Italy has been in a celebratory tizzy of sorts, seeing as 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the nation’s unification. To help join in on the festivities, a number of the country’s most notable automakers have rolled out anniversary specials. It appears Lamborghini wants in on the fun, as it is readying a special-edition model known as the Tricolore.
As the name suggests, the special Gallardo will don the three colors used in the Italian flag. As is the case with most Italian designs, a little decoration goes a long way, and the limited edition Lambo appears to be no exception. A preview image shows what appears to be a standard white Gallardo, but running from tip to tail is a thin, offset pinstripe of the green, white, and red Italian flag. That same accent is apparently also used on the inner edge of the driver’s seatback, matching the exterior placement
We don’t have any word on what, if any, mechanical upgrades are slated for the Tricolore, but power will most assuredly come from a version of Lamborghini’s 5.2-liter V-10. Currently, this engine can be had in 550-, 560-, and 570-horsepower forms, so it’s highly unlikely the Tricolore will lack power. Also unknown is the driveline -- buyers traditionally have their choice of a six-speed manual or an automated manual transmission, and depending on the model, power is sent either through an all-wheel-drive system or simply the rear axle.
We’ll have more details when the car is officially unveiled next week during a display of the great repair shops and factories of Turin, one of Italy’s manufacturing centers. The Tricolore will be shown during an event celebrating the country’s continuation of products produced in Italy.