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Some purists will balk at the idea of the Gallardo Superleggera’s lightweight components being used on a model with the compromises of a convertible, but we’d bet ever dollar hidden in the kilometer breakroom couch that Lamborghini will have absolutely no problem selling each and every Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante it builds.
Like the Superleggera, the Performante makes extensive use of CFRP, or Carbon FIber Reinforced Plastic, to shed a bunch of weight in the name of performance. The total drop adds up to 143 pounds, meaning this is a 3274-pound Spyder. That’s pretty good here in 2010. The direct-injection 5.2-liter V10 produces 570 horsepower and pulling along fewer pounds, rockets the car to 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 201 mph.
Other than the lack of a top, the Performante looks basically the same as a Superleggera, with special body enhancements at all edges and a special set of wheels just for this model. Inside, Alcantara dominates. But our favorite touch? That has to be the tri-colore markings along the engine cover. Only the Italians.