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The Lamborghini Jalpa

The Jalpa is an entry-level Lamborghini that was sold during the 1980s. Known as the “baby Countach”, it was produced from 1981 to 1988. During that era, a new Countach cost around $100,000 while the Jalpa cost around $50,000. The Jalpa featured a small displacement transverse mid-engine V8. Lamborghini did not use another production V8 until 2018 when the Urus SUV came out. There were 410 Jalpas built during the production run.

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The word Jalpa or Jalpa Kandachia refers to a type of famous fighting bull breed. Today, the price for one of these classic Lambos can range from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on its condition. The Jalpa is the best selling V8 Lamborghini in the companies history.

Cool Video Of A Lamborghini Jalpa Being Driven Hard  
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The interior is what you would expect from a 1980s European sports car. In comparison, to modern-day sports cars, the Japlas interior is very simple and practical. When the targa top is removed it slides right behind the seats.

A Countach style rear wing was optional and it really spiced up the exterior styling.

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The power came from a 3.5L DOHC V8. The fuel system featured four 2 barrel Weber 42 DCNF carburetors. The engine produces 255 horsepower @ 7000 rpm and 225 ft_lbs of torque @ 4000 rpm. The engine is mounted to a manual 5-speed synchromesh gearbox.

Performance Stats
  • 0-62 mph: 6 seconds +/-
  • 1/4 mile: 14.5 seconds +/-
  • Top speed: 145 mph +/-


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