I know, the guys who can afford Ferraris and Lamborghinis don’t much care about gas prices. They’ll flog their exotics down the racetrack or the interstate whether the premium fuel they guzzle costs $2 per gallon or $10 per gallon.
Still, it’s a little bit of a slap in the face to read that the new Ferrari FF and Lamborghini Aventador are both sold out of their first-year production runs right after reading that gas prices just had their second biggest two-week jump ever.
Most of us will begin searching for ways to minimize our use of fuel rather than heading to our nearest supercar dealers, looking for thirsty V12 engines to feed.
Mideast turmoil, along with fears that it could get worse, continue to send shockwaves through the world of oil prices. At the pump, prices leaped an average of 33 cents to $3.50 per gallon, with more increases on the way.
It’s certainly enough for me to second-guess my family’s upcoming road trips and maybe even get the ol’ mountain bike tuned up for my quick jaunts to the store. The Ferrari will simply have to wait for later (next year, maybe!).
At the Geneva Motor Show last week, Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said that his company has already sold all 800 FFs it plans to produce in 2011. That’s pretty incredible, considering the four-wheel-drive Prancing Horse has a 660-hp, 6.3-liter V12 engine, carries a base sticker of about $360,000 and hasn’t even appeared in showrooms yet.
Likewise for the new and also sold out Lamborghini Aventador. The VW Group’s flagship Lambo model is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine pushing out 700 hp with a $370,000 base price.
A 33-cent jump in gas prices is completely inconsequential to the people buying these cars, but it does put into perspective just how perilous the financial situation is for most of humanity.
For the new Ferrari owner, 33 cents is meaningless. For many families, 33 cents is the difference between taking a road trip to see their ill grandma and staying home with the hope that she hangs on until prices sink again.
Will you change your driving habits as gas prices continue to rise?