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What makes a car an exotic supercar is not just the high price; it is about the performance, which is superlative in comparison with contemporary cars, unique design, brand recognition and accompanying accessories and tech gadgets.  A supercar is all performance and bestial look, and this is what makes it special.

Over the years, exotic cars have revolutionized the automobile industry to become bestial in power yet sporty in design.  To drive (or at least touch) one of these top 6 modern exotic cars is the dream of many.  Most of these sports cars do not just roll off the production line like most  other ordinary cars; they start as a dream, and are designed to represent the company’s vision and image.  This explains why they are very expensive and often limited.

1. 2012 Maybach Landaulet

The 2012 Maybach Landualet is a car to marvel at – from afar.  With its 6 liter V12 engine churning out 620 horsepower, this is one of the most powerful four-door cars you can find today.  It comes in a 5 speed manual and automatic drive and costs a whooping £852,693 ($1,380,000 US) Source: http://www.cars.com/maybach/landaulet/2012/.  Some of its core features are extended length body, fully reclining seats and retractable rear roof, exclusivity and enough passenger space.

2012 Maybach Landaulet

2. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

Rolls Royce is an exclusive car, as it always has been.  Rolls Royce opened the gates of luxury coupes in January 2003 with the release of its Phantom ultra-luxury car and this brand has remained successful and admired world over.  The Phantom Drophead Coupé debuted in 2007 but a new model is expected to come in 2013.  The best features of this exotic car are its 6.7 liter V12 6 speed automatic transmission engine, rearward opening coach doors, teak wood panelling and the retractable Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coup

3. 2012 Bentley Continental GT V8

What makes the 2012 Bentley Continental GT V8 different from other models in the family is its smaller yet still powerful engine.  The engine may be 40 percent smaller but it sure turns this 2-door coupe into a beast with its 8-speed transmission 4 liter V8 engine that can generate 660Nm of torque and 500bhp at 6000rpm giving it a maximum speed of 303kph http://www.bentleymotors.com/models/new_continental_gt_v8/performance/.  The best features about Continental GT V8 though can be found on the inside, the traditional crafts of knurled metal, wood and leather make this a modern crisp and comfortable exotic car.

2012 Bentley Continental GT V8

4. 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

If there ever is a perfect combination of beauty of art and power, then it is in the 2012 Ferrari 458 Spider.  The name Ferrari on its own evokes thoughts of powerful sexy sports cars exclusively for a few individuals and the 458 Spider lives on this legacy.  This model debuted this year during the Frankfurt Motor Show last month and features a fully retractable hardtop that can open or close in 14 seconds.  When it comes to performance, the 458 Spider has a 4.5 liter V8 engine that gives out 570 horsepower and can go from 0 to 100kph in 3.4 seconds.  This art, beauty and power comes at a cost though as the car is available from €226,800 starting October 2012.

2012 Ferrari 458 Spider

5. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

The list of powerful exotic cars is never complete without the mention of Lamborghini.  This year, Lamborghini unveiled the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador to carry on the legacy of Murcielago.  This model comes with a whole new engine and is made from an all-carbon fiber body which makes it lighter yet strong.  It is powered by a 700 horsepower 7-speed 6.5 liter V12 engine and can go from 0 to 100kph in 2.9 seconds!  If you have some cash, say £240,000 (US $390,700) http://www.autoblog.com/2011/04/29/2012-lamborghini-aventador-lp700-4-first-drive-review-road-test/ lying somewhere then you can get yourself a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador as it is now available for sale.

 2012 Lamborghini Aventador

6. Audi R8 GT

The Audi GT R8 is designed for speed, comfort and luxury.  It is light, powerful and faster than ever with its V10 engine which Audi re-designed with the main aim of  saving weight and to making it easier to handle.  This is a limited edition car as only 333 have been manufactured, with 90 earmarked for the US market.  Its 5.2 liter V10 engine can churn out 525 horsepower and can accelerate the car from 0 to 100kph in 3.7 seconds http://models.audiusa.com/r8.  The core selling features of this model are 19 inch aluminum alloy wheels, a precision-crafted interior with high quality material, aluminum and carbon fiber and a starting price of €152,000.

Audi R8 GT

There are of course a ton of other modern luxury cars we would love to cover including the 2012 Aston Martin Virage, the 2012 Jaguar XKR-S, McLaren MP4-12C and the Shelby SuperCars Ultimate Aero but these are my favorites.  Are you going to buy one, or just admire and wish for it?

 

About the author: James McDonnel

 

James McDonnel contributed this guest post. James is an automotive enthusiast and a freelance writer who loves everything that has to do with wheels. His articles appear on many online auto publications.

 

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