2011 LA: RWD Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder drops top in Cali

At the 2011 LA Auto Show, Lamborghini is expanding on an already successful model line with the all-new Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder combining its spyder body style with enthusiast-loving rear-wheel-drive fun.

“With the Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder, we are expanding the Lamborghini lineup with a purist model that adds yet another dimension of driving fun. This will appeal in particular to a very special group of customers that enjoy a spirited driving style and also like to experience the sheer pleasure of open-air driving,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “This special model with rear-wheel drive is a logical expansion of our lineup of spyder models with all-wheel drive.”

The model designation LP 550-2 Spyder stands for Longitudinale/Posteriore, for the mid-engine built longitudinally in front of the rear axle; refers to the horsepower output, and the 2 stands for the drive to the rear wheels.

As the name states, power for the Lamborghini LP 550-2 Spyder comes from a 5.2 liter V10 engine making 550-hp. Dry weight comes in at 3,351 lbs, which allows the drop-top rear-wheel-drive Lambo to go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 198 mph.

And that’s all, really.

– By: Omar Rana