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New Lamborghini Model “Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni”

This new limited edition Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni marks a return to rear-wheel drive for the first time since the Diablo. It didn’t happen with the Murcielago LP 670-4 SV, but it’s happening now with the Gallardo. Just 250 units of the car will be built in honour of the retiring chief test driver, Valentino Balboni, who has been with the company for over 42 years.

The LP 550-2 suggests that it produces about 10 bhp less than the LP 560-4, but interestingly, it’s also 120 kg lighter. Lamborghini suggest a 0-96 kph time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 320 kph.

These numbers are little slower than the LP560-4, but don’t suggest that it’s any less exhilarating a drive. In fact, given that it was designed conceived with inputs from Balboni itself, it’s probably going to be the most fun Lambo in production today.

For this, Lamborghini has relocated the transmission to the rear axle, resulting in a 43-57% front-rear weight distribution to maximise controlled oversteer. New springs, dampers, stabilisers, tyres and even the aerodynamics were also adjusted to help change the power flow.

A 45% limited slip diff was redeveloped for the rear-axle and adjustments were made to the ESP system. The CORSA program allows the LP550-2 to stretch it’s power-sliding legs a bit more than the standard program.

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7 Responses to “New Lamborghini Model “Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni””

Brandon James July 28th, 2009 at 7:19 pm

It’s a beautiful car.

Steffen Schwab July 31st, 2009 at 1:55 pm

A brandnew Lamborghini film featuring Valentino Balboni, the world’s most famous testdriver and the Gallardo special edition, especially made for him and presented by him.

The fastest monument ever built.

Agency: Philipp und Keuntje
Creative Director: Jo Marie Farwick
Director: Torben Schmidt, Jo Marie Farwick
DOP: Jens Harms
Production Company: EMP
Account: Steffen Schwab
Client: Manfred Fitzgerald
Cut: Henning Leible September 16th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

How much change in power flow is there really to compensate for? I wonder about the oversteer issue or if it’s something else.

LussoForged October 16th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

This is an amazing piece of machinery. I’ve been obsessed with these vehicles since the Countach came out. I hope that someday in my lifetime I’m able to own or at least drive one of these exotic beauties.

Johnclave November 10th, 2010 at 4:49 am

m a big fan of lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 looks stunning i love this car its really a beautiful and powerful car i liked it

khris December 1st, 2010 at 12:35 pm


khris December 1st, 2010 at 12:36 pm


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