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This post comes from Rob Infantino at partner site Credit.com.
Have you ever weighed buying a Porsche 918 Spyder versus a home in Berkeley, Calif.? Probably not, but they cost about the same. Next to paying for a house or college, a car is among the most expensive items many of us will buy.
Eighty percent of cars on the road are out of warranty, and many buyers aim for cars that cost less to maintain. After all, getting approved for a car loan is hard enough when you’re getting a run-of-the-mill vehicle. Many buyers need good credit to afford an average car loan (you can check your credit score for free on Credit.com), let alone a loan for a car that could top your mortgage.
But just because you have a beer budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy champagne dreams, or at least take a peek at a few of the priciest wheels money can buy. For fun, we’ve mated each of these wild wheels with the location where a house might just be had for the same price.
1. BMW i8
For eco-minded speed freaks with a hefty budget, there’s the BMW i8. This all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid sports car features a TwinPower turbo engine, coupled with an electric motor to produce 357 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Cocooned in the hi-tech carbon fiber “passenger cell,” BMW claims drivers can rocket the i8 from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. It does all this while getting 76 “eMPG,” the new metric used for alternative-fuel vehicles’ consumption.
The BMW i8’s futuristic design features vertical scissor doors, ensuring a rush of excitement with every entry and exit, and a riotous response from curious onlookers. If you’re trying to fly under the radar in an i8, you’re out of luck. Expect to be met at every stoplight and gas station by a barrage of fans with camera phones and questions about your exotic ride.
Lusting for Louis Vuitton and have some money to burn? Consider adding the optional Louis luggage, custom-fitted to the i8. The entire luggage collection costs $26,050, which could buy you a new Jeep Cherokee and leave a few grand in your pocket.
The BMW i8 costs $136,650, which could buy the median-priced home in Texas, according to Zillow.
2. Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
The Huracán has got quite the enticing tagline: “It’s like a time machine. Only faster.” This aerodynamic Italian rocket has a 0-60 time that hovers around 3 seconds, and leaves us wondering if we could drive back to the future. The midmounted, naturally aspirated V10 engine, visible through a super-cool transparent enclosure, pushes out 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque delivering a blinding top speed of 202 mph.
To complement its sizable power plant, the Huracán features all-wheel drive and a stiff, light-weight aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. Passing traffic is as effortless as attracting attention. Inside, Huracán LP 610-4 features a race-car-like leather and Alcantara cockpit, and an instrument cluster that evokes a NASA mission control.
The Huracán is so low to the ground that climbing in and out may feel like you’re playing a game of limbo, but your flexibility will be quickly rewarded as there are fewer more dazzling cars on the road.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 costs $242,445, which could buy a median-priced home in New York.