Bespoke cars that will make you hoard your inheritance.
Spyker B6 Venator
The Dutch automobile company is making a fresh start with its Spyker B6 Venator. We are awestruck by this two-door mid-engine sportscar that features a detailed bespoke design and an aircraft-inspired cockpit. Powered by a V-6 engine, this road runner produces 375 hp and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The B6 Venator flaunts the trademark V-shaped grille, new headlights equipped with LED light rails, 19-in Turbofan wheels, and an aerodynamically-shaped aviation glass canopy. And it is street-legal!
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster
The 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster is nothing like you’ve seen. Flaunting a carbon-fibre monocoque, this supercar is powered by a 6.5-litre V-12 engine generating a jaw-dropping 700 horsepower at 8,250 rpm. It accelerates from 0–100 kmph in just three seconds and has a top speed of 350 kmph, leaving you exhilarated and your heart rate a few ticks behind. Adding to its look are the trademark scissor doors and Dione 20-in/21-in rims, while the interiors are decked with hand-made Sabbia Nefertem leather showcasing the craftsmanship of Sant’ Agata Bolognese.
Alfa Romeo 4C
The 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C is not just a pretty face. Its carbon-fibre chassis and front and rear aluminium frame structure give it a perfect balance of power and lightness. It is powered by a 1.8-litre mid-engine, generating 240 hp at 6,000 rpm. The 4C takes 4.5 seconds to go from 0–100 kmph and needs only 36 metres to come to a halt. This baby is a rear-wheel drive and comes with Bi-LED headlamps, an aluminium rear diffuser and self-ventilating perforated discs with Brembo callipers on the front wheels. Only 1,000 of these cars will be made, initially.
With the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the makers revive not only a name but also the fastback, marking the return of the gentleman’s car. A 6.6-litre twin turbo V-12 engine that develops 624 hp and 800 Nm of torque makes the Wraith the fastest and technically most-advanced Rolls-Royce ever. It can go from 0–100 kmph in a little over four seconds and has an electronically-governed top speed of 250 kmph. The gearbox relies on GPS to analyse the route and pre-select the gear. The candle panelling inside gives it a daring, yacht-like feel, but the Starlight Headliner (1,340 fibre optic lamps hand-woven into the roofing) are sexy beyond measure. It appears for the first time in a car outside the Phantom family. The Wraith is a polished, effortless brute that you can rule the world in.
The problem with the La Ferrari is that you don’t know whether to drive it or to stare at it. This hybrid takes some three seconds to go from 0–100 kmph and is powered by a 6.3-litre V-12 gasoline engine and electric motors. The hybrid animal produces 963 hp (combined), and has a top speed of 350 kmph (making it the fastest road car by Ferrari). Not only is La Ferrari inspired by the marque’s racing history, the carmakers roped in Rory Byrne, the legendary designer of 11 of Ferrari’s F1-winning cars. Just so you can start planning: Only 499 La Ferraris will be produced