Season 5: Episode 13
THE SMALLER AND RARER BABY COUNTACH – THE JALPA
We’re excited to announce the arrival to one of our latest cars in inventory – The 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa. This is one of only 410 cars ever produced for the world, making extremely rare…even more than the Countach! Now, yes it’s true, this was the entry level Lamborghini at the time with a V8 power plant, but my god, what a good looking car! It’s also an absolute blast to drive. The car is for sale at the of release of this video, so please be sure to see link below for full gallery, description and price.
Info below provided by Wikipedia: 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, although reviewers have noted that it had a heavy steering and accelerator.
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 had a power output of 255 hp (190 kW; 259 PS) at 7,000 rpm and 225 lb⋅ft (305 N⋅m) of torque at 4,000 rpm in European specification. The engine in the US models had a power output of 250 hp (186 kW; 253 PS). Fuel flow was managed by four twin-barrel down-draught Weber 42 DCNF carburetors. 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 along with the targa top body style. This was changed in 1984 when round taillights were fitted and the black plastic parts were replaced by parts in body color. A rear wing like on the Countach was optional.
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.