Lamborghini confirms Gallardo 550-2 Spyder for 2012

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 6, 2011

After the Aventador, it appears that Lamborghini’s next model will be the Gallardo 550-2 Spyder. The Italian manufacturer confirmed that it will produce the new convertible but didn’t want to give us any details, they just said that the new model will offer a "more emotional and gratifying drive". The Lamborghini Gallardo 550-2 Spyder will hit the market in 2012. Although it wasn’t confirmed, the 2012 Geneva Motor Show seems to be the perfect place for the car’s debut.

The new 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo 550-2 Spyder will be the convertible version of the limited edition Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. This model was a tribute to Lamborghini’s remarkable test driver, who helped the firm build 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.

As expected, the vehicle featured the impressive 5.2-liter V10 engine delivering 550 hp, delivered to the rear wheels. The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni was capable to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 3.9 seconds, while the top speed was limited to 199 mph (almost 320 km/h). We expect the Gallardo 550-2 Spyder deliver the same performances. 

Powertrain

Lamborghini made sure to enhance the 10-cylinder 5.2-liter engine that powers the Gallardo. The result is a perfect combination of pulling power, hi-revving pleasure, and energetic spirit, with a powerful sound being played on all keys. To make sure that this distinct character is able to mix in safety with driving fun, Sant'Agata Bolognese’s engineers ensured that extensive improvements were incorporated to the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni.

This did not only involve transferring to the rear axle its transmission. It also meant that each component of the driving dynamics had to be tuned and even adjusted. This was done on parts like the stabilizers, dampers, springs, and tires, to name a few.

Since there was a change in the flow of the power, there was also a need to make changes to the aerodynamics. Being both lightweight and compact, the power unit of the Valentino Balboni is able to deliver 405 kW (550 hp). With dry weight totalling 1,380 kilograms, outstanding performance is more than guaranteed and proof of this is that acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) was achieved in merely 3.9 seconds.

Having a maximum speed of 320 km/h, or around 199 mph, this more than ensures having a place in extreme super sports cars. The engineering team also redeveloped the differential of the rear axle and gave it a 45% limited slip.

This is also true for the calibration of its e-gear transmission. One important element in the improvements is the ESP system. Since high stability is highlighted in the standard program, the CORSA program allows for greater drift angle, allowing drivers to enjoy its dynamics to the fullest.

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