At the Speed of Light: 9 Luxury Cars of the Modern Era That Redefined It All

Luxury car lovers are unique. They love beautiful, fast cars, and they’re willing to pay for them. There’s a long list of classic luxury cars and future classics are still being produced. Here is some information about modern classics.

Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini became a wealthy man building tractors. He was ready to follow his dream by his 50th birthday. Lamborghini wanted to create a sports car to rival Ferrari. Ferruccio built a huge, ultramodern factory in 1963. He hired the engineer that built some of Ferrari’s best engines. The 350 GTV debuted at the Turin Auto Show in 1963, and the vehicle was considered a masterpiece. The Italian company produced the 350GT in 1964. This was the first Lamborghini for retail sale. Several famous cars followed, including the Miura, the Countach, and the Diablo.

These classic cars of the modern era hold their value. Indeed, selling a Lamborghini is easy. Many dealers are in the business of buying used luxury cars. What makes a Lamborghini special? The car company produces cars with out-of-this-world acceleration. Further, every new car is better than the last one. A Lamborghini costs nearly $200,000.

The Swedish Super Car

Christian von Koenigsegg was 22 years old when he started working on a Swedish car empire named for him. The Koenigsegg concept vehicle debuted in 1996 and was driven by many famous race-car drivers. They all thought the car was fantastic. The Koenigsegg product prototype, the CC8S debuted in 2000. The engine was named the most powerful in the world, in a series-produced car by The Guinness Book of World Records. The company is also in The Book of World Records for making the fastest production car in the world.

Koenigsegg wanted to sell a less-super car to the public. Voila, the plug-in hybrid Regera was born in 2017. The Regera is lightweight and luxurious. The Regera’s price starts at $1.9 million.

Audi R8

The Audi R8 prototype was introduced in 2006, and the production car followed. It had the same platform, transmission, and suspension as a Lamborghini Gallardo. It’s a unique sports car that makes drivers comfortable on the road. The second-generation R8 debuted in 2015 and had the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan. The convertible version was called the Spyder. Interestingly, the R8 was Tony Stark’ s (Iron Man) car in six Marvel movies. The U.S. News and World Report ranked the 2020 R8 in the top half of luxury sports car rankings. The Audi R8 coupe starts at $169,000.

Porsche

Porsche is a German automaker that specializes in high-performance sports cars. In fact, the word Porsche is synonymous with luxury. Industry insiders say the Porsche 911 is the world’s most iconic sports car. The first 911 debuted in 1963. One driver says the Porsche 911 is a physics lesson because you can feel the weight shift all around the car. Further, he says the 911 has the classic sound of a sports car. Fast cars need good brakes, and the 911 is known for braking. The driver can be traveling at 200 mph and the vehicle will stop on a dime.

Porsche 911 remains popular today because drivers love the shape. Many drivers compare the car to a “sexy lady.” It’s got wide coke bottle shaped rear fenders and pontoon-like front fenders. The price starts at $97,000. You’ll find a lot of classic Porsche 911s around because the body is very durable.

Acura NSX

Honda dabbled successfully in Formula One racing in the 1980s. As a result, the Japanese automaker decided to design a practical fast car. A year later, Honda engineers put a mid-engine motor into a Honda Civic Hatchback. The car didn’t meet their expectations so they kept working. The prototype NSX was eventually made for Honda’s American luxury brand, Acura. The prototype was introduced in 1989 at the Chicago auto show.

Formula One driver Ayrton Senna helped Honda finetune the NSX. Senna thought the car needed to be made of stronger material for mass production. The final product was a hit and it lasted for 15 years. The Acura NSX was known as the “everyday supercar.” An Acura NSX sells for around $150,000.

Aston Martin

The British Legend Aston Martin shook up the automotive world with the introduction of the Valkyrie. Aston Martin partnered with Red Bull Racing to develop the prototype. The Valkyrie was produced for racing and street driving. The 2018 edition featured a V12 engine with 1160 horsepower. The car could go from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. The Valkyrie was considered a supercar and the only auto that rivaled it was the Koenigsegg One. Only 150 road units were built with a price of $3.2 million.

McLaren

New Zealand-born Bruce McLaren was a Formula One champ at age 22. He relocated to Britain and decided to form a racing team in 1963 to build cars. The team built several prototype racing cars before McLaren died in a car accident in 1970. In 1980, the team began working on a racing car built out of carbon fiber composite. A car made of carbon fiber composite was safer and sturdier.

McLaren introduced its supercar, the F1, in 1992. Only 106 cars were manufactured. The F1 made history in many ways. It was the first carbon fiber road car, the fastest production car, and the fastest naturally aspirated road car ever made. McLaren has three series of vehicles including the entry-level Sports Series, which included the GT. The mid-range Super Series included the 720S and the top-of-the-line Ultimate. Car lovers have to put out six figures to purchase a McLaren.

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

Mercedes is one of the world’s oldest car makers. This car was built after Mercedes’ limited work with McLaren. It was the first car developed by the German car company’s AMG division. It was a successor to the 300 SL Gullwing. It’s a two-seater with a front mid-engine. Further, it has gull-wing doors, a powerful V-8 engine, and it’s great to look at. The SLS AMG was built from 2011 to 2015. The asking price starts at $100,000.

Supercars are a reflection of the era in which they were built. Modern luxury cars have certainly gotten the stamp of approval. These beauties cost a lot to own, but the prestige will be well worth it.

 

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