Was Floyd Mayweather’s $4.8 Million Supercar Worth It?

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When you’ve had a $300 million year, it hardly seems criminal to spend 1.6 percent of those earnings on wheels. But Floyd Mayweather‘s recent purchase of a $4.8 million hypercar sent the Internet squawking and got us thinking: How far could those dollars go in the automotive world? Let’s bust out the calculator and do a little motor math.

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First, a little bit about Mayweather’s unpronounceable ride. The vehicle in question, a 2009 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, is a rare Swedish steed of which only two examples were made, making it among the scarcest of some already rare creations. The Trevita is distinguished by its white carbon fiber bodywork, which requires a special manufacturing technique to achieve its trademark twinkle. Its twin supercharged V-8 produces 1,018 horsepower which, according to the manufacturer, can hit 62 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds. Top speed? In excess of 254 mph. All Koenigseggs are hand-built, with yearly output averaging around 15 or so, and many models only reach single-digit production numbers. For instance, their One:1 (with an astonishing 1,000 hp per kilogram ratio) was limited to seven units total, and started at $2.8 million.

Even within the microcosm of ultra-rarified cars, Mayweather‘s splurge is a tad spendy. When they were in production, the average purchase price of the late, great Bugatti Veyron rang in at $2.6 million — just over half the cost of the Trevita. Pagani, the exotic car builder based within throwing distance from Lamborghini and Ferrari headquarters in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, manufactures the stunning Huayra. It also heavily features pricey carbon fiber construction, but it can be had for a measly $1.3 million, nearly four times less than the Trevita. And don’t get us started on more terrestrial supercars; you can buy about a dozen wedge-shaped, V-12 powered Lamborghini Aventadors for one of Mayweather‘s Swedish sleds. Want to dip a couple rungs down the sports car ladder? Consider that Koenigsegg money will get you 47 Nissan GT-Rs or 57 Porsche 911s. Sliding even further down-market yields 167 Mazda Miatas for the price of one Trevita.

Only when compared to the crème de la crème of classic exotics does this purchase start to seem sane. For example, consider that a 1998 McLaren F1 LM, a sort of spiritual ancestor to the modern hypercar, recently sold at auction for $13.75 million. That’s nearly three times more than the Trevita’s value. Or that a 1962 Ferrari 250GT SWB Speciale, a one-off custom coach car, recently gaveled at $16.5 million. Which brings us to our final point: If you want to play with the big boys, ultimate automotive exclusivity demands extraordinary expenditures of cash. Take a step back and consider the grand scheme of things, and Mayweather’s seven-figure Koenigsegg almost seems perfectly comprehensible.

What Floyd Mayweather Could Have Purchased With $4.8 Million
· Pagani Huayra, $1.3 million
· Bugatti Veyron, $2.6 million
· 12 Lamborghini Aventadors
· 47 Nissan GT-Rs
· 57 Porsche 911s
· 167 Mazda Miatas