As fall encroaches on the summer weather of Las Vegas, heat continues to be generated within the confines of Mandalay Bay where the hottest cars were being auctioned at Barrett-Jackson. Here, not only can you view, touch and smell the beautiful vehicles, but you can purchase them as well (so long as your wallet allows it). Several companies also showcase their newest and fastest vehicles in their line-ups and some even allow you to test-drive it on site. How often can you do all of that at one venue?
One of the cars that took our interest was the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Coupe. Lamborghini of Las Vegas (in Henderson) was kind enough to showcase the new Bull at Barrett-Jackson. This thing is so low that its height stops right at my waistline and so slick that if looks could kill, a mere glimpse will cut you. The 2012 LP700-4 is armed with a 60 degree V12 engine wielding a max speed of 217 mph and 0-60 countdowns in less than 3 seconds. If there’s a fine line between beastly and Godly, this vehicle doesn’t seem to see it.
As with Vegas party tradition, there’s always that one hottie in the room that your eye cannot miss. At this party, it was the 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR Prototype coupe. Already special, being the first Raptor GTR produced by Mosler, this beastly-creation wields a twin-turbo custom-LS7 boasting 1,200hp as it utilizes two layers of carbon-fiber with Kevlar in the core allowing it to sit at a total weight of 2,350lbs. 0-60 you ask? The Mosler does it in a face-blistering 2.5 seconds. The car sits unrivalled in its own category, much like the wallet it would take to bring her home.
Be it if you need two-shots of espresso or a caramel latte, choices of flavor here are abundant. GM, Ford and Porsche brought out their several vehicles from their fleet to test drive and ride-in. At Ford, the new Mustang GT350 and GT500, 5.0, and other Mustang badges in its fleet were present, most of which you are allowed to test-drive. The same goes with GM’s lot, where several vehicles such as the new Chevy Volt, Cruze, and the new Corvette ZR1 made its appearance. With the exception of the Corvette ZR1, you can drive almost any of the cars they have available. This includes the new 5.0 Mustang and Corvette-convertible as well as the CTS-V (in coupe and wagon) for the public to try out. However, Ford and GM gave us the watered-down taste of their delectable delights; which was something Porsche booth did not abide by.
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