So I have to say, today was a real treat. I’ve loved Lamborghini since I was 5 or 6 (remember the 25th anniversary Lamborghini Countach?), and it has literally been a life dream to get to ride in one…and today that dream was fulfilled!
I’m actually doing some SEO work for a company, and the owner of the company owns a stable of exotics, so I agreed to reduce my hourly rate in exchange for rides in his amazing cars, which to me is a killer deal! I’d tell you more about the owner, but as I understand it he’s a private guy, so I won’t go there.
Anywho, on to the cars…
This afternoon I had the opportunity to go for a ride in a beautiful yellow Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster, and holy crap was it a blast. Just opening the door to get in made me giggle like a girl (scissor doors are amazing) 🙂 Add to that the numbers, 572 HP, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 205, and it is quite understandable that I still can’t stop grinning 🙂
Man was this thing fast…we only stomped on the gas a little, and this venerable car literally took off like a bat out of hell (fitting, since Murcielago means Bat.) I expected the ride to be harsh, and the seats to be uncomfortable…but it was the complete opposite. Despite being just a few inches off the ground, the ride really wasn’t bad, and the seats were really quite comfy! Maybe not super long road trip comfy, but way better than expected.
This model had the E-Gear transmission, which wasn’t super common on the first gen Murcielago, but sure makes for sporty driving. I have no idea how fast we went, but it left my hair looking funny, and it sure felt fast.
As if riding in a Lamborghini Murcielago wasn’t enough, the day got better! Inclement weather forced a change in vehicles, so I ended up getting to ride in a Nissan GT-R as well, one of my favorite cars (on paper and YouTube anyways!)
Seriously, I’d heard this car was blisteringly fast, but actually feeling it is something else. The car I rode in was a 2009, which means it has the launch control that is set for 3.2-3.3 seconds for 0-60, which is a full half-second quicker to 60 than the Murcielago. In a head to head race, this car would win, at least until you got up past 140-150 or so, where the extra 100 hp in the Lambo would really come into play.
But man, the GT-R felt as fast as it is. We easily hit 95 or 100 in a VERY short distance…and the brakes are amazing, by the way 🙂 That said, my only issue with the GT-R would be the narrowness of the seats. I’m a wide guy, and it felt a bit tight. The Lambo seats were, in my opinion, more comfortable…shocking, I know.
Add to the above a great lunch, including one of the best hamburgers I’ve had (the River Burger with cheese and bacon, at the Riverside Country Club in Provo, UT), and this really has been a perfect day.
So, that’s that! It has been an amazing day! Now perhaps I can arrange a ride in his Audi R8 and his Ferrari F430 Spider for next week…
UPDATE: I got to ride in his Ferrari F430 Spider F1 too 🙂