by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
Italian supercar manufacturer Automobili Lamborghini SpA is expected to deliver a total of 38 vehicles for the local market this year as the super rich continues to invest in expensive cars.
Its sole authorised dealer JH Italia Sdn Bhd said the 2018 volume will surpass last year’s performance of 25 cars. Sales for the Italian marque has largely been driven by the Huracán Performante and the Urus.
“This year, we have done quite well with some very good products. We have the Huracán Performante, which we believe is probably one of the best all-round supercars you can buy today. Of course, we have the Urus (as well),” Lamborghini Kuala Lumpur (KL) COO Marcus Chye said after the launch of its newly refurbished showroom in Shah Alam yesterday.
Chye said the Huracán Performante is Lamborghini’s bestselling model, while the Urus, the world’s first super SUV, accounts for 14 of the 38 cars expected to be delivered this year.
Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.6 seconds, Chye said customers of the RM1 million super SUV (without duty) are on a 12-month waiting list presently due to the high global demand.
The Lamborghini Urus was introduced in Malaysia in March, the second country in South-East Asia that received the super SUV after Singapore. It made its global debut at Lamborghini’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy, on Dec 4 last year.
Meanwhile, Chye said the Aventador SVJ is expected to arrive for the local market in the first quarter of next year.
He said Lamborghini KL already has about 15 early bookings for the limited edition Lambo.
The supercar made its debut on Aug 26, 2018, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, California.
Bearing the iconic Jota suffix, the Aventador SVJ is now the fastest production car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, smashing the old record by 2.27 seconds at six minutes and 44.97 seconds per lap.
“The Aventador SVJ is almost like a hypercar. We are taking orders at about 15, but the question is whether we can get that many cars. We are asking the factory to give us more cars to meet the demand,” Chye said.
He said currently, there are about 300 Lamborghinis in Malaysia.
The newly revamped showroom marked a new era for the House of the Raging Bull in Malaysia with new looks and feels in line with the brand’s global standards.
Lamborghini KL has invested about RM3 million into the new 3S (sales, spare parts and service) centre. It now features a new workshop to provide services, including with the addition of the Urus.
“We are committed to building a solid dealer network that clearly communicates our brand to loyal and new clients,” Automobili Lamborghini CEO of Asia Pacific Matteo Ortenzi said at the opening ceremony.