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You can tell sports is big business by the salaries of the stars. It isn’t surprising these professional athletes vehicles are pretty awesome, either.
For example, some reported salaries include baseball’s Alex Rodriguez, bringing home some $30,000,000 in one season, and Charles Johnson from Carolina Panthers — $34,000,000. The point is — they have money to spend.
If you’ve got it, why not flaunt it? Look at some of the automotive bling offered by some top athletes.
Dwight Howard tools around LA in a sleek Ferrari FF — FF stands for Ferrari Four, just in case you’re wondering. The FF is what those in the car industry call a shooting brake. In other words, it’s a fancy, sporty three-door station wagon reminiscent of the ’65 Austin Martin D815.
Snazzy styling is just one advantage, though. This Ferrari boasts a top speed of 208 mph and can accelerate from zero to 60 in just 3.7 seconds. The Ferrari FF is for the man egotistical enough to want a sports car but practical enough to appreciate a hatchback.
The Baltimore Ravens cornerback always keeps his ride(s) sleek and ritzy. Lardarius Webb’s vehicle of choice is the Aston Martin Rapide. Really, nothing says “rich” quite like an Aston Martin. The Rapide is the ultimate four-door, high-performance sport saloon, known to the common man as a sedan.
It features a six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission, a Bang & Olufsen 16 speaker system and sells for about $200,000.
An Italian footballer — or soccer star, of the American persuasion — doesn’t disappoint with his choice of ride, either. Balotelli enjoys driving around in one of a number of Ferraris, including his 458 Italia. The Italia is the successor to the F430 but carries technology born from the manufacturer’s partnership with Formula 1. Motor Authority deems it a “supercar.”
The 458 Italia’s V8 engine is capable of going from zero to 60 in just under four seconds. Inside, the car offers a design worthy of racecar status.
Michael Phelps shows his gold around in a black Mercedes-Benz SL63 convertible. Motor Trend calls this model “ridiculous, really.” Phelps gets to enjoy neck warmers and heated seats in a car that will out-torque even the Shelby Mustang GT500. This Benz features a staggering 664 lb-ft of torque under the hood.
Truthfully that could be overkill. You can start saving now to score a less-powerful Mustang from Chapman Ford of Arizona and look just as impressive. You won’t have the gold medals but will still be a contender.
With a nickname like “Money,” clearly Floyd Mayweather Jr. has a reputation to uphold both in the ring and on the road. Mayweather is known for driving around town in a Mercedes SLR that set him back over half a million. The SLR McLaren is a tour-ready vehicle developed through a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren Automotive.
It features a mid-front engine, sleek body and those nifty doors that lift upward. It’s not clear which of the SLR models Mayweather drives, but it’s safe to say it’s fast. In March, Mercedes announced that the 300 SLR would be racing at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Yeah, it’s fast.
So, what do all these athletes vehicles have in common besides rich owners? Speed — they all promise to go very fast, very quickly. That is not a shocker considering thrill is part of the game and, apparently, necessary on the road, as well.