2021 is not only the year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach, but also the 40th “birthday” of the Lamborghini Jalpa – a unique Targa model that was first launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1981.

The name of this car line is inspired by the name of a fighting bull breed, Jalpa Kandachia and is also the last model developed according to the “Grand Touring Sedan” concept equipped with an 8-cylinder engine placed between. Furthermore, Jalpa is the final variant of the Urraco and Silhouette projects equipped with a larger engine with a capacity of 3.5 liters. The Targa-style open-top car line was designed by Marc Deschamps from the Carrozzeria Bertone brand. This French designer has been the director of the styling department since 1980. The car’s design is also partly influenced by the design of Mr. Giulio Alfieri, General Director and Technical Director of Lamborghini at that time. point at that time.

The most important technical innovation on the Jalpa was the final development of the all-aluminum 90-degree V8 engine with four chain-driven camshafts. This engine was initially installed on the Urraco and Silhouette. Thanks to increasing engine capacity to 3.5 liters with 4 twin Weber 42 DCNF carburetors and a compression ratio of 9.2:1, this engine is capable of producing maximum power up to 255 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and maximum torque of 314 Nm at 3500 rpm. With this equipment, Jalpa can reach a maximum speed of up to 248 km/h.

The first Jalpa ever launched at the Geneva Motor Show is a car model associated with a special story. The car was built based on a Silhouette that was never sold by Lamborghini. The Jalpa was introduced in Geneva in 1981 with a distinctive metallic bronze finish and some unique features in the design that were not used in the commercial Jalpa.

The commercial version of the Jalpa began production in 1982. This version has a steel body structure, the bumpers and air intakes on the engine cover are painted black. The car’s taillights are placed horizontally. The car is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels taken directly from the Athon prototype, with Pirelli P7 tires. Jalpa’s interior is finished in a luxurious style with many details covered in high-quality leather. With a Targa-style convertible structure, the roof is designed so that users can easily remove it and store it neatly in the compartment behind the car’s seats.

At the 1984 Geneva Motor Show, the second generation Jalpa was officially introduced with some changes in appearance such as bumpers as well as air vents painted the same color as the car, round tail lights as well as The interior compartment has been refurbished and upgraded. The Jalpa’s life cycle ended in 1988 with a total of 420 units produced. This is also the last Lamborghini sedan produced with a V8 engine in history. Conceptually, the Jalpa was the predecessor to the later famous 2003 Gallardo.

Although not as famous as the Miura or its contemporary Countach, the Jalpa symbolizes a very different style of Lamborghinis in addition to the image of a supercar with a timeless design and unique scissor door structure. unique. With a production quantity of only 420 units, that’s why Lamborghini Jalpas are becoming rarer at the present time. This car model has become an important part in the development history of the Lamborghini brand and is also a manifestation of efforts to find and create suitable car models as well as meet the needs of the target audience. different customers.

Currently, the Lamborghini Jalpa is also a classic car model that the Polo Storico department can restore and manufacture parts and accessories that are no longer produced for this car model. Therefore, the remaining Jalpas in the world can completely return to a new condition as if they had just left the factory when they pass through Lamborghini’s classic car restoration department.

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