LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre’s Restaurant (Bridgehampton)
- Acceleration 0 to 60: 7.5 sec
- Top speed: 125 mph
- Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
- Length: 193 inches
- Width: 78.7 inches
- Weight: 5990 lbs
- Fuel capacity: 73 gallons @ 7.6 mpg
Yeah, so this is not a normal production vehicle, like at all. The LM-series was a creation whose purpose was aimed initially at the Italian armed forces. The LM001 was created in prototype form but wasn’t very balanced or capable off-road due to a rear mounted engine. Thus, in 1986, the LM002 went on as it’s successor, eventually serving as a brash alternative to the Hummer H1 (when the Hummer was released in 1992).
The LM002 is much different than the memorable H1, and noticeably more extreme. By the end of the H1’s production run in 2006, it developed 350 horsepower. The Lambo developed 455 horsepower from 1986 all the way to 1993 when it went off the market. The Hummer H1 received a terrible 13/17 mpg city/highway on normal diesel fuel. Not only did the Lamborghini get less than eight miles per gallon on gas fuel, but it required 73 gallons of gasoline to fill up. This means that the LM002 has the largest fuel tank of any non-commercial vehicle in history and that it is also the only vehicle that hates polar bears.
Interior Shot Taken from GermanCarScene.com
It’s not all big bad numbers with the LM002, it rides and handles relatively well, cornering is a dizzying .72 g, but remember, this car was conceived in 1986. That was a time when most cars drove poorly regardless. The interior of the LM002 is where it really shines. Because the LM002 is a Lamborghini, every surface is covered in rich leather and the seats are supportive and comfortable, something that cannot be said for the H1. Seating is limited to a mere four occupants (like the H1), however, the Lambo features al fresco seating for an EXTRA four in the pickup-style bed. Imagine going 125 miles per hour facing sideways outside the cabin. Crazy
Rear Seat View, taken from conceptcarz.com
LOCATION SPOTTED: Pierre’s Restaurant (Bridgehampton)
- Acceleration 0 to 60: 4.7 sec
- Braking 60 to 0: 115 feet
- Quarter Mile: 13.1 sec
- Skidpad: 0.93 g
- Slalom: TBD
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a very interesting car, it doesn’t really need an elaborate description of how it’s styled, but here it goes. Because the elegantly styled V12 Vanquish was designed largely by Ian Callum, who also penned the DB7 Vantage, there’s a strong resemblance between the two sports cars. With side vents and a larger grille that is flanked by bold auxiliary driving lamps, the V12 Vanquish looks a bit more muscular. The front fenders and hood panels incorporate finely detailed compound curves that sweep back to steeply raked windshield pillars and a low, curving roofline. Deeply sculptured sill and door panels accentuate the classic profile, and larger trapezoidal taillights sit in a slightly higher, arching tail. A chrome, racing-style fuel filler is used.
The car is obviously a much more competent car than the old DB7. No one can mess with this car. It is car that could very well be from as far back as 2001. A car that did 0 to 60 in 4.7 seconds was a car to be reckoned with back in the day. Sporting a 460 horsepower V12 (10 more than even the 2005-2008 DB9), this car was fast enough (and indeed badass enough) to make into a James Bond film Die Another Day, after two of the preceding films featured only BMWs (a terrible Z8, and an even worse Z3).
I’m happy to see that whoever owns this car can appreciate what it stands for for Aston Martin and still drives it in 2013. This is nice. Most Hamptons drivers get rid after just a few years. Keep it and maintain it.
LOCATION SPOTTED: Scoop De Jour (East Hampton Village)
- Acceleration 0 to 60: 4.9 sec
- Braking 70 to 0: 168 feet
- Quarter Mile: 13.3 sec
- Skidpad: 0.88 g
- Slalom: 67.1 mph
Alright, so the Hamptons car scene is definately awesome, you have Lamborghinis and Ferraris up to your nose, along with AMG Mercs and BMW M cars. However, the vast majority of the people who own these cars don’t actually know (or care) about what they have. As long as it looks very expensive, pretty and preferably has a soft-top on it, people are going to walk into the dealership and buy it, even if it has a Lexus badge on it (good grief). Because there are seldom true-car enthusiasts out there in East Hampton, Bridgehampton and the like, I have the perfect car for someone who wants to blend right into the super-elite with out breaking the bank, too much.
Meet the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, a car that actually doesn’t cost that much used compared to what it cost new and one that you could buy nearly 8 or 9 years ago that no one could tell was old. You see Aston Martin doesn’t change the styling too much from year to year, or even every 5 years. In fact, all the cars that were conceived after Aston’s current CEO, Ulrich Benz, took his position look pretty much the same. The addition of LED head and tail lights and minor bumps in power for the 5.9 liter V12 engine are literally the only changes even the transmission remains virtually unchanged for 9 years running.
NOTE: Newer Aston Martins have white taillights, like the DBS model
You can pick one of these up in the mid-$70,000 range with less than 25,000 miles on it. That’s BMW 5-series money, and you can drive around looking like you just bought a yacht. Maintenance is your only “achilles heel” so spare an extra $5,000 a year in oil changes and any other failing part. Still, at least think about whether you should buy a spacious four door sedan from Germany, or ditch your rear passengers for a super-sleek Aston Martin, for the same price.
LOCATION SPOTTED: Daniel’s Lane (Sagaponack)
- Acceleration 0 to 60: 4.0 seconds
- Braking 60 to 0: 108 feet
- Quarter Mile: 12.6 sec
- Slalom: 66.8 mph
- Skidpad: 0.86 g
The Tesla is pretty cool. Unlike the Fisker Karma (now defunct), this Tesla truly seems to work well. The primary reason for this is the electronics. By this I don’t even mean the fact that the car is an electric car to begin with, but I’m referring specifically to the cabin tech interfaces and how they are going to be reliable in the long run. The Tesla uses Mercedes switchgear for it’s driveline and other Mercedes-sourced tech for it’s air-conditioning (notice the Mercedes transmission stalk in the picture below). Fisker messed up and decided to do everything on it’s own, very poor idea. Right-away I can tell that this Model S is going to be very popular for a long time to come.
What could be better than having one giant “iPad-like” touch-screen to control everything about the car. The dash literally has two physical buttons, one for the emergency indicators and one for the voice control, maybe. I like the fact that the makers of tesla can appreciate that most of the people trying to buy ecological “green peace” cars pretty much don’t care about cars. Therefore it is good that the car comes with a giant iPad as a dashboard and big 21 inch wheels and a sleek, modern body. Now, no one will dislike this car. Car people like it because it is fast and puts down crazy acceleration numbers and “green-peace” people will like it because it has an iPad for a dash and uses no gas. Hmmmm, the perfect car then?
Well, almost. It won’t go so far for so long on the battery. It will charge up in 4 hours with the speed charging stations set up by Tesla and yes, on a full charge it will go about 265 miles. However, charging the car up is very stressful on the batteries and after 7 years when the warranty is up, and you wish to sell your car. It is illegal for you to do so, without consent from Tesla. What?? That’s dumb as hell, you can’t even sell your car without it going through Tesla first?
Well, I guess none of this really matters, because fortunately people who actually buy this car are not car enthusiasts, I mean maybe some of the rich folks who already own like 3 Lamborghinis might have a Model S Tesla as a grocery-getter, but most will just drive it around and trade it in after two years and never think twice about it. This is the rich world that we live in, in the Hamptons. There really are so few car enthusiasts out here. There are a lot of people who make their wealth known by owning sick cars, but 90% of them don’t know how a supercharger works. It’s kinda sad, but it’s whatever I guess, at least I get to look at (sometimes drive) their “rich” cars.