The used car treasure hunt
NOT MANY cars have left MOTORís Warren Luff shaking.
But thatís exactly what the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550- 2 Valentino Balboni, built in honour of its now retired development driver, did to our resident track ace at Phillip Island during PCOTY 2011.
Returning to the pits following his hot laps, Luffy opened the door wide-eyed and said ďdonít let ANYONE turn ESP off in that thing.Ē The clue to the Balboniís unhinged nature lies in the name Ė the Ď2í signifying that this Gallardo sent all its 405kW through the rear wheels alone.
More significant, though, was the Balboniís desire for the rear wheels to overtake the back whenever you thought about braking Ė still, we have a feeling old Valentino would approve of a car that separates the men from the boys. Regardless of its slightly difficult nature, this rare beast (just 250 built) is a guaranteed future classic and much rawer than todayís crop of sanitised supercars.
EVERYONE wants a BMW M3, and why wouldnít you, itís one of the greatest driversí cars thatís ever been produced. If you canít quite stretch to the mighty M badge, however, thereís still plenty to like about the E92 335i.
It could even be the nicer day-to-day car, its boosted inline-six providing plenty of power, auto gearbox making everyday commuting a breeze and its more comfort oriented suspension smoothing out the worst of the urban environment.
Itís a tunerís favourite, too, so if the power bug does bite, a healthy helping of grunt is only a ECU remap away. Best of all, thanks to depreciation, you can pick one up for the price of a Toyota 86. M