• Aug 1, 2009
Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni - Click above for a high-res image gallery

If you've spent any time behind the wheel of a Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, the notion of a more sporting version is pretty close to absurd. Of course, we're not Valentino Balboni, the man who's logged more miles behind the wheel of more Lamborghinis than any other human being in the history of Earth. While we'd be thrilled to one day break his record, we probably won't. Balboni has served as Lambo's test driver since 1967, and in 1973 began sitting behind the wheel of all the prototypes, including the Diablo, Murcielago and Gallardo. Few cars have left Sant'Agata without Balboni's stamp of approval, so when a new bull appears, "conceived in line with [Balboni's] own thinking," you can be assured it will be special. How special was up for debate -- until we watched the video of Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-2 Valentino Balboni in action. Not to give anything away, but wow. And while on some level we know it's just slick corporate propaganda, on another, Balboni really does seem honored by the fast car with his name on the left window. Also, be sure not to miss the Estoque Easter egg. Lambo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni video is embedded after the jump. Go there now.





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      • 5 Years Ago
      the fastest monument on earth would be the enzo ferrari(there may be something faster but i can't think of it personally). but i'm not trying to take away from balboni's well-deserved honour. not that he really made the miura or countach usable cars but lamborghini constantly got better and their latest cars are true gems.

      i think my favourite balboni moment was when he made jeremy clarkson sick in one of his yearly specials when he whipped him around in a diablo. jeremy looked like he was about to blow chunks and all i could do was watch the huge grin on valentino's face.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah, Valentino's a Gianni-come-lately. I want to see the Bob Wallace edition Murcie -- with 800 hp, RWD only, stripped, lightweight, and with insanely bad ergonomics -- but gorgeous, and a blast to drive when it runs...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another week, another special edition Lambo. *snore*

      :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uhm, that's Bugatti Veyron you're referring to, not Lambo
        • 5 Years Ago
        Either or. There are still a crap load of special versions of both of them.

        Doesn't mean I don't want them. God what I would do for a Lamborghini...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a humble man, he truly deserves it. Nice guy, nice car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, tail-happiest Gallardo I've ever seen.....
      So much respect for such a dignified man.
      By the way I found the Estoque, it looks ready to see some pavement!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the Max Venturi version!
      • 5 Years Ago
      cant wait to see this head to head with the new 458 Italia. I wonder who would sell more cars during this times!!! for some reason I am leaning towards the Italia 458. I am still debating weather Italia is a proper name since Italia is widely used everywhere, clothing, shoes etc etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine if his name were just about anything ELSE than Valentino Balboni.

      It would have been a different marketing meeting at Lamborghini HQ

        • 5 Years Ago
        By which I mean that he has an exeptionally cool sounding name for a special edition :)

        It just screams italian cool :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Valentino Balboni is all that is man.
      • 5 Years Ago
      but why detune the engine? why not just drop the four wheel drive?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Valentino Balboni is the real "World's Most Interesting Man"
      • 5 Years Ago
      *obligatory knee-jerk comment about Obama being Communist* (sic)
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