Driving along the winding backroads of Bologna, Italy in two Lamborghini automobiles – The Aventador S and the Huracan RWD Spyder – might seem a little out of the ordinary for the average person.
Because it is.
Never have we been so privileged to partner with a brand as prestigious as Lamborghini – a pioneering behemoth to Italy’s highly regarded motoring history.
Reaching exhilarating speeds in our Huracan RWD Spyder and Aventador S was out of sight; locals cheered us on from the streets as we weaved through the countryside of Italy’s North, chasing the sun and beating the wind – a day of pure exhilaration.
Getting into Bologna, we took a small trip to Sant’Agata where the Lamborghini factory is housed. Due to time restrictions (also wanting more time in the cars), we were unable to tour the factory that only owners and VIPs are able to do.
Nonetheless, we picked up our keys with a smile ear to ear, and we began our extraordinary day trip with the two Lamborghini models.
The first couple of hours was very much a test of what these vehicles could do. The Huracan RWD Spyder housed a V10 engine, outputting 580 hp with a top speed of 319km and 0-100km could be achieved in 3.6 seconds. The Huracan was fun, epitomising the brand’s lifestyle push, effortlessly.
As Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Domenicali puts it “the Huracan is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. It’s also the ideal vehicle for those entering the Lamborghini family, wanting a true Spyder experience without compromising on the performance and dynamic handling of a rear-wheel drive car.”
Like a classic coupe, the rear-wheel drive Spyder promises the thrill of two-wheel drive dynamics, roof up or roof down.
The Aventador S, on the other hand, was a different beast altogether. With a more powerful V12 engine, outputting 740 hp and reaching a top speed of 350 km, with a 0-100km in 2.9 seconds, to say we were left breathless would be an understatement. We were also the second people to ever drive this car, straight off the factory line.
Providing a superior drive, ride and performance, every aspect of this car’s suspension and electronic control systems has been advanced, with the goal of complete control and driving emotion; the Aventador S defines a new benchmark for the V12 Lamborghini.
“The Aventador S is visionary design, cutting-edge technology and driving dynamics in pure harmony, and elevates the concept of super sports cars to a new level,” says Domenicali.
In all honesty, however, the notion of ‘a better car’ couldn’t be necessarily applied when comparing the two models, as the Aventador S governed a greater deal of control to maintain normality around the tight streets in the mountainous countryside. The Aventador S is like a weapon; made for pure performance, whereas the Hurcan Spyder could be enjoyed a little more, with its retractable roof and small details that make daily driving easier.
One of our favourite stops along the way was Zocca. Getting there was scenic and beautiful; a site of the Italian countryside tourists very rarely get to see. Cobblestone walkways, small cantinas and the smell of wine from the local vineyards constituted this town; we were in love with the surroundings.
As aforementioned, the local support was something totally unexpected. As we drove through the villages, we would have locals come over to the vehicles asking for photos, or to rev the engine; it was truly incredible to see how attached the Italians feel to this iconic brand.
Admiring these cars from afar is one thing, sitting in the driver’s seat is another altogether. It was hard to comprehend the craftsmanship and quality that goes into each model, found throughout every facet of its design. Not one screw, panel or button has been placed without hours and hours of deliberation; resulting in some of the best automobiles to ever be built.
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