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Lambo Two Top: Concept S foreshadows road-ready Gallardo Spider
MATT DAVIS
Posted Date: 5/26/05
This year’s Geneva show was loaded with Italian show cars that hearkened back to the spirit of the 1970s dream machines. There was the Pininfarina Maserati Birdcage 75th, Bertone Cadillac Villa and Stola S86 Diamante, just to name a few.

Then there was the Lamborghini Concept S, a two-pod barchetta preview of the coming Gallardo Spider that surprised us in much the same way as the Murciélago Roadster concept when it debuted in chopped-top barchetta form at the 2003 Detroit show. In a way it makes good sense, as long as whatever ends up in production still looks good and will sell like hotcakes anyway. Why not play around with the open-air concept, instead of just showing the removable-roofed roadster we’re all expecting?


Lamborghini design boss Luc Donckerwolke admits as much, saying two roof panels are all that differ between the Concept S and the final Gallardo Spider that will première in Frankfurt this September. The Concept S cutlines for panels do make it possible to just lift off one look and set the other in place. The roll bars will be retractable units that can deploy in milliseconds, their housings keeping much of the very square shape of the concept. The rear “cheese cutter” spoiler and stylized diffuser will also look a lot like what we’ve seen on the Concept S.

So why not have a boutique unit within the company, one that could turn out 25 special editions of a car like the Concept S barchetta if buyers stand ready with cash in hand?


“This question is actually nearing a decision—it’s something we’d all like to offer here,” said Donckerwolke.

Regarding this twin-pod configuration in particular, Donckerwolke adds, “Interestingly, the body rigidity figures are higher on this concept than what will exist on the production Gallardo Spider. That center runner creates some very good structural properties.”

Maybe there is a higher purpose behind these show cars after all.
 

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Thats damn ugly. It looks like it's split down the middle and then rejoined. Also looks like a space ship, not a car. Man I love my Diablo!
 

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I think that it looks great. I for one wouldn't mind a limited production run. If I had the money I would be the first on the waiting list.
 

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Press release from CAR Magazine (sorry I can't give the actual page, my scanner isn't working):
'No Kidding! Lambo will build mad twin-cab
The quickest way to divorce court: a [$640k] limited edition roadster
Lamborghini's stunning Concept S Roadster could make it into production as a twin-cab limited edition- if there are enough buyers out there with [$640,000] in their pockets.
The concept, inspired by single-seat racers, was devised as a one-off hint at the forthcoming (and conventional) Gallardo roadster. However a frenzied reaction has forced Lambo to consider putting the car into production.
"It would be in very limited numbers, and it would cost at least half a million euros. But if the demand is there, we could easily do it," said design chief Luc Donckerwolke. He added that 95 percent of the show car- which uses standard Gallardo running gear- was production-ready. Neat details include a pop-up rearview mirror between the pods.
But first up from Lamborghini is the production Gallardo roadster, due in spring '06. Unlike the Murcielago's roof, which requires a degree in origami to operate, the Gallardo's is a simple powered canvas top. The baby Lambo could get an updated version of the V10, bored out to 5.2 litres and making 550 bhp. If the new unit isn't ready, buyers will have to make do with the 492 bhp 5.0 litre. Tragic.'

It's too expensive for me, but some of you other guys might like to know about that.
 

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If it's based on the Gallardo Concept S, charging half a million euros is nuts. Now, if its based on the Murci with a proper top, maybe it would sell.
 

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I must say I like it too. There's something about it that just makes my heart pump faster. It's not mainstream, which is (in my opinion) a good thing. It's very different from anything I've seen lately. So was the Countach when it came. This though, in another way, but I still think it makes sense. I would not mind a limited production. I think you just got to get used to the aesthetic aspect and value of it.

Most journalists I know of critizises the Gallardo from the lack of "Italian passion" and blah blah... This might be something that can bring it back.

I think it looks beautiful!

Just my 2 cents.
 

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Hey, They're right about no italian passion. More like impassionate German engineering. No offense to any Gallardo owners :).
 
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