Lamborghini Gallardo as Balboni Special Edition

Pete Mait

Lamborghini is now coming out with the LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni Gallardo. Limited to a production run of 250 units, this supercar will put out 10bhp less from the V10 engine than the LP 560-4 and only has rear-wheel drive. But this also means that the weight of the supercar is reduced by almost 200 kilogrammes. The most noticeable characteristic of the rear-wheel drive Lamborghini is a white stripe running over the centre of the bonnet to the rear and along the seats inside. What is also noticeable arethe white centre console and a plaque beneath the left side window with the signature of Valentino Balboni and the production number of the car. From1967, Valentino Balboni was a test driver for the renowned Italian marque and since 1973 he sat behind the wheel of every Lamborghini prototype and tested many series models during their testing phase. Today, Balboni is a pensioner and travels as a brand ambassador. Balboni's initials on the vehicle mean a hefty surcharge for the customer, who can count with a purchase price in excess of 190,000 euros.