- October 8, 2010
Top 10 Cars that Celebrities Drive
Cars that Celebrities Drive
Over the course of the 20th century, the automobile has de facto turned into less as an expensive luxury and more as a social symbol. With continuous improvements in aerodynamic designs, passenger safety and utmost sumptuousness, cars are turned into expensive toys for many celebrities.
According to Dr. Charles Kenny, a famous psychologist and president of consumer psychology firm Kenny & Associates, “an individual’s personality can be interpreted and defined by his buying behavior and ownership of automobile.” In case of celebrities, it has been noticed that most of the cars used by them have close ties with their personal attributes. For instance Arnold Schwarzenegger, nick named as Austrian Oak uses Hummer, which resembles his strong physique and figure.
Following are Top 10 Cars that Celebrities Drive:
Aston Martin Vanquish
On number 1, used by many famous personalities including Pierce Brosnan and Janet Jackson, Aston Martin Vanquish is a Gran Turismo; a high performance luxury automobile deliberately made for long distances. Powered by 5.9 Liter V12 engine and 6 speed clutch less sequential manual transmissions, it only takes 4 seconds to cruise to 100 kph. The car is true representation of Aston Martin’s class with combination of power, beauty and soul. It has also earned the third spot on the Best Film Cars Ever after it was used by James Bond in his movie Die another Day.
On number 2, with a top speed of 318 kph and W12 turbocharged engine, Bentley Continental GT is one of the top of the line cars owned by many celebrities including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. It has an entirely hand crafted interior with instrument panel and dash board is made of finest leather in the world. Special feature include highest level of refinement with acoustic glazing, under floor shields and hidden anti vibration shields making it the top of the line high speed luxurious beauty.
On number 3, one of the best SUV’s in the history of automobile industry, the Cadillac Escalade, a full size extravagant utility vehicle manufactured by General Motors luxury brand, Cadillac. With a 403 horsepower V8 engine, it has also been introduced with flex fuel hybrid engine. Even facing direct competition with other automobile extravaganza like Range Rover Sport, Mercedes Benz GL Class and Lexus LX, it still is one of the best SUV owned by many celebrities including David Beckham and Jessica Simpson.
On number 4, with key target market on environmental lovers, Toyota Prius is one of the first cleanest cars when it comes to smog forming and toxic emission. With a power split hybrid engine, it can be propelled by both gasoline and electric power. Awarded for several years including as Drivers’ Choice Best Car of the year, Green Car of the year and Best Innovation of the decade, it inspires most of the celebrities counting Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirsten Dunst and Julia Roberts.
On number 5, focusing on dark future of gasoline, BMW Hydrogen is a 6 Liter V 12 engine with one strong modification; the engine allows combustion of hydrogen as well as gasoline. With only 100 vehicles being produced, it is mainly owned by public figures including media figures and politicians. Even with some consumption issues, a celebrity like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie not only owns it but also love it drive it.
Rolls Royce Phantom
On number 6, with the first of its kind ordered by Princess Elizabeth, Rolls Royce Phantom is exclusively owned by royalty and head of states. It has 6.75 liter 453 bhp engine assembled by BMW, using valvetronic technology. Best features include power reserve dial, suicide doors and traditional spirit of Ecstasy ornament, making it one of the unique car owned by celebrities including Shaquille O’Neal, Missy Elliott and 50 – Cent.
It has been named after a famous breed of fighting bulls, Lamborghini Gallardo is at number 7 when it comes to celebrity choice . Unique features include its new electro hydraulically controlled semi automatic robotized manual transmission also known as E – gear, which allows driver to make much faster gear shift then normal transmission. Owned by Xzibit and Missy Elliot, it has been also awarded twice as Dream Car of the Year in 2006 and 2009.
Porchse 911 GT
At number 8, with strong history through decades, first production started in 1970 as a luxury 2 door sports coupe, Porchse 911 GT is still one of the most favorite car owned by Tom Cruise. With its twin turbocharged 3.6 litre engine, it was awarded with fifth position in international poll for Car of the Century.
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Owned by Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, also known as an Anglo-German super car, made with combined expertise of Mercedes Benz and McLaren Automotive, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is at number 9. It has a handmade V8 engine; which can accelerate from 0 -100 in just 3.2 seconds, one of the fastest in today’s world. Even with its two ton weight its fuel economy is better than many speedsters.
Last but not the least, at number 10 is the fastest million dollar car with top speed of 408.47 kmph is Bugatti Veyron, a mid-engine grand touring car. Awarded for Car of the Decade in 2009 by Top Gear, it has been the best choice for high speed lovers like Simon Cowell.
Cars are not only a mode of transport, but also a part of person’s status; especially when it comes to celebrities. Marshall McLuhan in 1964 said,
“The car has become… an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete.”