Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder

The first thing that sets the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder apart from other Lamborghinis is it is the first open top Gallardo with rear-wheel drive since the 1998 Diablo SV Roadster. Purists will embrace its rear-wheel drive because of the brand’s abundant use of all-wheel drive on the rest of the Lambo lineup.

That rear-wheel drive is why the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder has the 2 in its numerical name. It stands for rear-wheel drive. A 4 in its name would be indicative of all-wheel drive. LP stands for Longitudinale/Posteriore for the mid-engine built longitudinally in front of the rear axle. The 550 designation refers to its horsepower rating.


There’s just something that feels right about the 2012 Lambo Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder with its folding roof. It combines the open-air fun and stunning looks of a Spyder with the performance of a supercar known for its agile handling.

Further increasing the stunning looks of the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder are the doors’ side sills. They are done in a matte black finish from front to rear. The front bumper air intakes also have the same finish on their interiors.

All Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyders come standard with soft convertible top that is fully powered by a console switch. It opens and stows in 25 seconds into a storage section incorporated into the rear deck. Also standard is a rear-heated window that stows behind the two seats.


Unlike other Lamborghini models, there is not a drop of carbon fiber in the interior of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder. It is draped entirely in leather in all the right spots.


The 5.2-liter V10 has seen retuning and optimization for its rear-wheel-drive application. The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, as mentioned above, has 550 horsepower and makes the 0-60 run in 4.2 seconds.


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