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The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is a limited production rear-wheel drive edition of the Gallardo LP 560-4.

It is a tribute of Lamborghini to its factory test driver Valentino Balboni. The car was available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an E-Gear sequential transmission and white gold stripe on the exterior. Only 250 units of the LP 550-2 were produced.

The number 550 in its name stands for the power output in horsepower whilst 2 is a reference to its rear wheel drivetrain.

Games

Need for Speed: World

The Valentino Balboni was made available in Need for Speed: World on November 21, 2011 as a tier 3 car. Since August 22, 2012, it has been featured as an A class car.

It is superior to the LP 560-4 despite its rear-wheel drivetrain due to its better manoeuvrability and top speed, as well as acceleration up to par with the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640.

The only disadvantage of the Valentino Balboni is its weak nitrous boost, but can be used effectively in both multiplayer races and events involving the police.

Stock: 660 (A class) Maximum: 744 (A class)

Orange

The Orange style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs SpeedBoost4700.

It was initially made available on November 21, 2011 as a top-up gift and was later made available in the car dealer on December 10, 2011.

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Performance Parts
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Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class A Car 697
TopSpeedIcon2.png 689
AccelIcon2.png 850
HandlingIcon2.png 552
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Standard
SpeedBoost4600

Blue

The Blue style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs Dollar icon.png1,700,000, and was initially released on May 28, 2015.

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Performance Parts
Stock Engine
Stock Forced Induction
Stock Transmission
Stock Suspension
Stock Brakes
Stock Tyres
Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
Default Licence Plate
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class A Car 660
TopSpeedIcon2.png 601
AccelIcon2.png 837
HandlingIcon2.png 544
Standard
Dollar icon.png1,700,000

Cop Edition

The Cop Edition style is a Cop Edition that costs SpeedBoost5100. It was released on March 8, 2012.

It is fitted with tuned quality Gromlen performance parts, 2-star Skill Mods, and a selection of aftermarket parts.

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Performance Parts
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Aftermarket Parts
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Skill Mods
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Pressing 'L' toggles working police lights
Class A Car 714
TopSpeedIcon2.png 730
AccelIcon2.png 856
HandlingIcon2.png 556
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Cop Edition
SpeedBoost5100

Achievement Edition

The Achievement Edition style is an achievement car awarded to the player upon them installing 200 Performance Parts that are rated 3 stars or better. It was made available on April 10, 2013.

It is fitted with a unique aftermarket licence plate, and has a unique Achievement Edition livery design applied.

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Performance Parts
Stock Engine
Stock Forced Induction
Stock Transmission
Stock Suspension
Stock Brakes
Stock Tyres
Aftermarket Parts
Standard Body
Stock Spoiler
Stock Hood
Stock Wheels
No Neon
Stock Window Tint
Default Ride Height
NFSWGoldLicensePlate.png
Skill Mods
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
None Equipped
Class A Car 660
TopSpeedIcon2.png 601
AccelIcon2.png 837
HandlingIcon2.png 544
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Achievement

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)

The Valentino Balboni appears in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) as a Super Series racer vehicle, and as an SCPD Rapid Depolyment unit.

The racer vehicle is unlocked upon the player redeeming an online pass. The SCPD unit is unlocked upon the player earning a total of 450,000 cop bounty.

Since the vehicle is rear-wheel drive, it slides better than any other Gallardo in corners and matches the LP 560-4 in speed.

Need for Speed: The Run

The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni appears in Need for Speed: The Run as an Exotic class Tier 4 car and as a Supercar class Tier 5 car.

It made a brief appearance in the "Run for the Hills" gameplay trailer released on July 27, 2011.[2] and its inclusion was revealed by the official Need for Speed website on October 30, 2011.

Stock

The stock Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is unlocked upon the player completing Stage 3 of The Run.

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Top Speed: 197 mph (317 km/h)
0 to 60 Time: 3.9s
BHP: 542 @ 8,000 rpm
Performance: Tier 4
Handling: Challenging
Class: Exotic
Drivetrain: RWD
Value: $230,000.00
Manufacture Year: 2010

Need for Speed

The Need for Speed Edition Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is unlocked upon the player beating 34 Autolog recommendations.

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Top Speed: 219 mph (352 km/h)
0 to 60 Time: 3.5s
BHP: 677 @ 8,000 rpm
Performance: Tier 5
Handling: Normal
Class: Supercar
Drivetrain: RWD
Value: $230,000.00
Manufacture Year: 2010

Federal Cruiser

A Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Federal Cruiser appears in the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 release of Need for Speed: The Run, during Stage 9 and Stage 10 of The Run.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni appears in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered as a car tier 3 vehicle available to cops and racers.

It has a decent top speed and acceleration for its tier, and handles well through corners, but sits in the middle between performance and durability.

Cop

The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni Interceptor is an SCPD Rapid Deployment unit unlocked upon earning 450,000 cop bounty.

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Rapid Deployment Unit - Cop (Tier 3)
"Driving Fun with Absolute Precision"
Earn 450,000 cop bounty.
Top Speed:
199 mph (320 km/h)
0 to 62:
3.90 seconds
BHP:
542 @ 8,000 rpm
Drive:
Rear-Wheel
Price:
$219,800
Year:
2009

Racer

The Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni is a Super Series racer unlocked upon earning 1,550,000 racer bounty.

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Super Series - Racer (Tier 3)
"Driving Fun with Absolute Precision"
Earn 1,550,000 racer bounty.
Top Speed:
199 mph (320 km/h)
0 to 62:
3.90 seconds
BHP:
542 @ 8,000 rpm
Drive:
Rear-Wheel
Price:
$219,800
Year:
2009

Trivia

  • Before the November 19, 2011 patch was applied in Need for Speed: World, the Valentino Balboni could snag on walls when colliding at certain angles.
  • In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010), the Valentino Balboni can be selected with either a Arancio Borealis, Bianco Monocerus, Blu Caelum, Grigio Telesto, Grigio Thalasso, Nero Noctis, Verde Ithaca or Yellow Midas body paint colour.

Gallery

References

  1. Web link: https://www.automoblog.net/2009/06/30/lamborghini-gallardo-lp550-2/
  2. Video: Official EA UK (2011) Need for Speed: The Run | Run For The Hills Gameplay. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x5TKgz-zTY


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