Ten Cars and their Celebrity Owners

Ten Cars and their Celebrity Owners

We watch them on TV, see them in movies or the sports field, some even run nations, but have you ever wondered what cars the celebrities drive?

We’ve chosen ten of the most recognizable people on the planet and invaded their private garages to see what tickles their motoring fancies.

Some of our celebrities drive exactly what you would expect them to, but there are a few surprises…

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig thanks to imdb.com

The most acclaimed 007 since Sean Connery, Daniel Craig certainly knows how to live life like the most famous character he portrays.

As you might expect, he has an affinity with the Aston Martin brand. In fact, the newest Aston Martin, the DB10, was revealed in the latest Bond flick, Spectre.

Daniel Craig’s personal car however is the top of the range Grand Tourer, the Aston Martin Vanquish V12.Aston Martin Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish  first released in 2013 sits at the top of the Aston range.

Under the bonnet is a 6.0 litre V12 engine producing 423kW that can propel the Vanquish to 100km/h in just 3.6 seconds.

In Australia right now, the Aston Martin Vanquish V12 will set you back a cool $484,995, and that’s before on road costs.

Sofia Vegara

Sofia Vegara thanks to sofiavegara.com

The Columbian born stunner is best known for her role in the hit show Modern Family, but there’s more to Sofia Vegara than playing Jay’s wife Gloria Delgado-Pritchard.

Winner of four Prime Time Emmy’s, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Golden Globe nominations, she was also recently declared by Forbes Magazine to be the 32nd most powerful woman in the world.

She also has great taste in cars, her daily driver is the stunning Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, is an icon because it is truly brilliant. With the motor perched above the rear wheels, the 911’s dynamics are legendary.

Its 3.8 litre turbocharged flat six cylinder engine develops 427kW and 700nm, and via a dual clutch gearbox and all wheel drive, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet can hit 100km/h in a staggering 2.9 seconds.

You’ll need a healthy bank balance though, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet will set you back $478,000 before on road costs

David Beckham

David Beckham thanks to imdb.com

Once the world’s highest paid footballer, and one of the most marketable stars on the planet, David Beckham really does have it all.

Four great kids, a former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham as a wife, and a glittering history as footballer playing for legendary clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and the England national team.

David Beckham’s choice in cars reflects his successful lifestyle. Visit LA or London and you may spot him driving his car of choice, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead

David Beckham's Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead is about as luxurious as a convertible gets.

This enormous car has a presence on the road like few other automobiles.

At nearly 6 metres long (5.6m to be exact), the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead weighs a hefty 2630kgs and obviously needs a big engine to haul all that mass around.

Try a 6.7 litre V12 that develops 338kW and 720Nm that will propel you to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, all while pampering you in the finest bespoke Connelly leathers and teak veneer finishes.

You would expect that kind of luxury though if you’re forking out $1,019,000 before any options or on road costs.

Jennifer Lopez

J Lo thanks to imdb.com

Jenny from the Block has done rather well for herself. Things really started to work for her in 2001 when she became the first person in the world to have the number 1 album, J Lo, and the number 1 movie, The Wedding Planner, in the same week.

Since then, she’s starred in Maid in Manhattan, Jersey Girl, Monster-In-Law, Bordertown, Gigli and two Ice Age movies.

She’d also had another 6 hit albums, and has had success as author, fashion designer, dancer and producer. So what does she drive? A Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible of course

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible

Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible has had a resurgence in popularity since is was first released in 2003.

As its name suggests, the Bentley Continental has some serious speed about, 0-100km/h in fact in a blistering 4.4 seconds.

Although its 6.0 litre V12 that produces 467kW and 820Nm has a thirst like a drunken sailor consuming an average of 14.9 litres of premium unleaded for every 100km travelled.

Although if you’ve paid $534,400 plus your on road costs, expensive trips to the petrol station are likely to be the least of your worries.

Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson thanks to theage.com.au

Brian Johnson has until recently fronted one of the biggest rock n’ roll bands in the world, AC/DC, belting out Back in Black and Thunderstruck on countless occasions to millions of adoring fans.

Due to hearing problems it’s just been announced that he’ll be replaced as frontman of AC/DC by Guns n’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose.

That’ll likely give Brian Johnson more time to indulge his other passions. He provided the voice for Sergeant Starkey in the huge selling video game Call of Duty: Finest Hour, he’s also made cameos in films, most recently in the football flick Goal!, but perhaps after rock n’ roll, cars are his biggest indulgence.

He hosts Cars that Rock on Foxtel, has a huge collection of cars, but as his daily drive he prefers the Ferrari 458 Speciale.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Ferrari 458 Speciale is a pretty special car whether you pronounce it with an Italian accent or not!

The Ferrari 458 Speciale at $635,500 before on road costs is far from cheap, but perhaps one of the most brilliant Ferraris of all time.

With a 4.5 litre V8 that has a red line at a screaming 9000rpm, the 445kw and 540Nm will slingshot the 1400kg Ferrari to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.

Acclaimed for its dynamics, the Ferrari 458 Speciale excels on the race track, but as Brian Johnson knows, it’s great to take to the shops to pick up some milk.

Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s Prime Minister has used the Pope as inspiration for his personal transport.

His choice of car is particularly surprising considering he has amassed a personal fortune of more than $133 million.

Mr Turnbull does get a fix of luxury when being driven around in the Prime Ministerial armoured BMW 7 Series for official duties, but when a late night McDonalds run is in order, Malcolm jumps into his Fiat 500

Fiat 500

Fiat 500 has a long history, starting in 1949 and designed as a car for the people.

The Fiat 500 gets its name for the capacity of the original engine installed in the back of the car. The tiny 497cc 2 cylinder engine produced 6.25kW…to put that in perspective, the average suburban lawn mower in 2016 develops 10kW.

In 2007, following the success of the relaunched Volkswagen Beetle and MINI, Fiat launched a modern interpretation of the Fiat 500.

Since then Fiat has sold more than 1.5 million examples, including one to the Pope, and one to the Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon thanks to imdb.com

Matt Damon is one of the most recognizable movie stars on the planet. He shot to fame with cohort Ben Affleck when he co-wrote and starred in the movie Good Will Hunting which won him a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.

Since then he has starred alongside some of the biggest names in the industry in classic movies like Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr Ripley, Departed and of course the Bourne series of films.

He is one of top grossing actors of all time and Forbes Magazine has named him as the most bankable Hollywood film star. So with all that fame and money what does he drive?

Well, it’s a car that suits his lifestyle as a busy dad of three daughters, and one that declares he couldn’t really care less about cars, the Cadillac Escalade.

Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalade isn’t available for purchase here in Australia, but we once saw a very closely related cousin of the Escalade on sale in Holden dealerships, the Suburban.

The Suburban was discontinued here in Australia in 2001, however is still available in the USA, both the Cadillac Escalade and the Chevy Suburban are produced by General Motors.

Think of the Escalade as the Calais version of the Suburban, luxurious and absolutely enormous. The Escalade seats 8 people in supreme comfort while sporting a fairly menacing look.

Under the bonnet of the Cadillac Escalade sits a familiar 6.2 litre V8, an engine found in the current crop of Holden’s Commodore SSV Redlines, albeit in a lesser state of tune.

The Escalade produces 313kW and 460Nm and is hooked up to an 8-Speed automatic.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, possibly best known for that stomach churning scene in There’s Something About Mary where she mistakes a bodily fluid as hair gel, has well and truly entrenched herself as one of the most likeable movie stars.

She’s appeared in countless movies, with comedic roles her forte. She’s not bad in action flick either, think the Charlie’s Angels movies from 2000 and 2003.

Her films have grossed more than $3 billion, and at this moment, is the highest paid Hollywood Actress over the age of 40.

She’s been involved with Matt Dillon, Justin Timberlake and New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez, but seems to have settled down after marrying Good Charlotte lead singer, Benji Madden, possibly better known as a judge on the Australian version of The Voice.

Her wheels? The super stylish Maserati Quattraporte.

Maserati Quattroporte

Maserati Quattraporte first hit the roads back in 1963 and has been the ultimate Italian four door sports saloon.

Fast and oh so stylish, the Maserati Quattraporte has garnered legions of fans worldwide, thanks to its sublime looks and Ferrari manufactured engines.

At $331,000 the current Maserati Quattraporte is a fairly exclusive car here in Australia, but those that own them, Cameron Diaz included, are smitten with the exclusive Zenya silk interiors, and the guttural sounding 3.8 litre V8 that produces 390kW and 650Nm that revs all the way to 6800rpm.

It’s no slouch either, able to sprint to 100km/h in just 4.7 seconds.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga thanks to imdb.com

Lady Gaga is kind of the 2016 female version of Prince. Avant Garde, supremely talented and one of a kind.

She has written countless hit songs: Just Dance, Poker Face, Paparazzi, Bad Romance, Telephone, Born this Way and The Edge of Glory.

Infamous for showing up to the Academy Awards in a dress made from raw meat, Lady Gaga has a strong following of core fans that she has labelled her “Little Monsters”.

She’s recently embarked on acting career, winning a Golden Globe for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Her choice of car is no real surprise, if anything it’s a car that’s not quite as out there as her personality, still the Audi R8 is a pretty impressive machine.

Audi R8

Audi R8 is a car that put Audi on the map as a serious maker of sports cars.

Beautifully designed inside and out the Audi R8 launched in 2006 to critical acclaim. The mid engine 2 seat supercar is based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, but has Audi’s famous Quattro all wheel drive system and is built using lightweight aluminium.

The top of the line V10 driven by Lady Gaga is a seriously fast car.

Producing 386kW & 530Nm the V10 Audi R8 does the 0-100km/h dash in just 3.8 seconds.

It’ll set you back a tidy $395,410 here in Australia before on road costs…and there’s a fairly extensive option list available too.

Nicky Minaj

Nicky Minaj thanks to imdb.com

Nicky Minaj probably isn’t widely known in Australia to those older than 30. But she’d already had a fairly impressive music career.

She has released 9 albums and 74 singles, including 12 that have made it into the top ten in US. Globally has sold more than 3.4 million albums and amassed a fortune of over $70 million.

You may have seen her as a judge on the twelfth season of American Idol, and she’s been pretty busy endorsing products too.

She’s put her name to Nokia Mobile Phones, toys from Mattel, makeup by MAC Cosmetics and has helped sell Casio watches. To match her out there style she has a pretty extreme taste in cars.

Her current drive is a bright pink Lamborghini Aventador.

Nick Minaj's Lamborghini Aventador thanks to carhoots.com

The Lamborghini Aventador is as close as you’ll get to a road going version of fighter jet. It’s angular, aggressive and utterly stunning to look at.

And it’s an absolute monster on the road thanks to its 6.5 litre V12 that thumps out a whopping 515kw and 690Nm.

Hooked up to an all wheel drive system through a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, the Lamborghini Aventador slingshots to 100km/h in just 3 seconds.

You wont want to go that fast though, as it is a car that enthralls everyone who sees it - and the fact that it costs $821,700, you’ll want to get your moneys worth of admiring glances.

About the author

Chris Miller

Chris is a writer and co-host of the Behind the Wheel podcast. He is a radio broadcaster by trade and is an evening presenter on Magic 1278 in Melbourne with previous roles at several stations. He also does daily reports for the Australian Traffic Network. A self declared car tragic and for as long as he can remember Chris has been obsessed with them. The inner child in him still gets excited when he spots something exotic on the road.

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