literally out-classed all of them in all aspects of the term ‘class’.

Appearance:
At first glance, this topless aggressive looking vehicle, which roughly weighs 165kgs lighter than the normal model, catches your eye with its portable outlook.

The “Lambo”, as it has come to be known, does not need to defy gravity as it is already so close to the ground and it stands a height of approximately 1166mm, which converted comes to 45.9inches (really close to the ground).

The Performante, which is made out of aluminum body shell is lighter, quicker and a more focused variant of the “standard” Spyder.

Designed to only accommodate two individuals in its very spacious cockpit, it only seems to be a ‘girlfriend and boyfriend’ type of car, which is one of its downfalls in the eyes of a modern Namibian family that prefers a spacious boot for travelling to the coast or to a local vacation spot. But yet again, this is the open-air car that is was designed for pure pleasure and for the young at heart; some even call it the “selfish car”.

The interior, the centre tunnel cover, the door panels and the surrounding area of the e-gear automated manual transmission lever are all made from carbon fiber. The sports seats in the cockpit are covered in Alcantra and not your usual and common leather.

Engine and performance:
The LP, which stands for “longitudinal posterior” basically refers to the V10 engine, which is mounted longitudinally behind the driver and this is one feature that differentiates a “Lambo” from any other model of car. As for the 570, it basically refers to the maximum horse power output, which amounts to 8000rpm (talk about power in a small bodied vehicle).

After a brief trial and a start of the engine, this machine actually roars unlike your ordinary vehicle, clearly showing its torque power.

With an engine like that, this makes it one of the most quickest convertibles on the market and this has been proven by its take-off power as it can accelerate from 0-100km/hr in only 3.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 340km. With a speed like that, this vehicle has to have a precise handling feature, which it does possess. This, by far, is a very dangerous speed on the Namibia roads for this four-wheel drive aggressive car.

Although there are records of Namibian individuals owning this car, most of the service and maintenance is conducted in South Africa and this specific one had to be imported from South Africa because at the moment, Namibian dealers do not have any in their showrooms.

It’s very expensive to drive this vehicle from South Africa by road and not your average person can do that, so said sales people at the show, revealing how this machine is not for your average Joe.

Price Tag:
The Lamborghini Gallardo Permofante LP 570-Spyder is pegged at a whooping N$4.1m, which with no doubt, takes a huge chunk out of any individual’s pocket and trust me, one will feel the pinch. This car is not for the average Namibian individual but then again, not everyone is average - there are individuals who have a need for speed and this machine falls under that criteria. PF