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Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder rear-drive confirmed

November 7, 2011

Lamborghini has apparently confirmed a 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder rear-wheel drive is on the way. It is expected to go on sale next year.

(LP560-4 Spyder pictured)

Limited details have been released, but as far as we know, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder will feature a similar layout as seen on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Balboni special edition coupe.

We’re talking a rear-wheel drive version of what normally comes in all-wheel drive only. This will be the first rear-wheel drive Lamborghini drop top since the days of the exotic Lamborghini Diablo.

Under the rear hatch sits the Lamborghini 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 developing 405kW of power. The engine provides acceleration from 0-100km/h in around 3.9 seconds, in the LP550-2 Balboni coupe anyway.

According to Teamspeed, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder will be more demanding compared with conventional all-wheel drive models, offering a “more emotional and gratifying drive” experience.

The more ‘demand’ will obviously be down to the rear-wheel drive setup. Well, at least it will be easier to drift. We’ll keep you updated in regards to a possible Australian launch as soon as we hear more.

In the meantime, tell us, what would you prefer: a normal all-wheel drive Lamborghini Gallardo, or an older fashioned rear-wheel drive setup on a Gallardo?

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.