Lamborghini Jalpa turns 40

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The Lamborghini Jalpa, the Countach’s lesser-known sibling, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When did Lamborghini introduce the Jalpa?

    The Jalpa was first unveiled at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show.
  • When did Lamborghini stop producing the nameplate?

    Lamborghini stopped producing the Jalpa in 1987.
  • How many Jalpas were produced in total?

    There were only 420 units produced from 1981 to 1987.
  • Lamborghini’s transverse mid-engine rear-wheel-drive sports car was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1981.

    The prototype that was presented in Geneva was based on a Silhouette. It had a special metallic bronze color as well as some unique aesthetic features that were not used on the production car.

    When the Jalpa entered into production in 1982, it had a semi-supporting steel body, black bumpers, and engine air intakes, as well as horizontal rear lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P7 low-profile tires taken directly from the Athon prototype.

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    Inside, the production unit — albeit being an entry-level bull — was luxuriously finished, with the extensive use of leather and carpeting.

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    Two years later, Lamborghini presented the “second series” Jalpa at the 1984 Geneva Motor Show. It featured slight aesthetic modifications like body-colored bumpers and air intakes, rounded rear lamps, and a revamped interior.

    As is with most of Lamborghini’s models, the Jalpa was named after a breed of fighting bulls — the Jalpa Kandachia.

    According to the Italian automaker, the Jalpa is the last evolution of the grand touring sedan concept with an eight-cylinder engine mounted in a rear-mid position. It was also the final development of the Urraco and Silhouette project, retaining the general architecture, but equipped with a larger engine, increased to 3.5 liters.

    The Jalpa also featured the final iteration of the brand’s 90-degree V8 engine made completely of aluminum, with four chain-controlled overhead camshafts, originally installed on the Urraco and Silhouette.

    Jalpa’s powerplant generated 255 horses and a maximum torque of 314Nm allowing the Jalpa to reach a top speed of 248kph.

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    The Lamborghini Jalpa saw a total production of 420 units running from 1981 to 1987.

    Photos from Lamborghini

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