Supercar Showdown 2004: The Adventures of a Supercar Collector

Spend some time with Richard B erry—who, along with Robb Report Senior Editor Fluto Shinzawa, also participated in the supercar test-drives—and continually you will hear the phrase "To make a long story short . . . ." There is nothing wrong with Berry’s storytelling skills or with his listeners’ attention spans. But with so many automotive adventures in his past, Berry has little time to describe them all. And so he entertains with tidbits about the time he drove a ’98 Lamborghini Roadster from his house in Evergreen, Colo., to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas—a distance of 771 miles—in five hours and 37 minutes; about when he burned the tires off his quasar blue ’90 Greenwood ’Vette, doing donuts at a Corvette Club autocross; and about how he recruited Scottish race driver Robin Liddell to drive the Lola Judd that his company sponsors in the American LeMans Series and win four consecutive races.

To feed his supercar addiction, Berry, the 41-year-old president of Very Berry Exotics and the heir to the Yellow Pages fortune, has accumulated a fleet of modern, high-performance automobiles. His collection stands at 99 vehicles, including a Saleen S7, 19 Lamborghinis, and a cluster of Callaway Corvettes. Berry’s stash also includes the red Ferrari Enzo that he generously shipped to Vermont for our assessment.

Berry’s extreme machines do not collect dust in garages. As with the Enzo, he drives them hard and fast. When Berry sees our score sheet (which we will discard), with ratings for design, acceleration, braking, handling, and ergonomics, he shakes his head. "Long story short, judging these cars is all about emotion," he says with a laugh, "and speed."

 

Ferrari Enzo

Porsche Carrera GT

Ford GT

Lamborghini Murciélago

Engine

6.0-liter V-12

5.7-liter V-10

5.4-liter supercharged V-8

6.2-liter V-12

Power

660 hp at 7,800 rpm

605 hp at 8,000 rpm

550 hp at 6,500 rpm

580 hp at 7,500 rpm

Torque

485 ft lbs at 5,500 rpm

435 ft lbs at 5,750 rpm

500 ft lbs at 3,750 rpm

479 ft lbs at 5,400 rpm

Zero-to-60 Time

3.3 seconds

3.9 seconds

3.7 seconds

3.6 seconds

Top Speed

218 mph

205 mph

205 mph

205 mph

Transmission

6-speed paddle shifter

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed paddle shifter

Wheelbase

104.3 inches

107.5 inches

106.7 inches

104.9 inches

Curb Weight

3,009 pounds

3,043 pounds

3,485 pounds

3,637 pounds

Base Price

$650,000

$440,000

$140,000

$280,000

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