Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Batman's Lamborghini: First Aventador Arrives in the Northwest U.S.

I just had a chance to see the brand spanking new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (exact model name!) at a weekly exotics gathering in Redmond, WA, just outside of Seattle. The Exotics at Redmond Town Center event is the Northwest version of LA's famous Cars & Coffee. In fact, it's so popular that it's become the largest car gathering North of California.
The Lamborghini Aventador pictured here is the very first one sold in the Northwest. It arrived a few days earlier at the local dealership where it was being officially unveiled to the public and potential buyers. The Aventador's jet fighter-inspired surfacing and matte black color make the car look like it's coming straight out of a Batman set. The car has a price tag of $387,000 and it is Lamborghini's top of the line product right now. Getting one might be very hard as you need to be on a very exclusive list of buyers.

You may recognize the name Redmond, WA. Microsoft calls it home. Nordstrom, Starbuck, Amazon, and a few other Fortune 500 companies are also headquartered nearby and exotic cars are a common sight in the Seattle area. This bad boy should have no problem finding a home.

This Aventador's color is officially called "Nero Nemesis". It would make for a good story first time the Nero ends up in a fiery crash!

Here are some interesting tidbits:
  • The car pictured here is the first offered in the Northwest and it is still owned by the dealer. Every Lamborghini dealership in the US (approximately 30) gets exactly one car ordered to spec the way they want it
  • Each dealership has agreed to hold on to its Aventafor for 6 months before selling it
  • The salesperson mentioned they've had people calling from all over the country offering North of $100K over sticker to take the car
  • So far, the dealer has politely turned down the offers and are accepting deposits to either order a new one or be on the waitlist for this one. I wonder how long they're going to turn down extra money for this car...
  • Rumor has it that local Seattle celebrity Sir-Mix-A-Lot is ready to replace his orange Murcielago with an Aventador. I wonder if he's on the waitlist too.
  • The 691HP Lambo tips the scales at 3,470 lb and is mostly made of carbon fiber composite. Much of the technology that goes into making the composite pieces was developed at the University of Washington's "Automobili Lamborghini Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory" in Seattle, so this is a homecoming of sort for the Nero Nemesis car.
Maybe if I can get Sir-Mix-A-Lot to show up with me at the dealer, they'll let us take it out for a test drive. I know we can get to Pacific Raceways with it in no time. Anyone know someone at TMZ that could help?

UDPATE: The Aventador seems to be a genuine fast car around the track. Not just a monster of straight line speed. As Richard Hammond of Top Gear recently stated in the Aventador Review, the priority for Lamborghini when designing a new car used to be top speed, acceleration and handling. In that order. With the Aventador, the order was reversed with handling coming first.

Apparently, Lamborghini did a good job. The Avendator bested the old Murcielago by 2.5 sec around the Top Gear test track in the Stig's hands, but most importantly it currently is 3rd in the Top Gear Power Board at 1:16:5 on the Power Board, which is quite a feat.