Matthew Jones04 May 2011

Rapper pays $8m for one-off Maybach

So - is this prototype twin-turbo V12 Maybach Exelero really the best use of his money?

Rapper pays $8 million for one-off Maybach

Rap shouter and bling enthusiast, Birdman, has just bought himself this one-off Maybach Exelero pictured above. Price? $8 million. Say whaaaaat?
 
Birdman, or Bryan Williams as his mum prefers, tweeted: ‘They got this new Maybach that I want that costs $8 million, I gotta have it' followed by a picture of it outside a garage a few days later.
 
It's not actually new, though. It was unveiled at the Tempodrom, Berlin back in 2005 and Maybach has been trying to sell it on ever since.

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The chopped-down two-seater coupe's based on a Maybach 57 limo and was commissioned by tyre manufacturer, Fulda, as a test-cum-promo mule.
 
Underneath the body, which was inspired by the company's streamlined sports car from the Thirties, there's a twin-turbo V12, which heaves the 2.6-tonne fatty from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 218mph.
 
The rapper, who co-owns aptly named Cash Money Records, is worth over $100 million and already has a Bugatti Veyron and Maybach Landaulet to keep his new/old Exelero company.
 
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