I don’t often get embarrassed, it’s true, but I’ve gotta admit that every time I backed my Audi R8 out of the driveway I felt like covering my head in shame… Seriously, what was I thinking? How naïve must I have been to have even considered blowing any of my Codeable income on such a plebeian vehicle?
It’s hard to believe no one tried stopping me from buying an entry level “supercar” so far past its prime, I mean, if it ever had one. A car rightfully deserving of endless pity stares from other drivers. R8’s are junkers folks, and mine has to go. These are the top five reasons why I’ve upgraded my R8 to an Aventador.
When you think of supercar engines, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? V10’s, V12’s, maybe even a W16? I’d be willing to bet just about anything you’re not dreaming about a measly 4.2L V8, am I right?
Well, unfortunately for me, I wasn’t quite thinking so clearly when I decided to buy my first supercar.
Sad, I know… I mean sure, I suppose having 420hp at your disposal is great if you want to obey the speed limit and leisurely drive over to Bed Bath & Beyond to trade in your man card for some scented candles.
Honestly, I don’t think there’s any worse feeling in the world than getting owned in a street race while thinking you look cool, and personally I’m sick and tired of it. I’m here to win and look bad-ass while doing it, and rolling around town in a tiny little V8 (AKA “the commoner’s engine”) just wasn’t getting the job done.
However, my new Aventador (okay, well it’s actually a 2015) has a monstrous 6.5L V12 that puts out a whopping 740hp. That’s the kind of power that wins races, we’re talking 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds.
Yes, you read that right folks… Even though the R8 displays up to 220mph on the dash, it has proven itself to be a lying little temptress hardly capable of reaching the 190’s. Truth be told, even getting to 190mph in the R8 requires some pretty perfect conditions which include driving downhill and a strong wind at your back.
If I wanted to drive something that maxed out before 200mph I’d probably have gotten myself a Tesla, or maybe a nice little golf cart, I hear there’s not much of a difference anyways…
While there might not be any significant differences when it comes to the performance specs between golf carts, Tesla’s and R8’s there’s one big difference when it comes to the Aventador. With a stock max speed of 217mph this is the only one of the four that’s not bullshitting when displaying 220mph on the dash.
I think Silicon Valley’s Russ Hanneman said it the best, “these are not the doors of a billionaire“.
Okay, so, truth be told I’m not a billionaire (yet) and Russ wasn’t specifically talking about my R8, but he might as well have been. My doors were equally as yawn-inducing as the ones on his Maserati in the video below. Yep, it’s true, they opened-out like any ole station wagon, basic sedan or minivan on the planet. #Yuck
Now I don’t know about you, buy I certainly don’t buy supercars to look normal, and yet there I was looking like a pathetic suburban dad every time I got behind the wheel. Fortunately for me, this pesky problem is now a thing of the past since my Aventador has those fancy-schmancy open-up, not open-out, doors.
One thing us supercar drivers have in common it’s that we don’t park our own cars, we get them valeted on the reg. That’s just a fact. But if you drive an R8 you probably dread valeting your car every single time… Why’s that you ask? Well, that’s because Audi didn’t add the option to save our seat or mirror positions.
Back when I owned my R8 I’d cringe every time the valet handed back my keys, I knew I’d have to spend upwards of 30 seconds re-adjusting my seat and mirrors in full view of everyone at the steakhouse. Even if I peeled out of their parking lot like a god-damned champion, I’d still be the guy everyone is laughing at.
Would it have killed Audi’s engineers to add a simple position reset button to save us the despair?
Alright, so cruising around town in an R8 might’ve turned a few heads but it certainly never landed me a magazine cover or anything cool. Sure, those who knew what it was might get a quick pic for Snapchat but even those were few and far between…
I’m a firm believer that if your ride doesn’t make you the center of attention then you’re probably better off riding a bicycle. Fortunately for those of us who own Lamborghini’s, other drivers flock straight to our blind spots and take photos of us no matter where we go, day or night. They’ll even come right up and talk to us at the gas station, grocery store, or just about anywhere else we’ve decided to stop. #Winning
For these reasons (and many, many more) I’ve decided enough is enough and have officially traded in my peasant-mobile for an Aventador. I’ve always wanted to feel proud of the car I drive and today that has finally come to fruition. What a wonderful, albeit slightly belated, 28th Birthday present to myself. #Blessed
Now, if you’re anything like me and you just can’t wait to drop your entry-level supercar like a bad habit, then visit my friends over at Luxury Automotive Collection, they’ll help you start movin’ on up in the auto world.
Oh, and make sure to ask for Nick, he’s the one who’s gonna take your supercar game to the next level.