Lamborghini is the kind of brand that likes to appease their customers. So when the opportunity came for the Italian automaker to gain traction in a new Southeast Asian market, they decided to give its local clientele a special edition model to commemorate the occasion.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Lamborghini Gallardo Malaysia Edition.
Based on the Gallardo LP 550-2 and limited to only 20 units, the Gallardo Malaysia Edition comes with a choice of three unique colors: Arancio Borealis, Verde Ithaca and Blanco Monocerus. The car will also carry a Superleggera exterior kit that includes a more aggressive front bumper, new carbon fiber side skirts, a new diffuser, a titanium exhaust system, and an ’MLE Limited Edition 20’ plaque to highlight its special edition status.
As far as performance credentials are concerned, the Gallardo Malaysia Edition will carry the same 5.2-liter V10 engine as the LP 550-2 Balboni Edition. This model is capable of producing 550 horsepower with a 0-60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph.
Granted, the limited run nature of the Gallardo Malaysia Edition makes it a punch on the pockets of anybody looking to buy one of the 20 available models. Converted from local currency, the supercar will cost a tidy $554,000 and will be made available on a per-order basis.
There are a lot of new car scams in the world and most of them are initiated by the new car dealer, not the buyer. A group of buyers flipped the script on several Los Angeles dealerships, by using fake identities to purchase 20 cars and were shipping them to Hong Kong and Vietnam to sell them for two to three times their U.S. value.
It was a laundry list of luxury vehicles, such as a $280,000 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, an Audi Quattro, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, along with several Mercedes, Lexus, Infiniti, and BMW SUVs among others. For some reason, the thieves even threw in a Toyota Tundra.
The one that got these fraudsters busted was the Ferrari 458 Italia, as Ferrari fitted the supercar with a GPS system as standard, which Ferrari used to track the car once they found out they were defrauded. This led U.S. Customs and the California highway Patrol to conduct a full investigation and find the cars on a ship that had already pulled away from the port.
Needless to say, that ship was forced to come back and all but four of the cars were recovered. The four non-recovered cars are due to be shipped back by Vietnamese Customs.
According to the report, had the fraudsters not gone after the Ferrari, chances are they would have gotten away with this scam and made a ton of money in the process. The total amount of the vehicles seized by U.S. customs is estimated at $1.5 million, which would have pulled in around $3 million in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
We are still trying to figure out what in the world a Toyota Tundra was doing in the mix with all of these high-end luxury cars. We also wonder which thief drew the short straw and was stuck going to the Toyota dealership to pick this thing up?
Lamborghini is celebrating its 10 years of presence on the Singapore market with the unveiling of a new special edition Gallardo Singapore Limited Edition. There will only be 10 units produced, offered in either black or white. For each unit sold, Lamborghini will donate $20,000 to the Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) to help the less fortunate students in Singapore.
The Gallardo Singapore Edition will be the first special edition Gallardo commissioned by Lamborghini for the Singapore market and will be distinguished by the red stripes on the sides of the vehicle and a Merlion logo on the exterior of each car. Under the hood there will be a V10 engine with an output of 550 HP that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, while top speed is 198 mph.
"Mr Melvin Goh, Managing Director of Lamborghini Singapore, began discussions with the Lamborghini factory as early as July last year just to ensure that the cars can be specially made for Singapore. It took close to three months before the concept was finalized."
The upcoming Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 is still a few months away from being revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, but the early returns from the company’s private viewings have indicated that Lamborghini may just have hit a home run.
One of the markets that’s already in-line for the successor to the Murcielago is Singapore, where a pre-production unit was flown in for a private preview for Lamborghini customers. According to Melvin Goh, chief of Lamborghini Singapore, the interest in the Aventador comes as a result of the brand’s growing appeal and improved image and visibility in the Asian market.
“In the last five years since the arrival of the Murcielago and Gallardo, people now understand the cars better and realize the products are good,” he said. “On that note, they are willing to book one even when it’s new and before it is here.”
While no exact figures have been released, it is widely believed that Lamborghini Singapore alone is poised to receive around 50 units of the new supercar, making it one of the very first countries to reserve the Aventador LP700-4 months in advance of its official release.