Organised crime has been around ever since the start of civilization. Their rides however have only ever been used effectively as statement pieces during the early Mafia days in the 1920s. Luckily, times have changed and everyday gangsters now have access to a plethora of exotic machinery in various tones of black. Herein lies ten of the world’s most badass cars for the everyday smooth criminal.
BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution
How could we not kick it off with something that’s oldschool, menacing to look at and a proven getaway car. The BMW E30 M3 Sport Evo model came with a limited production run of 600 units and packed a larger 2.5-litre engine over the standard 2.3-litre to produce 238hp. Not bad considering it weighed in at only 1,200kg. The Sport Evo models also received larger bumper air intakes, adjustable front splitter and rear-wing and brake cooling ducts. Red strip drawn in blood also comes standard in the paint scheme.
More for a mobster king (or Jay-Z) than your everyday gangster, the Maybach Exelero sets the standard for menacing road presence and police magnet. With its super elongated front end which could easily fit a pair of mini guns, you’d think the Exelero would be slow. You’d be wrong. The high performance luxury sports car packs a twin-turbo V12 that churns out 700hp – an engine specially requested by Goodyear’s German division to test wide tires. More importantly the design is a tribute to the original streamlined model from the 1930s. If you’re interested, it last sold for $8 million.
1972 Plymouth Barracuda
You can’t be an everyday gangster without some American muscle thrown in. The 1972 Barracuda captures the perfect balance of true bad-assery with rubber burning performance. It has naturally received lashings of modifications since its debut from the day, but in factory fit out the top of the line model could afford you 425hp from its big-block power options in the form of a 7.0-litre V8.
Rolls Royce Phantom
Proving that the Royces aren’t just for distinguished gentleman with a lot of money, the Yakuza – Japan’s version of the Mafia, took hold of it and modified it to their liking – VIP style. Extremely low, extremely black, blacked-out windows, body kitted and rocking massive wheels might not be to everyone’s tastes. But really, you wouldn’t care if you ran Japan’s underworld. Status and luxury is purely paramount here as the Japanese traffic wouldn’t allow you to get very far in a chase anyway. An aluminium body wraps around exotic materials and a big V12 that pumps out 453hp.
Ferrari Novitec F12 Berlinetta
As far as as custom Ferraris go, this particular model could well be the most gangster for modern times. Finished by aftermarket luxury sports car tuner Novitec Group, the revised F12 takes the original car’s bold lines and cranks it up to pure insanity wrapped in matte gun metal. The bodykit has received proper wind tunnel testing and it will need it too with the bump in power to the 6.3-litre V12 sitting in the front end. It now produces 781hp with 722Nm of torque to help turn the world. 350km/h is the claimed top speed so the Po-Po have no chance. The interior also gets extensive bespoke options in the form of leather and Alcantara.
Get your gangster rapper game on with the concept that is the 4-seater Cadillac Ciel. Don’t tell the boys it’s a hybrid though otherwise you might lose some street cred. With its massive 125 inch wheelbase, the Ciel combines the classic looks of a luxury convertible cruiser with a powerful silhouette featuring suicide doors that open up to make it super easy for gangsters to exit and enter the beautifully sculpted leather seats whilst, uh, working. A twin-tubro V6 hybrid pumps out a respectable 425hp.
If you’re after something hefty to protect you and your entourage from your enemies, then nothing can surpass the staunch presence of a Porsche Cayenne. This particular version is the in-house designed GTS Edition 3 finished in Lava Grey Metallic with carbon striped accents. The 4.8-litre V8 developing 405hp helps to get things moving when trouble starts brewing.
Conquest Knight XV
We lied about nothing surpassing the big Porsche. This can. If your enemies don’t just want to take you out but want to chop you and your family up into a million pieces, bunker down in one of the Knight XVs. The tank, yes because it’s larger than a Hummer, is Conquest’s flagship SUV featuring full armour-plating to withstand some serious ballistic material. It’s also ultra luxurious too with quilted leather all round and enough legroom to play football inside. Powering this beast is a unique bio-fuel 6.8-litre V10 with 326hp. It also weighs 6 tonnes and comes with air-conditioning.
Mercedes S63 AMG
Made for the classy gangster, the stunning S63 AMG coupe exudes badass without trying too hard. It’s subtle yet dangerous looking enough to spark suspicions to unweary onlookers of your status. Given it’s an AMG variant, you’ll also be assured that it’s fast. Like 577hp fast from a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8.
Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition
We’ve left the wildest gangster car til last with the 2015 Donkervoort D8 GTO Bilster Berg Edition. Long name indeed but this Dutch getaway car will leave onlookers in awe and your rivals taking a step to make sure you don’t start firing lasers at them. With an engine sourced from Audi, the 2.5-litre turbocharged motor is capable of 380hp, a huge figure that pushes the 694kg vehicle around corners. It also does the 0-100km/h sprint in 2.8 seconds incase you’re worried about highway patrol. Only 14 examples will be made with a price tag of $231,000.