Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni

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    #1 LamboBellevue, Jun 30, 2009
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    Just Announced!!! Taking orders

    Sant’Agata Bolognese, 30th June 2009 -

    He has long been revered as one of the many
    legends surrounding the world’s most uncompromising sports car brand – Valentino Balboni,
    a remarkable test driver with his own personal cult status. Automobili Lamborghini now
    presents a model in his honour and bearing his name – the
    Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni.
    The latest version of the Gallardo, Lamborghini’s most successful model of all time - overall,
    more than 9,000 units of the model range have already been produced - boasts not only its
    own distinctive design and exclusive equipment, but its technology is unique too, as
    indicated by the model badge: the 550 stands for the power output in hp and the 2 is for
    rear wheel drive.
    For several decades, Valentino Balboni has had a distinct influence on the character of the
    super sports car bearing the sign of the bull. With his fine-tuning and testing work, he has
    helped to shape many 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. From early on, it was evident that the young Balboni
    had a special feel for cars, that most sensitive of all instincts that connects to the ‘life blood’
    of an automobile and defines the soul of a test driver.
    “A Lamborghini must always combine the precision of a race car with the reliability of a
    good friend,” says Balboni. Since 1973, he has sat at the wheel of every prototype built by
    the brand, and even most production cars have passed through his hands before being
    delivered to their customers. This has turned Balboni into one of the most important
    representatives of the brand, with an outstanding reputation and status among the brand’s
    fans and customers worldwide.
    Limited to 250 units
    After over 40 years with Lamborghini, Balboni is now officially retired. Yet, Valentino
    Balboni continues to travel to many countries around the world as an ambassador of the
    The special exclusivity of the Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is guaranteed – it is
    limited to 250 units.
    Light-footed yet extremely safe
    With this latest version of the Gallardo, Lamborghini is honouring its long-standing test
    driver in a very special way. The LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni was conceived in line with
    his own thinking, and it meets many customers’ requests for a model with a unique
    character, which offers a very special kind of active driving fun. The Balboni model is the
    only current Lamborghini that delivers its power to the road via its rear wheels alone.
    Rear wheel drive has a special appeal to those sports car drivers who enjoy a particular
    driving style. Thanks to the eminently powerful V10 driveline, controlled oversteer is no
    problem – naturally always to the extent defined by the driver - because refined road
    manners and perfectly tuned assistance systems mean that the
    Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is an exceptionally safe sports car to drive.
    Driving fun with unique character
    In order to shape this unique character that combines driving fun and safety, the
    engineers at Sant’Agata Bolognese have incorporated extensive modifications into the
    LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni. It was not simply a question of moving the transmission to
    the rear axle, the vehicle had to be adjusted and tuned in every element of its driving
    dynamics. This includes springs, dampers, stabilisers and even the tyres. The
    aerodynamics were also adjusted to take account of the change to the power flow.
    The rear axle differential, with a 45 percent limited slip, was also redeveloped, as was the
    calibration of the e-gear transmission. One significant point was the adjustments made to
    the ESP system. While the standard program is focused on high stability, the CORSA
    program permits greater drift angles, thus enabling drivers to enjoy the dynamics of the
    LP 550-2 to their full extent.
    Outstanding performance is guaranteed
    Adjustments have also been made to the very heart of the Gallardo, the 5.2 litre tencylinder:
    the perfect synthesis of hi-revving pleasure, pulling power, a constantly
    exuberant temperament and a powerful symphony played in all keys. In the Valentino
    Balboni, the compact and lightweight power unit generates 405 kW (550 hp). At a dry
    weight of only 1,380 kilograms, this guarantees outstanding performance: the LP 550-2 is
    catapulted from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62mph) in a breathtaking 3.9 seconds, while the top
    speed of 320 km/h (199 mph) guarantees its place among the ultimate in super sports
    Powerful elegance in its distinctive design
    The Valentino Balboni is not only unique in terms of its technology: its design and
    equipment reinforce its exclusivity. Its classic sporting character is emphasised by a
    colour strip in white and gold running from the front panel over the roof and parts of the
    engine cover all the way to the rear spoiler, with inspiration from the classic sports cars
    from the ‘70s. This colour treatment underscores the powerful elegance of the Gallardo
    and emphasises the unique Lamborghini design DNA. The Special Edition is available in
    eight colours, from Bianco Monocerus through to Verde Ithaca, or Arancio Borealis to
    Nero Noctis. The Scorpius wheels retain their dark grey finish, while the brake callipers
    come in black, orange or yellow, depending on the exterior paint finish.
    Classic sporting look for the interior, too
    The characteristic colour combination is repeated in the interior. The basic colour of the
    full leather upholstery is black. Both seats, however, feature the colour strip in white. The
    centre console is completely upholstered in Polar white leather to create a powerful
    accent. A badge below the left side window bears the signature of Valentino Balboni and
    the production number of the car.
    The exclusivity of the Valentino Balboni is augmented further by its extensive equipment.
    Alongside several new leather features in the interior, there is also the transparent
    engine cover, the rear view camera, the navigation system with Bluetooth and the lifting
    system for the front axle that makes it easier to drive over obstacles. In addition to the
    extensive standard equipment, a list of further options is available including e-gear
    transmission and carbon ceramic brakes.

    Technical data – Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni
    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
    Front Front Dual-Stage driver and passenger airbags, side Headthorax
    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)
    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
    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
    Type of transmission Rear Wheel drive
    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
    Top speed 320 Km/h (199 mph)
    Acceleration 0-100/h (0-62 mph) 3.9 sec
    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%
    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 E-Gear
    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)
    CO2 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)
    CO2 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

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  2. fast-driver

    fast-driver Rookie

    Oct 28, 2009
    Top Gear showed a report about this car and about Balboni. It is impressive how much Balboni did for this Italian car producer

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