Top 5 limited edition supercars of 2016

Article by Christian A., on December 1, 2016

The arrival of limited edition cars is always something to look out for. However, the launch of limited edition super cars is even more exciting. In fact, from the time they are released, they become instant superstars.

Also, these limited edition super cars become instant classics, immediately creating a premium once they are received by their owners. Since they produced in limited numbers, it is usually hard to get a new super car. If one is not lucky enough to buy a new limited edition super car, he or she may have to get them for the used car market.

Here are five limited edition super cars – announced or released this 2016 – that immediately gained classic status and are already fetching a high premium over their original prices.

Porsche 911R (500 hp)

The 2016 Porsche 911R limited edition pays homage to the original Porsche 911R of 1967. But unlike the original Porsche 911R that is basically a race car approved for the road, the 2016 version is a road-going sports car with sporty roots.

It is powered by a 4.0L six-cylinder horizontally opposed and naturally aspirated engine that provides 368 kW (500 hp) of max output and 338 lb.ft (460 Nm) of peak torque. This engine –paired to a six-speed GT Sport manual transmission – allows the 2016 Porsche 911R to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a max speed of 200 mph.

The 2016 Porsche 911R shares many similarities with its predecessor. Its design and body are derived from the 911 GT3 but comes with a fixed rear wing. It is marked by a characteristic engine air intake grill with the 911 R model designation as well as two stripes extending along the entire length of the sports car.

Porsche is producing just 991 examples of the 2016 911R, with each new one – bearing full options – being sold at around £170,000. However, used examples of the 911R are already fetching between £425,000 and £450,000.

McLaren 675LT Spider (666 hp)

The McLaren 675LT Spider is the second McLaren model to don the LT badge. It pays homage to the F1 GTR “Long Tail” of 1997, which is regarded to be the ultimate race version of the McLaren supercar dominated the 1995 Le Mans 24-hour. Just like the 675LT Coupe, the 675LT Spider extensively uses lightweight components and boasts of higher power and improved aerodynamics as well as track-focused dynamics. It is powered by a heavily tuned 3.8L twin turbo V8 engine that provides 675PS (666 hp) of output and 700 Nm (516lb ft) of torque. This amount of power translates to a 0-62mph time of 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 326kph (203mph).

The 675LT Spider is laden with an array of enhanced lightweight components and optimized aerodynamic performance. For instance, the 675LT Spider comes with a prominent front bumper, larger splitter and end plates, as well as a large ‘Longtail’ Airbrake.

McLaren is building just 500 examples of the 675LT Spider limited edition model, each – when availed with carbon fiber options – has a price of £300,000. Now, a 675LT Spider, especially those having low odometer numbers – could be purchased between £375,000 and £400,000.

Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato (600 hp)

A result of a decades-long partnership between Aston Martin and Zagato, the Vanquish Zagato combines Aston Martin's dynamic attributes and Zagato's signature design language. Interestingly, the first Aston Martin-Zagato car -- the DB4 GT Zagato racing car of 1960 – now fetches a value of over £10 million. The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is basically a GT car derived from motorsports, as evidenced by the 6.0L V12 engine that provides 600 hp and that allows it to zoom from zero to 60mph in just 3.5 seconds.

With an elegant body made from carbon fiber, the Vanquish Zagato features curvaceous shapes defined by round tail light reflectors, retractable spoiler and rear hatch as well as carbon fiber sills and a quad-exhaust system. It, of course, features Zagato’s signature 'double-bubble,' with a shallow radius dipping into the rear window glass.

Around 99 examples of the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato will be produced, each expected to fetch a price of around $500,000 when it is launched in the market. Customer deliveries will commence in the first quarter of 2017. A Vanquish Zagato is expected to cost collectors and enthusiasts at least $600,000 when it reaches the used-car market.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster SV (740 hp)

Fundamentally, the Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce Roadster is a Lamborghini Aventador SV without a roof. As we all know, every SV version is like a Lamborghini powered-up to the next level. This means that the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster is just an Aventador but with more power on hand. Just like the coupe version launched a year earlier, the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster is powered by a 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 engine that provides 740 hp of output and 690 Nm (507 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 5,500 rpm. It can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, which is around 0.1 second slower than the Lamborghini Aventador SV coupe. This is because the roadster is around 50 kg heavier than the coupe version.

Of course, the Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster features the signature and unmistakable Lamborghini front end. Just like any Lamborghini, the form of the Aventador SV Roadster follows function, using ultra-lightweight carbon fiber on the rear spoiler, air vents and bumpers.

Lamborghini Aventador is producing 500 units of the SV Roadster limited edition, each coming with a price of around £400,000. Current market price, however, is pegged at between £500,000 and £550,000.

Ferrari F12tdf (769 hp)

The Ferrari F12tdf is basically a track-focused limited edition of the F12berlinetta that pays tribute to the iconic Tour de France auto race between 1899 and 1986. This is the same race that Ferrari pushed its dominance between 1956 and 1964. This limited edition is Ferrari’s modern version of road-going car that is also very explosive when placed on the track. One of the main secrets to this is its 6.3L V12 engine which is the same powerplant found in a typical F12berlinetta. However, this V12 engine has been upgraded to deliver 769 hp (780 PS/ 574 kW) of maxoutput at 8,400 rpm and 705 Nm (520 lb.ft) of peak torque fully available at 6,250 rpm. This allows the Ferrari F12tdf to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of over of 211 mph (340 km/h).

Compared to the F12berlinetta, the Ferrari F12tdf features a longer and higher rear spoiler as well as a completely redesigned rear diffuser with a system of three active flaps. The Ferrari F12tdf also sports three pairs of GT-racing-derived strakes that allow it to offer a 30-percent increase in downforce compared to the F12berlinetta. Downforce is around 230 kg at 200 km/h, or 107 kg more than that on the F12berlinetta.

Styled by Ferrari Styling Centre, the F12tdf was produced with only 799 examples made available. When Ferrari first sold the F12tdf, the starting price was around £339,000. However, an options-laden version may have cost around £370,000. Now, the Ferrari F12tdf is being sold for £850,000 and £1,050,000 for a left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive, respectively.


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