The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni is a special Lamborghini that brought back rear wheel drive in a Lamborghini of present day.
Since becoming a subsidiary of Audi after being purchased by the Volkswagen Audi Group, Lamborghinis have always been all-wheel drive. Now, with the production of the LP550-2 Balboni slowly making its way out to its customers, German tuner Anderson have come up with a tuning package for it.
This limited to 250 units edition Gallardo was built to commemorate the retirement of Lamborghini’s famed test driver Valentino Balboni, who basically honed and road tested every Lamborghini that has come out from the Sant Agata factory in Italy. The car has a V10 engine that pumps out 542bhp (550ps), which is actually down from the normal all-wheel drive version. Maybe this is due to Lamborghini wanting to keep the balance (power to weight ratio) of the car compared to its LP570 brother. Whatever the case is, Valentino Balboni himself prefers rear wheel drive over the usual all-wheel drive and this being a commemorative edition, Lamborghini has obliged.
So what does Anderson bring to the party then? Well, the 5.2liter V10 has been massaged and coaxed to cough out 40 and abit more horses. This brings the total number of rampaging bulls, er, horsepower to about 590bhp. The massaging usually includes a re-tuned ECU and a more free flow exhaust system.
Aside from the engine modification, Anderson have come up with 20inch black alloy rims with white stripes on the spokes and orangey gold on the lip of the rims. This matches the white and gold stripes that is located in the middle of the car, running from the front to the rear. No other changes to the bodywork of the car are seen, keeping with the lightweight looks (and actual lightweight ‘Superleggera’ specs of the Balboni in the first place).
The interior looks good, with quilted leather for the seats and door panels and leather just about everywhere.
On another note, Mr. Valentino Balboni himself was awarded the key to the city of Monterey, California on the 13th of August 2010 annual Concorso Italiano event. One of Monterey Classic Car Week’s premier events, Concorso Italiano is dedicated to the heritage of Italian sports cars and is held at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey, Calif. The other more notable event held was the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance vintaga car event.
Concorso Italiano event attendees looked on as Mayor Della Sala presented Balboni with a large key to recognize the automotive legend’s support of enthusiast events in Monterey.
-The standard (if we can call it that) LP550-2 Balboni with Mr. Balboni himself-
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