Exotic cars are just one of many ways to show off your impressive stash of cash to the mere plebeians of the world. Car brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Koenigsegg are pretty commonplace names in the world of ultra-high-end supercars. Due to things like limited stock numbers, excellent build quality, high prices, and even higher performance ratings, these types of cars are a must-have for the wealthier among us car enthusiasts. But what actually makes these cars so special?
Well, an exotic car is any car that's just ridiculously expensive, actually. There's no hard definition for what an exotic actually is anymore, but one good method of classifying is by looking at the 0-60 speed and price. The price needs to be higher than the average everyday worker can afford, and it should boast some pretty beastly acceleration times. Exotic cars can usually be found on tracks around the world as well as on the streets cruising Rodeo Drive.
Supercars these days are getting faster by the day, and hitting 0-60 in under 3 seconds isn't that big of a shocker anymore. Of course, these cars are dedicated to speed and power and not focused on spacious trunks or road trip-worthy seating. If you can afford one of these cars, though, we're sure you can also afford something with a little more room for weekend trips. Take a look at our list of the best and most surprising exotic cars that can go from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds.
20 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus - 2.6 Seconds
The base price for one of these impressive Audis will set you back $192,450, not including additional options such as a $5,000 hand-stitched leather headliner. Even though this R8 does cost a pretty penny, it's completely worth it.
This little R8 holds a 5.2-liter DOHC V10 engine that puts out about 610 hp.
That's an absolutely insane amount of engine for a small frame. Weighing in at only 3,500 lbs, this lightweight rocket is bound to get you where you need to go in record time. The 2017 Audi R8 gives more bang for your buck than any of its predecessors in the R8 family, especially considering that many have said this is one of the most comfortable supercars that they've ever driven. It looks like Audi has really done great work with this one.
19 2006 Ariel Atom 2 - 2.9 Seconds
The Ariel Atom 2 is a high-performance, road-legal work of art that comes from Ariel Motors. With only 245 hp and one seat, this car had masses of skeptics when it was first announced. The performance of the Atom has put any questions to rest. Even though 245 hp sounds like something you can get out of a low-end Lexus, you need to consider how light this car really is—just over 1,000 lbs. That's insanely light for any vehicle, which is why this little guy has so much get up and go. Many critics have also added that this is one of the best-handling cars that they've ever driven, giving the Atom 2 a great reputation that Ariel Motors has continued to exceed year after year.
18 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO - 2.7 Seconds
The Nissan GT-R NISMO has the rare ability of making normal everyday drivers look like beasts of the track. Various modifications and upgrades from the normal GT-R, such as bigger turbos, remapped timing, and a better intake system, give this 3.8-liter V6 an additional 55 horsepower. Along with engine upgrades, the car is actually half of an inch longer than the stock GT-R and includes a larger wing and a fancy new front splitter. This beast of a car should probably not be used as a daily driver, though, due to its stiff steering and huge lack of understeer. Get one on the track, however, and it's a completely different story. This track monster set buyers back a cool $120,000 in 2014, which came in at about $48,000 more than the base GT-R.
17 2016 Aston Martin Vulcan - 2.9 Seconds
When I first saw concept images of the Aston Martin Vulcan, I got more excited than I'd like to admit.
Packing in a massive 7.0-liter V12 engine that produces 820 hp, this car absolutely decimates its competition on the track.
Unfortunately for anybody that has $2.4 million lying around that wants one, there were only 24 made, with the strict intention of being a track-only car. Like many vehicles in its class, the Vulcan must be approved by Aston Martin before seeing track time, so anytime you wanted to take this thing out of the garage, you'd need permission beforehand. Last year, in Britain, some lads actually modified a Vulcan heavily enough to make it road-legal, becoming the only one in the world.
16 The 2017 Tesla Model X with 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade' - 2.8 Seconds
Yes, really. It's one of the two SUVs on the list, and to add insult to injury, it's fully electric.
The 2017 Tesla Model X is a car like we've never seen before with insane acceleration speeds, comfort on the level of other brand-name SUVs, and even an autopilot feature.
A feature that comes standard with the Model X is a sort of sport mode called the 'Ludicrous Speed Upgrade' that'll make it possible for your Tesla to do 0-60 in as little as 2.8 seconds, depending on the weight you have in the car. The base price of this car is just shy of $80,000, also making it one of the cheaper cars on this list. Good job, Tesla. We can't wait to see what you do with the Roadster.
15 2012 Zenvo ST1 - 2.9 Seconds
Danish company Zenvo's ST1 is actually their first production model ever. Almost entirely hand-built, this twin-charged 6.8-liter V8 produces 1,104 hp. As with anything handmade, there's always room for mistakes. True car enthusiasts will remember the episode of Top Gear when the crew ran into a myriad of problems with the ST1, including a clutch going out, fogged-out headlights, and the rear brakes failing. After shipping the ST1 back to Denmark to get it fixed, they got it back to encounter an even bigger problem—it started catching fire. While it may not be the safest to drive or the highest of quality for your dollar, it's still very fast. Going from 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds is always impressive, but this car may just not be worth it. Buyer, beware.
14 2015 Ferrari F12 TDF - 2.8 Seconds
The F12 TDF, or Tour de France, is the successor to the 599 GTO that holds 769 hp in a V12 engine. This car is an absolute lunatic. Lighter, faster, and more aerodynamic than any before, this Ferrari was the fastest to ever come out from the company in 2015, now, of course, being one-upped by the infamous LaFerrari. If the everyday-wealthy car enthusiast was interested in this vehicle, we'd probably suggest going with the base F12, as the TDF has lost almost all practical functionality due to a massive weight-shaving effort put out by Ferrari. There was obviously only one goal in mind for this car: to go fast. With an impressive 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and hitting 141 mph in its quarter-mile time, this TDF truly does stand out as a very fast car.
13 2011 Caterham Seven Superlight R500 - 2.7 Seconds
A 140 hp exotic car that you can pick up for less than $35,000? Sounds almost too good to be true, but it's all a reality. The Caterham Seven Superlight is an impressive work of art put together with speed in mind.
The Superlight is just that—an extremely lightweight car, which is why you don't need more than its 140 hp 1595 cc engine.
Everything from no roof, a smaller steering wheel, and even a smaller cockpit to specifically hold lightweight drivers make this machine an ode to the art of weight reduction. Many who've driven the car say it's an incredible experience that glides down the road and responds to your every move of the wheel. The only downside is that no windscreen can make this a very buggy ride, especially at such high speeds. Helmet required for this one!
12 2018 Bugatti Chiron - 2.3 Seconds
This $2.9-million hypercar is an ode to automotive perfection. Possessing a 1,419 hp 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine, this modernistic and sleek car is showing up all the competition. Many believed the 2017 model simply couldn't be outdone by Bugatti, but they were again proven wrong. What's even more impressive than its insane 0-60 time is the time it takes for going 0-250-0, which it currently holds the record for at 42 seconds. That's right—with a maniacal amount of power and a modern and comfortable interior, this Bugatti is a must-have for anybody who loves cars and has a neverending bank account. Good luck getting your hands on one, though, as limited stock and an overwhelming love for this car have made them quite hard to track down for sale.
11 2016 Elemental RP1 - 2.7 Seconds
The Elemental RP1 was designed and engineered by a team of engineers with decades worth of experience in Formula One and other various racing formats in mind.
The fastest and most expensive lightweight F1 styled roadster comes equipped with a Ford EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine that puts out about 280 hp, which is plenty of power for this car.
The team that designed this car actually took influence from various aspects of high-performance motorcycles, as well as Formula One cars to give it optimal aerodynamics and speed. Although mainly intended for track use, owners can do a little bit of manual adjusting to optimize it for everyday road use. The base price for one of these babies is around $120,000, making it quite an expensive GT racer, although, with the stats that it's put up in recent years, we'd say it's worth it.
10 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - 2.9 Seconds
The whole Porsche 911 series will go down in history as one of the greatest lines of luxury race-cars that ever were, and the GT3 RS is no exception. This model of 911 has been dubbed "the most intense and track-ready 911 to ever be produced" by Walter Röhrl, the senior test driver at Porsche.
Fitted with a 4.0-liter V6, this car produces 500 hp, which offers plenty of get-up-and-go without the life-threatening side effects of say, a Bugatti Chiron.
This makes the 911 GT3 RS a very comfortable ride to even novice drivers, and it gives a feeling of confidence behind the wheel. Like almost all cars on this list, however, it comes at a cost. Starting at $180,595, this is a pricier Porsche, but all the features that make it so comfortable as a daily driver make it worth every penny.
9 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 - 2.8 Seconds
No supercar list would be complete without at least one Lamborghini. The Italian company has built a stellar reputation known around the world to car enthusiasts and novices alike, making it one of the most sought-after brands of cars ever. The Aventador made waves when it was first announced as the big brother of the Murciélago. You know... the one we all had posters of when we were younger. I can still see that obnoxiously green paint job hanging above my bedroom dresser. Well, the Aventador was released and shocked the world with its affordability (to the 1%) and sheer power. Equipped with a massive 6.5-liter V12 and coming in at just under $400,000 made it the most powerful and affordable Lamborghini on the market. Aventador is still one of the most iconic and well-known lines of cars the company has produced, making them wildly popular in the car community.
8 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon - 2.3 Seconds
Dodge started with the base Challenger, moved up to the Hellcat, and has landed on the 2018 Demon, the fastest production car ever created. Coming stock with only a driver's seat, large fender flares, and large rear tires, this car has one purpose—the drag strip. Not for the faint of heart, the 2018 Dodge Demon comes with an impressive 840 hp supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that does wheelies. Yes, it has launch power so ferocious, it looks like something Vin Diesel would be caught doing in the Fast and Furious movies—except for one thing... you can buy this stock. Coming in at $86,090, we're not sure if we should consider this an exotic car based on price alone, but we feel the stats make up for it.
7 2007 Caparo T1 - 2.5 Seconds
The Caparo T1 is the result of numerous investors and engineering whizzes coming together to create something extraordinary. The completely carbon body and chassis hold a 3.5-liter V8 that offers up 575 hp with a weight of only 1,212 lbs. This weight-power ratio is the dream of supercar companies everywhere but only being achieved by a select few. This car looks more like a Formula One car than a grocery getter, but it can be used for track or road. Yes, it's road legal in almost every country. Even though it's acceptable to drive on the street, we wouldn't recommend it, seeing as how everything on the car was designed for track-only driving, meaning you would have a very stiff and bumpy ride. Along with this fact comes the price of $266,000, making this car almost exclusively available to track teams or very well-endowed collectors.
6 2012 Nissan GT-R - 2.9 Seconds
Although we already had a GT-R on this list there's a large difference between the two: the NISMO is a special-edition racing model, and this is the stock option. Again, like the NISMO version, this car gives everyday drivers the feeling of being professional race heads, but this one is more significant due to the fact that it came out earlier, and it was the completely stock option with no racing mods. At a drastically reduced price but with most of the same slick features, this car has brought a smile to many people's faces. With hardly any similarities to the earlier Skyline GT-Rs, this car has some well-needed evolutionary upgrades, which can be seen in everything from acceleration times down to the interior design. Even though Nissan's older models were almost completely forgotten in the new and improved design, they definitely took a step in the right direction.
5 Briggs Automotive's 2012 BAC Mono - 2.7 Seconds
The BAC Mono is Briggs Automotive's first attempt at an extremely quick road-legal racecar. With many influences from a fighter jet, this car carries a 2.5-liter V4 that provides around 345 hp. Again, this sounds underwhelming, but when you take in the lightweight and the aerodynamic design of the car, that number means a lot more than one would think. Briggs also did a tremendous job on this car because unlike other similar cars on this list, it was focused on-road use and the casual everyday driver. While this may not be the most practical car to drive around in everyday, things like a great suspension system and road-gripping tires actually make it a joy to drive on ordinary roads. Starting at only $174,400, it's still pricey but maybe more worth it for collectors who actually enjoy driving their cars, not just looking at them.
4 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 2.9 Seconds
Just like the GT3 RS listed above, the Turbo S was used as an example of where Porsche was intending to take the line of 911s. Along with 30 more horsepower than the traditional 911 that was released in the same year, the Turbo S gained many new features over its counterpart, such as a full-paddle shift transmission, retimed intake valves, and an increased turbo-boost system.
All this jumps the stock 500 hp to 530 hp, giving the Turbo S the little extra boost that it needed in order to compete at any level with the competition.
The Turbo S has also gained a Sport Chrono mode that makes the car more suitable for track or street racing than normal everyday driving. All these upgrades truly do come together to make a great-looking and great-performing Porsche.
3 The 2016 Callaway Corvette SC757 - 2.8 Seconds
As if the stock 2016 Z06 didn't have enough power, Callaway cars brought it to a whole other level. The "757" in the name actually stands for how much horsepower this puppy holds within its fiery depths—757. This absolute beast of a Corvette can run a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds, reaching speeds of 130 mph+. Other than a few small badge changes, interior updates, and a new exhaust, the only real way to tell the difference between the 757 and the normal Z06 is Callaway's custom AeroSurround hood. All the major updates were made under the hood, including a redesigned intercooler, new intake manifolds, and more displacement in the supercharger. The whole package comes out to about $100,000, not including various extras you can choose as well, putting the SC757 well above the price of a normal Z06 that sits at just over $80,000.
2 2018 Faraday Future FF91 - 2.4 Seconds
This is another insanely engineered SUV. While we hate to admit that it's possible for a mom car to keep up with a Lamborghini, we have to give a hand to the brilliant minds at Faraday Future who brought us a Tesla-esque rendition of a fully electric SUV that also offers immense power and performance for all buyers. With 3 electric motors and 1,050 hp, this car is the absolute craziest kid transporter that'll hit the market to date—for 300 miles, at least, before you need a recharge. The FF91 also offers what they call "Dynamic Vehicle Control," giving drivers and passengers one of the smoothest rides they can expect from such a powerful monster. The FF91 also has a unique feature that truly makes it stand out from the crowd: it uses advanced AI technology that makes the car learn about your driving style and reflects those preferences in its performance—truly an advancement in automotive design across the board.
1 2015 Rossion Q1 - 2.8 Seconds
Based on the Noble M400, this car beats out Ferraris in quarter-mile times. That is, if you select the Ford 3.0-liter V6. This car is very unique in that you have to order parts separately and then assemble them yourself. That's right—it's a super expensive kit car— $100,000, that is. Even though it may seem this car belongs at IKEA more than a race track, the specs speak for themselves. From what I can tell, this car seems more of a collector's item than a racecar, but it can still prove itself on a course. All that being said, if I paid $100,000 for a car that needed assembly instructions, I'm not sure I would ever take it out just for the fact that I don't trust myself assembling a whole car. If you're like me, you could always pay something like another $5,000 to have it assembled in a shop. All around, this is a very expensive car that comes with lots of disassembled parts, but just look at it.