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MOTORING


The beauty of the beast


The Gallardo LP is already Lamborghini’s most successful supercar, and now the limited edition Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore is set to win over even more motoring enthusiasts with its two-tone exterior design and other exclusive features.


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n 2009, even as Lamborghini’s global sales were falling due the GFC, sales continued to rise, and by 2010 Asia accounted for a quarter of all Lamborghinis sold. Such is


the shift in the market that the 560-4 Bicolore is not even available in America – just Asia and Europe. The 560-4 Bicolore’s colored exterior finish (available


in a choice of five colors) matched with the black on everything above the window-line, giving the car an even more aggressive and wider appearance. If you can take your eyes away from the upper half of the car, you will see that the car’s remarkable engineering starts from the ground up. The permanent grip all-wheel drive comes through wheels featuring 15 thin spokes that are forged to minimise unsprung weight. The excellent handling comes from low, streamlined position, but a lifting system enables the front axle to be raised for safer travel onto ramps and over humps and bumps in the road. For the 560-4 Bicolore, Lamborghini decided the


throbbing heart of the vehicle was too good to hide, and so in this model you permanently have a stunning view of


the 5.3 liter, 90º V10 engine through a tempered glass panel. Of course, the engine is not there just for looks – it couples explosive power with absolute control, with its 412kW of power catapulting the car to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds from a standing start. A long list of optional equipment and accessories to adapt


the car to the personal requirements of the driver, but the fast e-gear automated transmission controlled by paddles on the steering wheel comes as standard. Some supercar models, particularly the ones produced in


limited numbers, can hold their value over time rather than depreciate quickly like common cars. In fact, Forbes magazine reported that some members of Hong Kong’s Lamborghini owners club bought their limited edition cars for over HK$2 million (US$255,000) and then sold them a couple of years later for just HK$100,000 (US$12,820) less. Consequently, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore could feasibly be justified as a sensible investment – as if you needed an excuse to want one.


Thanks to Kingsway Cars Limited Hong Kong. Ph: (852)2834 7422 FAMILY OFFICE: ASIA TOMORROW 127


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