Your Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale is a very rare sight indeed, Khalid. Where did you get this Lamborghini?
I got it by luck to be honest. I was driving my Maserati MC Stradale down Shaikh Zayed Road and decided to visit some of the supercar showrooms there. As soon as I walked into one, I saw the car there and I knew right away that I wanted it. It was love at first sight and it wasn’t long before I got talking to the salesman. Before I knew it, I had made arrangements to buy it!
The car had come from Bahrain, apparently it used to belong to a Shaikh over there. It had only been in the UAE for one week before I snapped it up.
Nice to see that you still have your Maserati, which we featured earlier…
Yes, I love the Maserati and it still makes me smile every time I drive that car. The exhaust note continues to send shivers down my spine.
I also still have my Brabus B63S, which was the first car you featured. That one is my baby and has a special place in my heart.
You have a fabulous collection now what with your latest addition. They only made 150 of these and yours is number 87. How does it feel to own such a rare car?
It makes me feel very special and very privileged. I am very lucky indeed. Yes, they made only 150 of these models but 130 of those were painted Rosso Mars, that’s red to you and I. The other 20 were painted grey or white, which makes mine even rarer. It is in fact the only white Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale in the whole of the Gulf — but I met the owner of a red one at the most expensive drive on earth, the Super Sprint UAE. For the past six years I was participating in my B63S, but for the last event I took the Gallardo. All of my friends were surprised to see me in the Lamborghini and not the Brabus, and the gentleman with the red Super Trofeo Stradale tried his best to buy my car. He kept asking me to sell it but the more he asked, the luckier I felt to own it.
I love everything about it, from the power to the aggressive exterior. It also has a pretty nice-looking cabin, too; it is very luxurious, and is finished in black and red with extensive use of Alcantara. The lightweight sport seats feature carbon fibre backs, the steering wheel is upholstered in black suede, and the door panels and centre console feature carbon fibre accents.
How does it compare to your other cars and from all the cars you have driven?
This is my seventh supercar and it is by far the most aggressive one I have ever driven. It is unlike anything else, it’s absolutely wild.
Tell me about that powerful 5.2-litre V10…
It’s a monster! It has so much power that you literally have to hold on to the steering wheel extra hard for grip. It makes 570bhp at 8,000rpm and has an e-gear six-speed sequential-shift manual with an automatic clutch. It can hit 100kph from rest in just 3.4 seconds.
It has a “Thrust” mode that launches the car with minimal tyre spin when the engine reaches 5,000rpm and that is an unbelievable sensation. It’s like I am sitting in a shotgun. It was the most powerful Gallardo produced and although it was marketed as a road-going version of the Super Trofeo Cup racer, to be honest, this thing was built for the track.
It has a tauter suspension setting, and optional carbon-ceramic disc brakes with eight-piston front callipers and four-piston rears, which have tremendous stopping power. The rear spoiler was taken directly from the racing version and it delivers three times the downforce of a standard Gallardo.
Like the standard car, it has four-wheel drive so grip isn’t an issue…
No, it’s not an issue at all. You feel very confident when approaching corners at speed in this car because you know that the rear end will not break free; with all four wheels digging in to provide traction, it allows you to push the car harder and with far more control. But having said that, this is still a wild bull; there are some limits you dare not cross!
It must sound unbelievably good when you put your foot down…
I don’t think I will ever get used to that sound. It’s like an airplane taking off! It gives me such a thrill and seconds later when I look at the speedometer one of two things usually happens; I either get scared of the speed I am going or I get flashed by a speed camera. But I am sensible and only ever go fast in this car on the track.
Good man. What has your Group 63 AMG club been up to lately?
Aside from hosting four events every week, and Drag and Track championships (the next one will be on April 15), we have also recently achieved 14 new Guinness World Records in addition to the previous 24 that we held. Also, the number of members in our club has risen to 18,777 worldwide while the plan to open our headquarters on the 63rd floor of Burj Khalifa is also on track.
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