We Drive a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, and an Audi R8 in Vegas!
A couple of weeks ago we were in Las Vegas for a conference (and in our last post, you could see these pictures of our work at the Aria Resort & Casino). Since we're not really gamblers at heart, we found something much more fun. We headed out to the desert with the folks from World Class Driving to drive 4 supercars: the Ferrari 458 Red Italia, Audi R8, Jaguar XKR-S, and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante (when you pay this much for a car, it probably should have a name this long). Anyway, here are some impressions from an amateur but enthusiastic driver.
Ferrari 458 Red Italia
It is hard to pick a favorite among these cars, but this one is definitely in the top two for me. It is easily the most beautiful, making the others' designs seem half-baked, or at least tame, by comparison. The Ferrari sounds so good, and drives so intuitively, that I definitely pushed it harder than the others. I red-lined it three times; once from a stop, and twice more closing a gap that had "inadvertently" appeared between me and the driver ahead. Incredibly impractical for going to the market, or anywhere with another person, it still is so much fun that I can understand how someone might get passionate about this car.
Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Spyder Performante
Driving in a tight formation with 5 other drivers, through twisting desert roads, I found the 570 horsepower of the Lambo's V10 incredibly responsive, and only occasionally, slightly terrifying. It feels absolutely glued to the pavement, which means you can go through turns at speeds and G-forces you didn't realize were possible. The brakes felt like they could stop a train, and pushed back as I applied more force. Was it my favorite, though? Everything about this car screams “Race Me!” and since that wasn't the purpose of our outing, I may not be giving it its due. So as much fun as it was to drive for a half-hour, I can't imagine driving it across the country.