Monday, December 11, 2017
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It's expensive to join the 700 (mph) Club

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

Horsepower: 700

Price: $387,000

What's impressive about the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is its performance: 0 to 62 mph is accomplished in 2.9 seconds. And it can reach 217 mph if you can find a stretch of blacktop long enough. Like most Lamborghinis, the Aventador is named after a fighting bull. What's less impressive are some, but not all, of the people who are associated with Lamborghinis: For example: Donald Trump, Guy Fieri, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber.

Ferrari F12 Berlin­etta

Horsepower: 730

Price: $315,888

This prancing horse is among Ferrari's most expensive rides and its most traditional. Unlike many modern Ferraris, its 6.3-liter V-12 is placed in front of the driver and powers the rear wheels. But the power is fed through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, not a traditional manual.

McLaren P1

Horsepower: 903

Price: $1,150,000

How do you generate 903 horsepower from a 3.8-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8? Simple. Add an electric motor. A 0-to-62 dash takes 2.8 seconds. But what's most remarkable is the amount of F1 racing technology McLaren has engineered into this car. You may not be a race driver, but you can own a race car — if you have seven bills.

Laferrari

Horsepower: 950

Price: Not announced

It may have a silly name, but it's the stud of the stable. Not only is it Ferrari's most powerful model, it's a hybrid. Ferrari adds two electric motors to the F12 Berlinetta's 6.3-liter V-12, boosting horsepower to an organ-crushing 950. Reaching 62 mph will take less than 3 seconds. Top speed is 217 mph. Only 499 will be hand-built at Ferrari's F1 facility.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Horsepower: 1,200

Price: $2,250,000

Let's skip to the numbers: 8-liter, turbocharged, 16-cylinder engine; seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox; 0 to 62 mph in 2.6 seconds; and a top speed of 255 mph. If that doesn't take your breath away, maybe the car's $2.25 million price will. Since the Veyron is demonically quick, make sure that you also buy a decommissioned private airport so that you can use the runway to experience the speed that you're paying for.

Contributing: New York Times

Porsche 918 Spyder

Horsepower: 887

Price: $845,000

If you're wondering about the future of Porsche's sports cars, its template can be seen in the 918 Spyder. Unlike the Toyota Prius, this gas-electric hybrid is among the fastest cars available, as 0 to 60 mph takes 2.5 seconds. Top speed is 217 mph. Even in pure electric mode, it reaches 62 mph in seven seconds, with speeds up to 93 mph.

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