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Fellow Lamborghini-evangelists :)

I've been lurking on the forum for a while, always looking for some insights on all things Lamborghini. My previous cars here in Switzerland, before this SL, were of the other Italian brand, but modestly noteworthy nonetheless. For me, it all started with a red gated manual Ferrari F360 Spider. After this, I moved on (or up?) to a black 458. Both awesome cars and super reliable.

I came across a very nice LP570-4 Superleggera in Grigio Telesto (if I am not mistaken - do correct me on the color if I am wrong). I even posted a question on the forum before purchasing it as I felt the shifts between 2nd and 3rd or 3rd and 4th gear were somewhat "kicky" - see topic here. It turns out that I was probably too used to driving the 458 and its dual clutch, which (unfortunately) does not boast the same kick that awakens when shifting gears in the Gallardo.

I had the car checked at our local Lamborghini dealership this week - a small PPI if you will. My main worries were the transmission (and possibly the clutch, although I sourced somebody who could replace it for a reasonable price [around $7000, including bearing, which, over here, is a good price]. The results came back very positive, hence why I pulled the trigger.
  • Clutch wear at 1.5mm (which, according to the dealer, equates to 80% residual life).
  • Transmission seemed fine (the Lamborghini mechanic did a test drive).
  • Current (winter) tires are new (the car was driven during winter times here in Switzerland).
  • Exactly 30.000km (18.641 miles)
All in all, a good buy. However, the car does have a few small bits and bobs that need to be addressed, which, as odd as it sounds, is exactly what I love in a car. I am generally quite hands-on and not afraid to work on the car myself (within boundaries).
  • The hood/front trunk was once repainted previously. We tested all panels with a paint thickness gauge and the frunk (front trunk) gave a value of 400 micron. That, however, was not the main giveaway. If you look at pictures of the car one can clearly see a paint color mismatch between the front hood and the rest of the car, although this is less visible in the dark. The left front fender has a slight stone chip in it. My approach would be to repaint both the left and right front fenders, as well as the hood. The bumper is actually in great condition. I would also have the front of the car (and A-pillars + exterior mirrors) wrapped in PPF.

  • In addition, there is a relatively deep scratch in the clear coat on the roof [sorry, no pics - will follow] and the carbon engine bay cover's/hood clearcoat was burned through by some less than competent detailer with a polishing gun (very hard to see - will post pics). I do not think the scratch on the roof can be buffed and polished out. Most likely, the entire roof will need to be repainted and the entire or part of the carbon rear engine bay/hood will need to be resprayed with new clearcoat.

  • The left rear and right rear window seals are slightly scratched on the outside. The local Lamborghini dealership quoted me an astonishingly high price for the replacement windows including seals. Apparently the seals are not sold separate and one has to buy the entire window assembly with seal. Is this correct? Does anybody have just the seals for sale? Eurospares [see part 6 in this link] also only has the entire window for sale, one for the "normal" market and one for the Mexico market. The question then is: what would be different on the Mexico market version, and, more importantly, why is this version so much cheaper?

  • All four rims have a slight bit of curb rash. In addition, and here is also a question: these Scorpius wheels are high gloss black. Did these ever come on the Superleggera, or only on the Super Trofeo Stradale (as indicated here: source)

  • The interior carbon has some slight surface scratches and paint chips in the clear coat, carbon still in perfect condition. Does anybody have experience refinishing this, i.e. sanding and respraying the clear coat? This would be my approach.

  • The Superleggera sticker/decals on both sides are relatively worn on the outer edges [no pics - will follow up]. I found these Side Stripe Decal Stickers on eBay. Has anybody used these or are there better ones available?

  • Does anybody have experience mounting the original four-point harness as an aftermarket option? My SL did not come with this option and I would like to know how these are installed. Source: Eurospares has these for sale [see part 38 and 39] and the diagram looks like the bottom restraints bolt into the floor but the rear/top ones bolt into the firewall (?) despite also being illustrated having ring bolts.
All these small issues or flaws, at first, seem like a lot, especially when you add them all up. But when I walk by the countless number or Lamborghinis and Ferraris that are parked here in in Zurich, Switzerland, I quickly notice that hardly every car is perfect. They all have a small scratch or stone chip here or there, maybe some curb rash. That said, this car deserves to be "reborn" and I am looking forward to working on the project. I am estimating the majority of the work to be done within a few weeks (paint and wheels). Other items, such as the seal, dashcam install, four point harness install and other things will be given some time.

During a wash. Notice the paint mismatch of hood vs other parts. It almost looks blueish.


Same car. No natural lights. Paint mismatch less visible, yet still present.


Slight chip in the clear coat




Left rear window seal



Right rear window seal
 

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im currently purchasing an LP Superleggera and have similar repairs to do with that window molding.let me know what you end up doing.
 

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Very detailed review! Great car and hope you are enjoying it!
Thanks! Will add updates as I move along. Hopefully finishing this car within a month.

im currently purchasing an LP Superleggera and have similar repairs to do with that window molding.let me know what you end up doing.
I have yet to decide. I really want the molding changed, but even the Lamborghini service advisors found it hard to believe that one window (including molding/seal) was CHF 6500 (around $7250) per window! Again, the Mexico market version is apparently a lot cheaper, but I just cannot understand why you cannot just get the molding new from Lamborghini without the window. I will maybe have to find a used but good condition alternative. The window has to come out, from what I saw and heard. Not sure I want to do that myself, but let's see.
 

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Paint Code for Scorpius Rims?
There has been a lot of back and forth on the forum regarding the paint code for the "Titanium" Superleggera (Scorpius) wheels/rims. I have seen many different names quoted, such as PPG 226618 and "Competition Gray" (which apparently was a Corvette wheel color if I am not mistaken), and also paint brands BASF: 815439 or Axalta: X7493.

For my location, Switzerland, none of these paint codes or names applied. My wheel specialist did not have any of these types or codes in his system. After speaking to Lamborghini Zurich and Lamborghini St. Gallen (both official Lamborghini dealers here in Switzerland), they gave us (my wheel repair shop and me) the following code:

MA622.70
I unfortunately don't have a second Superleggera in my garage to compare, nor could I compare the paint sample to any SL Scorpius wheel (remember, my wheels were painted high gloss black, so that did not help). I first thought the Lamborghini dealerships gave us the car's paint code (Grigio Telesto), but after carefully examining the paint sample with the body color I could immediately see that the paint code MA622.70 was indeed a much lighter color, which seems to match the Titanium Scorpius wheels in all the images I see online.

I will gladly post pictures of the finished wheels once they are ready. They are currently being treated:
  • Removing old paint (high gloss black)
  • Fixing any curb rash
  • Painting in Titanium (MA622.70)
  • Installing new Pirelli P ZERO Summer tires (with Lamborghini homologation)

 
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