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Yes, some very sweet rides. It's a chaperoned ride so it was a little frustrating not being able really see what these things could do but it was the opportunity of a lifetime. When else was I going to get behind the wheel of any of these things?
We were smiling from the get go and didn't stop until the end of the day. I was most interested in the GT-R and the Audi R8 and my final rankings pretty much bore that out. From first to worst, I would put these cars in this order:
- Nissan GT-R
- Audi R8
- Ferrari 360
- Lamborghini Gallardo
- Bentley GT
Not to take anything away from the Bentley. It's a luxurious ride with plenty of torque but it's still your rich old grandfather's sports car.
The Lamborghini had the best sounding engine but it was a little undersized for yours truly.
The Ferrari was everything I was hoping for. A glorious sounding engine, tight ride, great acceleration, and a killer look. But the transmission was a little flakey and the electronics were wonky.
The Audi R8 is an orgasm on wheels. It was driving me up the wall I couldn't build up speed to see how it really corners. It felt like it was glued to the road. It didn't have the snap of the Ferrari but it pulled like a bulldog and I was giggling non-stop. It was also the best looking car, the best fit and finish, and the car I'd most like to have as my daily driver.
And then the Nissan. Oh my. The spiritual successor to the Nissan Skyline, an almost mythical car that was never brought to North America. I almost wept when I saw it on the list of cars. And it didn't disappoint. This was the only car that scared me with its speed. There's an accelerometer graph on the dash and it showed us pulling almost a full g in acceleration. Fuck me. But around town you'd hardly guess there's a rocket under the hood. I love this car. So much. AND it's the most affordable! For a measly $100,000. Sigh.
But I got to drive it. I don't have a long bucket list but that car was on it. A monumental day because of it. The fact that I got to spend it with my girl and two of our good friends just made it that much better. Awesome.
Oh and shout out to Exotic Car Tours for organizing the great tour!