Yes, a special edition of our own. Eminent Century Sdn Bhd, the official Malaysian importer of Lamborghini cars, and JH Italia Sdn Bhd, the sole dealer, unveiled the Lamborghini Gallardo Malaysia Limited Edition (MLE) this morning in KL.
The Gallardo MLE is the fruit of a year-long collaboration between Lamborghini KL and Automobili Lamborghini SpA, and only 20 units will be made available for Malaysia.
The MLE is based on the rear-wheel drive Gallardo LP550-2, but sports Superleggera 570-4 enhancements. So in other words, buyers will get the desirable “hardcore” looks of the lightweight special, without the accompanying stripped out cabin. The LP550-2’s V10 engine has 550 hp and 540 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 320 km/h.
“A Gallardo that has the exciting exterior attributes of the Superleggera but with the interior comforts of the standard Gallardo,” explains Chut Nyak Isham, chairman of Lamborghini KL.
Unique to the Gallardo MLE is the incorporation of the Superleggera body kit, comprising an aggressive front bumper, carbon side skirts, titanium exhaust tips (four of them) and a carbon fibre rear diffuser.
The interior is a combination of smooth leather and alcantara. Three colours are available – Blanco Monocerus (solid white), Verde Ithaca (pearl green) and Arancio Borealis (pearl orange).
I was searching long and hard for an interior plaque before a Lambo staff pointed me to it. No, it’s nowhere near the centre stack but where the window sill meets the B-pillar.
No 1 to 20 numbering here – all 20 cars will get the same “Limited Edition 20″ plaque. This is to avoid unpopular numbers and “fighting” for popular numbers. Makes sense.
The Lamborghini Gallardo Malaysia Limited Edition is priced at RM868,000 before duties, road tax and insurance. The on-the-road price however, is RM1,680,000. All cars come with a three-year factory warranty, unlike grey imports.