Car accidents are commonplace, but we rarely see two vehicles in wreck that are such polar opposites. A couple of days ago just outside of Perth, Australia, a 14-year-old stole a white, late-model Subaru Forester (looks like a 2018) and collided with a brand-spankin'-new $250,000 Lamborghini Urus SUV. While we can't say the damage was catastrophic, it is pretty bad (especially for the t-boned Urus).
The 2018 Forester in base trim has a meager 170 horsepower from its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT transmission. It does the 0-60 "sprint" in about 9 seconds. In stark contrast, the Lamborghini Urus has 641 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8 engine that's mated to its 8-speed automatic. It'll rocket to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Apart from the huge price difference (about a quarter of a million dollars).
Here's how things went down. Police officers in Western Australia were on the lookout for a stolen Subaru Forester after it was reported by the owner. They spotted the teenager driving through suburban Perth and attempted to perform a traffic stop.
The teenager pulled over and stopped but then shifted to reverse, backing into the police vehicle and then sped off. After only a few blocks, the Subaru blew through an intersection and then rammed into the front passenger side of the very expensive and very new Lamborghini. Both vehicles sustained significant damage, but there were no reports of serious injury to either party (thankfully).
Airbags deployed in both vehicles, and part of the Forester's bumper fell off upon impact. The general structure of the Lamborghini held up pretty well given the force of the impact, but there was probably some damage to it. The teenager then attempted to flee the scene of the accident but didn't make it very far when he was apprehended and detained. He's been charged with stealing and aggravated burglary (what about evading police and fleeing the scene of a crime?).
The painful part is the fact that the kid probably has zero insurance, and the Lambo owner's policy will have to kick in for significant repairs that will likely take months. We're also sad for the Forester owner who had his/her car stolen, but the price delta between the two cars is still about a quarter of a million dollars. We're not sure if the Lambo owner would've felt just a little bit better if he'd been hit by a more expensive car?