Any regular old Joe with a hundred thousand dollars or so can buy a Porsche 911. Or a host of other super-capable, fast, fun cars that will provide plenty of thrills and second looks from passers by on the streets.
For some people, though, it’s just not enough to buy a car and keep it in the same form as the day it rolled off the factory assembly line. For them, tuning houses will happily make customizations to improve horsepower, speed and design. Well, maybe I shouldn’t include design in that sentence, as certain body kits and other mods don’t always improve the aesthetics of a car… especially one already as perfect as the 911!
There comes a point, though, where spending ungodly amounts of money on tuning just doesn’t make sense considering the caliber of car that could be purchased with the same money. An article at CNN Money highlights some of the top “supertuner” cars, but I’d like to put in my two cents on a few of them. There are just better ways to spend your money!
Would you pay $700,000 for a 777-hp Porsche 911 that can go from 0-60 in about 3 seconds? No way! So instead of a Ruf CTR3, get a Lamborghini Aventador for under $400,000 and still experience the rush to 60 in under 3 seconds.
The Mansory Stallone is a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, with about $125,000 in upgrades to increase horsepower from 620 to 720. The better buy is to get a new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and leave it as the Ferrari gods intended: untouched.
Seven hundred thousand dollars for a Mercedes, any Mercedes, is too much. Call it a Carlsson R230SL, give it 750 hp, and it’s still a Mercedes. Why have a Benz for the price of two cars from Aston Martin? It just doesn’t make any sense.
Would you spend $700,000 on a stock supercar (or two), or a one-of-a-kind tuned sports car?