Lamborghini Jalpa: Entry Sports Car from 1981 to 1988

Lamborghini Jalpa: Entry Sports Car from 1981 to 1988

1980s Entry Level Sports Car

In the 1980s, Lamborghini produced the Jalpa in the city of Bolognese in Italy. At a limitation of 410 units, this car is quite rare today. The Lamborghini Jalpa is a 2-door Targa with a transverse mid-engine and RWD. Under Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A, this car had its debut at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show. Before the Jalpa, there is the Lamborghini Silhouette. Afterwards, the company began production of its successor – the Gallardo. Either way, the Jalpa is quite a unique entry sports car.

3.5-Liter Lamborghini V8

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa - 3.5-Liter V8 Engine - Arnaud 25 of Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa – 3.5-Liter V8 Engine – Arnaud 25 of Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Most noteworthy, the Lamborghini Jalpa sports a 3.5-liter Lambo V8. This motor produces 255 horsepower and 225 lb.-ft. of torque. In combo with a 5-speed synchromesh manual, it reaches 60 mph in 6.0 seconds. From 0 to 100 mph, it takes 19.1 seconds. Furthermore, on the quarter mile, this car reaches the end in 15.4 seconds at 92 mph. For the time, this car is comparable with the entry level Ferrari 328.

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa - Interior - 2010 Concorso Italiano - Craig Howell of Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa – Interior – 2010 Concorso Italiano – Craig Howell of Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Although, magazines observed different numbers under their tests. Classic & Sports Car magazine stated a 60-mph time of 6.8 seconds and a 100-mph time of 16 seconds. But, on the other hand, Car & Driver witnessed a 0 to 60 mph time of only 5.8 seconds. Maybe conditions and driver played a big role in this outcome… for better, or worse. Either way, the car is not too far off from 6 seconds.

Lamborghini’s Classic Sports Cars

1985 Lamborghini Jalpa: A Comprehensive Review – Doug DeMuro – YouTube


Lamborghini had many great vehicles in the past, now classics. The Lamborghini Jalpa is no exception. The car has a unique design with a Lamborghini V8 engine. The interior fits the period and the engine is a Lambo masterpiece. Although not fast in today’s standards, this car was a beast in its time period. Either way, who wouldn’t want to drive this car on a mountainside cruise? Most people know the Countach, but there are other awesome classic Lamborghinis out there too! In conclusion, the Jalpa is a Lambo classic that’ll probably become more collectible with time.

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa - Rear Corner - The359 of Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

1980s Lamborghini Jalpa – Rear Corner – The359 of Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image for the article is by ColinMB of Wikimedia Commons.

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