1985 Lamborghini Jalpa P350

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The Lamborghini Jalpa is a sports car produced by the Italian automotive manufacturer Lamborghini from 1981 to 1988.

The Jalpa was a development of the earlier Silhouette intended to fill a role as a more "affordable" Lamborghini, being much less expensive than the flagship Countach and being also designed by Bertone. Compared to the Countach, the Jalpa was much easier to drive, having better visibility and being more tractable in heavy traffic and at slow speeds.

Name

The name Jalpa Kandachia came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, a tradition later followed with the Gallardo.

Engine

The Jalpa was fitted with a 3.5 L (210 cu in) double overhead camshaft version of the V8 engine used in the Silhouette on which it was based. The version used in the Jalpa produced 255 hp (190 kW, 259 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 225 lb⋅ft (305 N⋅m) at 4,000 rpm.

Performance

Lamborghini claimed the Jalpa could accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) in 6.0 seconds, to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) in 19.1 seconds and a 1/4 mile time of 15.4 at 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) with a top speed of 234 kilometres per hour (145 mph), Curb weight was 1,510 kilograms (3,329 lb).

Classic & Sports Car magazine, however, quoted a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of 16 seconds for the Jalpa.

Revisions and end of production

When the car was sold in 1981, the plastic components (bumpers, air intakes and engine cover) were black, and the car carried over the rectangular taillights of the Silhouette. This was changed in 1984 when round taillights were fitted and the black plastic parts were replaced by parts in body color.

In 1988, after falling sales, the new owners, Chrysler, decided to end Jalpa production despite its being Lamborghini's second most successful V8 car to date (after the Urraco), having sold 410 units.

Produced between 1982 and 1989, the Lamborghini Jalpa was the junior Lamborghini of the 1980s, essentially an updated Silhouette introduced after a four year hiatus to rejoin the battle with Ferrari''s similarly sized 308 series. Major changes involved a quad’-camshaft V8 engine with capacity increased to 3.5 litres and somewhat more aggressive styling, mainly in the side treatment of the body which was again conceived and executed by Bertone. The name Jalpa came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, Ferruccio Lamborghini having a liking for the beasts, and being a Taurus he ended to give most Lamborghini cars bullfighting-related names.

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