Live life in the fast lane

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 September, 2011, 12:00am


Lamborghini is mobilising its 200 Hong Kong and Guangzhou owners into a fast-lane consumer force.

The Italian marque has launched the Lamborghini HK ELITE Club, offering its local supercar owners a host of lifestyle privileges and deals on luxury products, spas, more than 70 exclusive hotels, restaurants 'and practical services across the globe'.

A membership subscription will not be required for existing owners, as long as the car is bought from Lamborghini Hong Kong or Guangzhou, the marque says, but a sophisticated welcome club kit was scheduled to be delivered to owners' homes, while new car owners will receive it when they take ownership of their new Lamborghini.

There should be a few new takers for this exclusive consumer club with Lamborghini's latest open-top Gallardo, the HK$4.5 million LP 570-4 Spyder Performante. Wedge-shaped for speed and measuring 4.39 metres long, 1.90 metres wide, but only 1.18 metres high, the Performante looks striking with a sharp nose that has been redesigned to improve cooling and downforce.

The fully covered underbody, sills and diffuser have been modified to enhance downforce along with a large optional rear spoiler.

The 1,485kg supercar is 65kg lighter than its predecessors, thanks to an aluminium bodyshell and the carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer technology applied on its hard-topped sibling, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the marque says.

Carbon-fibre components, such as the centre-tunnel cover, sports-seat shells, door panels and the e-gear-lever surround, help to account for 'around 40 per cent' of the model's weight savings, the marque says, adding that the model's seats are clad in lightweight Alcantara instead of leather.

As its name suggests, the Performante can reach 100km/h in a prompt 3.9 seconds and is capable of 324km/h, thanks to the 570-horsepower and at 540Nm torque of its longitudinally-mounted 5.2-litre, V10 engine and Iniezione Diretta Stratificata injection, Lamborghini says.

The supercar's six-speed e-gear transmission has faster change reflexes than a human and can be paddle-operated, even though 'the manual gearbox is available at no extra cost'.

The e-gear's Thrust mode 'delivers maximum off-the-line performance and is programmed to manage starting revs of about 5,000rpm with minimal wheel slip', Lamborghini says.

And, like the Superleggera tested in Tai Po, the Performante offers 'spine-tingling acoustics', with robust brakes on new 19-inch wheels with Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tyres.

Even so, the Performante's space-frame structure is 'extremely impact-resistant and forms the basis for the sports car's precise handling', Lamborghini adds.