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I test drove a Gallardo while in Orlando

Discussion in 'Ferrari Discussion (not model specific)' started by racerdj, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. racerdj

    racerdj F1 Veteran
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    While taking a break from working with a waterskiing pro in Orlando, my son and I stopped by to see the Lamborghini's. I met Kurt Osterman and while talking and after a tour of their dealership I drove the Gallardo. While I'm not a Lamborghini fan, the Gallardo certainly has set a high mark for FERRARI to hit with the 360 replacement. I'm on the 360 replacement list and am anxiously awaiting the new car. The Gallardo with V-10 and 4 wheel drive really gets the power to the pavement. I was very impressed with the car as well as my treatment at the dealership.
     
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  3. Eric308gtsiqv

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    Congrats! Yes, Kurt is a great guy...met him last summer while visiting Ultimate Motors as well, and he was very helpful. Didn't take any test drives, but Monty gave us a tour of the facilities.

    On a side note, my in-laws were down in that area a week or so ago, and said they saw an orange / yellow Gallardo travelling up and down the interstate with no tags -- wasn't you was it? :D
     
  4. racerdj

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    We drove the Silver last Thursday 3PM
     
  5. scycle2020

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    just wondering, why dont you buy the car?...most the people on this web site seem to feel the gallardo is significantly better in everyway vs the current ferrari models..why hope that ferrari will catch up to the competition? why not just but the gallardo,..you can buy for list at our local dealership..i drove both cars and perfered the 360 for everyday driving....but i am apparently inthe minority...
     
  6. racerdj

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    I believe that Ferrari will jump to and over the performance of the Gallardo with the replacement of the 360. Hence I'll wait, since I'm on the LIST for a early 360 replacement.
     
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  8. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Well, I spoke with a Gallardo owner this weekend, at an appearance of The World's Fastest Art Car at River Oaks Elementary School in Houston Texas.

    He said the E gear on the one he had was a real POS, and he had unloaded the car! He was driving a new Hummer promoting his company, EV1.net.

    Just my .02.

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  9. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    "Half baked piece of cr*p." were his exact words, IIRC.

    Now, I've also seen a disabled 360F1 on the shoulder of the road here as well, 20 miles after leaving the FoH dealership.

    I think I'll just continue to move my own shift knob, thanks just the same.
     
  10. racerdj

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    When the stick disappears is when I disappear from ownership. There is nothing like rolling the ball thru the gates and selecting your own gear.
     
  11. johnw

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    may be better but i would not trade my 360 for it. i really like the style and feel of the 360.

    now the muric...................that's another story.
     
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  13. Ferrariguy2

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    Maranello, IT. --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- April 1, 2004-- Ferrari has today
    announced what can only be described as a major change in their strategy.

    With current massive over-production in the car industry worldwide,
    affecting even the very high-end luxury and exotic car market, Fiat, Ferrari
    ’s parent organization, have forced Ferrari to look at their current model
    line up with a radical eye on the future and continuing its trend of
    profitability, thereby assisting to abate the hemorrhaging of red ink at
    Fiat.

    At a packed press conference in Modena, spokeswoman Pilar Lofo announced
    that Ferrari, with immediate effect, will be discontinuing the manufacture
    of their 575 model range, putting all of the production capacity this frees
    into running out the existing forward orders of their 360 range. The 360
    model range will also be trimmed to include only the 360 Spider and the 360
    Challenge Stradale, with all models only being available with Ferrari’s
    racing derived F1 gearbox. Production of the 612 Scaglietti will not be
    affected, but prices of the ultra-luxurious 2+2 have been increased by
    23.000 euros.

    Production of the 360 replacement, the 420 Monza, has also been announced
    with first shipments due before the end of 2004. The 420 Monza is a 2+2
    seater, mid engine sports car based largely on the existing 360 Modena but
    powered by a 4.2 litre Maserati engine. Designed to be a volume production
    sports car, the addition of a small rear seat will enable it to better
    compete against the Porsche 911 line. Prices have been announced to start
    at around 190.000 euros.

    Most shockingly to industry analysts, to reflect Fiat's change in global
    strategy and the desire to build volume and profitability in the Maserati
    subsidiary, all 2005 Maserati Coupés, Spyders and the Quattroporte will be
    branded as Ferraris, complete with the legendary Cavallino Rampante, and the
    Maserati name will be retired. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo
    stated, "Enzo Ferrari himself authorized the sale of Dinos as 'Ferraris' to
    increase sales volume and ensure the continued funding of the Ferrari
    Formula 1 team. In order to afford our F1 'dream team' of Messrs.
    Schumacher, Barichello, Byrne, Brawn and Todt through 2006, we must generate
    additional profit from automobile sales. We recognize the power of the
    Ferrari brand throughout the world, and the appeal to enthusiasts.
    Accordingly, the sale of these fast, stylish Italian automobiles as Ferraris
    is entirely appropriate, and we expect that sales and profits will increase
    by no less than 25-30% per annum over the next two years."
     
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    First of all, ignore the April fools joke in this thread.

    Secondly, I drove a Gallardo, thought it was a wonderfully competent car, and still decided to stay on the list for my Modena, (which should be here in a week or two). I guess I am also in the minority, but I thought the Gallardo lacked a little soul. Don't get me wrong, if I had tons of money, I'd own both.
     
  16. scycle2020

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    i totally agree....at least iam not the only one!!!its a pretty sad time that the current ferrari models get ripped as being unattractive with poor performance and with resale values..and this is on a web site called ferrarichat!!!!god only knows how badly people are ripping ferrari on the lambo sites!!!maybe ferrari has fallen so far from grace that its days as a company are numbered!!!can ferrari possibly even stay in business for a few more years>
     
  17. zjpj

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    Are you kidding? They aren't making enough cars to meet demand on purpose. I don't see that changing.
     

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