|Photos by Ulysses Ang|
“This is one of the rare opportunities that you will have all these cars under one roof. This is just the first time; expect to see more,” said Mr. Amado del Rosario, PGA Cars Director.
Proceeds from ticket sales throughout the weekend affair went to two beneficiaries: the Philippine Toy Library, an organization that set up classrooms filled with toys and caters to daycare centers for children up to seven years old, and the St. Francis School – VSA Arts Philippines which is noted for its rehabilitation program for hearing-impaired children.
Audi at the Movies
At the Audi pavilion, the four-ringed brand showed off some vehicles which had starring roles in some famous Hollywood films. This is led by the Audi S8 which was seen in Ronin, a 1998 spy-thriller set in France starring Robert De Niro. Beside it is the Audi A8 W12, the luxurious full-sized sedan featuring 450 horsepower driven to fame by Jason Statham in The Transporter. And of course, who could forget the exotic R8 which is seen driven by Robert Downey Jr., in Iron Man as well as the upcoming 50 Shades of Grey. Other Audi models on display included the award-winning A3 sedan, the Q3, and the Q5 crossovers.
Porsche Racing Heritage
Porsche showed off their latest offerings in the form of the 911 GT3, Macan Turbo, Cayenne Turbo, Cayman GTS, and Boxter GTS. All bring into fruition Porsche Intelligent Performance which aims to deliver world-class performance and handling while being more environmentally-friendly. Sharing the limelight with these new Porsche models are 3 iconic heritage models starting with the classic 912. Beside it is a 930 Turbo—the first ever 911 Turbo model ever made and at the back, is an ultra-rare Carrera GT—one of only three such vehicles in the country.
Lamborghini is Italian for Sexy
The Lamborghini stand only had four vehicles on display, but they sure commanded a huge presence at the show. Upfront, the all-new Huracan took center stage. It’s the successor to the most successful Lamborghini model ever made, the Gallardo. The Huracan has a 5.2-liter V10 engine with 610 horsepower mated to a dual-clutch transmission. Beside the Huracan is the Aventador and its 700 horsepower V12 engine. Of course, it’s the model with the iconic scissor doors and the one that pioneered the use of carbon fiber construction in a Lamborghini. The Huracan and Aventador are joined by their most immediate predecessors, the Murcielago and Gallardo. The Murcielago on display was the Super Veloce 670. It’s the only one in the Philippines and is only one of 100 units worldwide. Beside it is the Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, the road-going version of the Gallardo race car. It too is a limited run model which is one of 300. There are four in the country.
Finally, Bentley Motors showed off what traditional British luxury is all about with three models. Front and center is the Continental GT, Bentley’s sporting two-door grand tourer. To its right is the pinnacle of pomp and presence, the Mulsanne. Named after a corner of the Le Mans racing circuit, the Mulsanne has a 6.75-liter turbocharged V8. Finally, the Flying Spur, the Continental GT’s four-door sibling, makes a no less stunning appearance with its twin-turbo V8 with 505 horsepower and 660Nm of torque.