“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” – Morpheus.
If the millennium was your thing, you may have already heard of this hit line in the Matrix trilogy, a sci-fi action film about Earth being dominated by sentient machines rebelling against humanity. It was undeniably on the favourite movie list of millions that boasted new camera tricks and ideas, and a virtually immersive story line that pokes deep into the meaning of life.
Since then, the red and blue pill concept has become popular culture symbols representing the choice between embracing the sometimes painful truth of reality and the blissful ignorance of illusion. In this case, the subconscious mind does translate to a perfect fit for our photo subjects – A red Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale representing today’s combustion engine prowess, and a blue BMW i8 that just happens to arrive from the future.
Say hello to the 1.5L plug-in hybrid supercar on the left and the 4.7L V8 petrol engine supercar on the right.
There is no right or wrong but this choice allowed us to experience explosive raw power on tap. This is not just a regular Maserati GranTurismo, mind you. It is a dearer, more powerful, stiffer, lower and lighter GranTurismo MC Stradale. One look, you can’t miss the striking trident that was inspired by the Neptune fountain in Bologna, Italy – the hallmark of Maserati since 1914.
Enter the driver’s cockpit, press the start button, and the 450 odd bhp engine breathes delightfully into life! The Singapore city skyline appears even more astoundingly beautiful with the striking red maser roaring down her boulevards. The owner has tastefully added subtle design touches to the bodywork and the final outcome looks unquestionably fantastic.
As the duo rolls down the underground freeway, it was an absolute sight to behold. Two very different cars but yet serving a common purpose; that is pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering and design, and delivering unparalleled transportation satisfaction for the car nuts.
And this is us ending in Matrix style… If you take the blue pill, your electrifying dream begins. You wake up in your bed and believe you can save the world. You take the red pill, you stay true to fuel addiction, and we will show you how deafening that V8 rumbles.
Till next time when we pop the blue pill!