Could Classic Parade hire service be the answer to supercar ownership in the city?

By Tempus | 10 May 2019 | Speed

Supercar hire is finding its niche among high net worths looking to dip into a fleet of options

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* Taking on the fast and furious Audi R8 V10 for a weekend adventure, I found it to be the superior younger brother to the original R8, with a roaring, naturally-aspirated 8,700rpm V10 engine that defines the sound of a supercar

Imagine being able to drive a different supercar every day of the week. Whether taking a Ferrari GTC4 Lusso for a spin to take your amour on a country drive, a Hurracan Performante to be the cool parent at Sunday morning football practice, or a top-spec Mclaren 720S to induce serious office envy arriving for your Monday morning meeting.

Supercar ownership is by no means something to invest in lightly, with sky-high retail prices followed by servicing costs to make your eyes water as well as an unhealthy thirst for super-unleaded fuel, it’s safe to say the initial purchase price is only the beginning. And with value depreciation hitting from the second you drive off the forecourt, is it really worth it? Especially when there's another option available.

We explored the world of supercar hire for an answer to the long-term and pricey responsibilities of ownership. Classic Parade Supercar Hire boasts an extensive stock of high-end vehicles and, as we discovered, impeccable 24-7 service. In fact, the service allows you to change your automotive mood as often as your outfit. >>

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* Classic Parade's fleet includes models from more than 15 leading manufacturers, including the Aston Martin Vantage

Taking on the fast and furious Audi R8 V10 for a weekend adventure, I found it to be the superior younger brother to the original R8, with a roaring, naturally-aspirated 8,700rpm V10 engine that defines the sound of a supercar. The cabin is designed to be functional for daily drivers and features the most comfortable racing seats I've ever sunk into, with ample legroom, headroom and a broad rear bench perfect for your weekend bags (important as the load-space under the nose is a little limited). The car is a true gem; thrilling, impressive to look at and exceptional to handle.

Classic Parade's fleet includes models from more than 15 leading manufacturers, including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Audi and McLaren, so even the pickiest petrolhead has something to choose from. With delivery to your door, you can simply jump into the bucket seat, grab the steering wheel, activate sport mode and enjoy the drive. Then, when you're finished roaring about town or winding through the country, its time to swap your vehicle for something new.

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