2009 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni
(from Lamborghini Press Release) Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni – Driving fun with absolute precision
He has long been revered
as one of the many legends surrounding the world’s most
uncompromising sports car brand – Valentino Balboni, a remarkable
test driver with his own personal cult status. Automobili
Lamborghini now presents a model in his honour and bearing his name
– the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.
Limited to 250 units
After over 40 years with Lamborghini, Balboni is now officially retired. Yet, Valentino Balboni continues to travel to many countries around the world as an ambassador of the brand.
The special exclusivity of the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is guaranteed – it is limited to 250 units.
Light-footed yet extremely safe
With this latest version
of the Gallardo, Lamborghini is honouring its long-standing test
driver in a very special way. The LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni was
conceived in line with his own thinking, and it meets many
customers’ requests for a model with a unique character, which
offers a very special kind of active driving fun. The Balboni model
is the only current Lamborghini that delivers its power to the road
via its rear wheels alone.
Driving fun with unique character
In order to shape this
unique character that combines driving fun and safety, the engineers
at Sant’Agata Bolognese 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 tyres. The
aerodynamics were also adjusted to take account of the change to the
Outstanding performance is guaranteed
Adjustments have also been made to the very heart of the Gallardo, the 5.2 litre ten-cylinder: the perfect synthesis of hi-revving pleasure, pulling power, a constantly exuberant temperament and a powerful symphony played in all keys. In the Valentino Balboni, the compact and lightweight power unit generates 405 kW (550 hp). At a dry weight of only 1,380 kilograms, this guarantees outstanding performance: the LP 550-2 is catapulted from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62mph) in a breathtaking 3.9 seconds, while the top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) guarantees its place among the ultimate in super sports cars.
Powerful elegance in its distinctive design
The Valentino Balboni is not only unique in terms of its technology: its design and equipment reinforce its exclusivity. Its classic sporting character is emphasised by a colour 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. This colour treatment underscores the powerful elegance of the Gallardo and emphasises the unique Lamborghini design DNA. The Special Edition is available in eight colours, from Bianco Monocerus through to Verde Ithaca, or Arancio Borealis to Nero Noctis. The Scorpius wheels retain their dark grey finish, while the brake callipers come in black, orange or yellow, depending on the exterior paint finish.
Classic sporting look for the interior, too
colour combination is repeated in the interior. The basic colour of
the full leather upholstery is black. Both seats, however, feature
the colour strip in white. The centre console is completely
upholstered in Polar white leather to create a powerful accent. A
badge below the left side window bears the signature of Valentino
Balboni and the production number of the car.
Suggested retail price – without taxes