After seeing the new Lamborghini Egoista concept, and feeling the need to start posting things on here because the blog seems to be neglected, I figured I’d share my initial reaction I’d shared among car friends on Facebook.
“Please… PLEASE make it like this. Holy f***tarts of ugly sexiness, it’s just too over-the-top not to put a lot of those features into production. It’s such a wonderful toy, rather than some softened-up Germanic wedge of Lambo. That dash and cockpit canopy in particular– those need to stay. Lambo doors are so ricer now it’s great to see something so cheesishly 1970’s about it.”
Last month, Jalopnik has been going on a lot about supercars, such as what is a supercar, and more recently highlighting the backlash about the Egoista. For a while I’ve been wanting to write about what is and isn’t a supercar these days, but also know that the high end sports cars like the Porsche 911 Turbos and GT3 RS’s, Audi R8, and Ferrari 458 are all more or less super in their engineering and speed. Jalopnik is right (as much as it pains me) that car guys are too soft about what a supercar is these days.
Pagani and Spyker seem to have a good hold on a super-ness about them, a certain unique approach in their vehicles that many overlook these days. The Spyker in particular calls out to my inner steampunk who’d have a C8 parked in my garage, with light switches along these lines (which you can buy by clicking):
Lamborghini’s Aventador does have quite a number of supercar qualities, don’t get me wrong. After all, it takes many cues from the Reventon from a few years ago, has a 700hp V12 (or there abouts), and doesn’t just spit fire on the over-run but ejects blue flames like an afterburner. Add to the fact that when thrown against cars like the Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12c it’s a tragically sloppy car, and we have a classical supercar in our midst because of it. Yet at the same time, the Aventador is still an easy car to drive and operate, still using parts from Audi showing a shift.
These days, the classical supercars tend to be called “hypercars.” One of the reasons there’s been a shift of classical to modern (just like music, art, writing, and philosophy) is we’ve developed. Technology has put our modern family sedans in realms of straight-line and braking performance that meets or exceeds old supercars that had up to three times the number of cylinders, and weren’t exactly known for being engineered to high standards of livability.
[This was initially written three weeks prior to being published, due to a recent writing gig and recent death in the family. Hopefully content shall pick up]