, V-10 DOHC
/ 3042 lbs
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is a special
edition model created to honor Lamborghini's most famous test
Valentino Balboni has had a distinct influence on the character
of Lamborghini's for over 40 years. Thanks to his fine-tuning
and testing work, he has helped to shape many automotive legends,
from the Lamborghini Miura of the 60s through to the current
Gallardo and Murciélago models. Balboni was hired in
1967 by company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. "A
Lamborghini must always combine the precision of a race car
with the reliability of a good friend," says Balboni.
Since 1973, he has sat at the wheel of every prototype built
by the brand, and even most production cars have passed through
his hands before being delivered to their customers.
The LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni was developed in line with Balboni's
requirements. It also fulfills many customers' requests for
a model with a unique character, and the Balboni model is the
only current Lamborghini that send its power to the road through
its rear wheels alone.
Lamborghini's engineers have incorporated extensive modifications
into the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. It was not simply a question
of moving the transmission to the rear axle, the vehicle had
to be adjusted and tuned in every element of its driving dynamics.
This includes springs, dampers, stabilisers and even the tires.
were also adjusted to take account of the change to the power
The rear axle differential, with a 45 percent limited slip,
was also redeveloped, as was the calibration of the e-gear transmission.
One significant point was the adjustments made to the ESP system.
While the standard program is focused on high stability, the
CORSA program permits greater drift angles, thus enabling drivers
to enjoy the dynamics of the LP 550-2 to their full extent.
Enhancements have also been made to the 5.2 litre V10 engine
meaning that power now stands at 550 hp (405 Kw). Combined with
a dry weight of only 1,380 kilograms the 0-62mph sprint takes
just 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is 199 mph (320 km/h).
The Valentino Balboni is not only unique in terms of its technology,
the styling and equipment is intended to further increase its
exclusivity. Its classic sporting character is emphasised by
a color strip in white and gold running from the front panel
over the roof and parts of the engine cover all the way to the
rear spoiler, with inspiration from the classic sports cars
from the '70s. The LP550-2 Balboni Edition is available in eight
colors. The wheels are finished in dark grey, while the brake
calipers come in black, orange or yellow, depending on the exterior
The striped exterior color combination is repeated in the interior.
The basic color of the full leather upholstery is black. White
leather accents adorn the seats and centre console. A badge
below the left side window bears the signature of Valentino
Balboni and the production number of the car. The production
run of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is
limited to 250 units.
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