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Spy photographer Pedro Domingues, part of Brenda Priddy & Company's network of covert auto shooters, snapped these shots of the forthcoming Lamborghini Gallardo LP550 in Portugal, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show.

Priddy says the car, painted orange but almost completely covered in black tape, is said to be powered by a 5.2L V10 with 550hp. Priddy says her photographer saw "some top-end cars, such as the Maserati GranTurismo and Porsche 911 (on the track) testing. Among those cars was an orange Lamborghini Gallardo covered in black tape. This Gallardo had a different front bumper, smaller headlights, double dual exhaust, and the rear ventilation grille was one single piece instead of three portions."

The Gallardo LP550 has re-designed front and rear fascias and rides on a stiffer body. Along with mechanical updates, an improved (and lighter) all-wheel-drive system and upgraded brakes, the LP550 will also come with an upgraded price tag, estimated somewhere in the $200k range.

Priddy relates her photographer's final observation: "I can additionally tell you that it runs very quietly when idling," Domingues explained. "Once the engine gets to the right temperature, you can hardly hear it, but it roars like a true Lamborghini when being revved and pulling away."