In keeping with Lamborghini tradition, most models are named after bulls fighting in the arena. This is because the founder of Ferrucio Lamborghini loved bullfighting and was also a zodiacal bull. In the case of the Lamborghini Jalpa, the term comes from the Jalpa Kandachia race.
The Lamborghini Jalpa is the latest development of the Urraco and Silhouette models. The vehicle retained the general design of the two cars, but had an engine capacity increased to 3.5 liters.
The originator and partly designer of the Targa version with a removable roof was Giulio Alfieri, who was then general and technical director of Lamborghini. However, the main designer was the French Marc Deschamps of Carrozzeria Bertone, where he was the styling director from 1980.
The most important technical innovation of the Lamborghini Jalpie is the all-aluminum Urraco and Silhouette V8 engine with a 90-degree cylinder angle and four chain-controlled overhead camshafts. In Jalpa, its capacity was increased to 3485 cc, 4 twin Weber 42 DCNF carburettors were used, and the compression ratio is 9.2: 1. The unit generates 255 hp and 313 Nm, and therefore the maximum speed of the car is 248 km / h.
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Lamborghini Jalpa – a unique piece
The prototype Lamborghini Jalpa presented in Geneva was built on the basis of the Silhouette model. Only one such copy was made and it never went on sale. After returning to the factory, it served as the basis for building a serial model.
The Lamborghini Jalpa, shown in 1981 in Geneva, is easily recognizable as it has a special bronze metallic paint and several unique styling features that were not used in the production car.
The Lamborghini Jalpa, put into mass production in 1982, had a body finished with black bumpers, the air intake to the engine was kept in the same color, and the rear lamps were horizontally positioned. The car uses 16-inch rims taken from the Atone prototype with low-profile Pirelli P7 tires.
Lamborghini Jalpa – luxuriously finished
The interior of the Lamborghini Jalpa is luxuriously finished with leather and soft carpets. The hinged roof is designed in such a way that disassembly and reassembly is as easy as possible. When driving outdoors, the vehicle cover can be stowed in a special space behind the rear seats.
In numerous road tests that were then published in specialist magazines, experts enthusiastically praised the uncompromising driving behavior.
The second series Lamborghini Jalpa was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 1984. In this edition, the car received stylistic modifications, as a result of which the bumpers and air intakes are kept in body color, and in addition, rounded lamps were used and the interior was modified.
Lamborghini Jalpa – 420 units were made
Jalpa’s commercial life ended in 1988 after producing 420 cars. It was the last Lamborghini sedan to be produced with a V8 engine and is historically the last sports car in its class to have this particular displacement and engine position. Conceptually, the Jalpa is a direct predecessor of the 2003 Gallardo, which was set to become one of the best-selling Lamborghini cars in history.
The car had an episode on the screen. In the 1985 movie Rocky IV, the main character played by Sylvester Stallone is driving through Philadelphia at night in a black Lamborghini Jalpa.
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