Ah, supercars! They are the thoroughbreds of the automotive world. They can cost millions, they go very fast, and they attract plenty of attention in traffic and when pulling up to valet lines.
People dream about owning a Ferrari, a Lamborghini, a McLaren, a Pagani, or a Bugatti all their lives, from a tender young age right up until they experience that third or fourth midlife crisis. And though these storied brands make more domesticated, “practical” machines, it’s the super-sexy supercars that capture the imagination.
But … are they really all that?
Well, they are. But they’re also, on many levels, beautiful, exotic, alluring, exciting total pains in the ass. Here’s why.
1. They’re LOWER to the ground than some reptiles
Ground clearance isn’t a supercar forte. It can’t be — these high-performance machines are supposed to slip though the air, cheating the wind, and their aerodynamics are designed to keep them glued to the road.
This of course means that a modest blemish in the roadway can result in thousands of dollars in damage to the car. America’s crumbling infrastructure is an ever-present, high-stress foe.
It kind of sucks the pleasure out of driving your Lamborghini if you have to keep a constantly watchful eye out for potholes and speed bumps and if you can’t even really navigate your own driveway.
2. They have WAY too much power.
What do you do with horsepower in excess of 600 ponies? Who knows, because in 99.99% of driving circumstances, you’re not going use it.
But you will still incinerate gasoline at an alarming rate.
If you do try to tap into the power, you run a gamut of risks. You could lose control of the car and have a very costly accident. You could pay no attention to your actual speed and endure a very costly speeding ticket.
You could also just get depressed. Nothing is sadder than a supercar stuck in traffic, looking gorgeous but with no hope of unleashing its potential. You paid for that power! But you’ll rarely get to experience it.
3. It costs a fortune to buy one — and another fortune to FIX one.
The cheapest supercars are still quite expensive, and you always face the question of whether your sub-$100,000 “supercar” is a true supercar. So you feel the pressure to man up for the pricier shiny metal.
And then you will invariably:
1. Bang into something and need to get your investment repaired.
2. Have to get something fixed that goes wrong with your ride.
In either case, you’ll be parting with huge sums of money — eye-watering, staggering sums, in fact, if you’re used to dropping your Lexus off at the dealership for a brake job.
You may also have to wait months to get the car back.