"Here in my car, I feel safest of all, I can lock all my doors, It's the only way to live in cars." These are the famous words of Gary Numan. Yet life in the fast lane has become much easier for stars and their cars.
Nowadays, soccer players are not just driving their managers crazy but car dealers too. Whether its about premium luxury interiors, a six figure state of the art sound system or an intelligence voice control system, it’s all part of a soccer player's car DNA.
After all boys will be boys and there is no better way to show off your wealth than with a luxury set of wheels. After all, it is considered to be the ultimate status symbol especially when it comes to pulling up to the training field.
With money as no object, the stars that grace the hallowed turf each week can drop anything they want on a pimped out vehicle. As far as premium cars are concerned, size really does matter.
Yet who is actually driving what and which cars end up in the driveways of today’s modern Premier League players? From Porsches, Ferraris to Lamborghinis, every footballer has their weapon of choice.
Check out the top 10 ultimate motors driven by Premier League stars.
10 Chevrolet Camaro: $65,000
A new kid on the driving block, this beast of a motor comes from the stable of General Motors. A Stateside production that adds a dash of glitz to the Premier League, there are already a host of Camaro fans such as Manchester United and Portugal midfielder Luis Nani as well as Chelsea’s Petr Cech. With a top speed of nearly 160mph and 312bhp it’s certainly a hot contender in the driving stakes and will set you back $65,000.
9 Porsche Cayenne: $149,700
This impressive SUV boasts of a generous Turbo that has been a real winner with a number of different Premier League players. Obtaining one of these beauties ensures you can benefit from direct fuel injection for both power and torque. On the other hand, the gearbox has six speeds to help you obtain the best performance possible. The top speed inside can reach around 174 mph, while the enormous 550 bhp means you’ll have to be quick to catch them! So who exactly sits behind the wheel of the Cayenne? Well you are most likely to find Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, tough tackling midfielder Yaya Toure currently at Manchester City and goal machine Robin Van Persie of Manchester United putting pedal to the metal.
8 Audi Q7: $157,000
One of the more efficient numbers in this list is the AUDI Q7, which is never to be underestimated. A popular choice among the Premier elite, the Q7 is an imposing sight and provides space and luxury to its owner. It has a real Grand Turo look about it and has heated seats for those long journeys to premieres or contract signings. With plenty of air suspension and dual zone climate control, this model shines from within. Impressive speeds of 150mph plus, coupled with 500bhp, has regular drivers in Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur to Chelsea front man Fernando Torres.
7 Range Rover Sport: $170,000
Known as the granddaddy of SUVs, this $170,000 vehicle has a lot of love in the mansion for the Range Rover Sport. Packed full of benefits and tricks that would make Daniel Craig blush, it is another strong contender that should be taken into consideration. Another Best of British manufacturing stamp means that its hats off to the creators once again. Renowned drivers of this model feature Mexican maestro Javier Hernandez and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United not to mention Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
6 Audi R8: $191,000
This snazzy SUV remains one of the most popular vehicles in the garage. Thanks to its slick style and powerful six-speed gearbox, the Audi R8 roars like a wild African lion. Top speeds reach close to 190mph, whilst it takes advantage of an impressive 500bhp. Renowned drivers of this near perfect $191,000 model include Gunners duo Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott from Arsenal and Spurs right back Kyle Walker.
5 Porsche Panamera: $202,000
Enjoying a 3.6 V6 engine and a wealth of sports performance, the Panamera has been used by some players as a means to show their status. With the cost of $202,000, it does come with added benefits such as cruise control and lane change assist. In other words, it will pretty much do most of the driving for you. What’s not to like as you power up with its 430 bhp and speeds pushing the 190 mph barrier. Famous Panamera fans include Edin Dzeko and French international Samir Nasri of Manchester City and Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool.
4 Aston Martin DB9, $212,150
Created in 2004, this car is a feat of British engineering. For nearly ten years, it has been synonymous with famous footballers across the globe. As fast as Usain Bolt and as smooth as George Clooney, the DB9 can reach speeds of up to 190mph. However, if it's speed you want, this machine can get up to 60mph in just 4.5 seconds. The DB9 comes with a hefty price tag of more than $212,000 and famous owners include Juan Mata of Chelsea and midfield terrier James Milner from Manchester City.
3 Bentley Continental: $218,000
This list would not be complete without taking a look at the awe inspiring Bentley Continental. A firm favorite in many training grounds, it exudes a real classic British look through its striking interiors. It provides plush embroidered leather, premium walnut veneers and even chrome control dials which adds to the luxury factor. With speeds of up to 195 mph and a generous 200 bph, you may just spot the likes of Ashley Young (Manchester United) and David Silva (Manchester City) rolling down their windows after a hard training session.
2 Lamborghini Gallardo: $247,000
As sexy as an Italian catwalk show in Milan, the Gallardo has always had a habit of turning heads. Yet this Italian stallion has always scored highly with soccer players for its appealing looks, incredible horse power and downright attractive features. Fancy cruising down the highways at nearly 200mph? Check. How about more than 500bhp? You got it. What about going from zero to sixty in less than four seconds? Done! But you will have to pay for it at almost a quarter of a million dollars. Famous Gallardo owners feature Ashley Cole from Chelsea, Rio Ferdinand and striking superstar Wayne Rooney, both at Manchester United.
1 1. Ferrari 458: $280,000
One of the bad boys of motoring, the Ferrari 458 packs more of a punch than Mike Tyson. This is now one of Ferraris most aero-efficient models. The brains behind creating this machine have been working extremely hard in order to come up with the finished article. With a top speed of 202mph, the 458 Speciale is really the genuine product. Drivers behind the wheel include Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, central defender John Terry and Arsenal’s new boy Mesut Ozil. In fact, the latter was often seen parking his ride up at former club Real Madrid.
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