By Ron Amadon
DAMASCUS, MD. – You have overcome overwhelming odds and struck it rich in the Powerball or Mega Millions lottery and are anxious to go automobile shopping.
You want a head turning, rubber burning, luxurious super car to drive through the gates and over the moat of your long dreamed of mansion.
For the rest, well not one enthusiast can tell me they have never, ever, day dreamed about what they would buy if overnight they started comparing bank accounts with Warren Buffet. Thus, may I offer the following?
The P1 should probably not be included in the “Powerball Car” series, but then again it is the Gisele Bunchen of the entire auto industry. McLaren has already sold all 900 of the 903 hp gas/electric P1’s that it will produce.
The lucky owners will enjoy a 3.8-liter, 727 horsepower V8 paired with a 177 horsepower electric motor. 0-60 in a blood pressure raising 2.7 seconds and a top speed, probably best enjoyed in the Arabian Desert, of 217 mph.
Autocar, the world’s oldest auto enthusiast magazine, summed things up this way, “A scintillating triumph.”
You would climb out of the driver’s seat at a fine Italian restaurant after a long trip and scream to the heavens, “LaFerrari!”
Regretfully, only 499 customers will be able to own one of sexist supercars on the world’s roads. “It boasts the most extreme performance ever,” said Ferrari in one of its more modest modes.
That is backed up by a 6.3-liter V12 with 789 horsepower, and 516 lb-ft of torque. Not to forget the AC permanent magnet synchronous electric motor at 161 additional horsepower and 199 lb-ft of ever lovin’ torque. 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds and just 9.8 seconds to 150. A top speed of 218 mph on a fine track.
Autocar called it, “very possibly the world’s fastest, most exciting hypercar.” Hypercar – that is a term so much more exciting than “crossover.”
The price cracks seven figures.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
“Designed to cut through the air and become one with the sky,” says Lamborghini of its Huracan based convertible.
A wonderful 602 horsepower V-10 is the power and what power there is – 0-60 in just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 201 miles per. Wind buffeting might be an issue at that speed and you probably would not care.
Torque? Oh Yes! How’s about 413 lb-ft at 6,500 rpm. And the top folds in just 17 rain cheating seconds.
This is one great car and a bargain compared to the Ferrari and the McLaren at $267,545 to start. That should clear out some dough to get a slightly bigger moat with your Powerball winnings.
And if those Powerball payoffs ever approach the $1 billion mark again, and only the fastest of the fast will do, then there is only the Bugatti Chiron. Almost 1,500 horsepower from a quad-turbocharged V16 as its maker again strives to produce the fastest ride in the world, some 261 miles per hour. Too much? Nope!
Bugatti said it has already received 200 orders out of the 500 it will build. No small thing for a car that will set you back $2.7 million. That is the base price by the way.
“Ettore Bugatti, whose motto was ‘nothing is too beautiful and nothing is too expensive,’ would certainly have taken pleasure in this example of sheer craftsmanship,” says the company.
And, “for the first time, it is possible to stow a suitcase with the size of a cabin trolley approved for air travel in the luggage space of a Bugatti.” That is what we would term a carry-on bag. Look for a formal release date early next year.
And did I mention the 1,181 lb-ft or torque?