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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?
According 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.