Ever wondered just how much car you can get for $8million?
You have? Well okay then. In that case, here’s one: The Maybach Exelero.
Here’s a snippet from the site where I first read about this: ($8million worth of car, and apparently we’re supposed to give a hoot about the tyres…)
The engineers at Exelero have built a truly amazing supercar. The Maybach Exelero is a one-of-a kind, hand-built, 700 horsepower monster.
The Exelero was originally commissioned by the Fulga Tire Company who wanted to build a car of vast size and capability to prove they could make extra large low profile tyres that could carry 6000 lbs and go 200 mph.
The final cost: 8 million dollars. No other sports car in the world has tyres this large.
What kind of vast size are we talking about? This car is 19 feet long, has 23 inch wheels and a gas mileage of 2.5 mpg at full throttle.
However, the worldwide reaction to the car has been so strong that Mercedes execs admitted they are considering a Maybach two-seater, although officially “there are no immediate plans”.
Here are some of the specs (from Wikipedia):
- Length : 5.89 m (19.3 ft)
- Width : 2.148 m (7.02 ft)
- Weight : 2660 kg (5864 lb)
- Engine : Bi-Turbo V12 from Maybach 57 S 700 hp (SAE) (522 kW), 1020 N·m (737 ft·lbf)
- Top speed : 351 km/h (218 mph)
- 0-62 mph : 4.4 seconds
- Tyres : 315/25 ZR 23 Fulda Exelero
- Fuel used for top speed test: 110 octane
- Cost: Approx. $8,000,000 (USD)
Take a look at this behemoth:
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Not too shabby. I’ll take four of them, thank you very much.
Head over to the original post to see a few short clips of this monster-mobile cruising around.
Who wants to buy me one?
Although… apparently I’m a bit slow – rumour has it this car was built in 2005. Only took me 5 years to find out about it…