In the relatively short history of ultra-luxury supercars, the Maybach Exelero ($8 million) is quite an interesting footnote. Based on the Maybach 57, this one-off coupe was created by the tiremaker Fulda to show off its latest and greatest rubber, and features a turbocharged V12 good for 700 horses and a top speed of 218. It was supposed to be purchased by the rapper Birdman, but apparently Birdman is a little bird-brained with his cash, so if you want it, it's likely yours for the taking.
Apparently out of ideas on how to make one of the world's most exclusive convertibles even more so, the trident badge has teamed with a well known fashion house on the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi ($TBA). Apart from the usual 4.7-litre V8, automatic transmission, and unmistakable exhaust note, this limited edition boasts a three-layer dark grey body color with an iridescent gold surface finish, wood trim on the dash, doors, and gear lever, Fendi yellow on the brake calipers and trident headrest logos, and precious Cuoio Romano leather on the instrument cluster cover and included luggage and accessories.
Been a little bummed because there wasn't a base model convertible available from the prancing horse after the F430 was put out to pasture? Then you're probably as pumped as we are to be looking at the new Ferrari 458 Spider ($TBA). Not content to simply bring the drop-top back to Ferrari's mid-engine lineup, the 458 Spider is the world's first mid-rear engined ride with a retractable hard top, which flips over to stow neatly beneath the rear deck lid — in a mere 14 seconds. Other features include 4.5L V8 producing 562 hp, Ferrari's dual-clutch F1 paddle-shift transmission, high-performance ABS for slowing the damn thing down from its top speed of roughly 200mph, and gorgeous 20-inch rims worthy of the Pininfarina body up top.
Ever since the SLK first debuted, it's been a tempting — yet polarizing option, thanks to a combination of affordable (for a Benz, at least) price tag, small size, and arguable feminine styling. The new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG ($TBA) removes any worries about the latter, thanks to an aggressive body kit befitting the 415 hp, 5.5L AMG V8 under the hood. Other features include AMG light-alloy wheels, a sport exhaust system, an AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, and a well-appointed interior.
Feel like owning a classic, open-top racer but don't feel like dropping the dough on a verified original? The RetroMade Spyder ($TBA) should offer a happy medium. Inspired by the Porsche 550, the Spyder is a kit car, with two different body sizes — one that's historically correct, and one that's longer — that sit atop Volkswagen Beetle or Pontiac Fiero chassis — the latter a mid-engine affair — and boasting up to 254 hp, 205mm wide rear tires, and a host of other options that let you make it yours.