Lamborghini's latest Gallardo model is quick off the mark but slow to deliver

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 July, 2008, 12:00am

Have you wondered why sports car dealers even bother with launch events?

Frankly, there's no shortage of rich boys in this city looking for toys, so muscle vehicles sell themselves. Lamborghini unveiled its latest Gallardo model on Friday at its Gloucester Road showroom and pumped up the sales pitch for its 5.2-litre V10 engine, which can go from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds - we're not sure on which stretch of road in Hong Kong you can try that.

Sadly, if you're itching for one of these HK$3.28 million rides, prepare for a long scratch.

'If you order one today, it would be ready for delivery in the last quarter of 2009,' a Lamborghini salesman said. 'Basically there is a backlog in orders of a year. If you get the computer, then it's ready much faster.'

That would be the Lamborghini laptop made by Taiwan IT company Asus, the third edition of which was premiered at the same event.

If your portfolio has taken a hit lately and the Gallardo is now beyond your credit limit, maybe the Lamborghini laptop is an option at only HK$26,888. It apparently sports the same leather and titanium alloy as the car, and when you start it up it plays the sound of a Gallardo revving. So the obvious question is, which is faster?