The Jalpa was Lamborghini’s challenger to the V8 powered Ferraris of the 80s, namely the 308. It brought the aggressive styling of the Countach and the cachet of the Lamborghini badge to a wider audience, given the Jalpa’s lower price point and its generally more driver friendly set up.
To this end, the Lamborghini Jalpa was powered by a reworked version of the 3.5 litre V8 from its predecessor, the Silhouette. This engine was good for 255 hp and 225 lb⋅ft (305 Nm) of torque. This powered the Jalpa to a top speed of 250 kmph (155 mph) and gave it a 0 to 62 mph (100 kmph) time of 6s. The body was designed by Bertone although the underpinnings were largely a development of those of the Silhouette.
Produced between 1981 and 1988, the Lamborghini Jalpa is another example of the strategy that the Mimran brothers, the then owners of Lamborghini, followed of offering a diverse range of cars. Another example of the was the LM002 SUV also manufactured during this period. Eventually, the Chrysler corporation bought over Lamborghini and reversed this trend. Falling sales brought an end to Jalpa production and the next V8 Lamborghini would be the Urus of 2017.
Only about 400 Jalpas were produced and this particular one from RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018 is one of the later revisions. It comes in a desirable shade of yellow and has the original black plastic bumpers, air intakes and engine cover replaced by parts painted in the body colour. Photos by courtesy RM Sotheby’s