If the urge for an exotic car is calling, but you’re uncertain about what to choose, here’s our list of the hottest over-the-top rides for 2023. These high performers are presented in alphabetical order to avoid playing favorites.
Aston Martin Vantage
There’s something for everyone with the Aston Martin Vantage. In V12 form, this sleek coupe offers a glorious sound that’s hard to match. Alternatively, the V8 Vantage offers an affordable exotic car experience, with some examples fetching below six figures. Regardless of the model, the Vantage is still wrapped in gorgeous Aston Martin styling.
In some locales, BMWs are a dime a dozen, so those seeking a more distinctive “ultimate driving machine” will want to check out the BMW M8 for sale. It’s an ideal blend of grand tourer and exotic, particularly in the M8 Competition variant. And with a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, this BMW certainly can keep up with most of its rivals.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
We’ll skip the American Ferrari comparison and instead highlight the marvelous engine behind the cabin of the C8 Corvette Z06. The flat-plane crank LT-6 now gets bragging rights as the most powerful naturally-aspirated production V8. It all adds up to a screaming 670 hp.
If a Ferrari isn’t exotic enough for you, then how about a front-engine Ferrari? The Roma is an ode to the 250 GT Lusso and other Ferrari classics from the 1960s. Its 2+2 configuration is in keeping with the Roma’s grand tourer nature, while a turbocharged V8 cranks out an abundant 612 horsepower. Its graceful exterior is further enhanced by either a hardtop or convertible body style.
Few cars turn heads like the Huracán. Its distinctive wedge-shaped body is exaggerated with strategically placed air intakes that give this exotic a modern look. And Lamborghini goodness still comes in the form of a naturally-aspirated V10, making up to 631 horsepower. Depending on the variant, the drivetrain is either all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.
While Ferraris and Lamborghinis often steal the show when it comes to Italian exotics, the launch of the MC20 proved that Maserati is still a force to be reckoned with. The MC20 boasts a distinguished exterior that oozes speed, backed by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 making 621 hp. And in keeping with the legacy of Italy’s finest supercars, the Maserati MC20 for sale has a rear-mounted engine.
Borrowing a page from its Formula 1 team, McLaren turned to hybrid technology to give the Artura neck-snapping performance. Combined with a twin-turbocharged V6, a hybrid-electric motor helps deliver 671 ponies, a 0-60 time below three seconds, and a 205 mph top speed. And when there’s no gas left in the tank, the McLaren Artura for sale offers 11 miles of electric-only driving.
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT
Perhaps the most effective way to describe the AMG GT is as a velvet hammer. Occupants are wrapped in an elegant Mercedes body while nestled in a meticulously crafted cabin. Meanwhile, a twin-turbo V8 propels the AMG GT to tremendous speed without much effort. The fastback coupe provides a somewhat secluded driving experience, while the convertible brings in the sunshine and a growling exhaust sound.
Unlike some other cars on this list, the Nissan GT-R skips refinement for a sledgehammer approach to performance. At the same time, in true JDM form, this brutish coupe squeezes everything it can out of a twin-turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive. The engine output can approach 600 horsepower depending on the year and variant.
Porsche 911 GT3
If there’s such a thing as a Porsche 911 on steroids, then the Porsche 911 GT3 for sale has that covered. It’s a street-legal racer with an origin story dating back to the legendary 1973 911 Carrera RS. With an output of 503 horsepower, the GT3 also showcases what Porsche can do with a naturally aspirated six-cylinder engine. For more extreme capabilities, consider the even-more race-centric GT3 RS.