LP570-4 Superleggera Lamborghini
This September The Auto Gallery held its Grand Opening celebration for their newest and most unique dealership. Situated in the luxury wing of the Westfield Topanga shopping center just north of L.A. in Canoga Park, Lamborghini North Los Angeles is the first dealership of its kind in the United States. Although the storefront cannot be viewed from the outside of the mall, the store sits among the likes of Neiman Marcus, Burberry, Cartier and other boutiques; meaning its unlikely to have any trouble attracting the right attention.
Also featured at the opening was Lamborghini’s new 2011 Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera. Engineered to be the most raw Gallardo yet, the new Lambo gets a 10-horse power increase over the previous LP560-4 model and weighs in at 200 pounds less due to extensive use of carbon fiber bodywork and alcantara upholstery. Also improved on the Superleggera is its 6-speed E-Gear transmission which features faster shift-times and shorter gear ratios for improved acceleration. COO Wolfgang Hoffmann of Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC explains, “The focus has shifted from huge horsepower numbers and top speeds that most owners will never reach, to making cars that handle better and accelerate faster over a useable range, through the use of lighter materials.”. It comes as no surprise that Lamborghini has recently partnered with aircraft maker, Boeing, one of the pioneers in carbon fiber technology.
Although intended to be the most racetrack-oriented Gallardo yet, the Superleggera’s improved suspension handles bumpy and uneven road surfaces better than any of its older siblings, and still incorporates a front-end lifting system to clear speed bumps. However, with one press of the “Corsa” button located on the center console the dampeners solidify and up-shifts from the E-Gear transmission become bone-jarring, in a very good way.
Owned and operated by Tony Schwartz, The Auto Gallery is among the most successful family of luxury dealerships in the L.A. area; featuring factory authorized stores for Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Audi, McLaren, and now Lamborghini. Tony (who races vintage cars all over the country in his free time) cites his passion for automobiles as the major driving force behind the success of the company.