A Test Drive Weekend
For many petrol-heads as well as car enthusiasts, Naza Automania is an event to look forward to as Naza World (the importer of super awesome sports and continental cars; as well as supercars).
Anyway, a few days before the event, I received a call and email from Alyna, the account manager for Maserati Naza World. Apparently, it was an invitation to purchase Ferrari's and Maserati's at discounted prices. Did I also mention that this was an exclusive offers for their select clienteles. At first, I was just considering (it's not easy to immediately place down an order for one of these on such short notice) but when they said that test drives were already arranged for the clients, I was sold on the idea. Brought biggyboo along with me.
So, upon reaching the place, there was an allocated parking spot right next to the entrance. Quite nice wonderful treatment from the staff there with a dedicated counter to serve invited guests. Interestingly, when we went in, we were greeted with the sight of some of the meanest road machines ever. Meeting sales manager, we were taken round to see the huge lineup of Maserati's and Ferrari's. Unfortunately, Naza World does not carry stock for Lamborghini due to licensing issues (someone else distributes the Lambos).
Among the cars which peaked my interest were the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and of course, the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta (didn't take photos as I was busy seeking feedback about them and discussing about the return value).
Retailing at about MYR 2.2 million (a bargain), the F12 is one of the fastest production Ferrari's and the carrier flagship behind the ultra exclusive hypercar the LaFerrari. Boasting a 750 horsepower V12, it is one of the few cars that could take on Lamborghini's Aventador head on.
Later, a walk past a gallery allowed me to feast my eyes on one of the most expensive supercars on the market.
The craziest thing out of Sweden, the Koenigsegg Agera S (the smaller brother to the Agera R which runs on ethanol racing fuel. Sadly we don't have that in Malaysia so we have to settle for second best). Thinking of buying one? Not so fast. This car costs MYR 5 million... BEFORE TAXES! The salesperson told me that taxes alone on this car was MYR 10 million, bringing the total value to MYR 15 million on-the-road.... WITHOUT INSURANCE!
If you thought that was expensive, wait until you see the one at the bottom:
I know what you are thinking. It's an Enzo, it's been in the market for 10 years now. Yes, I know. But there is a reason it's called an Enzo. Named after the father the company, Mr. Enzo Ferrari, when they first made this, they limited the run to only 400. Considering that many would have crashed over the years, this car is now valued at USD 2 million (MYR 7 - 8 million) auction reserve. Sell this with taxes in Malaysia and you'd be seeing company sized bailouts.
I was invited to test out a few cars but among my personal favourites have got to be the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish (2014 model) and the Mercedes Benz E63S AMG.
Despite being a sports car, it was essentially easy to climb into and out of. Basically a GT in essence, this is one car you should go for if you are looking for a practical and reliable supercar.
As you can see, the car looks extremely sinister in black. With it's xenon headlamps and iconic front grill, the Aston Martin Vanquish is not a car you want to see coming up in your rearview mirror.
However, true to the businessman's blood, my favourite car has got to be the E63S AMG. Known to many as the businessman's express, the E63S AMG looks like any ordinary 2014 E-Class on the road other than the face-lifted bodykit, rims and quad-tailpipes. What really impresses me with this car is the engine. A 5.5 liter Bi-Turbo V8 producing no less than 565 brakehorsepower. Definitely a great car to be in.
Yes, the speedometer is in miles per hour. And this car brings awesome to a whole new level.
Additionally, a short Youtube video of me revving the sweet sounding engine can also be found on YouTube.
A big thanks to Naza for the wonderful invitation and to my dearest boo boo for accompanying me. It was definitely awesome to be able to talk about cars with you.