Nuts & Bolts: 2008 Lamborghini Reventon

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Complaints: None.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Good ride. Acceleration and handling are superior.

Head-turning quotient: Extreme. With me driving, it stopped traffic everywhere.

Body style/layout: The Reventon is a rear-engine (longitudinally mounted central-rear positioning), all-wheel-drive, high-performance, high-luxury coupe (with Alcantara -- think of it as high-grade fake leather -- genuinely supple leather and aluminum interior) with two side doors that open upward for ingress and egress.

Engine/transmission: It has a standard 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder engine that develops 650 horsepower at 8,000 revolutions per minute and 487 pound-feet at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to an electronically controlled manual transmission operated by two paddle shifters, left and right behind the steering wheel.

Capacities: There are seats for two. The front-positioned luggage compartment holds two small overnight bags. The fuel tank holds approximately 25 gallons of required premium unleaded gasoline.

Mileage: No one buys this car for high mileage; and at 7.35 mpg in the city and 15.68 mpg on the highway, no one will get it.

Safety: There is no electronic stability control in this one. But with a 40-percent front, 60-percent rear weight distribution and a very low center of gravity, it behaves quite nicely without it. Rigid roll-cage construction and side and head air bags provide protection in a crash. The car's high-level handling and superior responsiveness in emergency maneuvers help drivers avoid crashes.

Price: All 20 Reventons, most of which remain in production, have been sold at the U.S. equivalent price of $1.45 million each. Pricing information provide by Lamborghini.

Purse-strings note: Nothing about the Reventon is meant to be practical or "family." People buy it for many of the same reasons they buy expensive works of art.

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