The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni was a limited production rear-wheel drive version of the LP 560-4.
It is a tribute of Lamborghini to its factory test driver Valentino Balboni. The car was solely available with a 6-speed manual gearbox and white gold stripe on the exterior. 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 RWD drivetrain.
Need for Speed: World
Template:NFSWlink The Valentino Balboni was released in November 21st, 2011 as a Top-Up gift in Need for Speed: World. On December 10th, 2011, it was made available for 4,000 SB. Since March 7th, 2012, it is also purchaseable as a "Cop" variation. Both are featured as Tier 3 cars.
The "Cop" variant is buyable for 4,800 SpeedBoost in the car dealership. Its livery is heavily based on the Lamborghini Gallardo police car by the Italian Police. The police lights can be used by pressing "L". Other standard features of the "Cop" are Gromlen race tuned parts, a unique license plate and other Aftermarket parts.
Different to the LP 560-4, the LP 550-2 is equipped with Amerikon Speedsystems street tuned parts and capable of keeping up with the fastest Tier 3 cars in the game. Acceleration is above average and handling is good enough for high-speed cornering. The greatest weak point is the strength of the LP 550-2's nitrous boost, which is comparable to that of the Nissan GT-R SpecV.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010), the Valentino Balboni is featured as both Super classed racer vehicle and as a Rapid Deployment unit of the SCPD. The racer variant is unlocked upon redeeming an online pass. The SCPD variant is unlocked by accumulating 448,000 bounty.
Since the vehicle is rear-wheel drive, it slides better than any other Gallardo in corners. Other than that, it is as quick as the LP 560-4.
Need for Speed: The Run
The Valentino Balboni appears as the stock variant (Tier 4), as the "Need for Speed Edition" (Tier 5) and as a police vehicle in Need for Speed: The Run. The Tier 4 version is unlocked by default although the more powerful variant is unlocked upon beating 34 Autolog recommendations.
The Tier 4 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 was already playable in the demo of Need for Speed: The Run. It features an impressive acceleration and a high top speed. In corners, the Valentino Balboni is not hard to master although some cars such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are better.
The "Need for Speed Edition" Valentino Balboni can reach 219 mph (352 kmh) top speed. Its engine produces 677 bhp at 8,000 rpm and allows it to go from 0 to 100 kmh in 3,4 seconds. These traits make the Need for Speed Edition an excellent performer in most races. The handling of the car is rated "Normal".
The police variant cannot be driven by the player. It appears in various tracks of the game.
- Before the November 19th, 2011 patch was applied in Need for Speed: World, the Valentino Balboni snagged on walls when driving at an angle.
- In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 can be coloured in Arancio Borealis, Bianco Monocerus, Blu Caelum, Grigio Telesto, Grigio Thalasso, Nero Noctis, Verde Ithaca or Yellow Midas.
|Lamborghini Gallardo (Model Range)|
|Coupé · Superleggera · LP 560-4 (2008) · LP 560-4 Spyder (2008) · LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni|
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