Lamborghini Jalpa

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Lamborghini Jalpa

1982 - 1988
Country:
Italy
Engine:
V8 DOHC
Capacity:
3485 cc
Power:
255 bhp
Transmission:
5 spd. man
Top Speed:
144 mph
Number Built:
410
Collectability:
2 star
Lamborghini Jalpa
Evolving from the Urraco, the Lamborghini Jalpa was the cheapest from the marque during the 80's, and was intended to compete with the likes of the Ferrari 308 and 328GTB.

It looked unique, if not really beautiful. Powered by a 3.5-liter V8 (with 2 valves / cylinder only), it had similar performance to match with the Ferrari's. Handling and roadholding were also up to Ferrari's league.

In fact, this car was larger than the Countach in all dimensions bar width. Besides, since it was built as a monocoque structure rather than spaceframe, it did not have the wide and high door sills as featured in Countach.

Cabin room was therefore rather generous for 2 occupants. Furthermore, fine leather trimming, Targa roof and large storage space enabled it to attract more mainstream customers.

Nevertheless, it still lived under the shadow of Ferrari 328GTB, since the latter was marginally better in nearly all aspects. As a result, production terminated in the late 80s.

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