Friday, November 15, 2013

Still on the topic of high-end cars...

Yesterday, my friend Stephen invited Alex, J. and I to a launch party for the new S-Class at a Mercedes dealer. He said he would meet us and we could take his car, a borrowed "surprise". When we arrived, we saw that the surprise was a nearly new Bentley Continental convertible. I quickly assessed that it would not be easy to get Jules' baby seat in the back, so we took the M3 instead and I was promised a test drive later in the evening.

The Mercedes event was fun, with great food. There was a live band, and Jules loved that. He also got a taste of smoked meat. We saw Stephen's new GL350 Bluetec, which had arrived at the dealer but was not yet fully prepped. He chose a nice colour combination, and I will surely get a test drive it soon.

After we went to Vaudreuil so Alex could buy a used elliptical trainer, I dropped off Alex and Jules at hom so I could have my Bentley test drive. The car is lovely, and we began cruising around the industrial part of TMR. This took us by many exotic car dealerships, including Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Ferrari, and some used car dealers too. I was beginning to get blase... oh look, a Murcielago, a Ferrari FF, a new Corvette Stingray. We walked around the back of the RR dealership to see if they still had a Bentley that interested Stephen, when, lo and behold, I saw what looked like a UFO up on a lift... After all these years, and after seeing millions of dollars worth of high-end cars, a Countach can still take one's breath away!

We drove around some more and I can confirm that the Bentley is a sweet car. My only complaint was that the transmission did not kick down very quickly when I floored it on the highway, but once the power comes on, it's quite a rush. There was an annoying whirring sound in the cabin that I could not identify. At the end of our drive, we realized it was the passenger seat air conditioning unit, and that the noise was coming from the seat. I didn't get to sample the whisper quiet version of the car. I guess that will be for the next drive!

Cool cars spotted at the dealerships:
AMG SLS convertible
RR Phantom
RR Ghost
Ferrari FF
Ferrari 328
Ferrari 575
Ferrari 599
Lamborghini Murcielago 
Lamborghini Countach LP5000 (!)
2014 Corvette Stingray
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Fisker Karma

Other cool cars spotted:
Porsche 930 Slant Nose
BMW 3.0 CS
Nissan GTR
Jaguar XKR-S
Porsche 911 993
Ferrari 360
Ferrari F430 (Camouflage!)
Ferrari California
Audi R8 V10
Lamborghini Gallardo
Camaro ZL1
AMG C63 Black
Lexus IS-F

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