Welcome back to My Wheels, Khalid. You were last here over three years ago with your very rare Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale. They only made 150 of these and you had number 87. You’re not going to let that Lamborghini go are you?
Thank you for having me back. I certainly won’t let it go, as a matter of fact, it has taken a very special place in my heart. I really love it and even though I have had it for over three years, it still feels like I am driving it for the first time whenever I decide to take it for a spin such is its ability to thrill. When I switch the drive mode to Corsa it blows me away with the way it changes gears so hard. You can feel the ‘thud’ in your spine!
I like to attend supercar events with it where it always gets plenty of admiration.
We had a feeling you would keep that one, but, you parted with your Maserati MC Stradale, right?
Yep, gone with the wind! I used to call it The Screamer because the sound it made was just unbelievable!
I am still in love with the MC but I sold it because I am looking for a 2012 model with racing seats and racing harness. I love cars with a racing interior and so I hope I’ll find the previous MC.
And we still remember your awesome Brabus B63S — a car you love very much…
This is my first wife and I’ll never let it go! It helped me create Group 63 which today is the biggest AMG club in the world. Over the years I have customized and modified so many things that I don’t think there’s any space in the engine bay to even put a mobile phone under there! It has reached its maximum potential I guess and love unleashing this beast especially for long drives.
You have an Italian and a German in your collection and now you added a fabulous British supercar to the mix! Tell us about your Aston Martin DB11…
It was previously owned by a friend of mine who is an Aston Martin freak — he has every model. Actually, when I saw his Vantage GT12 it made me see this brand in a different light and I really began to appreciate them more. And, when he ordered the DBS and decided to let the DB11 go, I didn’t hesitate to buy it.
I think this car has so much prestige and personality. I have several meetings daily and need a car that is comfortable but at a push of a button can transform into a ferocious beast and this DB11 is that car.
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Just how good is that 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12?
It is amazing. It produces 600 horses at 6,500rpm and 700Nm of torque at 1,500–5,000rpm. The motor is mated to a rear-mounted eight-speed automatic by ZF which helps propel the car from 0-100kph in 3.8 seconds. It has a top speed of 322kph so it has plenty of performance when you need it but when you just want to cruise it is ever so smooth and docile too making it the ideal grand tourer for me.
And since there aren’t that many of these cars on the road, it sure does get a lot of attention from enthusiasts. It’s so good that I am thinking about starting an Aston Martin club!
You should! Ok, here’s a tough question — which one do you like the most from your collection?
The Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale — but one of my goals is to get the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 S and if I ever do then I may have to rethink which one my favourite is!
If you do ever get that you must show it to us! Finally, what’s the latest news with Group 63 AMG?
The club is growing fast and we now have more than 200k members in 27 countries. Our headquarters in Burj Khalifa is up and running and we are finalizing our museum in Ajman which will be open to the public very soon.
We broke the record for the biggest C63 drive, A45 AMG drive, AMG GT R drive, 4x4/6x6 G Wagon drive and the biggest Bugatti drive in the world.
Now, we are planning for Super Sprint 4.0; the previous edition had 167 cars worth Dh691 million but this coming December we are aiming for a collection of cars worth Dh800 million. It is going to be heaven for hypercar lovers!
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