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 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 RWD drivetrain.
Need for Speed: World
On December 10th, 2011, it was made available for purchase. Since March 7th, 2012, it has also been purchaseable as a "Cop" variation. Both were featured as Tier 3 cars, although are now rated as Class A vehicles.
The only disadvantage of the Valentino Balboni is its weak nitrous boost. It can be used effectively in both multiplayer races and events involving the police.
|The Orange style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 4700. It was initially made available on November 21st, 2011 as a top-up gift and was later made available in the car dealer on December 10th, 2011.
|The Cop Edition style is a Cop Edition that costs 5100. It was released on March 8th, 2012.
|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 10th, 2013.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010), the Valentino Balboni is featured as both Super class 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 and matches the LP 560-4 in speed.
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 a top speed 219 mph (352 km/h). Its engine produces 677 bhp at 8,000 rpm and allows it to go from 0-60mph 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 appears as an AI only car in various tracks and cannot be driven by the player.
- 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 (2010), 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|
LP 570-4 Superleggera · LP 570-4 Spyder Performante · LP 570-4 Superleggera Edizione Tecnica
LP 560-4 (2013) · LP 560 GT3 · LP 570-4 Super Trofeo