Date posted : July 4. 2012
Kingway Cars has been an authorized Automobili Lamborghini SpA dealer for the Hong Kong region since 1992, over the last 20 years several major icons in Italian automotive history made at Sant'Agata have been driven from the grounds of Kingway Cars. Just to put things into perspective we are talking about the by now classic Diablo that was brand new in the Nineties, models like the VT, VT Roadster, SV and SV-R, the race inspired edition of the rear-wheel drive Sport Veloce Diablo could all be found at Kingway Cars ... the Diablo era came to an end with the magnificent Diablo VT 6.0 model and the limited edition Diablo GT model.
After that an impressive line up of Murciélago models would be sold, during the 20th Anniversary celebration at the Arcade, the Cyber Port they even managed to have one of the very rare 40th Anniversary edition Murciélago on display, finished in the beautiful dark metallic green shade it was actually parked next to a green LP670-4 Super Veloce edition of the same model ... both being limited edition models by the way ... and as a blast from the past we can admire a bright yellow Lamborghini Miura SV on display too, the car that put the Lamborghini name into the automotive books forever.
Alongside these more 'classic' models Kingway Cars also had several Aventador LP700-4 during the celebration, as a flagship model it sure impresses people ... but the celebration of being an exceptional sales and after-sales service for a make like Lamborghini for a period of 20 years was a perfect opportunity to unveil something really special.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 HK20, or Hong Kong 20th Anniversary edition as it is called specifically will only be available for Hong Kong customers, and more importantly only 8 of these will be built. Priced at HK$3,680,000 (which is about US$475,000 or just over € 375,000) these are not the least expensive out there I guess, however do note this price includes taxes already, so it isn't that extravagant in the end, and you do end up with a very special, complete V10 model.
These LP550-2 HK20 models are finished in Bianco Monocerus, a solid glossy white shade that is rolling on mat gold finished Cordelia cross spoke wheels with the side sills finished in black to contrast nicely with the white bodywork. The standard rear wing found on the Gallardo is also finished in mat black on the HK20 model, which is also the shade used for the brake calipers by the way.
On the outside we see a dual stripe on the front hood, somewhat similar to the Performante but on the HK20 we get gold stripes, going from the front hood over the roof to the engine cover which is the transparent version for this model.
Naturally the HK20 limited edition has some bespoke items only available on these 8 cars, like the mat white top, HK20 crest on the front spoiler and rear bumper, mat gold stripes, mat black rear spoiler, mat black side sills and mat white exterior rear view mirrors, while on the inside we are welcomed by a very nice combination of black alcantara and leather with black stitching in the amazing looking Q-Citura pattern.
The e-Gear selector plate is also finished in mat black and features the HK20 script, just like on the headrests and the sides, the two levers behind the perforated leather steering wheel are finished in a nicely contrasting red shade and there is also a plaque with the serial number of each of the 8 units built.
The base of the HK20 is the Gallardo LP550-2, so we still get a 5,204cc V10 engine that delivers 550hp at 8,000 rpm with an impressive 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm on the rear wheels only, trying their best to get those Pirelli 295/30 ZR19 tires not to get shaved too quickly. Up front you get those great looking Cordelia wheels finished in limited edition mat gold wrapped with 235/35 ZR19 rubber from the Pirelli plant ... all that expensive rubber will get you to 100 Km/h from a standstill in only 3.9 seconds ... and if you are really courageous the HK20 will only reach its limit at 320 Km/h.
So will we ever see the Gallardo LP550-2 HK20 over here in Europe or even in the United States? I highly doubt it, only 8 will be built ... and those are only available in Hong Kong anyway, similar to the Super Veloce China Edition ... only very little numbers ever built, and hardly ever seen outside the original market it was sold on. I for one regret that actually because let's face it : this HK20 does look very nice ... however I think you will be able to convince the Ad Personam program to at least get a Gallardo that would look close to this HK20 limited edition ... without the custom HK20 scripts naturally.
Text © Mark Smeyers - www.lambocars.com
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