Final week, I drove a Ferrari all of Tuesday. Then, earlier than I may work the synaptic mid-range responses out of my system, I spent half of Wednesday within the firm of a howling Lamborghini. Whereas the vehicles are clearly sat far aside on the supercar grocery store, listed here are a number of random observations.
To start with, each are clearly Italian, and all the higher for it. There’s a little bit of German in Lambo, however for the reason that Bavarians are equally cuckoo, we gained’t maintain it towards them. Each manufacture supercars and hypercars. Each make V12s with howling, operatic exhausts, each have profitable mid-range fashions and each will quickly have raised, ‘off-piste automobiles’ too. Each are additionally trying grudgingly at electrification, each are more and more conscious that design is turning into an increasing number of necessary, and each are additionally virtually neighbours. Maranello and Sant’Agata Bolognese are each suburbs of Modena, no more than 35km aside.
You’d think about, then, that they’re very comparable; two peas in a pod, joined on the hip, of the identical mom. And in some methods, you’d be proper. However Ferrari and Lamborghini are additionally very completely different. Very, very completely different. Totally different within the method by which they take a look at issues, completely different in the best way they assault an issue and completely different in how they execute.
Lamborghini, for one, is completely satisfied to be evolutionary. That is very true in relation to design. And why not? With the Countach, it most likely has the best piece of automotive design DNA floating across the ether. Ferrari is something however evolutionary, based on design head (and architect) Flavio Manzoni. And whereas Ferrari could have struggled in recent times because of the departure of the Michelangelo of automotive design, Pininfarina, designs just like the SF90, Roma and F8 clearly present the tide is popping.
Then, there are the engines. Each kneel on the altar of the V12 and each have mastered the artwork. However each V12s additionally sound distinctive and really completely different. Lambo’s are more durable edged and angrier. This has all the time been the case. Ferrari’s V12s sound smoother, sweeter, happier to rev. Extra ecstatic. They’re nothing if not an ode to pleasure.
And whereas Lamborghini has stayed naturally aspirated with its V10, Ferrari took the daring choice to put money into a twin-scroll, twin-turbo V8 ages in the past. Was Ferrari clever to surrender its 9,000rpm, naturally aspirated V8 so early?
Then there’s the way by which they drive. Whereas Lambos are steady and strong, and supply loads of grip and four-wheel-drive traction, they aren’t almost as subtle. There’s a delicacy to the way by which Ferraris drive. Extra agile, extra prepared, deeper and extra layered. Trendy Ferraris additionally stand out due to their good driver aids; F1-trac and Aspect Slip Management, techniques that assist you go quicker in a safer method. And whereas Ferrari can be the extra severe and extra targeted, Lamborghini is a little more enjoyable loving and cooler. Confused? You need to be.