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22 November 2011

This is the Lamborghini LP550-2 Spyder

Here are the first pics of the rear-wheel-drive convertible Gallardo built for the ‘purists’

Vijay Pattni
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People of the Internet, meet your new drift hero: these are the first official pics of the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder.

It is a rear-wheel-drive version of the drop-top Gallardo, built for the ‘purist'. That's right, it's a drifty Lamborghini. And drifty Lamborghinis are good. The Balboni - that other rear-drive special - was a splendid bit of kit.

Ditching the standard four-wheel-drive setup endemic of Lamborghini's new Teutonic era meant retuning the car's dynamics to cope with its new-found propensity for going sideways. The rear axle gets a 45-per cent locking differential, and Lambo tells us the standard ESP programme puts an emphasis on stability, while ‘Corsa' allows "larger drift angles". Larger drift angles are good things.

The 5.2-litre V10 puts out 550bhp and 398 torques - fractionally less than the standard 560-4 Spyder - that give it a 0-100kph time of 4.2 seconds, a 0-200kph time of 13.4 seconds and a top speed of 319kph (again, all fractionally less than the standard drop-top).

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann said this particular model "will appeal to a very special group of customers that enjoy a spirited driving style and also like to experience the sheer pleasure of open-air driving".

See all the pics here. Top Gear approves. Like it?

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