Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, what a mouthful! Essentially, this LA show star is a lightweight, higher performance version of the Gallardo Spyder. Based on the LP 560-4 Spyder, Performante is the topless equivalent of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera.

The “570” in the name denotes the higher horsepower count, which is 10 stallions more than in the 560. This rise is attributed to a “new dedicated engine management strategy”. Lambo’s 5.2-litre direct injection V10 engine pushes the Performante from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds on to a top speed of 324 km/h. Drive goes to all wheels (30:70 ratio) via a six-speed e-gear transmission with shift paddles.

Carbonfibre parts are responsible for around 40% of the 65 kg saved over the standard Spyder. The large panel covering the soft top and engine, rear spoiler, sills, diffuser, parts of the underbody panel and wing mirror casings are crafted from CF.

Inside, Lambo used CF for the centre tunnel cover, door panels and the gear lever surround, but the biggest savings are from the shells of the sport seats. Alcantara is lighter than leather, and it’s used on the seats. The super light 19-inch wheels are identical to those on the Superleggera. With titanium bearings and bolts, they save 13 kg. The Performante still comes with air con and electric windows, though.

The result? 1,485 kg. Other changes include a reprofiled front bumper that optimises cooling and improves downforce on the front axle. Mods to the underbody, new sill elements and a redesigned diffuser also help to achieve better aerodynamics.

Gallery after the jump.

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