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The New Lamborghini! (No, Not That One)

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On: Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 9:45AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


The New Lamborghini!  (No, Not That One)

So while the world is celebrating the beginning of the reign of the Aventador as king of Sant' Agata and singing its praises, it just so happens that there is at least one more new kid on the block worth getting excited over.

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the all-time best-selling Lamborghini is not the Murcielago, nor is it the fire-breathing Diablo, and no, it isn't even the legendary Countach (although the Countach may hold the record for most car posters ever sold). Nope, it's the occasionally underappreciated Gallardo. Yes, really. Since its debut in 2003 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Gallardo has given no less than 10,000 drivers ultimate bragging rights. Surprised? Don't be; Lamborghini has successfully done what other car companies have tried to do for years:  Make an old car into a new car without changing too much, but changing enough to warrant some new excitement. 

That's exactly what Lambo has done with the new(est) Gallardo. In their mix'em up, match'em up word game of names, this one is called the LP550-2 Bicolore. Although it sounds confusing, Lamborghini has encoded the changes they made into the name of the car, which does make things a bit easier when you see either the car or the name to identify which of the many models your eyes are beholding. First off, "LP" is a longstanding prefix Lamborghini used to stand for "Longitudinale Posteriore" that indicated the engine was mid-mounted (behind the driver) and positioned longitudinally (front to back positioning). Next up comes the "550" which is the approximate horsepower rating mixed in with a little bit of marketing. The engine in this Gallardo is the same 5.2-liter V10, but in this variation it makes 542-horsepower (and 398-lb-ft of torque). So technically it should be called the LP-542 not the LP-550, but round numbers are easier to remember and just have a better ring to them. Next up, the "-2" in the LP550-2, and this is the number of wheels that are driven by that big V10, which in this case is the rear two.

Finally the name "Bicolore" which simply means two-colored. This particular Gallardo is available in one of five colors (orange, gray, blue, white, or yellow) for the bottom half of the car, while the top half of the car (roof, engine bay cover, rear spoiler, and A-pillars) all stay black.

Other changes not included in the name are the transmission choices, or the lack thereof. This Gallardo gets only the E-gear sequential manual transmission, with no six-speed option. The other big difference is that this Gallardo is bound only for American soil, which is nice of Lamborghini, but we are curious to see what other models are going to be strictly European in the near future. The biggest difference between the LP550-2 Bicolore and other Gallardo models is its price. With a base sticker of $196,995 the Bicolore undercuts other specialty Gallardos like the Balboni edition by more than 25 grand. Don't worry though, because even though the price may be less than its other stablemates, this bull can still run with the best of them, hitting 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and topping out with a terminal velocity of 202 mph.

So now when one of your car buddies tries to upstage you and ask if you have seen the new Lamborghini, you can have the last laugh by asking, "Which one?"


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tony p | 2:59PM (Wed, Jun 22, 2011)

Nice, but impractical


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dwalter | 4:52PM (Thu, Jul 7, 2011)

Love that two-tone paint job!



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