Sunday, August 31, 2008

Supercars at Tyson's Corner

After the Lego show, we strolled over to the Tyson's Aston Martin and Mercedes dealerships. The boys are just over the moon right now about cars, mostly because their favorite show is BBC's Top Gear (8pm on Monday nights on BBC America). And so we had to stop and photograph some very fine Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Mercedes.

The Lambos and Aston Martin were cool, sure, but the absolute pièce de résistance was the Mercedes SLR McLaren sport coupé. We just saw this car a few days ago on the TV show, in which Jeremy drove it from London to Oslo in under 13 hours, racing Richard and James who were taking a ferry cruise. Of course, the car won, but mostly because James and Richard got hopelessly lost--as usual.

This car is just fantastic... a car that makes my boys' and my own heart flutter.

The SLR is a German-British joint venture between Mercedes and McLaren Automotive. It has a 5.4L supercharged V8 engine with over 600 horsepower, which means it goes naught to sixty in just 3.1 seconds! It's top speed is well over 220 mph, though at that speed, it consumes its entire 21 gallon tank in just 19 minutes!! Not an eco-friendly car by any stretch, but then, at over US$550,000, there aren't that many of these babies spewing carbon anyway.

And as you can see from the photos, this car can be yours for only $449 per month... for the rest of your life!

No, I won't be buying one, but the boys and I sure enjoyed photographing this super-star car.

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