For the car enthusiasts out there that have watched this great movie, you’ll probably know what’s going to follow. For those who haven’t, it’s no big deal, but it was my favourite scene in the entire movie and it involved a white Lamborghini Countach.
Without giving too much away, Leonardo DiCaprio is the main protagonist, a cheating Wall Street broker high on money, drugs and women. Thinking they were duds, Leo takes a handful of Ludes (sedative-hypnotic drug), and they suddenly kick in at a hotel and render him a useless, slurring wreck. He needs to get home and his typically 80s white Lamborghini Countach is parked outside. Pulling himself along by his hands, he tackles the doors and a set of concrete steps. Finally reaching his car, he attempts to climb in and drive.
This is a car with scissor doors, remember, so it isn’t going to be easy… and it isn’t. What made me chuckle was the realistic way Leonardo ostentatiously yanked on the steering wheel to pull out of the space – the Countach had notoriously heavy steering with no power steering.
So whilst DiCaprio is uber cool when it comes to the automobile on screen, just what does he cruise Hollywood in between shoots?
Yep, Leo is one of the many celebrities who drive the Toyota Prius. This full hybrid electric hatchback can average around 4.7 L/100-km from its 1.8-L petrol engine and attracts stars such as Miley Cyrus, Larry David, Owen Wilson, Natalie Portman, Kate Hudson and Cameron Diaz.
It appears he’s owned more than one Prius since its release.
Although this car shares a few similarities to the Prius in the battery compartment, the Tesla is a fully electric machine. It not only looks a thousand times better, but the 2-door vehicle’s 53 kWh Lithium-ion battery-powered motor can propel it to 60-mph in 5.7 seconds.
The Fisker Karma is a plug-in hybrid sports car with a 2.0-L turbocharged Ecotec engine. The eco sports car features an aluminium space-frame, which gives it an attractive and sleek appearance. Even the interior is eco-friendly, as no use of animal products were used in its creation. Despite looking great and featuring a turbocharged engine and a pair of 161-bhp electric motors, the Fisker Karma weighs in at a hefty 2.5 Tonnes. This means a 0-60–mph time of a clip under 6 seconds with a top speed of 125-mph.
Not a bad looking car and easily the best of the bunch as far as size and performance. At least he hasn’t chrome wrapped it like that Justin “bad boy” Bieber.