There’s one time each year when no grown man worries about walking around wearing or driving something pink and that is during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Even in the NFL, grown men are beating the hell out of each other rocking pink gloves, socks, or other random pink things.
Well, the equivalent of strapping in a pink mouthpiece in the automotive industry is tossing a coat of pink on your car. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, TopSpeed is checking out all of the pink cars we have seen in recent years and laying them out for you, top-10 style.
In this contest, we need to look into the dedication of the pink coloring (real or wrap), the overall car coolness factor, and, of course, its raw power. Fortunately for us, driving a pink supercar is nothing out of the ordinary, so we have tons of entrants to choose from. If we skipped one of your favorites, let us know in the comments section.
Click past the jump to start our top-10 countdown to the best pink car of 2012.
Just days after Heffner Performance launched their package for the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera to an 8.72 second quarter mile at 169 mph, Underground Racing is answering back with a Superleggera package of their own. The difference? Underground Racing’s Gallardo has made Heffner Performance’s quarter mile record time a distant and short-lived memory. The Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera by Underground Racing ran the quarter mile in 8.35 seconds at a speed of 181 mph.
The new Gallardo Superleggera package was specially developed for a customer who gave Underground Racing the following guidelines: "Do anything you want to it! As long as it drives like a street car and is the baddest Gallardo on the planet."
As a result of the not-so-strict guidelines, the Gallardo Superleggera by Underground Racing received a Stage 3 engine upgrade for its 5.2L V10 engine, "Quiet" Helix Billet 1st - 6th gear set and final drive gears, and a full "factory synchronized" transmission that uses all of the OEM E-Gear operating system. These additions gave way to a monstrous 1,750+ WHP (1,100 on pump gas), all while maintaining its street-legal status. The only other added feature is the new set of 18" wheels from HRE, but who really cares when you’re talking about a Gallardo Superleggera that produces that much giddy-up?
Heffner isn’t one of our favorite tuners because it’s in our home state; its builders also turn out some of the most bad-ass cars on the planet. The latest supercar to turn hypercar after leaving Heffner’s shop is a 2008 Gallardo Superleggera.
Yeah, the Gallardo is a bad-ass car as is, pumping out 523 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0-liter V-10 engine. This is enough to get this beast to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. Just four years later, that 3.7-second time now looks like an eternity, so Heffner decided it was time to up the Superleggera’s output.
What exactly Heffner do to this 2008 Gallardo is unknown, but we have emailed them to try and get a little clarity on what performance items they have installed. We do know this much; the car features a pair of turbochargers and a fully customized exhaust system. The interior is 100 percent intact, as is its air-conditioning system.
Even at its stock weight, this Gallardo Superleggera was able to run an impressive 8.72 seconds in the quarter mile at 169 mph. As hard as it is to believe, this is the first ever 8-second Gallardo in recorded history, according to Heffner. To make it worth our while, Heffner even recorded it running the quarter-mile strip.
Make sure to crank up your speakers, as this Lambo makes one awesome symphony of noises.
Special features on the new Edizione Tecnica include a fixed high rear wing and new brakes in carbon-ceramic technology. These two new elements help the car deliver an impressive power to weight ratio of just 2.35, one of the best references in the segment.
The new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica can be ordered in three exclusive color combinations: Nero Nemesis (matte black) body with Arancio Argos (orange) pillars and front air intakes, Bianco Canopus (matte white) body with Arancio Argos pillars and front air intakes, and Arancio Argos body with Nero Nemesis pillars and front air intakes.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Edizione Tecnica will go on sale in November 2012. Prices will be announced at a later date.
After several days of teasing us with what looked to be an all-new Gallardo, Lamborghini has decided to lift the veil off of this beast and give us a look at it. This all-new Lambo, dubbed the Gallardo LP 560-4, made its debut in Paris alongside its slightly upgraded counterpart, the Gallardo 570-4 Edizione Technica.
Overall, the Gallardo’s body will remain intact from last year’s model, but Lambo will be making mild additions to the already sexy body. The real question remains whether Lamborghini actually improved upon its entry-level – if you can really call any Lamborghini an “entry-level car – supercar’s already popular appearance, or were these changes simply unnecessary and counterproductive.
Now with all of the information in hand, we can offer you our full review of this all-new Gallardo and allow you to make an educated decision on it.
A while ago, we reported that Lamborghini was preparing to bid adieu to the current Gallardo supercar with one last special edition that will be unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Today, with just a few hours before the show’s official launch, the Italian company has dropped a teaser video for this new Gallardo.
The video doesn’t show much about the new car, but it does feature a "Gallardo" logo towards the end. Then there’s the official description of the video which states "#nova is unveiling at Paris Motor Show 2012: September 27th - 9:00 am CET What’s next?"
The word "Nova" sticks out like sore thumb in that description. The Italian word for "new" is "nuovo," so it can’t be describing the new Gallardo as many of us expected. "Nova’ is the Portuguese word for "new," but we just don’t see Lamborghini going all Portuguese on us. The logical assumption would be that Lamborghini is preparing to unveil another special edition model, which is what the guys over at LamboCars.com think. In fact, they have created a rendering of said "Nova" model, or could this be a leaked image? They state that the model teased in the video is the final edition in the Gallardo lineup. Their keen eyes noticed a Superleggera style wheel, carbon fiber exterior rear view mirrors, and a Gallardo seat. Bottom line: This may just be a special edition Gallardo that delivers more power than the LP560-4.
Guess we’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to get the official information on this mysterious Gallardo Nova!
From the land where bigger is always the norm, comes a tuning company that isn’t afraid to take one of their tuning packages and improve on it...again and again. Dallas Performance out of Texas began their quest with the Lamborghini Gallardo with one upgrade package that took the standard 520 HP to a whopping 650 HP. This was done with the addition of a twin turbo setup, but other items proceeded to be thrown into the mix for a total of four tuning packages and a whole lot of horsepower.
Stage One took the Gallardo to 650 whp with 93 Octane Fuel and 800+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel with the added turbochargers. Stage Two brings back the turbochargers, but adds forged engine internals for a total of 800+ whp with 93 Octane Fuel or 1050+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel. The highly modified engine of Stage Three brings the horsepower up to 1000 whp with 93 Octane or 1200+ whp with E85 or VP C16 Race Fuel, while Stage 3R replaces the standard V10 with a race-spec engine for a total of 1000 whp with 93 Octane or 1400+ whp with VP C16 Race Fuel.
Preparations for the vehicle are also made with the options provided by Dallas Performance. Aside from the cost of the engine upgrades, which start at $34,900 and go to $95,000 before settling at "inquire for pricing," the tuning firm will also provide accessories to help the vehicle run smoother with the added boost. The company offers a high flow sport exhaust system, cat delete pipes, a high flow air inlet system, ECU custom mapping/dyno tuning, and an E85 fuel conversion (includes mapping) which adds 40whp.
Hit the jump for a list of the packages, as well as detailed pricing.
While everyone is waiting for the final edition Gallardo, Lamborghini has decided to offer its faithful Chinese customers a new special edition called the Gallardo LP550-2 GZ8 Edizione Limitata. The name is quite a mouthful, but it has a purpose. The GZ stands for Guangzou, while the number 8 indicates the number of units that will be built. The downside to this special edition is the price tag usually associated with a limited special edition; all eight customers will have to fork over 4 million Yuan (or about $600,000 at the current rates) to park this baby in their garages.
For that kind of money, they’ll get a very special set of orange wheels and a carbon fiber rear wing, matte black engine cover, and glossy black roof borrowed from the Super Trofeo Stradale Edition. The package continues with carbon fiber exterior rear view mirrors, carbon fiber side skirts, special black and orange striping in the Superleggera style on the side, and a new front bumper. Since this is a special edition, there will be "’GZ8 Edizione Limitata" logo on the outside of the super car, as well as aGZ8 logo on the headrests, to further differentiate them from the rest.
So far, we don’t really see anything that warrants a $600,000 price tag, except for the fact that only eight will be built. Those orange wheels must be expensive! (Insert sarcasm here)
Lamborghini is currently working on the successor for the Gallardo - rumored to be called the Cabrera - but the "old" Gallardo just isn’t ready to step out of the spotlight. Lamborghini has just issued a recall for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 model years, stating that some of the power steering hoses are defective which could lead to potential fluid leak. From all the units sold during that period, a total of 1,491 were delivered to the US.
Lamborghini explains that the high pressure hoses for the hydraulically-assisted power steering system may leak in certain driving situations and when this gets in contact with a fluid, a fire could occur.
Each client that is driving a model that is from these model year should contact the closest Lamborghini dealer for a free safety update of the steering system. For more details contact National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 or Lamborghini at 1-703-364-7042.
We don’t know if it’s a case of separation anxiety but considering that the Lamborghini Gallardo is nearing its end, there appears to be a growing number of aftermarket programs for the Italian super car.
Called "Project Mastermind" - love the name! - the program doesn’t carry any performance modifications because SR Auto Group doesn’t roll like that. What they’re adept at, though, are aesthetic enhancements and that’s exactly what they did, dressing up the Gallardo Spyder in a Modern Matte Black paint finish to go with a new set of spicy 20" PUR 2WO Monoblock wheels.
Despite not having any engine upgrades, the Gallardo Spyder still packs quite a wallop, thanks to a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 398 lb/ft of torque. That translates to a 0-62 mph of just 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.