10 Ridiculously Expensive Versions Of Cheap Everyday Cars

It’s not uncommon for limited edition cars to evolve from production cars. Take Ferrari for example, they’ve always had a penchant for developing lighter, more potent versions of their already spectacular sports cars like the 458 Speciale, but these expensive cars aren’t even remotely considered exotic sports cars.

Today we’re going to be looking at some insanely expensive versions of normal, affordable everyday cars, some of which will be collaborations between two brands, others will simply be blatantly overpriced because they don’t conform to the norm.

10 Fiat 500c Gucci Edition

To celebrate its 90th birthday, Italian fashion house Gucci decided to team up with Fiat and create a limited edition version of their affordable hatchback, the 500. Although everything was mechanically identical to the 500’s usual 100 hp engine, externally Gucci had a few inputs.

Only 500 of these were ever built and they were only offered in white or black and came with the distinctive Gucci stripe on the outside as well as some Gucci design touches in their cabin. In 2013, the Fiat 500 Gucci Edition hardtop was $24,550 and the droptop version was $28,550 — remember, back then, a Fiat 500 started at around $15,500.

9 Mini Cooper S Goodwood Edition

On the surface, this black Mini looks like any vintage Mini Cooper from the 2010s, but there’s actually a lot more to it. The Mini Cooper S Goodwood Edition was a Mini built in-house in collaboration with Rolls-Royce, so you have a sumptuous interior and a delightfully comfortable ride, just as you would expect from any other Rolls-Royce.

Only 1,000 of these Goodwood Minis were ever built and all were finished in Rolls-Royce Diamond Black metallic paint and on the inside they featured Cornsilk leather upholstery complemented by walnut veneer panels. In 2012, one of these Goodwood Edition Coopers would have fetched you $52,000, which is twice as much as a Cooper S from the same year.

Also See: 8 Things to Know Before Buying the 2022 Mini Cooper S

8th Subaru Impreza 22BSTI

We all know and love Subaru Impreza models, and while they’re far from boring, they can be categorized as everyday cars. However, there is one specific Subie that is worthy of beating anything they’ve ever built and it’s called the 22B STI.

All 22Bs featured a powerful 2.2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that put out 276 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque sent to all four wheels, and all were made to celebrate Subaru’s 40th anniversary as well as theirs Hutes built trick win in the FIA ​​World Rally Championship. In 1998 one of these would have cost you a whopping $125,000 but nowadays they are even more expensive.

7 Aston Martin Cygnet

The Aston Martin Cygnet isn’t actually an Aston Martin at all, beneath its awkward but pretty body it exists as the Toyota iQ, also known as the Scion iQ. That’s right, this Toyota cost nearly $40,000 new, but it was worth it as it saved the Aston Martin brand from extinction.

Aston Martin is known for its beautiful luxury sports cars, but most of them are powered by either V12 or V8 engines, and from an eco-freak’s point of view, that’s not good. To minimize the amount of money they had to pay to comply with modern rules and regulations, they built the 1.3-liter four-cylinder Cygnet.

Also see: Here’s why Aston Martin is an immortal brand

6 Volkswagen Polo Harlequin/Harlequin

Contrary to popular belief, the harlequin/harlequin was not painted as colorfully as to show all of the different colors it was offered in, rather each color symbolized a different aspect of polo. Blue symbolized engines & chassis, green referred to paintwork, red stood for special equipment and yellow for the interior.

In total only 3,100 Harlequin/Harlequin models were produced for the world and if you wanted to buy a base 1996 Polo you had to pay upwards of $2,400 but if you wanted to get a colorful one that’d cost you around $13,000 U.S. dollar.

5 Nissan gold leaf

The Nissan Leaf was one of the frontrunners in the electric vehicle space when it came out about 10 years ago to challenge the Toyota Prius. Since then, the paper hasn’t made much innovation or notable achievements, except for one particular event that took place in 2016.

To celebrate Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock’s gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Nissan gave him a gold-clad Nissan Leaf. The whereabouts and price of the Leaf are unverifiable, but we can speculate that it would be worth more than twice its original value, so the previous case of Nissan presenting an athlete with a gold-clad Nissan was for Usain Bolt, almost fetching $200,000 at auction.

4 Audi Q7 V12 TDI

The Q7 was Audi’s flagship SUV designed to rival the might of the Range Rover, but they created an ultimate version of the Q7 that bordered on the insane. Instead of powering their Q7 with a ghastly V8, they had a crazier idea and installed a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 that feeds on diesel fuel.

It might have looked ordinary on the outside, but its powertrain produced a whopping 500 hp and a whopping 738 lb-ft of torque, and thanks to its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the 5,900-lb Q7 was able to sprint from 0-60 in just 5.5 seconds and reach 180 km/h in 15.7 seconds. Of course, that didn’t come cheap, and a 2009 Q7 V12 TDI would have put a $283,000 dent in your wallet.

3 Audi TT ALMS commemorative edition

The first generation Audi TT is one of the best affordable sports cars ever made, at least for now, but there was one particular variant of the MK1 TT that was far more expensive than the others, the ALMS Commemorative Edition – that’s a mouthful.

Audi only built 1,000 of these to celebrate its success in the American Le Mans Series. All were built as hardtops and only offered in two color variants, Misano red and Avus silver, and each one came with a 225 hp turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel drive and a standard 6-speed gearbox. Oh, and they were just under $40,000 new—remember, base-model TTs are only $8,000.

2 Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary Edition

Just like the TT, Miatas are considered one of the best sports cars for first-time buyers; They’re affordable, stylish, and a great ride. However, the third generation NC fell short and is unjustly hated by Miata fans for being bigger, heavier and less cute than its predecessors.

Mazda listened to the public and gave the NC Miata a fitting farewell and they dubbed it the 25th Anniversary Edition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Miata name. Only 1,000 examples of these Soul Red Miatas were built, and they all featured the same naturally aspirated 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that developed 160 hp and was mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. There was one downside though: instead of being an affordable sports car, the 25th Anniversary Edition costs a staggering $33,000.

1 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evo II

When it comes to classic Mercedes-Benz models, particularly sedans, most of them look nearly identical, and that includes the 190E Evo II – albeit sporting wide arches and a rear wing the size of a small house – but this was far from a regular Benz like you could get.

The 190E Evo II featured a Cosworth-tuned 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-four that produced 232 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque, and in reality it was able to dial down all its power and hit a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 run in just 7.1 seconds. Only 502 units of the Evo II were produced in all, and in 1990 one would have set you back around $80,000 – that almost seems like a steal considering they sell for well over $400,000 these days.

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