And the design? Well, as one British reviewer wrote, it is “easily the sexiest, maddest, most flamboyant work of art on the roads.” Top Gear called it “the closest thing to a stealth fighter jet that you’ll ever see on the road” and remarked with shock that "the air-conditioning works.” (They also called it “a bit boring” to drive.)
The Aventador’s success is also part of a broader supply-demand crunch for some top super-cars. The new four-seat Ferrari FF also has a wait time of more than 12 months. The Bugatti Veyron also has a waiting list. Luxury carmaker’s worry that frustrated customers will walk away from the brand, convinced it can’t deliver on its sales promises.
For now, however, Lamborghini customers are finding their way around the wait. Media reports say that a 22-year-old Saudi paid $71,000 to jump ahead of the line and get his Aventador immediately. In other words, the super-rich are paying more for waiting-list slots than most people are spending on their cars.
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