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Car investment – which are the next classics?

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Car investment – which are the next classics?

Some prefer the stock exchange, others buy gold and some invest in properties, but there is a small group of people who prefer to try their luck with car investment. This is what this editorial is trying to figure, which are next classic cars?

Let’s put down the basis of what a car should have in order to become collectable in the future. First of all, production, it has to be in a limited number because we all know that exclusivity costs big money. Then it definitely needs to have an attractive design and a marvelous driving sensation. Let’s not forget power, because this is another important aspect. Based on this foundation, we will try and find a few cars which may increase their value in time.

Ferrari LaFerrari

This will be produced in just 499 units and it is the company’s first hybrid supercar and also its fastest production vehicle ever. It costs more than 1 million euros so it definitely has what it needs in order to increase its value in time. Power is coming from the same engine used in other road-going vehicles made in Maranello, a 6.3L V12, rated at 789 HP in this case and 700 Nm of torque. This is where the electric motor kicks in, providing an extra 161 HP and allowing the whole assembly to produce an impressive 960 HP and more than 900 Nm of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration is made in less than 3 seconds and top speed stands at more than 350 km/h (217 mph).

Porsche 918 Spyder

The 918 Spyder is telling us in its name how many units will be produced: 918. It is a rival for the hypercar mentioned above and this is also the company’s fastest road-legal model up to date. It costs less than 800,000 euros and it has a 4.6L V8 engine under its hood, delivering 608 HP and 528 Nm of torque. The roadster is getting two electric motors, providing an additional 279 HP to a total of 887 HP and 1,275 Nm of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 2.6 seconds and top speed stands at 345 km/h (214 mph).

McLaren P1

The third rival in the hybrid hypercar segment is named the McLaren P1. This is the most exclusive vehicle of the three because it has been produced in only 375 units. The spiritual successor of the F1 costs more than 1.2 million euros and it has the same 3.8L twin-turbo V8 engine under its hood as the MP4-12C or 650S, but which has been upgraded to 727 HP and 719 Nm of torque. It is also backed up by an electric motor, developed in-house, adding 176 HP and 260 Nm of torque to the total of 890 HP and 978 Nm of torque. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is made in 2.8s and top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h (217 mph).

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

This will definitely become a collectable vehicle because if a personal use 6-wheel drive vehicle seems awesome and record braking now, in 10 years time we will see mommies taking their children to school in similar models. And everyone will remember the G63 AMG 6×6. It will be produced in just 100 units so exclusivity is the key word here. The model costs more than 400,000 euros so not everyone can afford it and it is powerful, having a 5.5 liter bi-turbo AMG V8 engine under its hood, which has been rated at 544 HP And 758 Nm of torque. No performance specifications have been released on it.

Tesla Model S

Some thought that the Toyota Prius would become collectable but it didn’t and its price keeps going down on the used car market. I, however, believe that its “spiritual successor”, the Tesla Model S, will become a collectable vehicle. It’s not quite exclusive because it is being mass produced in the United States and in the Netherlands but it’s not cheap either, as it costs approximately 100,000 euros, depending on the version chosen. The Tesla Model S has an electric motor under its hood, providing 416 HP and 600 Nm of torque, mated to a 1-speed fixed gear transmission. The 85 kWh version has a total range of up to 500 km, which is pretty impressive for a luxury electric vehicle.

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy

For hot hatch enthusiasts, this is the “second coming” as it is about to become the fastest front-wheel drive production car on the Nurburgring. The Renault Megane RS is one marvelous vehicle and in its new special edition, which will be limited to just a few units, will come with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine under its hood. It will provide 275 HP and 360 Nm of torque. Its price of 38,000 euros cannot be compared to the ones of the vehicles mentioned above but this is still one good candidate. Order books for the hot hatch have opened a couple of days ago in France and it will be sold in approximately 20 countries.

I’m pretty sure that there are other vehicles which can be mentioned but until a new editorial, these are the cars which should be added to your personal collection. If you have other suggestions, please feel free to share them.

by Cristian Gnaticov (my Google+) - Thursday, June 5th, 2014 - filed under Editors, Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, News, Porsche, Renault, Sticky news, Tesla. Image credit: .
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