With Christmas on the way, here is the final Limerick Life top five of 2017, and this is one with a difference. Instead of focusing on reliability, affordability and practicality, this particular instalment of your favourite car guide is based on cars that certainly don’t tick the latter two boxes. Instead, this is the ultimate dream car wishlist – what we’d ask Santa for, if only he brought ridiculously expensive cars. The only criteria? A price tag of around €100,000 or more.
There is no Bentley dealership in the Republic of Ireland (although Charles Hurst Group in Belfast do sell them), so any Bentley that you may see on the roads was more than likely imported new or picked up second-hand. There are a handful of used Continentals available in the country. The newest of these is a 151 edition, which is available as a private sale at €175,000. The two-door coupé comes with a whopping 4-litre petrol engine, which means your annual tax will be over €1,800. But that’s not really going to matter if you can actually afford to buy the Continental in the first place.
Audi R8 Spyder
Unlike Bentley and Maserati, there are numerous Audi dealerships in Ireland. If you want to spend as much money as possible in an Audi dealership, then get the R8 Spyder. It is a two-seater sports car that’s on the market for approximately €250,000. That might seem a tad excessive, but it does have a 5.2-litre petrol engine and can boast a max speed of 320 km/hour. This, of course, is almost three times the national speed limit.
Porsche 911 Carrera
One of the most famous names in the supercar range is Porsche, in particular their renowned 911 model, which the German manufacturer have been producing since 1963. There are numerous versions, but as we’re going all out here, the 2018 Carrera is the one we’re plumping for. The price for the 3-litre petrol is €130,000 and some change (who cares when it gets to those figures?) and is available from the Porsche Centre in Dublin. We cannot confirm if they will take that €25 One4all voucher your aunt gave you for Christmas.
A new GranTurismo would set an Irish motorist back in the excess of €130,000, but we did find a used model (141) on the market in Dublin for €99,995. The change you would have out of 100k would allow you to buy a Lotto Quick Pick, which might help you pay the tax and insurance. The GranTurismo has a 4.7 litre petrol engine under its hood, can do 0-60(mph) in 4.5 seconds, and boasts an ultra-plush cabin.
Ferrari 458 Speciale
If that Quick Pick comes in, you might be interested in heading over the border. A Belfast dealer has a 172 Ferrari 458 Speciale, with just 240 miles, on the market. The price? £695,000, which works out around €790,000 (praise the lord for the ‘weak’ sterling). Don’t forget the VRT, though! Power, poise, and precision – the Speciale has it all.