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Racing Teatray

Passenger ride - Lambo...

OMG...
Andy C

Can't wait for this !
Big Blue

Is this a "been on" or a "going to" ?
Boxer6

Big Blue wrote:
Is this a "been on" or a "going to" ?


"Been on" I think. Something on FB about whatever aeroplane he was going on being "slow" by comparison!
Racing Teatray

If Carlsberg did airport transfers...



That's not a bad over-the-shoulder view.
Big Blue

Come on, you tease. Never mind all this "career" nonsense: get a report up
PhilD

there's a reason for the teaser shots...

Racing Teatray

So…was at an old friend's wedding in Vienna over the weekend. Got introduced on Saturday evening during the wedding breakfast to another friend of his who turned out to be a major-league petrolhead who regaled us with tales of having just got back from a preview in Germany of the production-ready Porsche 918 (with the phone snaps to prove it – looks awesome). Anyhow, he ended up extremely kindly inviting me for a spin in his current steed the following day with the promise that he'd drop me off at the airport afterwards if my suitcase wasn't too large…

Being a proper sort of chap, he was as good as his word. And my airline-locker regulation-sized suitcase even fitted neatly in the luggage space in the nose. Result.

Wow.

Never been in any Lamborghini before, let alone 700+bhp's worth of snorting Aventador.  But I'm with Jeremy Clarkson on this one. You can keep your Ferrari 458s and McLaren wotsits and Nobles and what have you. They are mere upstarts by comparison. It looked absolutely fantastic in a special-order grey paint (whose name I have forgotten) that managed to make it look utterly classy whilst also looking like it might be capable of interstellar travel. There is something surprisingly aristocratic about a subtlely-hued Lamborghini. I think it's the fact that absolutely no attempt is made to apologise in any way for the fact that it is the Daddy, designed to be an ultimate statement of outrageous performance with little or no association with anything so vulgar as competition or endless brand exploitation. Either way, if anyone's listening, I'd quite like one. Like the Queen though, it's not actually discreet. Everywhere we went, people looked, waved and grinned. Park up and people flock to be photographed with it the moment you walk off.

Swing the surprisingly light and beautifully-damped door up and out of the way and you drop yourself, only slightly awkwardly, into a heady land of stitched leather, digital instruments and Audi switchgear. It's very stylish and looks immaculately assembled, but it's also surprisingly restrained given the exterior styling and nothing like the Sega arcade-machine look inside Ferrari's current models. In two tone black and caramel leather, it again looked classy and expensive, even if some of the plastic Audi switchgear does look a little out of its league. Pagani has it licked in this respect as my new friend readily agreed. No gearstick – all Aventadors are paddle-only. We agreed that we both preferred manuals but that the absence of a manual option was not a reason not to buy a Lambo! The view (from the passenger seat) through the vast windscreen was surprisingly good – you don't sit nearly as low or reclined as you might imagine. In what I think was called "Strada" mode, the ride is also pretty good, even on cobbled and tramline-festooned Viennese streets. In fact, it quickly feels almost normal, or as normal as it can with Satan's symphony orchestra doing a creditable impersonation of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (complete with cannon) behind your ears. Ahh the noise. It's never less than fantastic. Grittier and less sweetly musical than some – definitely a bull baritone edge to its yowls – but nevertheless awesome. The long grumble of pops and bangs on a trailing throttle or slowing downchange is awesome. I am reliably informed that onlookers behind get treated to flames from the exhaust as an accompaniment.

There's little I can say about the performance from the passenger seat that hasn't been written about more eloquently by many motoring journalists from the driver's seat. However, trust me it's entirely awesome. On switchback roads, it felt like it was nailed to the tarmac with what looked and felt like it had razor-incise responses to throttle and steering – it zinged round hairpins with ease. And the acceleration is epic. Particularly if, as my exceptionally kind host did, you engage the launch control and nail it from a standing start. Bam, bam, bam, up through the first three gears before deceleration was required to avoid, well, death probably. I haven't felt anything as violently accelerative like that since I tried water-skiing behind a 50ft powerboat (not recommended by the way!). In the name of all that is holy and a lot that is highly unholy, that thing is quick. Brutally, marvellously, addictively quick. It reminded me of the Bugatti EB110SS someone gave me a ride in when I was 17. And yet, quite clearly, not a difficult car to cruise on the motorway in or pootle around town in, or at least not in Vienna which has nice wide streets and a very civilised lack of speed-bumps.

I've always thought that my preferred supercar came SLS-shaped. Now I'm not so sure. How much are early manual Gallardos these days?? Surely they can be found in grey…

PG

Racing Teatray wrote:
...There is something surprisingly aristocratic about a subtlely-hued Lamborghini. I think it's the fact that absolutely no attempt is made to apologise in any way for the fact that it is the Daddy, designed to be an ultimate statement of outrageous performance with little or no association with anything so vulgar as competition or endless brand exploitation. ..


It is fascinating (and true) that despite its looks, a Lambo is not in any way vulgar.

Sounds like an epic airport taxi service. Does he have a private hire licence for other bookings?
Stuntman

Fabulous review, particularly this bit:

Racing Teatray wrote:
In fact, it quickly feels almost normal, or as normal as it can with Satan's symphony orchestra doing a creditable impersonation of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (complete with cannon) behind your ears.


You lucky chap.
Bryan M

Wow - that was an unexpected bit of good luck
TreVoR

Brilliant!
Racing Teatray

It was indeed. I particularly liked that the firing order is written on the engine cover. Unnecessary I should think, but very cool.
Andy C

Amazing ! Looks great in that colour too
Parm

Awesome. I saw one in that colour in Central London a few months ago. It had a Dubai number plate and  I recall the wheels were all kerbed.
Martin

Great stuff!  It does look very cool in that colour.
Big Blue

Very nice. Hope you didn't upset the fakir horses in Wien. Enjoy tomorrow.
Roadrunner

I have never really been a Lambo man, but this report might just have converted me.
Roadsterstu

Racing Teatray wrote:
It was indeed. I particularly liked that the firing order is written on the engine cover. Unnecessary I should think, but very cool.


I have a photo of the firing order on the engine of a Diablo I was treated to a ride in a few years ago. A long list of numbers and, you are right, very cool indeed!

That was some bit of luck to meet the owner and that he was so accomodating. And it does look rather good in dark grey.
Twelfth Monkey

Stuntman wrote:
Fabulous review, particularly this bit:

Racing Teatray wrote:
In fact, it quickly feels almost normal, or as normal as it can with Satan's symphony orchestra doing a creditable impersonation of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (complete with cannon) behind your ears.


You lucky bastard.


FYP!
BeN

Not even I've been in a Lambo!
Chocy Rocky

Damn decent of the owner.

Of course, if I had an Aventador, I'd be looking for any good excuse to go for a spin too.

Sounds like a grreat way to travel.
Big Blue

BeN wrote:
Not even I've been in a Lambo!


Eh? You're not that old and I assure you if there's one forum member I reckon to have been in all sorts of exotica it's Racing, and not because of his age.

I also reckon I've been in 70s and 80s American metal no one here can imagine having had a parent living there at the time.
Frank Bullitt

Wonderful opportunity and it sounds everything you hope it would be - it should be vulgar, but just isn't.
PhilD

BeN wrote:
Not even I've been in a Lambo!


I got massive deja vu when you said that BeN, have you said it before?!
BeN

Never mind...
PhilD

ah, it's your new catchphrase!
gooner

I saw a matt black Aventador on Kuwaiti plates in Mayfair,  it looked awesome even in that matt wrap.

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