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Youâ€™ve built the next greatest thing in IT and just listed your IPO, or made that all important exit, and now youâ€™ve got some cash.
To reward yourself for all your hard work, you should buy yourself a new car. It may not be the most financially sensible investment, but with the money now sloshing around in your account, sensibility can take a break, preferably somewhere far away, where it can’t bother you for a while.
It shouldn’t be anything ordinary though. No you want something special, a set of wheels to set you apart from all the other code monkeys whose ventures you could now afford to buy and sell ten times over.
What you want is something that makes a statement, something that says, “I’ve arrived”.
You didn’t spend all those nights slogging away in front of your laptop to buy a family saloon now did you?
In fact, you want something in line with the tech-lifestyle and image youâ€™ve created around yourself.
Here are Motorburnâ€™s top five suggestions.
1. BMW i8
If you have any interest in technology you know the i8 is BMWs project at taking BMWâ€™s racing pedigree, pairing it with batmobile looks and an electric motor which has a range of 37km in all-electric mode and is paired to a 1.5l 3-cylinder engine which produces 170kW. There is no other car that embodies the progress of technology on sale today.
Our pick: Spec it in black with the blue accents and youâ€™ll do just fine.
2. Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
The S-Class has always been the last word in latest technology and now that the CL name has been dropped, Mercedes will be putting all the technology that makes the S-Class sedan so incredible into the new Coupe.
First, there is all the PRE-SAFE system that actively monitors the area and environment around the car and is able to detect, avoid and if needed, prepare for a collision before the driver is aware of anything.
The dashboard consists of two 12.3 Inch TFT high-resolution screens displaying driver information, vehicle telemetry and all other infotainment and comfort setting information. Oh, and all of this can be controlled remotely through Mercedes COMAND system linked to your iPhone or Android smartphone.
Our pick: Take the S600 Coupe with its V12 twin-turbo for that hyperspeed but air-soft ride to your next venture.
3. McLaren 650S
As a multi-millionaire, one would normally head straight for the P1 hypercar, but with all 375 units sold, youâ€™ll have to go for the 650S. Itâ€™s not exactly a downgrade. The 3.8l twin-turbo V8 produces 378kW and will get you from 0-100km/h in three seconds making it faster than the old F1 hypercar.
A carbon-fiber tub and 22% stiffer spring rate than the 12C and a total weight of just 1300kg make this one of the most modern and well-engineered cars on sale today.
Our pick: Get the 650S Spyder, enjoy the sunshine and ensure its McLaren Can-Am orange.
4. Rolls-Royce Wraith
Rolls-Royce refuses to use the word â€˜sportyâ€™ at any point when discussing the new Wraith. What it will say is that the â€˜six-and-half-a-litreâ€™ V12 engine no longer produces power that is â€˜adequateâ€™ but rather produces 465kW, or just 6kW less than a Lamborghini MurciÃ©lago LP 640.
The result is the fastest Rolls-Royce ever with a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds. Pure speed isn’t the only appeal of the Wraith.
The eight-speed ZF gearbox is controlled via GPS, and it will shift gear to ensure a consistent and smooth ride as the Wraith climbs and descends hills. If one enters a great driving road, the gearbox prepares itself for vigorous driving. The Wraith has been built on a steel monocoque chassis to maintain a rigid body and preserve ride comfort.
No matter its performance, the Wraith is large, luxurious, elegant and certainly a true Rolls-Royce
Our pick: Get one in a restrained navy blue or white. This is for you to enjoy. Donâ€™t draw attention to yourself.
5. Lamborghini HuracÃ¡n
The Lamborghini HuracÃ¡n is almost everything the Wraith is not. Loud, brash, fast and a little bit old-school. This is a car that screams â€˜look at me!â€™. Powered by an updated version of the 5,2l V10 from the Gallardo, it produces 448kW and 560N.m. resulint in a 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of â€˜over 325km/h.â€™
This is not the most advanced car on this list by a long way, but its very loud, and you, the tech millionaire, should buy one just to show everyone.
Our pick: A green one.