LA 2011: Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

Lamborghini hasn't given up on the Gallardo just yet, as the new LP550-2 Spyder is unveiled at LA.

Just as we thought Lamborghini may begin to put the brakes on introducing new Gallardo models, they go ahead and do something like this. And prove once again how awesome they truly are. With the Gallardo's long-time production run to end in the near future in order to make way for its replacement, the Italian automaker is not about to let their hot-selling entry-level supercar go out quietly. The new Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder "combines the open spyder body style with the purist rear wheel drive."

Basically the open-top version of the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni edition, it's powered by a longitudinally mounted 5.2-liter V10 with 550hp mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed e-gear. Going from 0 to 62mph in only 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 198mph, Lamborghini says that it's "guaranteed a place among the ultimate super sports cars and is designed for unlimited top-speed enjoyment." Lamborghini has also tuned the suspension in order for it to work better with the rear-wheel-drive architecture and also made some necessary adjustments to the car's aerodynamics to account for the change in the distribution of forces.

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No official word yet on pricing or a specific production number (which will undoubtedly be quite limited), but expect it to be north of the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni's base price of $219,800. And they'll surely sell every single one of them.

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