Evolving from the Urraco, Jalpa was the cheapest Lamborghini in the 80s intending to compete with Ferrari 308 / 328GTB. It looked unique, if not really beautiful. Powered by a 3.5-litre V8 (with 2 valves / cylinder only), it had similar performance to match with the Ferraris. Handling and roadholding were also up to Ferrari’s league.
In fact, this car was larger than the Countach in all dimensions bar width. Besides, since it was built as a monocoque structure rather than spaceframe, it did not have the wide and high door sills as featured in Countach. Therefore cabin room was rather generous for 2 occupants. Furthermore, fine leather trimming, Targa roof and large storage space enabled it to attract more mainstream customers.
Nevertheless, it still lived under the shadow of Ferrari 328GTB, since the latter was marginally better in nearly all aspects. As a result, production terminated in the late 80s.
Year of production
Layout, gear box
Mid-engined, Rwd, 5M
V8, dohc, 2v/cyl.