Top 5 Most Ridiculous Options on a Car

To buy a new car is a special thing. Specifying your ideal automotive expression carries considerable appeal. There are some manufacturers which bundle options into packages, and to get a certain feature, you are forced to buy that package. There are other manufacturers which offer more options “a la carte”, but these are generally more expensive. This “Top 5” list focuses not just on the expensive options, but rather, the “I have more money than I know what to do with” options.

Porsche 911, Leather-covered air vents: $1,710.00

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We realize “the devil is in the details”, but come on. Will anyone but the owner notice there is leather in the slats of the air vents? Unless it’s a fellow Porsche-phile, the passenger is most likely to sit in the 911 and say, “Nice car!”

Ferrari 458, Smoker’s kit: $3,305.00

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Despite an exhaustive search on the Internets, it’s nearly impossible to find exactly what constitutes a “smoker’s kit, besides a lighter and an ash tray. Even for a $300,000 car, that sounds like a ridiculous amount of money. Maybe it’s made of something special (insert endangered animal’s body part here).

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Carbon Fiber Cup holder: $3.533.00

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It’s understandable for a car company to make a statement about a certain model being a driver’s car. The Viper didn’t even get a real cupholder until 2013. It’s also common for owners to go to the aftermarket for solutions. Ferrari is nice enough to save people the trouble of such lengthy and unfruitful searches, and they make sure it won’t add unnecessary weight to the car.

Rolls-Royce Phantom, Drinks cabinet in rear doors: $18,575.00

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Modern residences are known for making efficient use of space. The people who buy Rolls-Royce Phantoms generally place less importance on sport suspension and manual gearboxes, and more importance on comfort in the back seat. Enter the dual hidden drinks cabinets. One in each door, they completely stow for safety and to leave clean interior lines. The benefit of not not driving yourself is that you can’t drink and drive, so these owners are actually performing a public service.

Bentley Mulsanne, Personal Commission-Satin Paint: $30,960.00

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For a mere $30K, you can have any color you want, in satin paint. To most of us, that seems ridiculous, but you can’t put a price on individuality. Actually, you can, and Bentley did.

Now, we are sure there are much more expensive options out there, but these are actually available from the manufacturer. We will be planning on doing another of these lists, focusing on aftermarket tuners, furthering the money vs sense/taste argument. Let us know what you think about this list, and if there’s something we missed don’t hesitate to put it in the comments!

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I'm not going to pretend someone is writing a bio for me. Here I am. For those who don't know, I play guitar in Papa Roach. Since before I started dreaming of being a rockstar, I was dreaming about cars. My dad made me this way. Before I was born, he had a green 1972 Camaro. He did autocross when I was too young to know what was going on, and when I got a little older, he built a VW Beetle by himself in the carport. We would go to drag races in that car, and he would take down Mustangs and Camaros, much to their astonishment and horror. He took me to Top Fuel drag races in Sonoma, local drags at Sacramento Raceway, and I loved it. I was hooked. When it came time for me to get a car, he asked me if I wanted something older that we could work on, or something newer that would be a little more reliable. I told him I'd like an older car, and he said he found a 62 Chevy Nova with a 350. I was obviously excited, and 2 days later, he told me he had reconsidered. He said it was too much power for me, and ended up getting me a 1987 Mustang. 4 cylinder. I was extremely disappointed, and didn't want to talk to him for a while, but in the end it was the right decision. I drove that thing like an idiot, and ended up getting in 5 accidents (One was my fault). Fast-forward to the year 2000, and our first major record blows up, which allows me to get my dream car. The Dodge Viper. At the time it came out, the Viper was viewed as the modern-day Cobra; a motor with wheels. It scared the crap out of me, but over the years, I was able to show it respect, and get a lot out of it. Now, here we are. I created DriveKulture initially because the guys in my band aren't car guys. I needed an outlet; a place to share my ideas and opinions about new cars, sports cars, and kustom cars (yes that's custom with a "K"). I now see DriveKulture as not only a place where my car friends and I can interact, but also as a place for education. For a long time, I had pre-conceived notions about certain cars, and couldn't understand why someone would want them. In reading articles and talking with owners, I can see that they have slightly different tastes than I do, but their passion for cars are the same. I want to expose people to different types of cars, and try and convey what makes these different kinds of cars great. Welcome to DriveKulture.

5 Comments

  1. I guess if you have the money then do it, but for us small folk it seems like a waste. I guess it would be kinda cool though. Your car is a reflection of your personality in my opinion. For instance, if you saw me and knew me, you’d know that my car resembles who I am. To each their own, you only live once……

  2. $3000 “smokers kit” in Aston Martin land means that they put the lighters back in the holes they were supposed to be in in the 1st place. Somehow when they took the lighters OUT of the holes, said holes became “accessory power points”. More money – less stuff. Great business plan!

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