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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au 100km/h. Slick new supercar rolled out I Nless time than you can say its name, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder charges from standstill to The convertible will arrive in Australia in July and will cost $502,000 — $47,000 more than the coupe. For that you get a powered soft- top in black, blue, grey or beige that goes up or down in about 20 seconds, allowing the driver and passenger to fully appreciate the wail of the 5.2-litre V10 engine. The new driveline, featuring Iniezione Diretta Stratificata direct-fuel injection, reduces fuel consumption with CO2 emissions down 18 per cent, but still an unhealthy 330g/km. Power is up 29 kilowatts to 412kW or 560 horsepower—hence the models name — while weight is down 20kg. Thesuspension’s extreme set-up requires judicious approaches to traffic calming so we set the optional front-axle suspension lift system to the highest setting. This only works up to 70km/h as we soon find out on the steep and twisty hillclimb to the 3000m crater of El Teide, the volcano which dominates the island of Tenerife. Like the coupe, the convertible features 4WD with a 30-70 per cent torque split front to rear at con- stant speed, a mechanical differen- tial on the rear axle which pro- vides up to 45 per cent limited slip, and an electronic differential lock at the front. STYLISH: Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder is set for its Australian release in July. The low-assistance steering pro- vides an almost go-kart feel of direct connection to the front wheels. True to Lamborghini’s claims, the open cockpit presents little buffeting, even up to 160km/h with the rear glass windscreen and side windows up. For safety, it features two spring-loaded rollover bars behind the seats which deploy in 250 milliseconds in a roll-over while the seat-belt tensioners spring into action. It is a real head-turner in any colour, but the new and expensive optional matte black, white and brown are the standouts. On the downhill run the steel Brembo brakes get a solid work- out and although there is no hint of fade, the pedal feels a bit soft with a lack of initial bite which is unusual for a supercar. An obvious drawback for the rear-engined Spyder is the limited 110 litres of front cargo capacity; just enough for one medium-sized suitcase or a couple of back packs. The hip-high car is also difficult to access and step out of. I found the cockpit rather cramped for leg space and with the seat all the way back the leather created an annoying squeak against the rear bulkhead. The sport seats are nicely con- toured although they are too nar- row at the shoulders and are very hard on bony backsides. Murcielago accounts for 25 per cent of sales, while Gallardo ac- counts for the other 75 per cent with 60 per cent of that being the Spyder. The Spyder comes standard with driver, passenger and side air-bags; dual-zone climate control with sun regulator; stereo system with USB interface; sports seats with electrically adjustable back rests; leather upholstery and bi- xenon headlamps with LED day- time running lights. MARK HINCHLIFFE DJ Motors THE sharpest deal at DJs is on a 2008 Nissan X-Trail ST. It has got a 2.5-litre CVT automatic with six air bags, ABS braking, nudge bar, tow bar and driving lights. Was $26,990 now $25,490. Co-Op AT Co-Op there is a 2004 Toyota Rav 4 Cruiser five-door wagon for $23,990. Features automatic transmission, black paintwork, 62,000km on the clock, sunroof, CD stacker, cruise control and alloys. Motors A 2005 Hyundai Elantra FX is the must see car at Motors. This 2.0-litre five-speed manual looks great with alloy wheels, power win- dows, remote locking, CD player and a four-year warranty. Reduced to clear at $13,995. CARSguide —11 used cars FAMILY SIZE: 2008 Nissan X-Trail ST. VEHICLES must go! 2008 PLATE The last of the View more specials online at www.motors.com.au Dodge Caliber SXT q Surf Blue, q Grey leather q 2.0 litre turbo diesel q 6 speed manual Was $38,440 now only... $32,580 DRIVE Jeep Cherokee Sport turbo diesel q Towbar Was $50,235 now only... $41,055 DRIVE $9180 AWAY SAVE Was $72,135 now only... Jeep Wrangler Unlimited q Steel Blue q 3.8 litre V6 q 6 speed manual q Hardtop Was $43,440 now only... $38,840 DRIVE $4600 AWAY SAVE Was $58,940 now only... q Brilliant Black q 2.8 litre $5860 AWAY SAVE Was $66,485 now only... Jeep Grand Laredo q Light Greystone q 3.0 litre V6 diesel turbo q 3.5 tonne towing capacity $54,800 DRIVE $11,685 AWAY SAVE Chrysler Voyager Touring q Light Greystone q ‘Stow and Go’ q ‘Swivel and Go’ q 3.8 litre V6 $59,850 DRIVE q Inferno Red Satellite navigation $12,285 AWAY SAVE Chrysler Sebring Cabrio Ltd q Cream leather q Electric hardtop q $54,980 DRIVE Hobart 6230 7111 Cnr Barrack & Collins Sts $3960 AWAY SAVE Massive price reductions! Save up to $12,000 “that’s what I want!” 12899dev
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