Lamborghini Aventador J
With Lamborghini, it’s hard to separate the bizarre from the practical. Let’s face it. Every Lamborghini is a concept car made drivable on today’s roads. The ‘J’ was said to be a one-off, made by Lamborghini for an individual.
The truth, as told to the television program ‘Top Gear’, was that Lamborghini CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, wanted a crowd-stopper for the Geneva Autoshow. He gave his designers a month. They brought in an Aventador LP700-4 and tore off everything but the front bonnet, fenders and headlights. The single buyer theory came true after an anonymous gentleman bought the “J” after the show for £1.75 million.
The Aventador J doesn’t have a roof or any ability to have a roof, and it doesn’t have a windscreen. The driver and passenger both wear full face helmets. It doesn’t have height (it’s the lowest Lamborghini in history). It doesn’t have windows; at least, not in the way we usually think of windows. There is a narrow strip of glass along the top of the door. The traditional rear-view mirror has become a periscope that pops up when needed.
It has the Lamborghini trademark flamboyantly curved sheet metal with enough impact to stop the heart of a Brazilian oil magnate at ten paces. Under the new skin, the flesh and bones are unchanged from the LP700-4 and include a V12, 6.5 litre engine with 700 horsepower and 509 lb-ft. of torque, all wheel drive and seven speed automated manual transmission. Lucky fellow, both to have the ‘J’ and to have £1.75 million to spend on one car.
McLaren describes the P1 as a cross between a sailfish, a peregrine falcon and a cheetah. We don’t think those species would ever mate, but elements of each are in the P1. There’s one other odd thing about the P1. It grins at you.
The black fascia curves up beneath the bonnet in an undeniable smile. It’s a bit disconcerting. Moreover, McLaren added and changed body panels to make it look more belligerent. It’s like a mugger laughing at a joke while he takes your wallet. The car debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The car uses normal seating (other McLaren’s put the driver in the middle and add two seats beside and in back) and a rear wheel drive, mid-engine setup.
McLaren installed a practical hybrid system with a 3.8 litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine producing 727 horsepower backed up by a 176 horsepower electric motor for a total output of 916 horsepower and 664 lb-ft. of torque. These two power plants combine to push the McLaren from zero to 100 km/h in less than three seconds, zero to 200 km/h in under seven seconds and zero to 300 km/h in 17 seconds. It’s faster than the legendary McLaren F1. If you’re considering a purchase. Bring £1.1 million. Do it quickly. Only 375 will be made and McLaren has already sold 250 of them.
These are fun, but for the rest of us, we normal people who take our kids to ballet practice and buy milk and cookies at the grocery store, it’s a good idea to shop for used cars online; or at least, research our next purchase before we buy. After all, we don’t have £1million to spend on a ride to work.