For the sophisticated and wealthy there is no finer, faster, or ferocious car than the model line up offered by Lamborghini. The super car manufacturer prides itself on offering exclusive special editions that cater to the needs of it’s deep pocket buyers. The Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is a prime example, whose details were first released in the summer of 2009. Spy photos and leaked images from Lamborghini spotted the internet and made dreamers of us all and made us wonder what Lamborghini could do to improve upon the Gallardo.
Named after the famed Lamborghini test driver, the special edition Gallardo LP550-2 is a rear-wheel drive super car. Not having the all-wheel drive performance offered in the normal Gallardo, Lamborghini had to add specially tuned suspension components. New springs, dampers, stabilizers, and special Pirelli P Zero tires allow the Gallardo Valentino to offer handling performance that rivals the all-wheel drive version.
Power comes courtesy of a 5.2 liter V10 monster, capable of producing 550 horsepower and over 500 lb ft of torque. The powerful engine paired with the unique suspension setup of the Valentino Balboni allows the car to rocket from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 199 miles per hour. This type of performance in a rear-wheel drive application makes it intimidating, even to the most seasoned driver.
The looks of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni stay true to the original Gallardo, featuring angular design, menacing stance, and refined yet functional interior. The exterior features a unique paint combination of bright orange and a single white stripe down the middle of the hood, which carries over onto the interior seats. Inside the engine bay the V10 is carefully wrapped in carbon fiber molding and covered with a see through deck.
Talk around the water cooler is that this special edition Lamborghini isn’t for every Lambo buyer and if not careful could be the nail in the coffin. It’s an incredible amount of power delivered to just 2 corners of a tightly wound package. Lamborghini offers an off/on stability control, which should only be turned off by the most experienced and with plenty of room on the road. Industry analysts who were lucky enough to set behind the wheel were quick to note that the rear end of this beast was surprisingly well behaved, but if attention is not paid, would quickly catch up to the bumper nose. When a professional is at the controls, the Gallardo Valentino Balboni is the second fastest Lamborghini ever made and capable of 60 ft times faster than the all-wheel drive LP550-2.
Thinking of visiting your local Lamborghini dealer? The Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni has a base price of $223,000 and a few options like paddle shifters and high performance brakes that can make the purchase price climb fairly quickly. I’m sure by the time buyers are looking to sign on the dotted line, money is no object.