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Back in 2008, we reported that the Maybach Exelero was available for custom order for chump change just under $8 million. The original prototype was developed by Daimler's ultra-high-end division as a high-speed test vehicle for Fulda Tires, and packed a 700-horsepower version of Maybach's twin-turbo V12 to drive it to speeds in excess of 350 km/h (217 miles per hour). But who on earth has that kind of cash to blow, and the motivation to do so?

BirdmanAccording to the latest reports, Birdman does. The rapper, otherwise known as Bryan Williams, already has a garage packed with million-dollar rides like the Maybach Landaulet and the Bugatti Veyron, and now he's reportedly ordered himself an Exelero to go with them. Birdman is rated as the fourth richest hip-hop recording artist in the world, coming in just under Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jay-Z and Dr. Dre with a fortune estimated at around $100 million. And with that many Benjamins to his name, an $8 million ride seems like little more than a drop in the bucket.

Of course, Williams could have went the (relatively) more cost-effective route with a Viper-based replica or a Xenatec coupe, but as the saying goes, if you've got it, flaunt it. For a man whose latest album is titled PRICELE$$, that certainly holds some sway.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      $8 million from $100 million isn't a drop in the bucket, that's almost 1/10 of everything he owns to his name.
      Andre Neves
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hideous car. Reminds me of the Batmobile in the animated series or something a modern-day Cruella De Vil would be driving as she stalked the streets for Dalmations.. Anyway, "Birdman" is garbage. He is a perfect example of what's wrong with this world. I guess you have to become a rapper/drug dealer and release albums about drugs, money, and murder in order to become rich these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Don't hate him because you don't have his life. Birdman is a brand, he sells himself and his artists and has been doing so for a long time now. He obviously does a damn good job of it. More power to him, Jay-Z, and anyone else who came from nothing and made a life for himself and those that he cares about. Do you hold the same contempt for anyone who is wealthier/more successful than yourself? Pathetic, really.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Yeah, you are right. It's much better to make your money fleecing peoples pensions like Bernie Madoff, Enron execs, MCI/Worldcom, etc.
      Subcompact Culture
      • 4 Years Ago
      Frankly, the most amazing part of this story is that Birdman is the fourth richest hip-hop recording artist.
      Smooth Motor
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have no clue who the "Birdman" is -- the only "Birdman" I ever heard of was in 1980's wrestling KoKo B Ware. Whatever. More power to him if he has the $$$.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Such an ugly car....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't enjoy looking at this car one bit. Both the exterior and interior are eye sores. IMO, this would have been a cool concept car in the late 90s, and it this point the design is just outdated and horrendous. For one to spend almost ten percent of their 100 million dollar net worth on this train wreck... PLEASE
      • 4 Years Ago
      8 million dollars of 100 million is actually a pretty good chunk of his money...esp on a damn car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Birdman can drop 8 mil on a car but he still can't pay Bagladesh for a beat. And PRRr
        • 4 Years Ago
        Birdman and Slim are bosses they not paying that fool,word to Diddy and 50
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems "performers" (artists?) are making much more money than the RIAA would have the public believe.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Birdman owns an independent record label with several artist on his roster.
          • 4 Years Ago
          He also owns his a independent oil company with his brother Slim....
      Dane Grant
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I never heard of both... They are perfect for each other!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "could have went?"
      • 4 Years Ago
      The front end of the Exelero reminds me of that of the Pontiac G6 GXP
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