Prior to the onset of puberty, and for some, even after puberty ignites a raging in a different set of hormones, these cars adorn the walls of many an automotive crazed adolescent. In other words, the top 10 exotic cars are the stuff of which dreams are made. While for many they exist in imagination, if you find yourself face to face with one, disappointment is somewhere way on the other side of the room. And, if you ever get to drive one? Well, let’s just say life is better with something this wonderful to look forward to.
To make this list, each car must be the top performance model manufactured by a series production builder and certified for operation on the roads of the United States. In other words, these are all “mainstream mass market” goods. Well, as mainstream mass market as you can get for these limited production automobiles. Further, each must be a 2016 or 2017 model boasting accomplishment far beyond that of the average high performance car.
2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus — $191,150
In the world of exotic cars, we expect particular demands be placed upon us in exchange for the experience. When Audi brought the all-wheel drive R8 along, all of those myths were dispelled. Driving it feels like driving any other car. In fact, Audi’s R8 is remarkable in just how unremarkable it feels — until you find someplace to turn it loose and let it fly. Even then, the accurate steering and amazing grip of the all-wheel drive mid-engine exotic car turn what would be extraordinary feats in most cars into routine. Power comes from a 610-horsepower, 5.2-liter V10 engine
2016 BMW i8 — $140,700
Hybrid powertrains have invaded the exotic space in wholesale fashion. Some of the biggest names in the automotive universe have turned to petro-electric power to motivate their ultra high performance offerings. Thus, BMW’s i8, while not exactly an exotic sports car, deserves a mention here. Power for the all-wheel drive BMW comes from a 1.5-liter inline 3-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. Total system output is 357 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque. Get this though, the battery pack can be completely recharged in three hours from a standard 120v AC outlet. (2016 model pictured.)