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Next time you're driving and get stuck behind a
tractor, button your lip... for, although it's hard
to believe, Lamborghini's dazzling new uber-
sportscar, the Reventon Roadster, would never
have existed if it weren't for the humble tractor.
The late Ferruccio Lamborghini, you see,
made a qwazillion making tractors. He then
turned his attention to turning out sports cars to
compete with Ferrari, a project many thought
would lead to his ruin. He had the last laugh.
More than 40 years after the first "Lambo"
rolled off the production line, the charging bull
brand now turns out some of the world's most
spectacular, sought-after vehicles.
The 2009 Roadster, unveiled at the Frankfurt
Motor Show, is no exception.
Part stealth-fighter, part Batmobile (yep,
Christian Bale's souped-up Dark Knight car
was a Lamborghini design), the all-wheel-drive
Roadster's six-litre V12 engine will propel you
from zero to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds on the way
to a top speed of -- yeah baby! -- 330kmh.
The driver can, at the touch of a button,
switch from analogue to digital readouts on the
dashboard's liquid crystal display screen.
Even if you can stump up the $1.85 million
for the Roadster, chances of getting one are
less than slim. Just 20 will come off the produc-
tion line, and Lamborghini's order book is
See Barbagallo (354 Scarborough Beach Rd
Osborne Park, 08 9231 5999) for Lamborghini
sales in WA. -- Norman Burns
A PEN FOR YOUR POCKET
Japan's Olympus has been a world leader in
point'n'shoot digital cameras for some time but
with the funky, retro-design PEN E-P1 they look
set to carve out new ground.
The PEN is an unabashed throwback to a 1950s
design but combines portability with the flexibil-
ity of its much bigger digital SLR (DSLR) cousins.
Using the new "Micro Four Thirds" lens
system (you can, via an adaptor, also fit compat-
ible "normal" lenses onto the PEN), the 12.3
megapixel PEN also shoots High Definition
video (up to seven minutes' worth) or 14 minutes
of Standard Definition footage and comes with
a whole bunch of clever stuff like Face Detection
and six built-in Art Filters.
Unlike the DSLR models, there's no view-
finder; you focus using the Live View screen.
This camera may not match the high-end
optics of its bigger competitors, and at around
$1399 ($1799 for a twin lens kit with optical view-
finder) is a little pricier than some rivals but the
sheer ingenuity of its less-is-more design is sure
to win over even the most crusty camera-phile.
For WA stockists, call 1300 659 678.
-- Norman Burns
With all this talk of financial gloom, it's
good to see one company bucking the
trend and getting on with business.
Maxem Aviation has built a reputation as Perth's
leading provider of specialist charter aircraft and
recently announced a shiny new addition to its fleet
of top-notch jets.
The Cessna Mustang Jet is the ultimate boy's toy,
combining good looks with enough gadgets and
aircraft gizmos to keep even the most avid plane-
spotter happy. Two turbofan jet engines boost the
Mustang's cruising speed to 650kmh, making short
work of your next business trip, while the jet's spa-
cious interior can accommodate up to five guests.
After a successful maiden journey all the way
from United States, the Mustang, which can be flown
by a single pilot, is the first aircraft of its kind in WA.
The Mustang's handy "jet-taxi" service is ideal
for time-poor executives, but it won't break the bank
for those of us looking to join Perth's high-flyers -- at
least for a day.
Plus, with Maxem CEO Captain Peter Nadilo's 30
years' experience in business aviation, it's good to
know you'll be in safe hands.
For more information about the Cessna Mustang or
any of Maxem Aviation's other services, call (08) 9478
5988 or visit maxem.com.au. -- Jake Millar
SKY'S the limit
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