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Another New Lamborghini: Gallardo Tricolore

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On: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 4:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Another New Lamborghini: Gallardo Tricolore

The Lamborghini Gallardo is in a rather unenviable position. Not only is it the forgotten older brother of the brand-new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, but despite being older, it's still the baby brother in the Lamborghini hierachy. It's less powerful, less technologically advanced, less performance-oriented, less flashy, and just all around less attractive than the more exciting Aventador.

This is a new problem for the Gallardo. It's always been the 'baby Lambo', but when it was introduced in 2003, at least it was the newest, freshest car in Lamborghini's line. It's more modest price led it to become the most successful Lamborghini of all time, so it doesn't have much to prove, but it's still getting majorly overshadowed by the Aventador.

So Lamborghini has done what any good supercar maker would do: built a special edition Gallardo (likely a number of special edition Gallardos, but there's just the one for now) to restoke interest in its older model. And it hasn't wasted any time: the Gallardo Tricolore has been announced ahead of its official debut later this week.

Much like the Pagani Zonda Tricolore introduced last year, the Gallardo Tricolore gets an Italian-flag-inspired red, green, and white stripe that runs up the hood and roof. The stripe is also present on the driver's seat, aligned seamlessly with the exterior. The patriotic theme is a nod to Italy's 150th anniversary of unification, an event that points to a 150-model run for the special edition Gallardo.

Lambo chief Stephan Winkelmann said of the car: "To celebrate the 150 years of Italian unity we felt that it was appropriate to propose a tri-color livery for our most successful model, the Lamborghini Gallardo. With the Lamborghini Gallardo Tricolore we give a further impulse to the development of the 'Made in Italy' label in the world."

The Gallardo Tricolore gets a simple, white canvas to highlight the celebratory striping and also bears carbon fiber mirror caps. There's no word as to whether there will be any performance modifications to complement the cosmetics, but if Lamborghini really wants to show its pride in the 'Made in Italy' label, we'd think it'd add a little extra performance.

We'll find out when the car makes its official debut at an Italian anniversary event in Turin on Wednesday.


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