Buying your first supercar will be one of the most memorable moments of your life. I mean c’mon haven’t we all dreamed of buying a supercar ever since we were kids.
I remember my passion for cars started ever since I got into playing Need For Speed on my PC. There weren’t lotta cars on it, but my favorites were always the Ferrari’s. Since then I have craved for the moment I could buy my very own supercar.
Being raised in the UAE, I was always around supercars and luxury cars. I’d see a Rolls-Royce or a Lamborghini on the streets every hour.
I’m sure like me you also have had a life-long dream of buying your first supercar. But buying a supercar isn’t as simple as buying a normal car.
The world of supercars is very different from that of our everyday cars. And I’m gonna give you a complete guide for you to buy your first supercar.
Here’s everything you need to know about Buying Your First Supercar
What’s coming ahead.
- Deciding the purpose of buying your supercar.
- Choosing the right supercar.
- Driving your supercar.
- The buying process.
- Problems with owning a Supercar.
- Supercars as an investment.
The first question you need to be asking yourself is what are you buying your first supercar for?
“But Sohail, you know this is my dream I have worked so hard to buy one.” Yeah, I get that. But in the real world, you gotta know how you’re gonna use your supercar.
Before buying your first supercar, ask yourself these questions;
- Is it going to be your daily driver? Do you plan on driving it every day to work?
- Are you gonna take it out only on weekends and for those special nights?
- Do you want a track weapon that you can whip at the track and set lap times?
- Or is it gonna be your cruise machine when you travel across the country, or across countries?
All these factors count when you’re buying your first supercar. Your purpose of buying your supercar will determine what kind of a supercar you should buy.
Also, all supercars are different. They all have different ergonomics and offer distinguished driving experiences.
So the first step of buying your first supercar is to figure out how you’re gonna use it.
Once you’ve decided that, let’s move on to the exciting part.
Ahh yes, here comes the fun part, choosing your first supercar.
It is also the most important part of buying your first supercar so pay attention.
Once you’ve decided what you’re gonna do with your supercar it’s time to look at some options.
But there are so many great supercars in the world, which one do you pick?
Well, we can shorten out that list by picking the car according to our step one and also a few more things.
1. Supercar as a daily driver.
First of all, if you’re using your supercar as a daily, I have respect for you. You’re a true motor enthusiast like me.
Now if you didn’t know, supercars aren’t exactly the most comfortable things out there.
Supercars are designed to be lightweight and be agile. This is so that they can take corners better, be more efficient and go faster. Less weight also means the car will be better balanced.
But being light weight also means you feel the bumps on the road more. Since most of the excess weight is stripped off from the car, you’ll likely be ending up with thin bucket seats.
You might think how bad could thin seats be? When you’re sitting in traffic for over an hour in your multi-crore supercar, your back will start hurting.
I suggest you get the comfortable seat option, rather than the racing seats if you’d prefer some comfort on your commute.
The seats on a Huracan Performante will legit kill make your neck hurt.
Also, supercars are stiff. By stiff I mean they have stiffer suspensions settings for better track performance.
Stiffer suspensions also mean a stiffer ride, and that means you’re gonna feel every bump on the road.
I remember my first time in an Aventador SV. The ride was so stiff, even on the smooth roads of Abu Dhabi my back started to hurt after sitting in the car for 2 hours.
So yeah if you plan to use your supercar as a daily, I’d suggest to not get an Aventador SV.
Supercars also don’t have a lot of storage space. So getting in all your groceries can be a task. Make sure you check the boot size before you buy one.
So which supercar should you get if you want to use it as a daily?
Here are my top 5 car manufacturers that make the most comfortable supercars.
McLaren hands down make the most comfortable supercars in the world. I don’t know what kind of wizardry they do on their cars, but their cars feel like magic. They have time and time been making the fastest and the most comfortable supercars out there.
The most practical McLaren out there is hands down the 570GT. But my personal favorite has to be the brand new 720S though. The car is pretty much faster than 80% of all the supercars out there. And it’s more comfortable than most of them.
Almost all McLarens are comfortable. The MP4-12C, 650S, 540S, 570GT, and the 720S are all great options for daily drivers.
I know McLarens aren’t well known, but I’d ask you to consider them before buying your first supercar.
For my daily, I’d steer away from their track specials like the 675LT and Senna. They are again tuned for the track so won’t be as comfortable as the rest.
Porsche is one of the most recognizable supercar manufacturers out there. Though it may be confusing to tell one apart, almost anyone can recognize a Porsche as a Porsche.
They have a huge variety of options to choose from if you want a supercar as your daily driver.
My favorite Porsche for a daily is the 911 Turbo S. The Turbo S model is the fastest 911 before the track variants. And since it’s not the track variant it won’t be as stiff as the GT3 and GT2’s
It also looks sexy. I mean it’s one of the better-looking Porsches out there.
Apart from the turbo S, there are several other 911 variants you can choose from. They have a 911 in almost every way you can imagine. There’s convertibles, cabriolets, targas you name it.
I also have a soft corner for the Porsche GT4. It’s a proper enthusiast car and it also comes in a manual <3
Leaving the 911 there are also the ‘slower’ models like the 718 Cayman and the Boxer.
3. Bentley Continental GT.
Now you may be thinking Bentley’s only make heavy luxury cars that rival Rolls-Royce.
To which I’d say you’re right, but not completely.
The Bentley Continental GT is Bentley’s only supercar. It’s made to get you across continents in the most comfortable and fastest way possible.
The car has always been the choice of car for rappers and hip-hop artists since it first dropped.
You’ll find nothing but the most exclusive and fine materials in a Bentley. Everything you touch in that car is covered with either leather, wood or aluminum.
Ohh the car feels heavenly.
But it also is fast. I mean seriously fast. With over 600 horsepower all-wheel drive and 900 Nm of torque, the Bentley definitely packs a punch.
You can also pretty much spec the entire car in any way you want. There’s no request that Bentley can’t fulfill as long as you have deep pockets.
It’s is the best car to go fast while you sit in the lap of luxury.
4. Aston Martin.
One cannot talk about comfortable supercars without talking about Aston Martins. The 100-year-old company sure does know how to make fast and luxurious supercars.
I have always been a fan of the DB series. Ever since I saw James Bond driving a DB6 I’ve always been in love with the line.
The recently launched DB11 is according to me one of the most beautiful looking cars out there.
I don’t care what you say, but Aston Martin know how to make sexy looking cars.
Apart from that, the roar of their V12 gives me a boner.
Anyways, Aston Martins are also Grand Tourers, meaning they’re made to be comfortable and fast.
You have several options to choose from when it comes to buying an Aston. On one end you have the Vantage, their baby supercar. Then you have the Vanquish, which is a sexy looking beast. And at the top the mighty DB11.
But if you’re looking for something more powerful and outrageous, look no further than the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
5. Special Mentions:
- Ferrari FF/ GTC4 Lusso
- Audi R8
- Mercedes AMG GTR/GTS
- Ferrari Portofino/ California T
2. Weekend and Special Night Cruiser.
So you decide to take out your supercars only on weekends or for those special nights. Well, then you’d be wanting something that gives a great driving experience.
Also, let’s not forget it should look good and sound like an angry beast. You wanna pull up to the club and catch everyone’s attention.
So which cars should you go for?
If a Lamborghini is your first supercar, get ready to have people pull up their phones every time you pass by them.
Nothing screams louder and looks edgier than a Lamborghini. Be it the Aventador, Huracan or even the old Murcielago.
Their cars are beast with angry V12’s and V10’s, and an edgy design, they’ve been most of our poster cars.
Also, these cars are amazing to drive and they sound beasty. I love how they look and feel to drive.
You can’t talk about crazy supercars without talking about Ferraris.
I gotta admit I’m biased towards Ferrari. They’ve always been my favorite supercar manufacturer of all time.
If it’s a car I want to pick for a weekend drive or to take my girl out for dinner, I’m gonna be picking the 812 Superfast.
Man does that car scream. Ferrari should make a playlist of all their cars exhaust notes.
It’s so fu*king beautiful.
Ferrari’s are and always have been a gentleman’s supercar. I love the way they look. You’ll find subtle attention to detail in every corner of their cars.
The 458 Italia is my all time favorite followed by the F12 Berniletta and the 812 Superfast.
Not a huge fan of the 488, because it’s turbocharged, but hey that’s me.
I’m old school and I like my Ferrari’s N/A.
3. Track Weapon.
If you’re looking for a hardcore track weapon, to set lap times well man do I have the right cars for you.
1. Porsche GT2 RS & GT3 RS.
Porsches have always been precision vehicles. They’re the best of German Engineering and the GT2 is the best of the best.
It’s a precision knife that they have been perfecting for many years. And the result is a car so fast, it broke the Nurburgring lap record.
Apart from the GT2, the GT3 is also a great weapon for track days. The car is terribly well balanced and pushes you to go faster.
2. Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and Huracan Spyder.
The SVJ is the latest and greatest from Lamborghini. And it is also the final version of the Aventador. As a final hurrah, Lamborghini has made the craziest and fastest Aventador ever, the SVJ.
This car is currently the king of the Nurburgring and beat the might GT2 from Porsche.
If you can’t get your hands on an SVJ, the next best track Lamborghini is their Huracan Performante.
The performante may not look very different from the regular Huracan on paper. But with their new ALA system, man oh man, are they fast around a track.
They’re super agile, sound ungodly and looks sexy.
3. Ferrari 458 Speciale / 488 Pista.
You can’t talk about track weapons and not talk about the ‘fast’ versions of Ferrari’s mid-engine supercars.
Ferrari’s track versions of the 458 Italia and 488 GTB are the Speciale and the Pista.
They are by far the most fun to drive cars on the race tracks.
Being rear-wheel drive you can whip them hard on the track, getting huge powerslides and drifts. They’re also lightweight and have lighting fast steering.
All that along with those screaming exhaust notes offers one hell of a track day experience.
4. Special Mentions:
- Nissan GTR Nismo edition
- McLaren 675 LT/ 600 LT
- Mercedes AMG GTR
- Dodge Viper ACR
Apart from the different occasions you want to use your supercar, there are a few more things to consider.
4. Coupe or a Convertible?
Ah, who doesn’t love a convertible? The joy of driving with the top down and wind blowing in your hair.
I’m sure a lot of you would want a convertible as your first supercar.
But can you actually drop the top down?
It wouldn’t make sense buying a convertible if you live in a place where it always rains or has polluted weather. If you’re using it as a daily driver you may hardly drop the top on your commute.
Being stuck in traffic in a low slung exotic with the roof down next to a truck is one thing you don’t wanna experience. Trust me I’ve been there.
Also as a track weapon, using a convertible will slightly lower your lap times. Convertibles are usually heavier and less stiff than their coupe counterparts. And besides who takes the top down while on a track?
But if you’re gonna take it out for your Sunday morning drive, or to the countryside, Convertibles are a lot of fun. There’s no better feeling in the world than having the top down and wind blowing in your hair.
Buying your first supercar as a convertible would be great in this case.
My favorite convertibles are:
- Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
- Ferrari 488 Spyder
- Audi R8 Spyder
- Aston Martin DB11 Volante
- Bentley Continental GT Spider
5. A 2 Seater or a 2+2.
Yeah, this is also important before buying your first supercar.
As you know most supercars do come in a 2 seat configuration. But there are a few that come with a 2+2.
Now which one you want to go for depends on how many passengers you plan on carrying in your supercar.
If you have kids then getting a 2+2 is a great idea. Being real with you fitting 2 adults in the back is a meticulous task.
Also, you can use the rear two seats as space for your luggage. Supercars aren’t big on their trunk size. You can use the extra space from the 2 seats to store your bags.
Best 2+2 Supercars
- Porsche 911 (most of them come in a 2+2)
- Nissan GTR
- Aston Martin Vanquish
- Bentley Continental GT
- BMW i8
But also Seats adds weight so if, weight savings is your thing, then go for something with 2 seats.
Now that you’ve decided which Supercar you want to buy, it’s time to ask yourself the next most important question.
“What do you mean can I drive it? I was born for this.”
Yeah, I thought the same thing before I got behind the wheel for one.
The one thing you must know before buying your first supercar is that driving one isn’t the same as regular cars.
And though you may think that’s obvious, there is a lot of getting used to that’s required. Especially when you buy one of these beauties.
The first being power. These supercars have a ton of power. More power than you’ll ever use in your life. That also means it dangerous and easy to lose control if you don’t know what you’re doing.
It’s the main reason for people meeting with accidents. Some as soon as they leave the dealership in their new supercar.
My suggestion, take a few track lessons and driving lessons for supercars. No this is not to teach you how to drive the car but more for how to handle one.
These lessons will help enhance your driving skills and take your driving to the next level. And also teach you how to squeeze out all the potential from your supercar.
Also apart from the power, there is the visibility factor.
Supercars have shitty visibility in them, especially if you have a mid-engine supercar.
You can hardly see what’s in the back, the rear view mirror most of the time is useless. This also doesn’t help when you try and park the car, as you’re blind to a lot of your surroundings.
The McLaren 720s is an exception as that car has great visibility.
Luckily a few car manufacturers now install 360-degree camera system on their cars. These help a lot in looking what’s around you.
Also, remember that these cars are low, they’re almost hugging the road.
This means truck drivers and high SUV’s may sometimes not be able to see you behind them. This can be dangerous for you so, be careful.
Now comes the boring part.
You’ve decided which car is gonna be your first supercar, and you’re ready to buy it now.
But the question is where are you gonna buy it from?
There are 3 ways to buy your first supercar.
1. A new one from a dealer.
This may not be as simple as walking into a showroom and buying a Mercedes.
When you buy a new car straight from the dealer, you have the liberty to spec the car how you want it.
You can have your car look exactly like you dreamed of it, down to the tiniest of details.
But a lotta of the times some dealers don’t let you buy a car of your choice.
What do I mean by that?
For example, if you walked into a Ferrari dealership today to buy the 812 Superfast or the 488 Pista. They won’t sell one to you. they won’t even entertain you.
You need to have been an existing customer or have owned a few Ferrari’s before you can buy their big ones.
A lot of the dealers also don’t take you seriously if you’re young.
Another thing with buying a brand new supercar is depreciation hits you as soon as you walk out of there with it.
That means your car is gonna lose its value. Cars like the Huracan, R8, 911, etc. get hit by depreciation hard. You’re gonna lose a lot of money on it when you go to resell it so keep that in mind.
2. A pre-owned one from supercar dealerships.
This is one of the best ways to buy your first supercar. Most pre-owned car dealerships do the hard work for you.
They have the car checked thoroughly, to see if it has any problems. All the documents of the cars will be clear. And they are most likely to have all the records of the vehicle.
They also take great care of the cars they have in their stock.
Also buying a pre-owned car means depreciation will not hit you as hard as it would if you bought one new. This way you won’t lose money on your car either.
Only downside to this is, you may have to look for a long time to find the car in the exact spec you want. But I wouldn’t worry about that a lot as these dealers usually have fully-loaded cars.
One of the best pre-owned supercar dealerships in India is Big Boys Toyz.
They have an amazing inventory, and you rest assured to get great service when you visit them.
3. A used one from the previous owner.
The final way to buying your first supercar is to buy one off someone.
You look across the internet and you’ll find lots of people willing to let go of their supercar. This is a painstaking process, as you have to be patient to find the right car at the right price.
Once you’ve done your research and found the right car, its time you go check it.
Now you already know supercars are expensive to maintain. Hence it is important you check everything about the car before you buy it.
Buy the wrong car and you’ll be stuck in a deep money pit for a long time.
Here’s a checklist of everything you should check before you make your final decision:
- Documents of the car (title, insurance, has it been in an accident etc.)
- Maintenance records of the car (service history, repairs done, etc.)
- Check the engine number against the manufacturer’s records.
- Check if there has been any mileage discrepancy (tipped the odometer)
- Look for Speed hump scrapes on the front bumper
- Investigate how it’s was used (was it driven roughly, has it been sitting in the garage most of its life, etc. )
- If the car was sitting for a long time it can cause problems in the car.
- Hire a Mechanic or Private Party Inspection to have a thorough look at the car.
- Cross-check everything.
Remember don’t be hasty with your decision. It will take time but you will find the right car eventually.
Also, the price of your car will vary depending upon its spec as well as its rarity.
Once you find the right car, you can go ahead and buy it. You can either pay full in one time or apply for a loan.
Congratulations you have now bought your first supercar! Now here’s what you must know after you buy one.
Every machine has problems in them, owning a supercar brings its own set of problems along with it.
I can divide the problems of owning a supercar in 3 categories.
Supercars need a ton of maintenance. Unlike regular cars that break down or have issues once in a while, with supercars thats, not the case.
You’ll notice the problem arises more often.
With supercars, there are no ‘budget’ parts. You have to use only OEM parts (original manufacturers parts.) These replacement parts are painfully expensive and also rare. In a country like India where supercars are scarce, it’s very hard to find replacement parts.
You will usually have to order them through the manufacturer, and they will have to ship it from overseas. This means regular repairs can take a long time.
Replacing worn out brake pads can take up to 2 months.
Also, supercars have tires made from a softer compound for better grip. This also means they wear out faster, meaning you’ll have to replace them sooner. Tires are again expensive and shipping them take a long time.
Even a small fender bender can force you to leave your beloved supercar at the service centre for months.
What this also means is that you have to be the safest driver in the world when you drive your supercar. You have to almost come down to a halt at speed bumps, to ensure you don’t scrape your bumper.
Make sure you get the lift kit option on your supercar as a must or fit an aftermarket one. It is absolutely necessary for your car.
Like any other car, you need to find a good and experienced mechanic. Don’t even dare take your car to a regular mechanic. Your car should only be in the hands of experts, so it’s necessary to find a good mechanic.
Being a supercar, your car can’t use any of the regular fluids that you’d find at petrol pumps and shops. They use very high grade fluids that are very hard to get a hold of.
Don’t try putting in a coolant from your nearby petrol pump.
Also, don’t try putting regular fuel from your petrol pump. That’s right supercars don’t run on the regular fuel that we put in regular cars. They need 97 octane which is the highest available in India.
You’ll need octane boosters to increase the octane number in your fuel to drive your car.
Filling low octane fuel will kill performance and weaken the engine.
Even the ‘speed’ and ‘power’ won’t cut it. As far as I’m aware there are only 2 petrol pumps in Mumbai that have the high octane fuel needed for supercars.
You’re gonna end up spending huge amounts of money every year on repairs and maintenance.
To put things in perspective it costs almost a lakh on the service of an Aventador. Buying a supercar is easy, its maintaining one that’s hard work.
Keep this in mind before you buying your first supercar. You don’t want to buy it and then have to sell your baby because you can’t handle its problems.
2. Driving ergonomics
Like I said before driving a supercar isn’t as easy or simple as you imagine it to be.
Because of all the maintenance issues, you have to be very careful driving your supercar. Living in India you’d have to be extra careful when you drive in the city streets.
- Driving in the city?
You have people in cars trying to cut you in without warning. Bikers come out of narrow spaces between cars. The chances of you getting a scratch on your first supercar are high.
I say the first thing you do as soon as you buy your supercar is get a PPF on it. PPF stands for paint protection foil and is a clear bra that goes over your car.
It isn’t visible and will protect your cars paint from minor scratches and also from chipping.
Then you also have to worry about the roads. Supercars being low and wide, don’t fit on all roads. In India, you’ll have to cross out some roads entirely while driving your supercar. You don’t wanna be stuck in a tight alley with you multi-crore supercar.
Also, some bumps are too high for a supercar to clear even with the lift system. So make sure you know your roads before taking your baby out for a spin.
Then as I mentioned before, visibility is a serious issue with supercars. You need to be very careful of blind spots, as supercars have plenty.
There’s a lack of rear visibility in almost every mid-engine supercar.
Apart from that, you have to worry about people trying to cut in from any direction without any signs.
Trucks and tall SUV’s might not be able to see you as you’re slung so low, so be careful.
- Parking issues
Parking is another issue due to lack of visibility. You need to be on you’re a-game while you park.
You have to make sure there’s enough space between carswhen you park. This is to avoid accidental touching when the other cars try to leave.
Also, make sure the place you’re parking is safe. The last thing you want is parts from your supercar missing or the wheels stolen. It’s a good idea to hire a guard to be with your cars at all times.
3. Handling the attention
Buying your supercar not only gets you huge maintenance bills, but also a lot of attention. Especially with owning a supercar in India, you must know how to handle the attention.
When you’re driving around town in your supercar, you’re not only driving your dream car but a lot of peoples dreams.
They have been dreaming too as you and I did, and when they see it in person they are gonna walk up to it.
Here’s what all you should expect after buying a supercar:
- You’ll have people trying to click photos of your car
- Someone walking up to it to try and touch it
- People sitting on it to take photos of themselves.
- Someone may come up and speak to you (about your car, what do you do, etc.)
- People asking you between traffic to go faster, or rev make some noise.
- Also, some people start driving close to you for a better look and may end up crashing.
- Some people may even stalk or follow you.
At first, you may be okay with some people clicking photos or coming upto you but over time it can get irritating.
You have to keep your cool at all times. If you don’t like someone touching your car or sitting on it ask them politely to not do so. You can also have a bodyguard with the car when it’s parked.
Be nice to people, they all wish they also own a supercar like yours one day so don’t be too hard on them. Unless they’re irritating you.
Sometimes people driving too close to you can also be dangerous. They may stop paying attention to their driving while looking at your car. This can cause them to meet with an accident or cause a collision with your car.
Here’s a bonus for you guys. There are some supercars that can be a form of investment for you.
These cars don’t lose money but rather make money along the way.
Special edition cars or cars with limited production numbers are cars that will go up in value with time.
Almost every Ferrari will go up in value if you hold on to it. Cars like the 458 Speciale and the F12 TDF go up in value before even reaching their customers,
Due to their limited numbers, people are willing to pay over sticker to get the car.
So try buying a car that can act as an investment for you. Older Ferraris will go up in value. The naturally aspirated ones and special edition are your best bets.
All the GT2 and GT3’s, the Huracan Performante, Aventador SV, etc. are all good options for cars as investments.
There you go guys, my complete guide on buying your first supercar.
This list has everything to help you make the right decision in buying your first supercar.
No matter what car you choose, make sure you research a lot about that car.
Ask existing owners, or read forums. You’ll get a better idea about the car.
Buying your first supercar is a great emotional experience. At the end of the day, it’s for you to have fun with it. It is a symbol to prove yourself that you’ve made it. Be proud of yourself.
Let me know which supercar will be your first one.
Are you a Ferrari guy like me? Or do you hate them?
To buying many more supercars, Cheers!