"Merry Christmas", "Motor Sport presenter became Giltrap Group, Communications Manager and PR Shaun Summerfield says with a spark because he gives me the keys to a Lamborghini Urus.
Even though this Monday morning has a dreamlike quality, Summerfield is actually there, with a solid resemblance to the jolly man in a red suit and Lambo is absolutely real. All $ 380,0000 worth of light yellow, luxurious Italian, futuristic designed beast of it.
& # 39; & # 39; It's a monster, & # 39; & # 39; Summerfield exclaims smoothly and with the specs that give Urus the same colossal result as a V8 Supercar, I'm prepared to believe in him.
Powered by a twin turbo V8, this is no ordinary SUV. It pumps out 650hp and has a top speed of 305kmh. Unfortunately, while driving from Highlands Motorsport Park to Queenstown, I did not try this funny fact, but I had to drive a Lamborghini. Life goals: tick.
Although my urus was the first of its kind on the southern island, there are about eight dispersed across the entire northern island and there are 28 additional on request, according to the giltrap group's marketing coordinator Jordan Darrow.
He and Summerfield were on a three-way road show with $ 4 million of super cars in trailers. Queenstown / Cromwell was first on the itinerary, followed by Christchurch and Wellington. The plan was to show the cars to the public so they could throw over them and offer test runs to the lucky few who had an extra couple of hundred thousand to buy them.
Urus is the cheapest of its marque and probably the most practical from $ 340,000 without additional features.
Part of the roadshow was also the aggressive Aventador. It packs in almost another 100hp and is the core of whole blood, low-slung Lamborghini – complete with the archetypal scissors doors. Prepare to share with another $ 300,000 for that though and have difficulty getting in or withdrawing it elegantly.
It was gentleman Bentley, McLaren masterpiece and James Bondish Aston Martins who all dared attention, but I chose Urus from the super mass.
Having not run many Lamborghinis in my time (ie zero) confesses that it took me time to find out which of the knobs, steering wheel, buttons and lever that actually got the big hulking thing to go.
Summerfield made it clear that injuries injuries would damage his employment prospect. So it was with pleasure that I crept out of Highland's parking lot, ran hesitantly to the left turn to Queenstown and then stamped my right foot to the floor. The road for a few seconds of unforgettable joy later – 3.6 to be exact – I hit the speed limit and the crooked tiger that climbed under the Urus bonnet curled back and purred. I knew it was all the way but had only limited possibilities of releasing it in all its visceral, burying your backbone in the seat – 478 kW power and 850 Nm torque – glory.
Mostly, I appreciated the suave interior, classic as only the Italians can be and the soft padded cocooning that comes with the cottage interiors riding on the 21inch deck. I almost sued when I watched fuel consumption that swung between 14 liters and 15 liters / 100 km, so I quickly remembered that I did not fill this thirsty puppy up. I suppose if you can fork out for a car that costs the same as a house in some still affordable parts of New Zealand, you're not worried about excessive fuel bills.
While super luxury SUV will not be at the New Zealand Endurance Championship at Highlands next Saturday, super cars will be abound. I look forward to seeing that they are driving on the track, how they can not be driven on public roads.
Like many Kiwi rally fans, I also keep track of Hayden Paddon who competes in Rally Australia this weekend and hope he repeats his 2017 stage. As for what next year holds for our WRC driver, nothing is confirmed. Rumors remain in full swing, but until Hayden makes his announcement I will not speculate.