Stradale or Superleggera

Discussion in '360/430' started by PsyFi, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. PsyFi

    PsyFi Rookie

    Jul 12, 2008
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    #1 PsyFi, Jun 23, 2009
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    Which would you pick? Both cars are similar in price these days
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  3. anunakki

    anunakki Six Time F1 World Champ
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    Oct 8, 2005
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    Stradale without question and Im not a huge Ferrari guy.
  4. Modenafan

    Modenafan F1 World Champ
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    So VERY different. I'd much rather have a CS but you should drive both and decide.
  5. VPX

    VPX Karting

    Jun 10, 2009
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    In São Paulo there is a black Superleggera with Larini exhaust....awesome sound....

    but.....Stradale sound is unbeatable! And I'm a Ferrari guy! (not a owner - YET)


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  7. 599_GTB

    599_GTB Formula Junior

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    Stradle! Looks much better!
  8. RobD

    RobD Formula 3

    Nov 10, 2003
    It depends what you're looking for. The CS has the SL beat in terms of race-car-like feel, while the SL is significantly more powerful. I test drove an SL and found a couple of issues I couldn't tolerate..

    I didn't like the e-gear. It slipped the clutch too much when pulling away from a stop (I asked around and was told this is normal), though it did engage faster with larger throttle openings. The ceramic brakes were WAY too touchy.. push a bit and nothing, push a bit more and massive deceleration.

    On the plus side... The car was very sharp looking (with tons of carbon), appeared well put together and felt solid while driving (though a bit heavy). The e-gear worked fairly well once under way. Motor/exhaust sounded pretty good inside the car, but not out of this world. Outside, it sounded good. The ride was firm, but not intolerable.

    If it's mostly for street driving, most people are better off with the SL, though I would look for one without ceramic brakes. It's got more torque and is less track biased than the CS (edgier handling, less sound deadening, no carpeting and a lower ride height). The CS also requires the cam-belt maintenance, where the SL does not.

    Personally though.. I'd rather have the CS. It's difficult to appreciate the SL's speed here in the US, so I'd rather enjoy the CS's special feel. Plus, the CS is just so beautiful.
  9. ammoman

    ammoman Formula 3

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  10. Blue4reF1

    Blue4reF1 Formula 3

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    I have been reading about the two a lot. Only plus I see from the Lambo is that it is 4 years newer so you get the warranty. But the Lambo looks too similar to the base Gallardo imo, it's hard to tell the difference besides the rear... Also, imo, the exhaust note on the CS is much better than the S/L. A lot of people don't agree with me but thats my opinion. The CS though, is imo, the second best looking modern day Ferrari (First being the 355).
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  12. Tipo815

    Tipo815 F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    No offense but you're asking this question on a Ferrari website which automatically means the responses will be mostly biased. Ask the same question on ********** and you'll probably get a majority of the responses in favor of the Lambo.
  13. Stefan_009

    Stefan_009 Formula Junior

    Aug 10, 2008
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    If you want people breaking their neck to see your car get the SL.
  14. Tonycan

    Tonycan Formula Junior

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    They're both great cars. SL has heavier feel in front because of AWD, but on the track that goes away once you learn to drive it and point and shoot. The CCBs are touchy, especially for people who only take it on a test drive. But once you learn to squeeze the brake, it works okay. And on the track, the CCBS are great. Throttle response of the SL is signficantly better than CS because of higher HP and mid-range response. Exit speed of the SL is fantastic. Hard to beat the sound of Stradale. It's just fabulous.The SL really comes alive when you switch to sport mode. Shifting and handling are like night and day. They both are well-balanced cars and provide plenty of driving enjoyment, for both novice and and advanced drivers. It comes down to what you want. Either way, you're a winner.
  15. riverflyer

    riverflyer F1 Rookie

    Nov 26, 2003
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    That was going to be my response. SL will draw more attention if you want that. Personally, I prefer the feel of the CS, but then I have roads to really enjoy fine handling. As a taller driver, the cabin is so much more comfortable in the CS, that alone wins the day. Better vision, more shoulder room and headroom. If you are not tall, you will find the space in the SL ok.

    Jeffrey, check your pm.
  16. NYCSpotter

    NYCSpotter Formula 3

    May 28, 2007
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    Challenge Stradale, and I'm a Lambo fan...
  17. robert biscan

    robert biscan F1 Rookie
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    CS because it is a special car and they are somewhat limited. You won't see one every day. Love them in black with red interior.
  18. XP1LM

    XP1LM Formula Junior

    Nov 28, 2005
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    Id pick a Challenge Stradale over any Lamborghini.
  19. modena1_2003

    modena1_2003 F1 Rookie

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    To be honest, It's just a more raw experience in the Stradale. The CS came from a race car after all. The Superleggera's interior gives you the feeling your just in a fast car, while the CS makes it so that your IN a race car... For me the Stradale seems a more intense experience. The Lambo is just one of so many special edition Lamborghinis.

  20. darth550

    darth550 Five Time F1 World Champ
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    Jul 14, 2003
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    WOW! It doesn't seem like all that long ago it was SL vs Scud and now, due to depreciation, it's SL vs CS.

    Maybe by Xmas it'll be SL vs 355 Fiorano?
  21. loungedog

    loungedog Formula Junior

    Nov 6, 2003
    New Market, Ontario
    Very good point of view and an honest one!! :)
  22. F430GT

    F430GT Formula 3

    Sep 29, 2005
    Marco Island, FL
    From a value stand point, I have seen the CS values staying strong. 6 months ago the Superleggera was on the $200k range and the LP560/4 nowhere to be found. Today, the CS is staying on the same price range, while Superleggeras and LP-560/4 are $40k cheaper.

    My guess is that the Gallardo will keep adjusting down on value. A Gallardo is an Audi, and a Ferrari is a Ferrari, more so a special edition as the Challenge Stradale, a car I think will become a nice collectible.

    You cannot go wrong with either car, but the more expensive entry price on the Stradale has a lower ownership cost.
  23. johns930

    johns930 Formula 3

    May 9, 2005
    i can not get over the cramped interior of the gallardos, and im only 5'10.

  24. Doctor Mark

    Doctor Mark Formula Junior

    Dec 15, 2005
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    I own a CS and have driven the SL. SL has better power but the steering felt numb and the brake travel feel was not to my liking. In the end, drive both and buy what you like.
  25. Bronzage

    Bronzage Formula 3

    Sep 18, 2007
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    Stradale, is one of the best cars I have ever seen on the road. Pure raw power....gimmick free!....I would pick it in a heartbeat over the Leggera.
  26. Racerboy

    Racerboy Formula Junior

    Feb 3, 2004
    Bay Area
    You should def drive both cars, they are really different.

    At first, you may be intrigued by the SL because of the torque and rawness. But, for me, the initial feeling of excitement quickly soured as the car felt poorly engineered and simply became annoying; when I was done driving it I was happy to get out of it. As pointed out, the brakes are horrible (either "on" or "off"), the steering is very numb and the transmission did not feel as precise as a Ferrari's. The rawness of the SL simply turned out to be lack of refinement to me, it felt inexperienced.

    The CS on the other hand is pretty flawless while still being extremely raw; it does everything very well while still keeping you extremely involved and not doing anything poorly. The more you drive it, the more you want to drive it. The more miles you spend in it, the more you appreciate how raw the car is yet how well engineered and well built it really is because you don't get tired of it.
  27. Blue4reF1

    Blue4reF1 Formula 3

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    Blake Simon
    Damian, didn't think I'd hear you say that.


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