Monday, September 30, 2013

Lamborghini Il Toro Review

Lamborghini II Toro Torch Lighter
Lamborghini II Toro Torch Lighter
  The name Lamborghini evokes luxury at its finest. If a luxury lighter is what you are after, look no further than the Lamborghini Il Toro. This single torch lighter is a stunner, so is the price tag at a suggested MSRP of $150 USD. For this review CLR is going to look past the price initially.
  The lighter is a serious sleek, eye catching, cigar lighting machine. Unlike some luxury branded lighters, the Lamborghini Il Toro is high quality. They did not just slap their name on it and jack the price up. Of course, you are paying for the branding. That said, the finish on this lighter is quite nice. Toro in Spanish means bull. The Lamborghini bull is etched into the front of lighter with a lacquered finish. Hard to appreciate from the picture, the etching is deep, really well done. Looks great against the high polish finish. Colors available are: green, yellow, red, orange, and black shown here. The enamel finish extends throughout the lighter, encompassing the entire backside. Etched into the top of the lid is Tonino Lamborghini. The lighter is not a single step to ignition, the lid must manually be opened first before lighting. The pusher is pretty cool, designed to resemble a Lamborghini air vent. 
Lamborghini Il Toro
  Once depressed a single wind resistant flame is ignited. A bit unique, the torch flame comes out at an angle. CLR can see the benefit of this for lighting cigars using the flame angled toward the cigar. The pusher in this review leaked butane when barely touched, CLR means barely! Not a good thing. The torch continued to stay lit for a few seconds after releasing the pusher as well. There is a red fuel gauge window and red ring around the torch, adding an additional nice visual touch to the overall aesthetic appeal. 
Lamborghini Il Toro Flame

  This lighter is presented in a black carrying case, featuring a silhouette of the iconic bull Lamborghini is synonymous with. The Lamborghini Il Toro would benefit from either a cigar punch or double torches. Either of these would help justify the price a bit more. But let's be real, if you are looking at this lighter it's largely impart due to the name. For a luxury branded lighter the Lamborghini Il Toro is one of the better ones made, assuming the touchy pusher is a rarity. The lighter can be found under the $150 mark, though, will still set you back a fair amount. All said, CLR has to admit it is a pretty darn cool lighter.

CLR Overall Ratings (10 being best, all added, divided by 5)
9.5 - Aesthetics
8.5 - Finish/Construction
8 - Flame
6 - Function & Fuel Adjustment
6 - Value vs. List Price
CLR Final Score: 7.6

Fire It Up Test Results:
20 attempts, 18 successful lights
Pros - overall aesthetics, unique angled flame
Consideration - touchy pusher (tested version), price vs. value

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