What it feels like: 155 in a Lamborghini

"It was only a question of what kinda guts did I have? How fast could I drive this thing?" says Scott Pelley

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What does it feel like to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini for the first time? Scott Pelley says the faster you go, the more confident you feel.


For Lamborghini's 50th anniversary, Pelley traveled to Italy and buckled up for the first time in a Lamborghini Aventador, a $445,000 whip with a top speed of 217 mph.

"The steering is so precise, the handling is so immediate, the brakes are so amazing, you become comfortable right away--I could handle the car," says Pelley. "When the car gets up over about 130 miles an hour, the wind is going around the car so fast, it sounds like you're in the cockpit of an airplane. The car really grabs a hold of the track the faster it goes and gives you more and more confidence. Then it was only a question of what kinda guts did I have? How fast could I drive this thing?"

Pelley isn't the first to take a spin in a Lamborghini for 60 Minutes: Morley Safer--a car enthusiast and a former club racer-- first reported on Lamborghini for the broadcast in 1987, calling it "a thrilling ride."

From the archives: Lambo circa 1987

Twenty-five years later, producer Nicole Young approached Pelley about doing a follow-up to Safer's report, but Pelley's first answer was an immediate "no."

"The thing about the work that I do at 60 Minutes is that I don't do fun. Fun's not my thing," Pelley tells 60 Minutes Overtime. "I tend to do all of those stories about wars and famines and pestilence...and she worked on me and worked on me, and I finally decided, "'You know what? That would be a lotta fun.'"

Editor's Note: This segment was originally published Nov. 3, 2013