Only Gearheads Would Buy These Expensive Cars
Gearheads enjoy cars beyond the average motorist. Not content with a regular car to get them from A to B, a real gearhead wants a more exclusive and rare set of wheels to get around.
When it comes to the gearhead, exclusivity isn’t just about paying for the most expensive sports cars on the market. More important to them are other factors such as the heritage of the vehicle, the raw power and the fun factor the car delivers – or smiles per gallon, as some call it.
For many gearboxes, a unique technical aspect is enough to make them covet a certain vehicle. The first vehicle on our list, the Audi RS2, has a Porsche engine, for example. Now, let’s look at some other great cars on our list and see why only gearheads would buy them.
ten Audi RS2
The Audi RS2 is arguably one of the most capable station wagons ever made. In production between 1994 and 1995, the RS2 is an automotive icon and paved the way for today’s RS4 and RS6 models. Underneath, the car was based on a standard Audi 80 chassis. What really elevated the performance capability was the inclusion of Porsche components.
The Porsche-derived 2.2-liter 5-cylinder engine produced 319 bhp and had a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 163 mph. At launch, these were number-breaking supercars and the car is no slouch, even by today’s standards. Brakes, wheels, tires and exterior mirrors were also upgraded.
9 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 was produced between 1999 and 2002. The 0-100 km/h run takes 4.9 seconds thanks to its 2.6-litre straight-six. This engine produces 325 hp and allows the R34 to reach a top speed of 156 mph.
Undeniably one of the best sports cars ever developed by Nissan, and one of its most popular too. The Skyline has been included in the Fast and Furious movies and Gran Turismo video games, further solidifying the appeal with fans. Purchasing one of these grants you access to an exclusive club where other R34 owners know and respect your choice of vehicle, demonstrating that you are another gearhead.
8 Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition
Released in 2020, the Type R Limited Edition is a track-focused version of the standard Type R. The car is particularly rare and only 100 examples were made available throughout Europe. New ‘Sunlight Yellow’ paintwork and 20″ forged BBS rims really make the car stand out aesthetically. In keeping with a track focus, the wheels are clad in Michelin Cup 2 tyres. GT specification, the limited edition weighs almost 50 kg less.
The car is powered by a 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo unit that produces 315 hp. 0-62 mph takes 5.7 seconds and top speed is 169 mph.
seven Alfa Romeo Giulia GTA
The most powerful car ever built by Alfa Romeo, the Giulia GTA is a limited edition that celebrates the brand’s 110th anniversary. Only 500 examples were built, all of which were sold. The car has 540bhp produced by a 2.9-litre V6 engine, the same unit found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio but tuned slightly differently. 0-60 mph takes 3.6 seconds, and the car has a top speed of 191 mph
The car sounds great, mainly thanks to its Akropovic titanium exhaust. For gearheads wanting an even more hardcore version, the Giulia GTAm is available, offering a larger spoiler, rear roll cage and six-point racing harnesses.
6 Lancia Delta Integrale
Launched in 1979, the Lancia Delta was originally designed as a four-door sedan. The car sported a front-wheel-drive powertrain and an 84 hp engine. In 1986, a four-wheel-drive version was released, and it was this version that allowed homologation in rally racing. Competing in Group A, the car enjoyed great success winning 6 World Rally Championships.
Designed by the famous Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, the car was a very beautiful vehicle. After success in rallying, Lancia released the Integrale in 1988. This version was powered by a 182 hp engine and also retained the four-wheel drive powertrain. Lancia continued to develop the Integrale and the most coveted final version was the Delta Integrale Evo II.
5 BMW M3 E46 CSL
The CSL was an iconic version of the E46 M3 range. CSL stands for coupé, sport and lightweight construction. Under the hood was BMW’s 360hp S54B32HP 6-cylinder engine. Power enabled a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds. When tested on the Nordschleife at the Nurburgring in Germany, the CSL completed a lap in just 7 minutes and 50 seconds.
The excellent handling was one of the main selling points of the car. Compared to the regular car, shorter front springs, increased camber and a wider track resulted in a lower center of gravity. Interestingly, buyers with a Class C racing license could bump the car’s speed limiter from 155mph to 175mph, demonstrating that this is truly a car for the gearhead. However, anyone in the market for one should be prepared to pay at least $80,000.
4 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The 911 GT2 RS is the most expensive model in the 911 lineup. The car is track-oriented and a fast vehicle. 0-62mph takes just 2.8 seconds and top speed is a whopping 211mph. These performance figures are possible thanks to the car’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine.
The 991 generation was sold between 2018 and 2020, with 1000 examples produced in total. The car set a stunning lap time on the Nurburgring Nordschleife of 6 minutes and 43.3 seconds, one of the fastest cars ever homologated for the road. The average lap speed was 115.5 mph.
3 Jaguar F-Type SVR
The F-Type is the modern equivalent of the classic E-Type. A two-seater sports car, combining aesthetics and performance. The most powerful variant in the SVR lineup, the original 2016 version featured a supercharged 5.0-liter 567 hp engine, capable of accelerating the car to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The car uses an all-wheel-drive system in order to reduce all that power and launch the car. It really works, with a top speed of 200 mph it’s something special.
Performance isn’t the only thing the F-Type excels at, a luxurious interior makes the car a comfortable grand tourer. The seats exude luxury, as they are upholstered in thick diamond quilted leather. What really stands out at the gearhead is the superb exhaust note produced by the engine. Possessing the most hardcore version of Jaguar’s two-seat sports cars, gearheads can reflect and appreciate the models that came before them and how they brought the SVR to life.
2 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-R Pro
The most hardcore model in the AMG GT range, the GT-R Pro is a track-focused version of the GT-R. The 577hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine found in the Pro is identical to the regular car and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. 0-62mph takes 3.6 seconds and the car’s top speed is an impressive 198mph.
Several modifications such as manually adjustable coilover suspension settings, an adjustable carbon fiber anti-roll bar and rear triangle modifications improve track performance over the regular GT-R. Additional features include standard ceramic brakes, four-point harnesses, roll cage and fire extinguisher, as part of the standard track pack. Arguably the Pro’s biggest rival is the Porsche 911 GT3, another car capable of competing in the “GT3” racing class while still being road legal.
Whichever generation you opt for, the BMW M3 is one of the best driving cars money can buy.
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