Making your first million is a milestone many aspire to in life. Of course that saying of the old has waned a little considering $1 million doesn’t leave you much change when it comes to hyper exotic automobiles these days. Lucky for you we’ve accounted for inflation and all that other economic fluff to compile this list of the top ten millionaire’s cars you could totally afford to buy today that screams ‘you’ve made it’ – kind of.
Jaguar F-Type R
This brand new luxury sports car from the classic car maker is its most powerful and wildest production model yet. Not only does the coupe exude the gentlemanly sleek looks deserving of a millionaire noob, it also has the gusto and noise to back it up. A supercharged 5.0-litre V8 pumps out a formidable 550hp with Jaguar noting the special attention they paid to chassis refinement, structural rigidity and torque vectoring dynamics. The good news? It leaves behind a good chunk of change from your one million.
Maserati Gran Turismo MC Stradale
When you’ve made your first million, you’ve got to have something to show for it. That’s why Maserati took their already already pristine Gran Turismo in 2014 and added two rear seats in the back so your friends could also see how filthy rich you’ve become. The sublimely gorgeous lines of the Italian marquee are unmistakable, following the design language of the company’s classic Trofeo racers. That carbon bonnet with a central air intake also hints that this car is not all about looks. It moves well too with a 4.7-litre V8 pushing out 460hp, which given the porky weight of 1,700kg, still manages to put down a respectable 0 – 100km/h time of 4.5 seconds. Like the rest on this list, the Maserati is also millionaire noob friendly.
Developed by Lexus to take on their formidable German counterparts, the RC-F is a bold and uncompromising coupe aimed at moving the driver both physically and emotionally. The vehicle’s DNA is rooted deeply in the Fuji International Speedway but the unexpected wild styling from Lexus is another thing altogether. Plunging and bulging lines adorn the body to create an imposing presence that just manages to mask the 467hp 5.0-litre V8 lurking under the hood. Handling is not neglected too with a suspension system specifically designed to accommodate the classier and larger 19-inch alloys. It’s still a bit too heavy to take on the new M4, but it is slightly more affordable.
BMW F83 M4
Take the exhilarating new M4, add a three-piece retractable hardtop roof that folds in twenty seconds flat. Genius. If cruising is as much of a past time as going fast, then this German drop top is your millionaire’s club car. It won’t break the budget entirely, but mash your foot onto the pedal and it could break your neck. The mighty M4 packs the same specs as its non-convertible cousin – a 425hp twin turbo inline six with six speed manual or automatic paddle shift driving the rear wheels. Given it’s a “cruiser”, it’s a bit heavier than its cousin, weighing in at 1,800kg. The luxe-sport interior should more than make up for that though.
Audi RS5 Cabriolet
As you can tell there’s a clear correlation between millionaires and convertibles. The RS5 Cabriolet serves this purpose rather well without having to mortgage the home. Again, you can cruise around with your friends who secretly hate you in this rare breed of car that is now one of only three ways you can enjoy Audi’s high revving naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8s. It pushes out 443hp to give some serious wind your hair.
When you’ve made your first million you can afford to do silly things like buying a car that permanently has no roof. Such is the case for the race-inspired Lotus 2-Eleven. Based on the 2007- 11 Lotus Exige S model, the 2-Eleven is a driver focused machine pitched squarely at those who want a weekend track warrior that can also hit the streets when it’s sunny. Famed Lotus DNA trickles through in the form of a 670kg body and mid-mounted hi-revving 252hp 2.0-litre supercharged motor.
Tesla Model S P85D
The sweetheart of the electric car world is none other than the Model S and newly released P85D from Tesla. The looks are deceiving as countless videos online have already shown this luxury saloon taking on muscle cars and conventional supercars on the quarter mile and beating them. Tesla’s 85kWh batteries teamed with dual electric motors create the insane 691hp and 931Nm of torque to help drive all four wheels to decimate the 0 – 100km/h time in 3.2 seconds. And yes, you can drive your entire family in it. Australian starting price? $133,500. Good times.
We’re not too convinced the latest 2015 NSX will live up to expectations just yet so we’ve gone for the original one that F1 legend Ayrton Senna helped develop in the 90s. The NSX-R variant is the top spec version of the budget supercar from Japan and included bigger displacement and brakes as well as revised aero. It’s in no way a new car last seen in 2002, but those years should ensure you find one on the market that fits the first time millionaire’s price bracket should you want a rare piece of motoring history. The vehicle packs a hand-built hi-revving 3.2-litre DOHC V6 that pushes out a modestly Honda-claimed 290hp (it actually has more).
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Freshly released from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the latest gorgeous drop top from Porsche needs a mention for this category. It looks like a classy little cruiser but also has the punch to match. It’s powered by a 3.8-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder outputting 316kW to all four wheels. This gives the little convertible a 0 – 100km/h run of 4.7 seconds. The folding mechanism for the roof is also amazing to watch.
Morgan 3 Wheeler
The Morgan 3 Wheeler is no Mr Bean car. It’s just been announced for Australia priced from $90,000 and has all the character of a 1940s fighter jet on um, three wheels. It’s a unique design based on a motorbike that’s been converted to a car. The engine is a 2.0-litre V-twin engine producing 60kW – bear in mind the thing weighs 550kg. Heaps of fun ensues with lots of dollars left over for a beer with the bros.