Welcome fellow primates! The Ape has been getting a little too excited about a few rides lately, so here is a quick run-down of his FAVE TOP 5 RIDES for 2017!!
Come back in a day or two for the Ape’s follow-up blog with another 5 of the coolest automobiles to make you go mmmmmm!!!
We kick off the Ape’s favorite rides with the pinnacle of exotic supercars. The Ferrari 458 is the result of a supercar manufacturer producing a work of art. While it may not be the ideal vehicle for a family of 5 on a shopping trip, the Ferrari 458 is seen by many as one of the most beautiful pieces of automotive engineering in the world.
The red devil was unveiled to awe-struck folks at the Frankfurt motor show in 2009 and it has been turning heads since. For the car geeks,….. the Ferrari 458 is fitted with a lethal 90 degree, all aluminum engine with 32 valves and twin overhead camshafts. For the non-geeks,…..it goes like “sh#t-off-a-shiny-shovel” with a top speed of 210 mph and a 0 – 60 time of 3.0 seconds.
The body of the car was designed by Pininfarina under the leadership of Donato Coco – the Ferrari design director.
At over $250K, for just over 3000lbs. of pure automotive excellence, it is certainly one of the most desirable cars in the world. The only issue is that most normal folks aren’t able to buy one as Ferrari has an extremely stringent buyer’s policy. If you can get your mits on own, you will be joining such celebrities as Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, and Justin Bieber.
Porsche 911 Carrera
First made in Stuttgart, Germany in 1963, the Porsche 911 has undergone continuous development to keep it competitive with the elite range of supercars but Porsche has ensured the basic concept of the 911 has remained the same. The car has been redesigned 5 times but it is still easily & instantly recognizable.
One of the most successful racing cars ever produced, the 911 is Porsche’s most popular car. It was originally named the 901 but Porsche had to change the name under the insistence of Peugeot who had the trademark on that particular model number!!…a Peugeot 911…I don’t think so!!!
There are 20 engines to choose from ranging from 255 to 535bhp.
In one day, the factory in Stuttgart produces about 40 Boxsters, 110 911’s, and 500 engines. Build quality in a Porsche is legendary with each 911 having over 5000 separate welds.
The fastest one is the Porsche 997 Turbo S PDK with a 0 – 60 time of 2.9 seconds.
For those with piles of cash, the most expensive version is the 911 GT2 RS at approx. $300K and the cheapest 911 is the Carrera at around $90K.
Bentley Continental GT
In 1994, Bentley created a unique vehicle for the Sultan of Brunei, called the “Dominator“. The four wheel drive SUV cost him a tidy $3 million….he liked it so much that the Sultan bought another 5 more!!
You may not know that Bentley went bankrupt after the 1929 Wall Street crash. They were then purchased by the British powerhouse Rolls Royce.
The attention to detail on the Bentley is something special. In fact, to make the interior of just one car, Bentley use 480 pieces of leather which are then all laced together with 40,000 stitches (all done by hand). It actually takes 16 cow-hides to complete the interior of just one of these stunning cars.
To paint a Bentley is easy…16 layers of the finest paint money can buy and 120 separate stages to follow and you’re done! One of the main reasons that these cars are so pricey is that it takes 2 months to hand-build one. In fact, the steering wheel stitching alone takes around 15 hours!
Bentley currently makes around 10,000 cars each year at their factory in Crewe, U.K. If you do get your paws on one, make sure you keep hold of it…a 1925 Bentley is worth about $5 million USD these days!!!
The Aventador is Lamborghini’s most powerful car and more surprisingly it’s the most fuel-efficient, too! The whopping 6.5 liter engine produces a ridiculous 691bhp but it can still manage 11 / 17mpg in city / highway driving.
If you want one of these tasty motors, you better be patient. The average wait to get your very own Aventador is about a year and a half!
“What about the speed?” I hear you say. A mere 217mph. And the price for driving your very own red missile….about $400K. Lambo have let slip that the average net worth of their customers is $10 million usd!
Amazingly, this supercar manufacturer started out making tractors. As a matter of fact, they still do (but obviously operated under a different name).
If you don’t feel you stand out enough with your noisy and garishly colored Lambo, the Aventador features the infamous scissor doors which have also become known as beetle doors, turtle doors, or switch-blade doors. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the doors rotate vertically on a fixed hinge on the front of the door as opposed to conventional doors which swing outward.
Seen by many as one of the only true American performance cars, the Dodge Viper was first released in 1992. Sadly, Dodge has announced that production of this unmistakable dream car has now ceased so this car could be the next big classic car to collect.
The current Dodge Viper ACR is propelled by a V10 8.4 liter engine that produces 645 horses that launch this rocket-ship to 60mph in just 3 seconds flat!
Development of this sweet ride began way back in 1989, principally as homage to the Shelby AC Cobra. In fact, Carroll Shelby worked alongside the Dodge design team (who were actually owned by Chrysler at the time).
Top of the range Vipers with their six speed manual transmission can nudge 202mph and produce a humongous 600lb of torque. Prices ranged from $93K for a SRT up to $113K for the GTS model.
At time of writing, Dodge has discontinued production of the Viper at their Connor assembly plant. If you listen carefully, you can hear the faint sound of sobbing muscle-car fans around the world. We will have to just wait and see if Dodge treats us to another model in the coming years or whether this dream car is now just part of supercar history.