It is a tribute of Lamborghini to its factory test driver Valentino Balboni. The car was available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an E-Gear sequential transmission and white gold stripe on the exterior. Only 250 units of the LP 550-2 were produced.
The number 550 in its name stands for the power output in horsepower whilst 2 is a reference to its rear wheel drivetrain.
Need for Speed: World
The only disadvantage of the Valentino Balboni is its weak nitrous boost, but can be used effectively in both multiplayer races and events involving the police.
|Need for Speed: World - Performance Rating|
|The Orange style is an Amerikon Speedsystems performance tuned speedboost car that costs 4700.
It was initially made available on November 21, 2011 as a top-up gift and was later made available in the car dealer on December 10, 2011.
|The Blue style is a rotationally available stock cash car that costs 1,700,000, and was initially released on May 28, 2015.
|The Cop Edition style is a Cop Edition that costs 5100. It was released on March 8, 2012.
|The Achievement Edition style is an achievement car awarded to the player upon them installing 200 Performance Parts that are rated 3 stars or better. It was made available on April 10, 2013.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
The racer vehicle is unlocked upon the player redeeming an online pass. The SCPD unit is unlocked upon the player earning a total of 450,000 cop bounty.
Since the vehicle is rear-wheel drive, it slides better than any other Gallardo in corners and matches the LP 560-4 in speed.
|Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) - Statistics|
|Redeem an Online Pass||Super Series||199 mph (320 km/h)||$219,800||RWD|
|Earn 450,000 cop bounty||Rapid Deployment||542 bhp @ 8,000 rpm||3.9 seconds||2009|
Need for Speed: The Run
The Valentino Balboni appears in Need for Speed: The Run.
It features impressive acceleration and a high top speed. In corners, the Valentino Balboni is not hard to master although some cars such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 can be superior.
The stock Valentino Balboni is a tier 4 car that is unlocked from the beginning of the game.
It also appeared in the the demo for Need for Speed: The Run.
The NFS Edition Valentino Balboni is a tier 5 car that is unlocked upon beating 34 Autolog recommendations. It produces 677 bhp at 8,000 rpm, has a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds, can reach a top speed of 219 mph (352 km/h), and has a "normal" handling rating.
- Before the November 19, 2011 patch was applied in Need for Speed: World, the Valentino Balboni could snag on walls when colliding at certain angles.
- In Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010), the Valentino Balboni can be selected with either a Arancio Borealis, Bianco Monocerus, Blu Caelum, Grigio Telesto, Grigio Thalasso, Nero Noctis, Verde Ithaca or Yellow Midas body paint colour.