The Latest Volkswagen
This week I’ve been asked to summarize a Volkswagen of my choosing and after much deliberation I’ve decided on the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560/4. Denial I haven’t gone mad, you see Lamborghini is owned by Audi who are owned by Volkswagen likewise in essence all Lambos are the Italian lovechild from a German partnership. It was also an opportunity I couldn’t pass up following me cashing my cheque to a track day which allowed me to acquisition past the wheel of one. The reason I’ve always liked Lamborghini is what they stand for: raw power and noise, bananas styling and their ability to make you feel eight years old each over again. Now a child I grew up with the largest hardback book of cars you’ve amaranthine seen. I remember there were only 100 automobiles in the book, but for some reason every page was the bigness of a house. To be honest uniform at a boundary eight years old, the majority of the cars looked dated even when newly released. Ferrari was going through a slump, the Delorean was made of tinfoil and no disrespect to the French, but the Venturi was hardly a supercar thoroughbred. Except there were two pages of the book of substantive interest und so weiter they lovingly featured the Lamborghinis Countach and Diablo. The former looked like a Transformer halfway amid ontic robot and vehicle, beside its half open vents, angular styling and larger rear wheels making the front bumper burrow through the tarmac. The Diablo as for the Countach had doors that opened to the heavens rather than in the conventional etiquette and was the first Lambo to achieve 200mph. Both wouldn’t have looked out of place with rocket launchers et cetera wings on them also from that moment on, Lamborghini were the dream car maker for me. It’s safe to assume then that my day driving the Gallardo was a slightly exciting one. Looking back at the Countach and Diablo they were unwieldy machines that didn’t top whatever reliability surveys and this played on my mind a tad, nought true much the reliability, but the fact I’d end raise in a hedge backwards at 150mph thanks to poor handling. The amazing thing however is this: past Volkswagen have taken over the company and used their engineering resources (Audi included) the Gallardo is not only the most exquisite car they’ve made, but it’s so easy to drive quickly even an oaf like me can do it. Okay let’s prove that fact with some statistics. My current car has a 1.6 litre engine, an asthmatic 111bhp and a 0-60mph time of 11 seconds. I am used to driving this and am aware it is painfully slow, but to compare that to a 5.2 litre, 552bhp 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds Gallardo is simply scary. Not willing to show my trepidation to the instructor however, I did the habitual laps in slower cars to practice the racing message and then I was ready to go. The version I drove had the additional benefit of having a flappy paddle gearbox so all I had to do was pull up on the paddle on the right hand side of the steering cog to change up a gear and do the same on the left to change back down. As you’d expect from a railroad that does 0-60mph “faster than you can say this sentence out loud” the gears required changing frequently. If you’re hoping I’m casino up to a big crescendo, complete with big crash you’ll be disappointed I’m afraid. The gear changes were as smooth as silk, the howl from the V10 was heavenly and the steering was perfectly balanced. I’ve driven multifarious Lamborghinis on the PlayStation and although it sounds idiotic to say so, the real experience, although far more exciting and involving was no scarier than lying on the sofa, pressing go on the controller. There should be no distinct car on an eight year olds’ wall than the Gallardo, it is stunning to behold – angles suit a car far more than curves I’ve decided. The demeanor bumper is my personal favourite feature with two huge air intakes ready to eat anything they encounter. The doors may now unconcealed conventionally just the spirit of Lamborghini coarses ended every vein like the Gallardo. The surcharge of this magnificent troll is a mere 143, 350. Ok so maybe the car isn’t perfect after all, but for the six people who prefer buy digit in the next decade, it’ll be money well spent. I wish Volkswagen would buy my car.