Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co, PGA Cars Press | posted February 12, 2015 17:12
What we saw the PGA World of Super Cars event
Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Porsche distributor PGA Cars brought their latest premium and ultra-premium offerings and special iconic models under one roof at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.
Inglostadt-based Audi was highlighted by the limited to 333 R8 GT. It was accompanied by its Hollywood film featured siblings the S8 of Ronin fame starring Robert De Niro, Jason Statham's A8 W12 in the Transporter, and R8 as driven by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man and Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey. The locally available A1, A3, A6, A7, Q3, Q5, and performance RS4 and RS6 models represented the four ring marque as well.
Ultra-luxury Bentley was represented by the Flying Spur V8 and Continental GT V8 both powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 500 PS and 660 Nm mated to an 8-speed quick-shift transmission with all-wheel drive. Finishing off the Crewe-based automaker's display was the Mulsanne flagship full-size sedan which boasts of superlative craftsmanship and luxury.
The Italian 'House of the Raging Bull' Lamborghini was fronted by the new Huracan LP-610, the successor to the best-selling Gallardo. The new Huracan aims to top its predecessor with its 610 PS, 560 Nm direct-injection 5.2-liter V10 mated to a LDF dual clutch transmission. Joining it was the Aventador LP700 which needs no further introduction. Flanking the supercars were the limited to 300 units Gallardo Super Trofeo Stradale, and the limited to 100 units Murcielago LP670-SV (Super Veloce); the only one of its kind in the Philippines.
The Porsche display was highlighted by one of Stuttgart's finest – the Carrera GT. It was flanked by performance models such as the Cayman GTS, Boxster GTS, 911 GT3, 911 Turbo S. The recently revealed 911 Targa 4S also made its first public appearance along with the Cayenne Turbo, Macan Turbo and Panamera V6. Heritage models such as the 912 and 930 Turbo from a private collection were also displayed.
Audi brand ambassador Anne Curtis was one of the celebrity and VIP guests who attended the first major event of PGA Cars as the luxury auto distributor promised more to come.
"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 Amado del Rosario, PGA Cars director.
The first of its kind event benefited charitable institutions as ticket proceeds were donated to the Philippine Toy Library, an organization that sets up classrooms filled with toys and carers to daycare cnters for children up to seven years old, and the St. Francis School-VSA Arts Philippines – noted for its rehabilitation program for hearing-impaired children.