We, as a society, have a fascination with celebrities. Of course, when we talk of the rich and famous, most people automatically think of movie and music stars. We can’t forget sports stars, however. In a lot of ways, we are just as fascinated with the lifestyles of celebrities like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady and Cristiano Ronaldo as we are with J-Lo, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Sports stars make the big money, grab some of the biggest headlines and have some of the most devoted and fanatical followers. Sure they may not dominate the magazine covers that you come across at the supermarket checkout but, then again, when was the last time you saw someone wearing a jersey or shirt with Justin Bieber or Paris Hilton’s name on the back.
Yes, the professional athlete’s lifestyle appeals to many of us in a lot of ways. They get paid to play sports. More often than not these are sports we are much better at watching than actually playing but that usually matters little. They get to travel a lot, have people asking for autographs, pictures and interviews. Professional athletes live in nice homes with all the luxuries. Sure most of us don’t need to live in a house with more than 10 bedrooms, but we’re pretty sure most wouldn’t mind having a nice flat-screen in every room. Finally there are the cars. We all love cars – the designs, the power, the features. Athletes have some of the nicest and more than one professional athlete has collected a fleet of high-priced high performance machines that leave us drooling.
The following looks at 15 of the most popular cars purchased by athletes around the world. You’ll find athletes from baseball, football (both kinds), basketball and even tennis here. Tastes vary among these sports stars and as you’ll see, cars go from domestic muscle costing tens of thousands to high priced imports which will run you over a million dollars. From the practical to the near ridiculous, there is no one type or style of car that athletes flock to. For the vast majority of us, however, any one of the following rides would make a welcome addition in our driveways.
All car specs were taken from LeftLaneNews.com.
15 Chevrolet Camaro SS - $33,355 (base)
14 Chevrolet Corvette - $54,000 (Stingray)
13 Land Rover Range Rover Sport - $62,600 (base)
12 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG - $63,000 (base)
11 Porsche Panamera - $78,100
10 Nissan GTR – $101,770 (base)
9 Maserati Quattroporte - $102,500
8 Audi R8 - $115,900 (base)
7 Bentley Continental GT - $187,900 (base)
6 Ferrari F430 - $196,000
5 Lamborghini Gallardo - $211,500
4 Ferrari 458 - $239,340
3 McLaren MP4-12C - $269,000 (base)
2 Lamborghini Aventador - $397,500
1 1. Bugatti Veyron - $1.7 million (starting)
Everything about this car puts it at #1 on this list. In terms of price, the Veyron is miles ahead of anything else. Its 8.0L engine is equally massive with 16 cylinders and four turbochargers. This puts out a whopping 1001hp which requires the car to have an insane 10 radiators to keep everything cool. Keeping everything firmly planted to the road, the 4WD Veyron lowers itself to just 9cm above the ground and deploys a spoiler automatically once speeds reach 220kph. If you plan on reaching the 400kph top speed, just know that you’ll need at least 500m to come to a complete stop. The power and price are enough to scare most away from the French-built car. Most, but not all. Some of the very famous Veyron owners include footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Samuel Eto’o, New England Patriot Tom Brady and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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