For decades, a sales technique at auto shows employs female models attired in tight dresses or miniskirts wearing uncomfortable heels, smiling and posing enchantingly. If they spoke at all, they recited from memorized scripts and seldom did they respond to questions.
Since the earliest car trade shows, the models were eye candy who were hired to accentuate the cars and trucks on display and attract the attention of attendees. Glenn Campbell of Auto Writers commented, “The idea of having a pretty girl up there attracted people, and if she could recite a pat speech, all the better. She didn’t need much technical ability.”
At today’s auto trade shows, patrons are more likely to encounter both women and men in booths and displays who are not only dressed more conservatively but are knowledgeable about the vehicles they represent and the auto industry in general. Randy Pflughaupt, the Toyota Group's vice president of marketing, stated, “Our ability to communicate the benefits of Toyota products, to have them articulated by a living person, instead of by kiosks or fliers or brochures that we only hope will be read, is clearly an advantage.”
The same principals apply to luxury and exotic car shows. While most attendees are car enthusiasts already familiar with supercars, manufacturers seek to attract their attention and educate them on the latest technological and performance-enhancing features of their exotic automobiles. Here are 20 photos of girls with supercars every guy needs to see, including internationally famous models, successful businesswomen, celebrities, and even a champion tennis player.
20 Kylie Jenner with Her Lamborghini Aventador
In 2018, 21-year-old Kylie Jenner was named one of the wealthiest self-made entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine. She is the founder and owner of Kylie Cosmetics, but she first gained notoriety starring in the E! reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians beginning in 2007. Much of her success comes from leveraging her social media following. She has over 110 million followers on her combined social media accounts.
A car enthusiast, she purchased a $400,000 Lamborghini Aventador for cruising around town, but she needed something a bit more rugged for her off-roading adventures. Both vehicles have the same paint color, so she doesn’t have any trouble finding either one in a big parking lot.
19 Porsche 911 GT2 RS and Maria Sharapova
Porsche has recently resumed production of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS after four units of the GT2 RS on their way to Brazil aboard a marine container ship America sank near the Atlantic coast of France. The cars were being shipped along with Audi vehicles and 37 other Porsche models. Maria Sharapova, five-time Grand Slam tennis champion, took this GT2 RS out for a spin at the Porsche Development Center well before the shipping disaster.
Maria drove first and then experienced racing driver and Brand Ambassador for Porsche Mark Webber took control. The Porsche generates 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, accelerating from 0-60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. More thrilling than winning a Grand Slam tournament? Maybe!
18 Maserati and Genevieve Morton
Back in 2012, South African model Genevieve Morton was voted the sexiest woman in the World by FHM South Africa readers and in 2014, Sports Illustrated named her one of their top 50 swimsuit models of all time. Maserati noticed her exceptional beauty and selected Morton to present its 2015 line in product brochures, press material, and an extensive, international social media blast.
The photoshoot took place in the warmth of Southern Italy’s Sicily. Morton maintains her fashion model form by being active in sports. In September 2018, she participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.
17 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Summer Glau
Production of the high-performance Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG began in 2011 and ended with the SLS AMG GT Final Edition in 2015. The two-seater luxury sports that sold for over $225,000 produced 583 hp at 6,800 rpm and 479 ft-lb of torque at 4,750 rpm. The 2015 model year represents the final iteration of the high-performance SLS AMG, which initially went on sale in 2011.
To mark the final year of production, the sole 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was the SLS AMG GT Final Edition, limited to just 350 units worldwide. Mercedes selected Summer Glau to help promote the SLS AMG. An actress and dancer, she is best known for her roles in fantasy and science fiction television series; as River Tam in Firefly (2002) and its continuation film, Serenity (2005).
16 Bugatti Veyron Matches a Blue Dress
Luxury supercar manufacturer Bugatti makes only three models: the Veyron, Chiron, and Divo. Prices start with the least expensive Veyron at $1.7 million, bump up to $3 million for a Chiron, and its newest model, the Divo, is a hypercar which sold out in one day, at a sales price of $5.8 million. Maintenance is no bargain for a Bugatti, either.
According to Royalty Exotic Cars, for the least expensive Veyron model, an oil change costs more than $20,000. A new Toyota Camry sells for about the same price. It only seems appropriate that the luxurious Bugatti Veyron is photographed with an attractive female model wearing an elegant, matching blue-colored dress. Who knows if she was paid more or less than the cost of an oil change?
15 Ferrari California T and Pinup Art Sells
The term “Pinup Art” was first coined in 1941 but its origins date back to the 1890s. Pin-up images were cut out of newspapers and magazines, or a postcard, and pinned on walls, desks, or calendars. The technique of using an attractive female model to promote almost anything is still used today.
This photo was part of an advertising campaign for a Southern California exotic car rental company. The blonde posing on the hood of a Ferrari T is a modern take on the classic pinup photography of Betty Grable and Ava Gardner. The Ferrari generates 560 horsepower with a top speed of 196 miles per hour and can be rented for just under $1,500 per day.
14 McLaren P1 Flowing Elegance
While experts suggest the Mclaren P1 may be the best vehicle on the road today, the track-dedicated GTR model is even better. Although its top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph, the P1 set a record for the fastest lap ever on Germany's daunting Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds and reaches 186 mph in 17 seconds.
With this photo, the photographer has captured the power and the perfect aerodynamic form of the P1 even with the rear spoiler wing deployed in race mode and the butterfly doors wide open. The female model with her flowing, elegant dress and gently waving hair enhances the feeling of motion although the supercar is standing still.
13 Porsche Cayenne: SUV Supercar?
Although the Porsche Cayenne has an MSRP ranging from $69,600 to $182,600, the vehicle is not really a supercar. It is more appropriately classified as a luxury SUV but put a beautiful model (Amanda Beatz) next to it and the vehicle starts looking like an exotic supercar.
All Cayenne models offer plenty of power, crisp handling, and luxurious comfort, along with driver’s assistance systems. The Cayenne's engines have been optimized for fuel efficiency while providing improved performance over previous versions. The Cayenne S comes equipped with a 3.6-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine under the hood. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid luxury SUV offers a plug-in hybrid drive. Its synchronous electric motor and 3.0-liter supercharged V6 deliver 416 horsepower.
12 Lamborghini Huracan and Blonde
A beautiful blonde shows off an exotic supercar. The Huracán is equipped with the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated Audi-Lamborghini V10 engine that was first used in the Gallardo. However, the Huracán is tuned to generate a maximum power output of 602 hp. The engine has both direct fuel injection and multi-point fuel injection, and its mid-engine placement ensures balance and performance.
The Huracan's engine also uses a start-stop system to increase efficiency. Road test acceleration, as measured by automotive magazines, is 0 to 60 mph in a blistering 2.5 seconds. It reaches the quarter mile in 10.4 seconds at a velocity of 135 mph and tops out at 212 mph.
11 Lamborghini Aventador and Supermodel with Socks
A supermodel is a well-paid, high-fashion model who has worked on an international level and often has a background in haute couture and commercial modeling. Most have multi-million-dollar modeling contracts with several agencies and work for prominent fashion designers and clothing brands.
Fashion website Marie Claire says: “What a model is wearing when she arrives at a fashion show is, these days, almost as important as her runway outfit itself. Of course, supermodels can make virtually any attire seem glamorous. Whether it’s a blouse and leggings or simply her gym outfit, they’re guaranteed to pull off the effortless chic look. Ah, to be a supermodel…”
Do long white socks with red stripes make a fashion statement? Apparently, this model standing next to the Lambo thinks so!
10 Fashion Model Promotes Her Audi R8
Although fashion modeling is a highly competitive business, those who succeed can make incomes much higher than many corporate CEOs. In 2018, the most popular models made millions. At the top of the list last year were Kendall Jenner ($22 million), Gisele Bundchen ($17.5 million), Chrissy Teigen ($13.5 million), and Adriana Lima ($10.5 million).
Luxury and supercar companies often hire well-known fashion models to promote their vehicles. Most of these models can afford to own the cars they endorse. Gisele Bundchen (along with her husband, Tom Brady) owns a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Audi R8, Rolls-Royce Ghost, and an Aston Martin DB11, among other exotic cars. Perhaps the model advertising this Audi R8 is sitting in her own car.
9 Ferrari Scuderia 16M and Caitlin Hixx
The second thing that catches the viewer’s eye in this Nino Batista photo of a Ferrari Scuderia 16M with Caitlin Hixx is the unique 5-spoke forged wheel (the first thing is obvious). Produced for the 16M's launch, the special wheels helped reduce the unsprung weight of larger front brakes and calipers used for extra stopping power.
Ferrari unveiled the Scuderia Spider 16M (a convertible version of the 430 Scuderia) at the World Finals in Mugello to commemorate their 16th victory in the Formula 1 Constructor's World Championship in 2008. Although Ferrari used famed driver Michael Schumacher to unveil the first 430 Scuderia, we believe the Caitlin Hixx photo could have been just as effective. All 499 limited production cars produced beginning in early 2009 were pre-sold to select clients.
8 Ferrari 458 Spider and Julia Adasheva
Supermodel Julia Adasheva was born in Moscow in 1991, started her modeling career at the age of 16, graduated from the Russian State Trade-Economic University, and now travels the world for international engagements.
Her dream car is a red convertible from Maranello: a 458 Spider, the epitome of Italy's style and performance. Her dream came true, and she now owns the Ferrari 458 in this photo, which is just part of her collection of exotic cars. A supercar enthusiast, Julia frequents car shows, not only for modeling but to view the latest luxury editions. Her personal streaming channel is filled with videos of her testing various exotics around Moscow.
7 Ford GT and Denise Milani
The Ford GT is a mid-engine two-seater sports car manufactured and marketed by Ford in the U.S. from 2004 to 2006 in conjunction with the company's 2003 centenary celebrations. Ford ceased manufacturing the sports car after 2007 but resumed production again in 2016 for the 2017 model year. The GT celebrates the historically significant GT40, which won four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans (1966–1969), including a 1-2-3 finish in 1966.
This Ford GT is accompanied by the beautiful model Denise Milani. Born in Czechoslovakia, she spends most of her time in Los Angeles and is one of the most popular internet models working in the world today.
6 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena and Lennia
While most promotional photographs of exotic and luxurious supercars with a beautiful female model project an image of luxury, sophistication, and elegance, this one is different. Lennia, the model sitting on the hood of a 2002 Ferrari 360 Modena, seems timid by contrast. She may have just said to the owner, taking the picture, “C’mon, let me drive your Ferrari. I’ve never driven an expensive sports car.”
The Ferrari 360 Modena came equipped with 3.6-liter, DOHC V8 coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission that produced 400 hp at 8500 rpm. It accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds; a bit slow by today’s standards, sure, but respectable for the period. What could go wrong? Let her drive it!
5 Pagani, Luxurious Boat, and Model
Pagani got its start as an automotive brand when Horacio Pagani, former head of Lamborghini's composites department, decided to branch out on his own and cater to the world's most sophisticated car buyers, for whom Lamborghini just wasn't cutting the mustard. At first, Pagani worked with Lamborghini to create the Countach's 25th Anniversary special and projects like the LM002 SUV. By the time the Zonda Roadster pictured above hit the market in 2017, Zonda's price tags had completely eclipsed Lamborghini's and the brand is now recognized as the producers of some of the most elegant, unique, and powerful supercars the world has ever seen.
4 Pagani Huayra and Montecarlo’s Rich and Famous
Monaco is a monarchy ruled by Prince Albert, known for its breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea, plus its gambling and luxury industry. It’s a favorite playground of the rich and famous. According to Condé Nast Traveler, “There’s no place like Monaco to understand the true essence of luxurious living. The yachts are as big as the mansions. Champagne is the national drink. And everything looks like an exaggerated fairy tale.”
Visitors can drive the same streets occupied by Formula 1 racers during the Monaco Grand Prix, albeit at a slightly slower pace. It is the perfect place for a beautiful female model and the Pagani Huayra, a $2,600,000 supercar equipped with 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 that produces 764 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
3 Tamara Ecclestone And Her Ferrari 599 GTO
Tamara Ecclestone is a socialite from the UK, a television personality, a former Playboy model, and an exotic car enthusiast. Her passion for supercars is not surprising. She is the daughter of billionaire and former chief executive of the Formula One Group, Bernie Ecclestone, and Croatian model Slavica Ecclestone.
In this photo, Ecclestone poses next to her $600,000 Ferrari 599 GTO. Limited to only 599 units, the Ferrari is powered by a V12 engine producing a total of 670 horsepower at 8,250 rpm with a maximum torque of 620 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The supercar accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.35 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph.
2 Red Ferrari Portofino and Model with Red Dress
Most people, when they think about a Ferrari, think of only one color: red. The traditional Rosso Corsa, or racing red, has been the overwhelming favorite among Ferrari owners for decades but recently, the preference has changed. The quintessential color, while still the most popular, is at an all-time low (40 percent), giving way to other options: yellow, white, silver, and black.
While other supercar companies like Lamborghini produce cars with an endless variety of colors in matt, gloss, and metallic finishes, Ferrari has remained conservative. It’s all to do with Ferrari’s jealously protected brand image. So, when Ferrari promotes one of their cars using an attractive female model, what does she wear? A red dress, of course—and a conservative one, at that.
1 Bugatti’s Most Expensive Supercar
Luxury sports car builder Bugatti unveiled the most expensive new car ever made earlier this month. The one-off supercar, La Voiture Noire, was created to celebrate the brand's 110th anniversary and to pay homage to an extremely rare, all-black luxury coupe made in the 1930s: the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. Only four of the limited edition Atlantics were ever made. Designer and car collector Ralph Lauren owns one, which is valued at $40 million.
The new Bugatti La Voiture Noire has an astonishing price tag of nearly $19 million. Anyone disappointed by losing the opportunity to purchase one can still buy a Bugatti Chiron, which has a production run of just 500 cars but sells for the bargain price of $3 million.
Sources: Autoevolution, Motor1, Auto-Sports, Wheels24, and Car and Driver.