Where sports stars buy their supercars

Romans InternationalIf you’re a Premier League player with six – or even seven – figures to splash on a supercar, Romans International is a good place to start. A short drive from the Chelsea FC training ground, this Surrey showroom is well known for its sports star and celebrity clientele. Join us for an awe-inspiring tour.

McLaren P1Romans International

Centrepiece of the Romans showroom at the time of our visit was this ‘Volcano Yellow’ McLaren P1. One of 375 made, the hybrid hypercar is the spiritual successor to the McLaren F1 – arguably the greatest sports car ever made.

This particular P1 has just 690 miles on the clock and comes with various McLaren Special Operations (MSO) modifications, including six-point racing harnesses and carbon fibre interior panels. Now sold, the asking price was around £1.5million.

Ferrari EnzoRomans International

A Formula One car for the road, the Enzo was Ferrari’s 651hp V12 flagship. We wonder what its namesake, company founder Enzo Ferrari, would make of this 10-year-old car’s 137-mile odometer reading. Would you dare drive it?

This was the last of 24 Enzos imported to the UK (Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay famously owns a black one). It’s made regular trips to a Ferrari dealer for servicing – but only in a covered transporter, of course. Asking price? Around £2.5million.

BMW M4 GTSRomans International

The venerable M3 celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 and, instead of a cake, BMW cooked up the special edition M4 GTS. A lightweight, track-focused adversary for the Porsche 911 GT3, the GTS boasts 500hp and the least speed-hump-friendly splitter we’ve ever seen. Still, it looks cool.

At £139,950, this 870-mile GTS is about £20,000 pricier than a brand new example. Then again, it does come with plenty of extras, including the Club Sport package (Acid Orange rollcage, harness belts, fire extinguisher) and semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Tesla Model XRomans International

Launched in 2016, the Tesla Model X is another car that seems too new to be second-hand. The high-performance electric SUV has six seats and radical ‘falcon wing’ rear doors. A range of 336 miles on a single charge means this 495-mile example may have only been recharged once.

A price tag of £139,950 puts the Tesla in the same ball-park as high-end Range Rovers and the Bentley Bentayga diesel. However, this 100kWh P100D version easily outguns them both. Switch to Ludicrous mode and you’ll blast to 60mph in a synapse-scrambling 2.9 seconds.

Porsche Cayenne GTSRomans International

A (slightly) more sensible SUV comes in the shape of the Porsche Cayenne GTS. With a 440hp twin-turbo V6, sports car agility and space for five adults plus luggage, it’s all the car a family-oriented footballer needs. We love the special-order Carmine Red paint, too.

Porsche is notorious for extra-cost options, and the first owner of this Cayenne didn’t hold back. Boxes duly ticked include the panoramic sunroof, 14-speaker Bose hi-fi, keyless entry, heated steering wheel and – oh yes – red seatbelts. This 2015, 17,500-mile car is yours for £62,950.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSRomans International

If the 911 GT3 RS was a footballer, it would be a star striker, with silky skills and a devastating kick. Under that lofty rear wing lurks a 500hp 4.0-litre flat-six, redlined at 8,800rpm. Our only qualm is the absence of a manual gearbox – even as an option.

Finished in the RS signature colour of Lava Orange, this car has covered 2,785 miles since new in 2015. The first owner must be feeling rather smug: it’s nearly doubled in value since then. You’ll need £217,950.

McLaren 570SRomans International

P1 a bit ‘Premier League’ for your pocket? The McLaren 570S is more Championship. Don’t imagine that makes it slow, though: 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds and a 204mph VMax are enough to keep even the speediest soccer stars interested.

This 2016 570S looks surprisingly subtle in Blade Silver. Well, until you open those show-stopping dihedral doors. With 4,400 miles on the clock, it’s priced at £144,950 – on par with a new example.

Mercedes-AMG GT SRomans International

Fancy a more traditional supercar? The Mercedes-AMG GT S is large of V8, loud of exhaust and hirsute of chest. It looks especially menacing in launch Edition One spec, with matte-grey paint, black alloys and a carbon fibre front splitter.

Having 510 rampaging horses under your right foot means you’ll be glad of the optional ceramic composite brakes – and perhaps that fixed rear wing, too. This car is barely run-in, with 1,350 miles under its wheels, and was priced at £115,950 (now sold).

Bentley BentaygaRomans International

We’ve just driven the new Bentley Bentayga diesel, and very impressive it is too. But if you’ve already got a WAG and a mock-Tudor mansion, only the full-fat W12 petrol Bentayga will do. It’s the ultimate luxury SUV – at least until the Rolls-Royce Cullinan arrives in 2018.

There’s no such thing as a ‘standard’ Bentayga, but this example is more special than most. Optional Mulliner Driving Specification includes quilted leather seats and door panels, while the audiophile-spec Naim hi-fi is a must-have. Priced at £159,950 (now sold), it’s a handy way to skip the six-month waiting list for a new one.

Abarth 695 BipostoRomans International

Forty thousand pounds for a Fiat 500? No, that isn’t a misprint. But the two-seat Abarth 695 Biposto is more like a pint-sized GT3 than your mum’s 500 Pop. Its lengthy spec list includes 18-inch OZ alloys, an Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, carbon fibre bucket seats and a titanium strut brace.

Better still, this delivery-mileage 2016 Biposto is a Ferrari Edition – one of 99 made. The ultimate rocket shopper? All it needs are a couple of prancing horse shields on the front wings…

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