Automobili Lamborghini has expanded the most successful model line ever built under the sign of the bull with a very special car – the new Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder. This model combines the open Spyder body style with purist rear-wheel drive, bringing together that stunning level of open-air driving fun that can come only from a super sports car with a folding roof and an unbelievably agile, spontaneous handling.
“With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving fun,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “This will appeal in particular to a very special group of customers that enjoy a spirited driving style and also like to experience the sheer pleasure of open-air driving.”
The most important technical characteristics of the Lamborghini LP 550-2 Spyder are already recognizable from the model designation – “LP” stands for Longitudinale/Posteriore, for the mid-engine built longitudinally in front of the rear axle. “550” refers to the power output in hp, and the “2” stands for the drive to the rear wheels. At Lamborghini, the word “Spyder” means the ultimate synthesis of a fascinating, powerfully expressive super sports car design -- the ultimate open-air thrill and sheer pleasure for all the senses.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder with rear-wheel drive is the perfect fit for the kind of sports car driver that enjoys a particularly hands-on and spirited style of driving. The setup is laid out to ensure that the rear end remains reliable and stable at all times, while the front axle steers with the highest level of precision and limits movement to an absolute minimum.
Thanks to the supremely powerful V10 engine, controlled oversteer is not a problem, although always and only to the extent prescribed by the driver. Its easy-to-control road manners and the ESP assistant system developed for these vehicles make the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder an outstandingly safe sports car to drive.
The heart of the Gallardo – the 5.2-liter, 550-hp V10 engine – is retuned with its characteristics optimized for rear-wheel drive, delivering that perfect and breathtaking synthesis of high-revving pleasure, pulling power, exuberant temperament and powerful melody in all keys.
Thanks to Lamborghini’s systematic lightweight design and an extremely low dry weight of just 3,351 lbs, phenomenal performance is guaranteed – the LP 550-2 catapults itself from zero to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. And its top speed of 198 mph guarantees it a place among the ultimate super sports cars. The soft-top of the Gallardo Spyder is designed for unlimited top-speed enjoyment both open and closed.
The latest edition to Lamborghini’s successful Gallardo model line – to date, nearly 11,800 have been built in Sant’Agata Bolognese -- continues the successful individualization of its lineup. This includes the LP 560-4 Spyder, as well as the ultra-high-performance Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, which boasts an even further weight reduction through carbon-fiber lightweight engineering. The latest version among the coupe variants is the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale – the road-going version of the race car featured in the world’s fastest single-brand racing series.
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