Two of the newest and sexiest Lamborghini Gallardos are the LP 570-4 Spyder Performante and the LP 550-2 Bicolore. The Gallardo lineup is a pretty comprehensive one, still these two new models are both very welcome, as they each fill a void: the first one is an alluring convertible variant of the Superleggera, while the latter is actually a second chance to get a LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni, only in a slightly different version.
Before we go any further into details and descriptions, we believe there is one thing that needs to be clarified for some readers: why the long and complicated names? Actually, each sequence of the name has a clear meaning once you understand how the Gallardo nomenclature works. First of all, LP stands for “Longitudinale Posteriore”, which refers to the engine’s orientation: longitudinally mid-mounted engine. All Gallardos share this feature. Next, the three-digit number hints to the horsepower that the vehicle boasts, while the number after the dash indicates whether or not this power goes to all four wheels. Finally, the words at the end refer to the body style (Spyder or Coupe) or other important information.
Now let’s take the two models one at a time: the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante is clearly a Gallardo with 570 horsepower, an all-wheel-drive system, it’s convertible and it sports an impressive performance. Not that difficult to decode the name, is it? So what else can we say about this stunning-looking ride? Since this is basically an open-top version of the Superleggera, it share most of its features with it.
For instance, powering the Spyder Performante is the same direct-injected 5.2-liter V10 engine capable of delivering 570 hp and 399 lb-ft of torque that you can find in the Superleggera. The two models also share the same drivetrain with AWD system. Also, both of them sport carbon-composite parts inside and out, and 19-inch alloys. The Performante comes with a choice of two transmissions: a traditional six-speed manual and a single-clutch electro-hydraulic e-gear automatic with paddle shifters on the steering column.
Wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa series tires (295/30ZR19 at the rear and 235/35ZR19 at the front), all four wheels work hard to take the supercar from 0 to 62 mph in approx. 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 201 mph. This baby will sell for some $248,000, plus taxes.
Now for the second new Gallardo, the LP 550-2 Bicolore. Right from a first glance at its name you should be able to tell some things about the car’s power, drivetrain and color scheme. “550” indicates its horsepower figure, the number “2” stands for “rear-wheel-drive” and “Bicolore” clearly suggests that this Lambo boasts a combination of two colors for the body.
Lamborghini’s 90-degree V10 mid-mounted engine is coupled to a e-gear single-clutch automatic transmission. No, this is not what the desirable LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni model had to offer – which was a manual gearbox – but that doesn’t reduce its awesomeness.
Its exclusive two-tone exterior is perfectly reflected inside the car, and customers have the opportunity to choose one color from this list: Arancio Boralis (the orange hue in the pictures), Giallo Midas, Bianco Monocerus, Grigo Telesto, and Blu Caelum. The second color of the car is always Noctis Black and it covers the engine hood, the roof, the pillars and the rear spoiler.
The 19-inch aluminum-alloy rims at the rear, wrapped in 295/30ZR19 Pirelli tires, make the Bicolore reach the 62 mph threshold in just 3.9 seconds before enjoying the maximum speed of 199 mph. The price for this particular beauty is $191,900 plus taxes.
So are you ready to make some room in your garage for one of these two gorgeous Lamborghinis? And if yes, which one will you choose?