We’re all a little envious of celebrities – after all, they can jet off to exotic locations at the drop of a hat, get invited to the most glamourous parties, and have wardrobes full of designer clothing. Many of our favourite celebs also own envy inducing cars.
Status is a huge part of the celebrity lifestyle, so they often opt for the most luxurious models on the market. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the most extravagant celebrity cars of all time and the famous owners behind the wheel:
JAY-Z: Maybach Exelero
Rappers are well known for their extravagant car collections, and Jay Z is no exception. His luxury vehicle is the Maybach Exelero — among the rarest cars across the globe. Reported to be worth between $7 million and $8 million, this car packs in a V12 engine that delivers 700 horsepower and the capability of going from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds. Its launch speed is only brought down slightly by the fact that it weighs a huge 2.6 tonnes, though it can still reach a top speed of 220mph.
If this vehicle seems familiar, that’s because it featured in the music video for Otis with Jay Z and Kanye West.
Flo Rida: Golden Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is well known in the auto world for its incredible speed – going from 0 to 60mph in 2.5 seconds. However, Flo Rida certainly managed to make his Veyron stand out even more by having it custom-painted in bright gold.
Delivered to the American rapper originally in a pearlescent white paintjob and already costing $1.7 million, Flo Rida soon made the decision to seek out the services of Florida’s Metro Wrapz and had the vehicle decorated almost entirely in gold chrome.
The vehicle was also fitted with Forgiato gold-plated wheels, to further enhance the wow-factor.
Kanye West: Lamborghini Aventador
Many of us dream of being given a Lamborghini as a birthday present. This is exactly what happened to American rapper Kanye West on his 35th birthday, with the gift of a Lamborghini Aventador given to him by then-girlfriend Kim Kardashian. Rumoured to have cost the Hollywood celebrity around $750,000, this is a car that produces 700 horsepower, can reach 62mph from a standstill in a mere 2.8 seconds, and can then reach speeds of 217mph.
Although the Aventador already looks incredible with its glossy black paint, Kanye added a few finishing touches by having the car painted in a matte black finish – just like the Batmobile.
Steven Tyler: Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
March 25th 2019 was a famous day in the world of motoring; the Henessey Venom GT Spyder set a new world record when it reached a top speed of 665.6mph - a first for open-top sports cars.
Steven Tyler became the first person in the world to own one, paying a cool $1.1 million. As well as its phenomenal top speed, Tyler’s Hennessey Venom GT Spyder packed a twin-turbocharged 7.0-litre V-8 engine that could deliver the vehicle with 1,200 horsepower and 1,155 lb/ft of torque. All this power translates on the road to a car that can reach 60mph from a standstill in just 2.7 seconds.
This vehicle catches the eye thanks to many stylish touches too, including the fact its interior is decorated in black leather that is offset by red accent stitching and a teardrop eye logo that has many similarities in its design to one of Tyler’s tattoos.
A custom audio system provided plenty of entertainment whenever the Aerosmith lead singer took the car out for a drive, due to it featuring a custom audio system which was tuned by Aerosmith’s former audio engineer David Frangioni.
Floyd Mayweather: Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Moving our attention into the world of sport, let’s take some time to appreciate the 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita once owned by Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
Extremely rare, to the point that only two models were ever made, this hypercar’s twin-supercharged 4.8-litre V-8 engine can deliver 1,018 horsepower, as well as the opportunity for the car to climb to 60mph from rest in a miraculous 2.9 seconds and a top speed of over 250mph.
Koenigsegg even went as far as to state that its 2010 CCXR Trevita is “a diamond on wheels”, surely helped by the fact that the manufacturer developed a unique coated fiber solution for the vehicle which resulted in the often black carbon fibers being transformed into "a sparkling, silvery white", according to the firm’s own words.
Robert Downey Jr: Bentley Continental GT
Bentleys are the very height of luxury in the celebrity world, so it’s not surprising that Iron Man himself owns one.
Robert Downey Jr. was given the Bentley Continental GT as part of his payment for Iron Man 3. The matte green finish of the car is both sophisticated and instantly recognizable. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 aluminum engine, the Continental GT produces a maximum power of 500 Bhp at 6,000 rpm and 660 Nm of peak torque at 1,700 rpm. The luxurious vehicle includes an 8-speed automatic transmission and a cylinder deactivation feature which shuts down four cylinders making the car more fuel-efficient.
From Flo Rida’s golden wheels, to the singer of Aerosmith owning the world’s fastest open-top convertible, celebrities are behind the wheels of some of the most impressive vehicles across the globe – and certainly the most expensive!