8. Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Like Audi, Aston Martin is another manufacturer that’s familiar with subtlety. The British boutique brand’s products are dramatically designed yet tasteful at the same time. And one of their most striking products is the Vanquish Volante, a $300,000, V12-powered grand-touring car with a folding soft top.
Like other Astons this flagship model’s got a low, long hood and an elegant body, though in this case one that’s been rendered entirely of carbon fiber. Yep, every panel on this beast is composite; it’s like a Boeing 787 you can park in your garage.
But its biggest attraction and the thing that makes this car worth every one of the 300,000 dollars it costs is the engine. Displacing 6.0-liters the car’s 12-cylinder masterpiece produces some of the most glorious automotive sounds ever, bringing to mind a World War II fighter plane. It’s absolutely glorious and guaranteed to make you weak in the knees, so are its output figures: 565bhp, 457 lb-ft.