The Lamborghini no one seemingly remembers from the 80’s…
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.
he name Jalpa came from a famous breed of fighting bulls, tradition later followed with the Gallardo. Instead of the flagship’s V12, the Jalpa was fitted with a V8 engine displacing 3.5L that produced 252 hp at 7000 rpm with 231 lb·ft of torque at 3500 rpm.
Lamborghini claimed the Jalpa could accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 6.0 seconds, to 100mph in 19.1 seconds and ran the 1/4 mile @15.4 seconds at 92mph. With a top speed of 145 mph, curb weight was a spry 3,329 lbs.
When the car hit the market in 1981 the plastic components (bumpers, air intakes and engine cover) were black, and the car carried over the rectangular taillights of the Silhouette, this however was changed in 1984 when round taillights were fitted and the black plastic parts were now finished in the body color.
In 1988, after falling sales, the new owners, Chrysler, decided to end Jalpa production despite being their most successful V8 car to date having sold 410 units.