1986 Lamborghini Jalpa

In 1981, Lamborghini debuted its replacement for the Silhouette, the new Jalpa. Again, the Jalpa took its name from a famous breed of fighting bull (a tradition that started with the Miura.) Keeping the targa configuration of the outgoing model, the Jalpa also maintained much of the angular styling penned by the coachbuilder Bertone.

With a more conservative approach to exotic car styling combined with a more drivable configuration compared to the Countach, the Jalpa was intended to compete with the Porsche 911 and the Ferrari 308 as all three were on sale in the United States market.

The engine powering the Jalpa is a 3.5 liter V8 (the outgoing Silhouette had a 3.0L) which produced a respectable 255 horsepower and 225 lb/ft of torque. This, larger displacement engine, allowed the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 6 seconds and has a maximum speed of 145 mph.

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At the 1981 Geneva Auto Show the Lamborghini Silhouette replacement, the Lamborghini Jalpa, was debuted. They styling was the work of Bertone which had used the styling-cues from the Silhouette. The result was a super car that was not as angular as its predecessor but with a more modern appeal. Like many other Lamborghinis, the name Jalpa was borrowed from a breed of fighting bulls. An eight-cylinder....
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The Lamborghini Jalpa was the spiritual predecessor of the newer Lamborghini Gallardo. Both cars offered mammoth performance levels compared to their contemporary competitors, yet both were overshadowed by their larger, more potent, and wholly uncompromising siblings. In the Jalpas case, that big brother was the Countach. Stunningly styled by the radical Marcello Gandini, the Countachs fantastic....
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