Spent a very enjoyable day yesterday driving the new rear-wheel drive Lamborghini Gallardo.  For years Lambo has been banging on about 4wd being at the core of its DNA, and then it goes and produces this. Not that I’m complaining, especially when its first rwd car in a decade turns out to be quite such a stonker.  So good (and useable) is the LP550-2 Valentino Balboni that it got me questioning the need for four-wheel drive on such cars.


Obviously 542bhp is a fair amount to channel through two tyres, but on a dry straight road the Balboni didn’t struggle that much. Obviously corners caused more of a problem, but nothing that the ESP couldn’t cope with.

Read the Lamborghini LP-550-2 First Drive

So unless you plan on driving a supercar in really low grip conditions I don’t reckon a 2wd Gallardo would be any less safe than a 4wd version. And while it is undoubtedly a fraction slower, crucially it’s a whole heap more fun. P.S  If you think Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni sounds like a bit a mouthful how about this as an alternative.  When I picked up the car from the press garage, the guys had fitted one those plastic tags, and clearly there wasn’t enough room for the name in full.  So they’d christened it the Balbo – so it’s the Lambo Balbo, which sort of works.    Technorati Tags: Lamborghini, Balboni, Gallardo