Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 – Main Details
|Launched: 2010||Engine: V10|
|Power: 550 PS (405 kW; 542 hp)@8000||Torque: 540 N⋅m (398 lb⋅ft)@6500|
|Top Speed: 320 km/h (200 mph)||0-62 mph (0-100 kmh): 3.9 s|
|Replaces: TBC||Did you know: TBC|
LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO LP 550-2 BALBONI – THE PURIST’S GALLARDO
Valentino Balboni, Lamborghini test driver since 1968, had a very special request for the new Gallardo model that would bear his name: rear-wheel drive. To celebrate both his incredible tenure at the Italian manufacturer and the fact that the Gallardo was the best-selling Lambo ever, Balboni wanted his car to break with tradition and ditch its four-wheel-drive system. An optional manual transmission was also high up on his list, making it one of the last supercars offered with a stick shift. While there were a great many special-edition Gallardos, this was clearly the enthusiast’s choice.
Not only did the switch to 2-wheel driver reduce weight by 30 kg, it created more lively handling dynamics as well. By removing the front driveshaft, the standard Gallardo’s tendency to understeer was vanquished, making for a more entertaining-yet-challenging driving experience. Compared to the concurrent LP560-4, power was actually down by about 10 bhp. In 550-2 guise, the Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V10 developed a still-respectable 542 bhp, good for a 0-60 run in just 3.6 seconds. The claimed top speed was just under the 200 mark at 199 mph. But while the performance statistics are impressive, this car is more about the inherent driving qualities that can’t be boiled down to simple numbers. No, what attracted buyers to the Balboni-edition Gallardo was the laser-sharp steering and tail-happy driving characteristics, traits that few recent Lamborghinis had.
Other additions given to the Balboni-edition Gallardo were a modified version of the optional E-gear transmission, a revised limited slip differential, special upholstery, and a white stripe down the centre of the car that makes the Balboni easily identifiable compared to standard models. Of course, there are also special Balboni badges adorning the driver’s door, along with the production number of each car.
Balboni-inspired Gallardos were limited to a run of just 250 models, making it a true privilege to experience what Valentino Balboni felt was the perfect driver’s Gallardo. Prices started at around £138,000, a surprisingly good value for all of the added engineering efforts that went into the car.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Wiki – Technical Specification
|0-100 km/h||3.9 s|
|0 -200 km/h||TBC|
|Max. speed||199 mph|
|Overall displacement||5,204 cm3|
|Max. power output*||TBC|
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