Yesterday photos of a new Lamborghini model surfaced on the web and today Lamborghini has confirmed that the new model is indeed the LP550-2. But there is more to the story than that. The new model is officially named the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, after the former Lamborghini test driver turned brand ambassador.
Balboni was hired by Lamborghini in 1967 by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. His driving expertise have helped to fine tune cars like the Miura and since 1973 he has driven every prototype the exotic Italian automaker has created.
Balboni’s motto is that, “A Lamborghini must always combine the precision of a race car with the reliability of a good friend.”
In keeping with Balboni’s automotive enthusiasm the LP550-2 makes 550hp at 8000 rpm and 398hp at 6500 rpm. What is truly exciting, however, is that this model, as the “2” in the name suggest, is rear-wheel drive. Even more exciting, it weighs just 3,042 lbs!
Those two factors combine to offer a 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph.
Lamborghini completely re-engineered the LP560-4 to come up with this special edition model. With the lighter weight and rear-drive layout new springs, shocks, sway bars and even tires are required. Even the aerodynamics have been changed slightly. Lamborghini also reprogrammed the ECU to work better with the rear rear-drive setup and new limited-slip-differential, allowing for significantly more sideways action in the high-performance CORSA mode.
Other highlights include a clear engine cover, a backup camera, a navigation system, Bluetooth and a hydraulic air suspension for the front axle.
The special edition LP550-2 Valentino Balboni will be offered in eight colors including Bianco Monocerus, Verde Ithaca, Arancio Borealis and Nero Noctis. The wheels will come in dark gray with the brake calipers in either black, orange or yellow.
In total, just 250 units of the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni will be built at a cost of $219,800.
GALLERY: Lamborghini LP550-2 Valentino Balboni
Full specifications after the jump:
Frame & Body Frame Structural aluminum space frame, based on aluminum extruded parts welded to aluminum-cast joint elements Body Aluminum with thermoplastic ′′hang on′′ parts Rear Spoiler Electronically controlled Mirrors External mirror with electrical closing system Suspension Aluminium double wishbones front and rear suspension system, anti-roll bar, anti-dive and anti-squat ESP 8.0 Full ESP System with ABS, ASR and ABD
Airbags Front Front Dual-Stage driver and passenger airbags, side Head- thorax airbags
Tires (front/rear) Pirelli Pzero 235/35 ZR 19 – 295/30 ZR 19 Wheels (front/rear) Aluminum alloy, 8.5′′ x Ø 19”- 11” x Ø 19” Steering Power-assisted rack and pinion Curb-to-Curb turning circle 11.50 m (37.73 ft)
Brakes Steel brakes Power vacuum, aluminum alloy calipers: 8 cylinder front calipers and 4 cylinder rear calipers Ventilated discs (front-rear) ø 14.37 x 1.34 in front –ø 14 x 1.26 in rear CCB brakes Power vacuum, aluminum alloy calipers: 6 cylinder front calipers and 4 cylinder rear calipers Ventilated discs (front-rear) ø 15 x 1.5 in front –ø 14 x 1.26 in rear
Motor Type 10 cylinders V90°, DOHC 4 valves, common-pin crankshaft Displacement 5.2 l Compression ratio 12.5:1 Maximum power 550 hp at 8,000 rpm Maximum torque 540 Nm (398 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm Engine management system Bosch MED 9 Cooling system Engine and gearbox radiator Cooling system oil Oil to Water cooler Cooling system water Two water radiators Emission control system Catalytic converters with lambda sensors Lubrication system Dry sump
Drivetrain Gearbox 6 Speed + reverse, an optional robotized sequential e-gear system with actuation by paddles on the steering column Clutch Double plate ø 215 mm (8.46’’) Rear Differential 45% limited slip
Performance Top speed 320 Km/h (199 mph) Acceleration 0-100/h (0-62 mph) 3.9 sec
Dimensions Wheelbase 2560 mm (100.8 in) Overall length 4345 mm (171,1 in) Overall width 1900 mm (74.8 in) Overall height 1165 mm (45.9 in) Track (front/rear) 1632 mm- 1597mm (64.3 – 62.9 in) Dry Weight 1380 Kg. (3042 lbs) Weight distribution (front/rear) Front 43%/rear 57%
Capacities Engine oil 10 litres (2,6 US gal) Fuel tank 90 litres (23,8 US gal) Engine coolant 20 litres (5,3 US gal)
EU —- version Consumption with EGear Urban 20,1 l/100 Km. (14,05 mpg UK) Extra urban 9,2 l/100 Km (30,70 mpg UK) Combined 13,3 l/100 Km (21,24 mpg UK) CO 2 315 g/km
Consumption with manual transmission Urban 22 l/100 Km (12,84 mpg UK) Extra urban 9.9 l/100 Km (28,53 mpg UK) Combined 14,4 l/100 Km (19,62 mpg UK) CO 2 341 g/km
US version Consumption with E.Gear City 14 mpg Highway 20 mpg Combined 16 mpg
Consumption with manual transmission City 12 mpg Highway 20 mpg Combined 15 mpg