10 Expensive Sports Cars That Don’t Live Up To Their Price Tag

Car prices are getting insane these days. A year ago, Rolls-Royce unveiled a new hand-built car that it was selling for an unbelievable $28 million and a few years before that, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO smashed auction records when it sold for just under $50 million. The modern auto market is filled with expensive cars, both new and used.

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Many of these expensive cars are worth every penny due to their designs, performance, advanced technologies, rarity, and collectibility. However, some don’t live up to their expensive price tags. This list explores the latter. Here are 10 expensive sports cars that will make buyers regret their decision.

10 2022 Nissan GT-R – $115,000

When listing the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you can’t leave the legendary Nissan GT-R out of the list. Introduced in the late 2000s, the GT-R has impressed gearheads over the years with its stylish design, power, all-wheel-drive system, and affordability compared to its competitors.

We love the GT-R, but we don’t think getting the latest model is a worthy investment. Nissan has made minimal changes to the GT-R’s design and performance since 2007, which is why we recommend getting an older model year for much less than the 2022 model.

9 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider 33 Stradale Tributo – $80,000+

Before the 4C was discontinued, it was one of the most popular Alfa Romeo models. It had a gorgeous design and was among the cheapest Italian sports cars.

However, compared to similarly-priced sports cars from other countries, many felt that the 4C was underpowered. It got even worse for the final Stradale Tributo model, which cost almost $20,000 more than the already overpriced base 4C and didn’t have more power.

8 2023 Audi TT – $50,500

In the late ’90s, European automakers were getting absolutely battered by Japanese automakers in the affordable sports car market. To survive, Audi developed its own entry-level sports car – the TT.

The TT was a huge hit thanks to its unique design, solid build quality, and price, which is why it’s still going strong today. However, the latest TT costs more than $50,000, which is too pricy.

7 Bugatti Centodieci – $9 Million

The Centodieci is a special version of the Chiron that Bugatti introduced in 2022. The Centodieci is special to Bugatti in many ways – it’s a celebration of the marque’s 110th birthday (hence the name ‘Centodieci’) and also pays homage to the EB110.

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The Centodieci is also among the rarest supercars, with only 10 examples built. However, despite all its cool features, the Centodieci is still a Chiron underneath and shouldn’t cost almost three times its price.

6 Morgan Plus 4 – $70,000

Morgan is a British automaker known for building modern cars with retro designs. And no, we’re not talking about modern designs inspired by cars of the past – Morgan cars look like they were actually built 100 years ago but have modern components.

We get why people would want a Morgan. There’s some nostalgic vibe about driving one and it will always turn heads on the road. However, $70,000 is a steep price to pay for just the retro design.

5 Toyota 2000GT – $1.1 Million

In 1967, Toyota stunned the world when it unveiled one of the most beautiful sports cars of the day – the 2000GT. The 2000GT’s gorgeous design earned Toyota worldwide fame and helped push the automaker’s other products into new markets.

Since Toyota built just 351 examples, the 2000GT costs more than $1 million at auctions today. We just don’t think that it’s worth that, especially considering that it only had 138 hp under the hood. Some people also believe that the 2000GT’s design was too similar to popular European sports cars built before it.

4 Pagani Huayra Tricolore – $6.5 Million

Pagani recently unveiled a new supercar called the Utopia, which means that the Huayra’s run is coming to an end. The Huayra has had a great run, spawning multiple awesome variants in the process.

One of the last Huayra special edition models is the Tricolore, which Pagani built to honor the Italian Air Force. The Tricolore has unique interior and exterior styling elements compared to the standard Huayra it’s based on and has slightly more power. This is why we can’t understand why anyone would pay twice the Huayra’s price for the Tricolore.

3 Vector W8 – $450,000

You don’t hear anything about Vector today, but in the ’90s, it was among the American sports car manufacturers with the most potential. Vector built several cars, and the W8 is the best-known.

The W8 debuted in 1990 with a Lamborghini-rivaling design and a powerful twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood to match its sweet looks. The W8 looked like a success in the making, but there was a problem – it cost $450,000. Not many gearheads were willing to spend that kind of money on a vehicle built by a fairly unknown company. Vector ended up making only 19 W8s, earning it a spot on the list of the rarest American sports cars.

2 Mazda RX-7 FD – $45,000

When it comes to Mazdas, you’ll struggle to find anything better than the third-generation RX-7. Introduced in the ’90s, the RX-7 FD wowed gearheads with its stunning design featuring iconic pop-up headlights and its Wankel rotary engine.

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The RX-7 FD has gained a cult following over the years, which is why well-maintained models can cost over $50,000. This is a lot of money for a 30-year-old Japanese sports car, especially one that’s as hard to maintain as the RX-7 FD.

1 Porsche 911 Carrera – $101,200

The Porsche 911 needs no introduction at all. It’s undoubtedly one of the greatest German sports cars ever made, which is why it’s still around after more than five decades of production.

The latest Porsche 911 Carrera starts at $101,200, which doesn’t sound that bad at all. However, compared to the slightly more expensive Carrera S, the base 911 doesn’t look that great. The Carrera S offers a lot more value for money, as it has more power, a sweet seven-speed manual, upgraded brakes, and other improvements that improve performance.