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Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder unveiled at LA Show

As previously confirmed, Lamborghini is announcing a Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder and has unveiled the new model at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder is based on the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni coupe special edition. In coupe form, it also features some cool racing stripes down the middle.

Unfortunately, the Spyder doesn’t get the stripes because it’s not a tribute to the company’s former chief test driver. Instead, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder is simply one of the last editions of the Gallardo before the new model comes into play some time in 2013/2014.

It still features the Balboni rear-wheel drive layout though, and a 5.2-litre V10 engine developing 405kW of power. This makes it the most powerful rear-drive production Lamborghini convertible in history.

Despite the rear-wheel drive system shedding some weight from the Gallardo, the Spyder has needed some strengthening in the chassis, as per normal convertible production cars due to the lack of a roof.

Overall weight sits at 1520kg. Compared with the Balboni coupe which weighs 1380kg, the Spyder is, understandably, not quite as quick. Lamborghini says the Spyder will crack 0-100km/h in 4.2 seconds though (compared to 3.9 of the coupe), which is not exactly hanging about.

With the mechanical changes to the driveline, the LP550-2 Spyder also gets revised suspension settings to get the best out of the Gallardo’s great chassis and steering.

The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder is set to hit the market in 2012. Stay tuned for Australian pricing and launch dates.


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.