Must-See: London Crash Proves Lamborghinis Can Fly (Video)
Few cars are as liftoff-ready as a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador. In a crash last week on posh Sloane Street in London, a young Lamborghini driver and his blonde companion nearly went into DeLorean mode when their car caught air after blasting off a Mazda station wagon just before drilling a parked BMW. No one was seriously hurt.
Considering the price tag of a new Aventador, it's safe to say the repair bill will be costly for whomever is paying. A new model of this Lamborghini supercar starts at an MSRP of $397,000. Included in the package is a rocket ship-worthy 6.5-liter V12 engine capable of 700 horsepower on 507 lb-ft of torque. To look at it another way, if you took the engine power of five Toyota Corollas — the more powerful engine option, that is — and rolled them into one, you would have the heft of the Aventador engine that achieved liftoff in London last week.
The London neighborhood where Sloane Street is located is called the Platinum Triangle for a reason. Millionaires and billionaires call the area home and have been known to race expensive sports cars through the neighborhood to the chagrin of residents and local officials. A Ferrari 599 was filmed getting down to business in London last year.
Unlike the Lamborghini driver, whoever was behind the wheel of the Ferrari 599 made it through his joyride unscathed. What are the consequences for speeding and reckless driving in London ?
According to a CNBC report, the young millionaires from Russia, Africa and the Middle East who are fond of racing through the Platinum Triangle often avoid paying their traffic violations entirely. Apparently, barrelling through this exclusive London spot is a rite of passage for the wealthiest foreigners summering in England.
As for the black matte paint job on a Lamborghini Aventador, someone will have to pay the $14,000 the automaker charges for this option. The Mazda5 and BMW repairs should be much easier on the insurance company.