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Kelly's World | Dem have money fi waste

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AM

All a-, all a-, all aboard

We no frighten fi things weh we know we can't afford

- Vybz Kartel

I watched with 20 per cent envy and 80 per cent annoyance the other day as Bugatti, the supercar maker, unveiled its latest toy, the Bugatti Divo.

The car has a top speed of 236 miles per hour, or nearly 380 kilometres per hour.

So, in my opinion, you'll never be able to really test its power in Jamaica because even our highway speed limit doesn't pass 110. Oh well.

The price tag for this speedster? Only US$5.8 million. Chump change, don't? Well, even though I say that sarcastically, the fact is that it's chump change for more than a few people.

If you followed the launch of the car, you would have realised that there were only 40 of them made and every single one sell off quick. And when I say quick I mean in one day.

Now, I'm pretty certain other than those 40 persons, there were more than a few others who tried to purchase one but moved a tad late.

If you figure that only a billionaire would spend nearly US$6 million on one vehicle, then only 2,208 would have been in the running.

 

Rich Keep Getting Richer

 

But to show you that the rich keep getting richer, consider that the Divo is a 'spin-off' of another Bugatti, the Chiron.

And Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said that they showed the Divo to a select group of Chiron owners. And just like that, bloops! All a di car dem done, jus' so!

So these people already owned what car experts consider the 'better' version of this Bugatti, and dem still buy the new one.

Like I said at the top, I watched with only 20 per cent envy because I'm not a fan of those low cars.

Even though I drive a small car, I don't feel like I'm sitting on the asphalt as I paddle along the roadway.

My main angst (if it's even that serious) is that I always believe that the world would be much better off if wealth was more evenly distributed.

So while persons who are legally wealthy have the right to spend their money as they see fit, it just feels like a waste of cash to me.

For all I know, the people who bought these cars may very well be some of the nicest, most generous folks on the planet.

They may have built schools in impoverished countries and helped to feed thousands of homeless. But even then, $6 million just feels like too much.

By the way, despite the helluva price tag, the car cannot fly, nor can it travel under water.

In more practical car terms, this million-dollar machine can't even hold more than two people.

So for $5.8 million, only you the driver and one passenger can siddung inna it. I suppose it's 2.9 million per seat.

Look, you have cars that can parallel park by themselves that do not cost even nearly that much money.

Ah well, a fi dem money, bredda. Nah fight dem!

- Link me at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com