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First Look: Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder

A star-studded preview.

by on Nov.17, 2011

This might have been the only view you'd get of the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder if you weren't one of the A-List celebs at Lamborghini's event.

One thing seems certain in L.A., even celebrities like the combination of free food, flowing booze and the introduction of fast cars, actors Lake Bell, Dominic Monaghan and others on hand for the evening launch of the new Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder.

Few makers are more skilled at getting out the stars than Lamborghini, which has made a regular habit of introducing something drool-worthy at the L.A. Auto Show each year, more often that not a convertible. Actually, to be more precise, Lambo likes to stage an even of its own off-campus to ensure a good evening attendance.  So it was again this year.

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“With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving pleasure,” said Lambo CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “In particular this model will appeal to a very special group of customers – many in Southern California – that enjoy a spirited driving style paired with the sheer exhilaration of open-air driving.” (more…)

Sneak Peek: Lamborghini Jota

Lambo's sheet metal striptease.

by on Sep.07, 2010

Lamborghini does the dance of the veils as it prepares for a Paris preview of the new Jota.

Like a temptress doing the dance of the veils or, if you prefer, a siren taking tips at the local “gentleman’s club,” Lamborghini is doing a sheet metal striptease as it builds excitement for the upcoming revelation of its Murcielago replacement at the Paris Motor Show, later this month.

Tentatively named the Lamborghini Jota, the pictures seen here provide only a tiny, if tempting, glimpse at what’s to come, but we’ve nonetheless been keeping our ear open for insights into what’s coming as the Italian maker moves to replace its aging supercar.

You can expect to still see the raging bull hood ornament on this, the latest offering to roll out of the Lamborghini plant in Sant’Agata Bolognese.  And don’t expect to see the Jota go soft and squishy.  Lambo designers will retain true to form with the hard angles that have defined the brand since its founding, in 1963, by Ferruccio Lamborghini.

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But where the maker – now a division of Volkswagen AG (or, more precisely, VW’s Audi subsidiary) – has long relied on brute force to get the steel moving, expect a much more modern machine this time around.  Think a slightly smaller car, somewhere between the size of the current Lamborghini Murcielago and the compact Gallardo.