Tuesday, February 17, 2009
New v. Old
Depending on response, I'm planning on making this a recurring feature.
New or Old? Would you rather have the original, or the current "modern" version of the same car, I'm going to stick with the same manufacturer, and the same segment for now.
Lets start with Lamborghini, I for one absolutely detest new Lamborghini's, Lamborghini's have always been too flash, too ostentatious, and buying a new one to me shows you really have no discerning taste, Lamborghini has never had any pedigree, and that's its problem. They've always had to try too hard, they're all shouty. The nouvau riche buy Lambos, Old Money buys Ferarris, and everyone knows Old Money is so much classier. A perfect example is the Lamborghini Countach, Marcello Gandini's original design was excellent, pure of line, simple in form, then they had to go ruin it with giant wheel arches and big vents and massive spoilers, none of which it really needed. That is the essence of Lamborghini and the current ones are even worse, Audi has engineered all the Italian soul out of Lamborghini, it isn't supposed to work properly all the time, and you'r enot supposed to see out of the back, thats the point, and the ever sensible Germans just don't seem to get it. Its a real pity. James May sums it up best when he says that Lamborghini's are like a "fart at a wedding"
Now whilst new Lamborghini's are bought by trust fund baby's, movie stars, and rappers who put 22" colour matched dubs on their cars (proving their tackyness). However, purchasing a classic Lamborghini, I feel demonstrates discerning taste.
The Lamborghini Miura was launched in 1967, penned by Gandini at Bertone, it is one of the most beautiful cars of all time. As well as being one of the most influential designs and lay outs in super-car history, the Ferrari 250 LM and the Ford GT40 had used a mid-engine lay out in competition, but before the Miura super-cars were front engine, the Miura made the mid-engine lay out the standard for super cars to come. The Miura's sensational design still looks modern today. The five speed manual, coupled to the transverse mounted 3.9litre Lamborghini V12 (another innovation), was good for 345 hp, the gearbox and engine shared the same casting and the same lubrication until the P400SV's.
The Lamborghini we're looking at here though, is the Miura SV/J. Octane Magazine, has driven Chassis 18 (the Shah of Iran's ex-car), and they can give you alot better impression of it than I can.
I figure most of you will be familiar with the Murcielago LP-640, if not the internets await you.
The Muricelago comes with a 632bhp V-12, AWD, and a six speed manual.
So what will it be? The Poll's at the bottom of the page. Vote wisely, I'll judge you.
You know what? I'd rather have a Ford GT instead.
Feel free to duke it out in the comments.