Who’s to say that a company that’s known for being one of the largest pre-owned supercar dealers in the UK can’t expand their business and dive into the auto-tuning industry? Whoever that is probably shouldn’t say that to Amari Supercars because they’ll just laugh in your face.
Noted for being one of the go-to-dealers when it comes to pre-owned exotics, Amari Supercars is branching out into the tuning industry with Amari Design, the newest arm in their ever-expanding portfolio. To get things started, Amari Design picked a pretty popular car for auto tuners as their first ever project: the Lamborghini Gallardo . Calling it the Gallardo Invidia Edition, Amari Design tuned up the Lamborghini exotic with a slew of aesthetic and performance upgrades that, if you think about it, are all mighty impressive for a tuning neophyte.
The development of the Gallardo Invidia Edition is currently underway with Amari Design shooting for a launch date for the first vehicle sometime around April or May this year.
Details on the Lamborghini Gallardo Invidia Edition after the jump.
Exterior and Interior
Aesthetic upgrades on the Gallardo Invidia Edition were done on both the exterior and interior. Outside, the modifications include a restyled front bumper fascia, a new carbon fiber front lip, complete front fenders, quarter panels, side skirts, a rear bumper fascia, a carbon fiber diffuser, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and a new stainless steel exhaust system.
The interior of the Gallardo was outfitted with a carbon fiber trim that’s available in a range of different color weaves. On top of that, Amari Design also went ahead and ‘luxed-up’ the Gallardo’s carbon fiber racing seats by outfitting them in high-end Alcantara.
For their first foray into the tuning industry, Amari Design certainly didn’t disappoint with the Gallardo, ramping up the supercar’s 5.0-liter V10 engine that produces 560 horsepower all the way up to 740 horsepower. Specific details behind the increased output weren’t given, but according to Amari Design, the performance tuning was done by the company, having one of the UK’s top five supercar mechanics in John Greatorex in the fold. We’ve heard of Mr. Greatorex before and the work he’s done so we’re pretty confident that Amari’s in good hands.
No word yet on how much this tuned-up Gallardo is going to cost, but if we’re going to make an educated guess based on how much a standard Gallardo is priced, we’re thinking of somewhere around $250,000 – more or less.
It’s only fitting that a tuned-up Lamborghini Gallardo gets compared to a crosstown rival that also had a tune-up work done on it. For this exercise, we took a look at the Ferrari 458 Italia by Oakley Design .
Aesthetically speaking, both supercars benefited from a lot of aerodynamic upgrades, including the prevalent use of carbon fiber on items like the diffuser and the spoiler.
Performance is where the Gallardo has the leg up on the 458 Italia. While both supercars were given technical upgrades, Amari Design’s work on the Gallardo resulted in an output spike north of 700 ponies, whereas Oakley Design’s work netted only – we’re using that word very, very loosely here – 630 horsepower.
To this we raise the Gallardo Invidia’s metaphorical hand in victory via a 12-round unanimous decision.
- Not too shabby for a first-timer
- Performance improvement is mighty impressive
- Substance over style design approach works
- It’s probably going to cost a lot more than we think
- No track record to speak of
- Official numbers are still being kept under wraps