Best exotic cars at a glance:
Exotic cars no doubt are the highest-priced and rarest beasts in the automotive crowd–and we haven’t even included the pre-order-only, newly launched hypercars, or top investment-worthy examples in our selection. If someone is about to buy one of these cars, caution and practicality rarely shape the decision–and unconventionality probably is one of the best genetic traits of exotic car breeds.
Top 12 Exotic Sports Cars for Daily Driving
Ferrari 488 Pista
With the most powerful V8 engine in the Maranello history, this special series car is the non-track soulmate of racing Ferraris. In fact, the name (meaning “track” in Italian) was chosen speciﬁcally to honor motorsports. Technically, the Ferrari 488 Pista encompasses all of the experience built up on the world’s circuits by the 488 Challenge and the 488 GTE.
Porsche Carrera GT
The Carrera GT is one of the best looking and the best value exotic cars on the market. This stunning example comes with a replica model and only 600 mi. (965 km) on the odometer. The car has a unique 5.7 liter V10 engine whose power also is nicely reflected in the body design: large, recognizable side inlets and air dams framed by the carbon fiber rear bonnet help to cool the engine.
Mercedes-Benz SLS Black Series
The SLS was the first Mercedes-Benz automobile designed and built from scratch by AMG, and the Black Series is the car’s high-performance version. The model’s famous gull-wing doors hold a secret: they swing open upwards on gas struts but must be closed manually as AMG engineers decided against the 41 kg (90 lb.) of additional weight imposed by auto-closing systems. In case of a rollover, the doors can be fully detached from inside.
A 720S is more comfortable for daily driving than the race-car-for-the-road 620R. The car has a sleeker body than other McLarens: the smooth flow of the exterior lines manipulates onrushing air to reduce drag and cool the engine. The car’s geometry (take a look at the doors) is one of the most alluring design features of the 720S.
Ferrari Speciale A
The 458 Speciale A is the most powerful and aerodynamically efficient Spider in Ferrari history and the most dynamic naturally aspirated V8 ever from Maranello. The model was limited to only 499 examples, and the A in its name stands for “Aperta,” which is Italian for “open.”
When the LFA was unveiled in 2009, Toyota produced only 20 cars each month (with 500 examples in a plan); each car had to be custom ordered on the company’s website with the “LFA configurator.” Cars in North America were selling through a two-year lease program to prevent owners from reselling the vehicle for a profit. Production ended by the end of 2012, with the last car finished in white and equipped with the Nürburgring package. One of them is now listed for sale on JamesEdition.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ
The Aventador SVJ is the first production V12 Lamborghini to feature the Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA) system. The car can accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 8.6 seconds. It can attain a top speed of over 352 km/h (219 mph).
Porsche GT2 RS
GT2 RS is one of the fastest and most expensive 911s. The car is road legal: only its special ClubSport version features track-only specs. GT2 RS was the fastest production car on the Nürburgring in 2017.
As one of the most iconic exotic cars of all time, the Countach doesn’t need an introduction. This 1987 Countach with a manual transmission and 29,590 miles (47,621 km) on its odometer is the perfect Sunday drive or the latest addition to a revolving supercar collection. The example is in stunning condition and features the classic color combination of black with gold wheels.
Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M
Scuderia Spider 16M is one of the most alluring Ferrari convertibles. The car combines the 430 Scuderia’s innovative content with the pleasure of driving an open car, and it has a median–on the scale of Ferrari cars–price tag.
McLaren 600 LT
The 600 LT is not just an everyday sports car; it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most extreme–yet road legal–McLaren Sports Series. The LT badge, short for Longtail, has been reserved for higher performance, lighter, more aerodynamic versions of McLaren’s road cars since 1997, when the F1 GTR Longtail saw the track for the first time.
Gumpert Apollo S
A rare find on the automotive market, Gumpert Apollo S is a mid-engine sports car unveiled in 2005 that was produced by German automotive manufacturer Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH. One of the primary criteria for this car was that it be street-legal yet ready for the racetrack.
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Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
The Speedster is probably the coolest example among Vanquish Zagato Aston Martins; other models include the Volante, Coupe, and Shooting Brake. With carbon fiber body panels, Vulcan’s cool blade rear lights, Zagato “Z” badges in the front grille, only two doors and two speedster humps over the rear, the car immediately catches eyes on the street–if you’re lucky enough to spot it there, since Zagato built only 99 Speedsters.
McLaren Senna XP
This Senna XP was the first of 13 cars which were former prototypes (XP stands for “experimental”), that were rebuilt for selected McLaren customers when the production run of 500 standard Senna units had finished. The car comes with the serial number N01.
Porsche 918 Spyder
The Porsche 918 Spyder is known as “one of the first cars to prove that hybrid electric drivetrains could power unbelievably high-performance street machines.” The car offers a total of 887 horsepower afforded by the combination of a 4.6-liter V-8 and lithium-ion battery pack that charges its two electric motors. Today, Porsche enthusiasts can find a limited selection of 918 models with a Weissach package or full carbon body.
Aston Martin One-77
The most exclusive Aston Martin of the Gaydon Era, One-77 was limited to 77 examples. And this particular car is one of only 7 units custom-built by Q Aston Martin. The car is not only powerful (with a V12 engine under the hood) but elegantly cool in every detail. It wasn’t for no reason that the One-77 won the design award in 2009.
One of the highest-priced classic Ferraris, the F40 was engineered by Nicola Materazzi with styling by Pininfarinamay. The car was launched in 1987 with a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged Tipo F120A/F120D 90°V-8. The car listed for sale in Australia has exceptionally well-documented ownership and service history from new, with no damage.
2018 Ford GT
From its aerodynamically optimized shape to the multifunctional buttresses and extraordinarily powerful 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, everything about the Ford GT is designed to deliver pure performance. The design of the 2018 Ford GT is the result of extensive work in the wind tunnel. Its carbon-fiber body and 647-horsepower engine are the ultimate expressions of technological innovation.
What else can be said about the Enzo? Perhaps some fun facts may be of interest. For instance, did you know that the list of Enzo owners includes not only Michael Schumacher, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, and 50 Cent, but also Pope John Paul who–no joke–auctioned his car for about $6 million.
Porsche 964 Turbo S Leichtbau
… or any other cool 911s (and you remember that 964 is a name for 911s produced in 1989-1994). Yes, these cars are good investments, but they’re also still fun to drive. The Turbo S Leichtbau was the first ever Turbo built by Porshce. And the car currently for sale on JamesEdition was lowered by 40mm, has upgraded brakes, 3-piece alloy wheels, an aluminium shock tower brace, and a reinforced unibody.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss
Reminiscent of the SLR racing sports car, the mythos of the Silver Arrows, and a tribute to Sir Stirling Moss, the SLR McLaren Stirling Moss fuses spectacular design with the most demanding technology to offer a unique driving experience that satisfies all of the senses. This is a high-class, classic car for sportsmen and enthusiasts.
Pagani Huayra BC
The Huayra BC is named after Benny Caiola, the first Pagani customer (and a friend of Horacio Pagani). The mid-engine supercar has a better power-to-weight ratio than a Bugatti Veyron SS (zero to 62mph in less than 3.5 seconds) and incorporates four aerodynamic airbrake-type flaps at the corners of the car body to maximize downforce.
Saleen Automotive is an American manufacturer of specialty exotic sports cars and high-performance automotive parts. The Saleen S7 is the company’s flagship car and is wholly built by Saleen and features a mid-engine design in a high-performance supercar package.
Bugatti 110 EB
The only production model built by the Italian incarnation of Bugatti and manufactured in 1991-1995, the 110 EB went through several iterations of development and restyling from 1987 onwards, as Bugatti’s president sought to perfect it. The name EB 110 is an abbreviation for the company’s founder, Ettore Bugatti and his 110 birthday.
The MC12 was developed in 2004 to signal Maserati’s return to racing after 37 years. Though the model is based on the chassis of the Ferrari Enzo, the Maserati is longer and wider, with a lower drag coefficient, a sharper nose, and smoother curves. The road-legal MS12 is the result of the race car’s masterful homologation.
Bugatti Chiron 8.0 W16
There are five models in the Chiron lineup: a classic 8.0 W16 plus four sport versions. Even though Chiron inherited Veyron’s 8.0L quad-turbocharged W16, the carryover was heavily updated. The engine used in the Chiron has a peak power output of 1,103 kW (1,500 PS; 1,479 hp) while the most powerful Veyron Super Sport generates about 880 kW (1,200 PS; 1184 hp).
Based on Aventador, Centenario features a number of design and engineering innovations. It was the first Lamborghini deployed with rear-wheel steering for more maneuverability at low speeds and improved stability at high speeds. The model has the largest rear diffusers ever to be incorporated into a car that, along with its electronically controlled rear wing, aids to further the downforce. And the car’s infotainment system records telemetry and driving data.
Top 8 Exotic Cars Under $100,000
From the Porsche 911 and Lotus Evora to the Lamborghini Gallardo and McLaren 12C, a number of impressive examples range from $50,000-100,000. Although we selected only ten of them, you can find more exotic sports cars under $100,000 listed for sale right now.