Until the Gallardo came along, Lamborghini didn’t have a whole lot of experience with all-wheel drive. There was the Hummer-like LM002 and the VT version of the Diablo, but that was about it. So now for the Superleggera version of the latest Gallardo, it should come as no real surprise that Lambo is ditching the four wheels power for two.

The hottest Gallardo will now be rear-wheel drive only. The Superleggera series is all about weight savings, and ditching the components to drive the front wheels could save as much as 150 lbs. The two-wheel drive car’s diet will also likely include plenty of carbon fiber bits to replace heavier elements in the current car.

In pure TopSpeed specultion, the new rear end transaxle may be borrowed from Lamborghini’s corporate cousin, Audi’s R8 LMS. This is considering that just like this version of the Gallardo, the LMS ditched the standard R8’s all-wheel drive for rear power, and the R8 LMS and Gallardo share the V10 engine.

No matter what bits are shared in the Volkswagen family, we expect some serious power to be hitting the road sometime in end of 2009. The Gallardo LP560-4 makes 560 hp, and the last Superleggera got a 10 hp bump from the standard car.

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Source: Autoweek.nl

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