If you are considering renting an exotic or luxury vehicle in Chicago, perhaps the toughest task will be deciding which exotic to rent out of all the amazing cars available in the market today. This article will highlight some of the most exciting exotics available from exotic rental car companies in order to help you make this decision.
Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4
The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 was introduced in 2014 as the successor to the Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini’s entry level model and considered the “baby” Lamborghini. However, people came to realize that there was nothing baby about the Gallardo and the Gallardo succeeded to be Lamborghini’s bestselling model in company history. The Huracan retained the astonishing V10 engine layout from the Gallardo with a newly developed V10 good for 610 PS or 602 HP, but everything else was designed and developed to surpass the Gallardo in terms of performance and usability. A big Achilles heel in the Gallardo was the transmission, which was a 6 speed sequential manual transmission named E-Gear that proved to be effective on the track but jerky and nervous in everyday driving conditions. The Huracan has a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission suitably named Lamborghini Doppia Frizione or LDF that’s a night and day difference compared to the E-Gear transmission. It completely transforms the everyday drivability and usability of the vehicle and it is a change noticed the most among people who have driven the old Gallardo. This is a very welcoming change, especially in cities like Chicago where you will encounter a lot of stop-and-go conditions when renting an exotic vehicle. Similarly, another welcomed change that will help in urban driving conditions such as in Chicago is the ride, which is much more comfortable and usable for city driving than it was in the Gallardo.
Ferrari 488 GTB
The Ferrari 488 GTB is the successor to the Ferrari 458 Italia, and is closer to being a facelift upgrade than an entirely new model. The 458 Italia replaced the infamous F430, which was a model that signaled Ferrari’s entry into a new era of cutting edge and technologically advanced cars that weren’t just know for their exclusivity or design. Perhaps the biggest change in the 488 compared to the 458 is the engine, which welcomes the addition of turbocharging to the V8 motor with a smaller displacement of 3.9L compared to the 458’s 4.5L naturally-aspirated V8. Now, for most car enthusiast this seems like a very unwelcomed changed as turbocharging usually introduces turbo lag and a slower response from the throttle not to mention a muffled sound, not something you’d think should be part of a Ferrari’s character. However, thanks to Ferrari’s pledge to be a cutting-edge super car manufacturer, turbo-lag is virtually nonexistent due to the positioning of the turbo’s and the sound is only slightly affected with the added whooshing sound of the turbos. This is a small price to pay for the power increase of the already insanely fast 458 Italia, with power being increased to 661 hp from 562 hp and torque from 398 lb-ft to a staggering 561 lb-ft.
Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Perhaps the most distinguished vehicle on the road, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class luxury SUV is definitely a vehicle you want to rent if you are looking to make a statement. Originally designed in 1972 as a military vehicle and offered as a civilian version 1979, the design of the G Class remained virtually unchanged throughout the years. It was introduced officially in the US in 2001, and since then it has earned a reputation as the ultimate, status symbol luxury SUV especially with the many celebrity endorsements since its introduction. For 2016, the G63 AMG comes with an astonishing 5.5L biturbo V-8 engine that develops 563 hp, enough to propel the enormous G Class to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. It comes standard with the latest and greatest technology from Mercedes-Benz and it is also known for its world renowned off-road aptitude, although paradoxically most G63’s will never see anything more than a gravel lot as far as off road conditions are concerned.