Tesla Model 3 Waiting List Is Insane Just Like These Other Hot Cars


Car waiting lists are a reminder that money can't always buy happiness.

There are 7 billion people or so on this planet, and the number competing for hot cars and rare vehicles is growing as quickly as the population itself. Credit Suisse put the number of global millionaires at 35 million last year, but says that group will expand to 53 million by 2019.

Among those 35 million millionaires, there are 140,900 with $50 million or more, 50,800 with more than $100 million and 5,200 with more than $500 million. Forbes puts the number of billionaires at 2,043, up 13% from 1,810 last year. Meanwhile, according to Kelley Blue Book, the price of high-end luxury cars has held steady around $95,000, while the cost of high performance cars has increased nearly 1% during the last year to $92,000.

There is a reason why London, Monaco and Dubai are basically city-wide car shows even as the U.S. market cools. U.S. auto sales peaked at 17.55 million vehicles last year, but the National Automobile Dealers Association expected U.S. sales to drop to 17.1 million vehicles this year even before the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Sales dropped 2.7% in August from the same period in 2017 after a steep 7% year-over-year decline in July, according to MotorIntelligence. Yet Tesla (up 28.5%), Jaguar (up 52%), Ferrari (up 3%), Maserati (up 27.4%), Bentley (up 27.2%) and Rolls-Royce (up 53.9%) all saw sales increases in August over the same time last year.

Much of that simply stems from demand. To paraphrase Enzo Ferrari, it pays to make one fewer vehicle than the public wants. Not surprisingly, the waiting lists for his namesake vehicles are something to behold. However, Ferrari isn't alone when it comes to generating demand from a mix of both quality and scarcity. There are more than a handful of hot vehicles out there that are available for a price, but whose limited number and exceeding demand make them particularly elusive. We've found just ten that fit the bill:

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Koenigsegg Agera RS

Price: $2 million

Christian von Koenigsegg is a supercar artist, and each of his vehicles is hand-built at a rate of 25 cars per year. The Agera RS, for example, had a run of just 25 after 10 were pre-sold before anyone even laid eyes on the car. A 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces a ridiculous 1,160 horsepower and pushes an engine and transmission that weigh less than 700 pounds combined. The Agera's combination of carbon fiber, kevlar and aluminum hits 60 miles per hour in under three seconds and gets up to 186 in fewer than 15 seconds. It tops out above 270 mph, has a removable hardtop roof and is tricked out with aluminum wheels, adjustable rear spoiler, scissor doors and both LED and carbon-nanotube lighting. As for the wait, it isn't like Koenigsegg can just make a bunch more and still maintain that quality and price. He told Road and Track at the Geneva auto show that the current four-year waiting list isn't sustainable and that he wants to cut it to 2 to 2.5 years. That said, he's ramped up production from 25 vehicles last year to 30 this year. If you can't wait that long, we've seen older Ageras for sale on the secondary market... for $1.4 million.

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Tesla Model 3

Price: $35,000 before incentives

Tesla (TSLA) handed out the first Model 3s last month, but the waiting list is still a year long and receiving 1,800 new orders a day. Built as the "cheap" Tesla, it's supposed to the the entry-level full-electric vehicle with range exceeding the Nissan Leaf and GM (GM) Chevrolet Bolt (though its 220 miles already lags behind the Bolt's 238) and a price half that of any Tesla and less than the BMW i3. Unfortunately, the market hasn't been all that patient and 63,000 Model 3 orders were cancelled over the course of the last year. Also, if you want 310 miles of range exceeding the Bolt, which starts at about $36,000, you'll have to fork over another $9,000. It's also $1,000 for any color other than black and $8,000 for Autopilot and self-driving capabilities. As buyers wait for their thrifty Teslas, the rest of the car-buying world waits to see what they get for their money.

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Ferrari Portofino

Price: An estimated $200,000

What, you thought we were going to feature the $308,000 812 Superfast with its 6.5-liter V12 engine, nearly 790 horsepower and top speed of 211 mph? If you want to have even a slim chance of driving a vehicle like that, Ferrari has to know you exist first. That means buying the entry-level vehicle. That used to be the California T but, starting next year, it's the Portofino. As a set of Ferrari training wheels, it isn't bad: A turbocharged V8, 591 horsepower and a top speed of 199 mph all in a cute little convertible that, quite frankly, looks a lot like the California T. If you didn't get on the waiting list before the Frankfurt Auto Show, you'll have to wait a while before getting into this vehicle.

Lamborghini Centenario

Price: $2.5 million

It's sold out.

What did you expect? Built to celebrate Ferruccio Lamborghini's 100th birthday, the Centenario had a limited run of 20 coupes and 20 roadsters. It was announced in early 2016 and was snapped up immediately. For their money, the 40 lucky buyers received a 6.5-liter, 770-horsepower V12 engine that accelerates to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Its top speed is 217 miles per hour, which is much easier to achieve when much of the car Built with a body and chassis is built out of carbon fiber. We aren't saying that Lamborghini's Huracan or Aventador S are exactly accessible, but there was at least a chance of a standard buyer getting into one. Chances are, if you weren't asked about your interest in this vehicle, you weren't meant to buy it.

Fisker EMotion

Price: $129,000

What would've happened if Tesla went horribly awry? Ask Henrik Fisker. His Fisker Automotive had celebrity backing and, in 2008, actually fended off a lawsuit from Tesla and pried $1.1 million out of Elon Musk's company. That's where the wins ceased, however, as its A123 batteries kept failing. A123's bankruptcy in 2012 didn't help, nor did the destruction of its entire European shipment of 388 cars by Superstorm Sandy later that year. The company crumbled in 2013 and was sold to a Chinese buyer in 2014. Last year, though, Henrik Fisker launched Fisker Inc. and devised plans for what would become the EMotion. The sleek sports car has a purported electric range of 400 miles and a top speed of 161 mph. There are autonomous driving features embedded in the vehicle for future activation and a panoramic sunroof for more immediate gratification. But why take a gamble on a brand that has faltered before? Because the deposit is only $2,000.

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Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs

Price: Unknown, but the U.S. Rogue starts at $23,820

The dog-loving contingent of car buyers has serious clout. Subaru dedicated a whole series of commercials to them, The Honda Element marketed right to dog owners and, in 2007, won the Dogcars.com "Dog Car of the Year" award for its "versatile cargo space, easy-clean flooring, crate-friendly rear design and optional all-wheel drive" (though it was discontinued in 2011 after selling just 323,000 vehicles in eight years). This year, in Europe, Nissan unveiled a version of the vehicle the U.S. knows as the Rogue that's built specifically for dog owners. After consulting 1,300 dog owners from the UK kennel club, Nissan designed a Rogue with a pull-out shower, dog blow dryer, slide-away ramp into the cargo area, drying system and dog bed in the cargo space, no-spill water bowl, smart treat dispenser, clip-on harness hook and "dog-cam" for the driver and passenger. Even better, the entire rear compartment is upholstered in easy-cleaning leather. The good news is that dog owners are just fervent enough to press this into becoming a reality -- if only as an option package for the Rogue. The bad news? Honda rolled out a similar package, sans shower and dryer, in 2009 and offered it for $1,000. The Element was gone two years later.

McLaren 720S

Price: $254,000

McLaren is becoming a vastly different company than the boutique supercar shop that aficionados have known for years. Last year, McLaren sold 3,286, which was about double its 2015 output and nearly as many as Lamborghini sold during the same stretch. This year, to take yet another step toward broader acceptance, McLaren replaced its smiley 650S with this streamlined machine powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4-liter V8 engine. With 710 horsepower pushing a car that weights just 2,828 pounds, it clears 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and 0 to 124 mph in 7.8 seconds. It's also clear why the waiting list for this vehicle stretches into 2018. With a much of the body and cockpit built of carbon fiber and just about everything on this designed to be slimmed down for performance, the 720S' top speed of 217 mph may be a gross underestimate of its full potential.

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PAL-V Liberty

Price: $400,000-$600,000

We know: the Jetsons promised you flying cars back when you lived in Post-War Suburb USA with your nuclear family. This is the familiar call of the Baby Boomers flush with expendable income: "Where's my flying car? I was told there'd be flying cars." Well, for a $2,500 refundable deposit, Dutch company PAL-V will put you on a waiting list for one of its first flying cars. The base model flies, but for $200,000 more, you'll get at-home training, power heating and some sweet interior trim. These vehicles are aimed at supercar buyers and folks who commute less than 200 miles but, as you might expect, they're somewhat hampered by federal regulation. However, if you live in a country (or on an island) with no real air traffic or airport infrastructure, this may be for you.

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Acura NSX

Price: $156,000

Used-car sites have a bunch of models selling above this price, but if you want a firsthand or custom version of this vehicle that's been in the works for the better par of two decades, you'll have to be patient. Making liberal use of aluminum, composite fiber,, a hybrid powertrain with three electric motors and a mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, the NSX cashes in on its tuner heritage and pushes out a whopping 573 horsepower. Loaded with luxurious Acura features like an eight-speaker touchscreen audio system, Siri Eyes Free, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, LCD monitors and leather seating and steering wheel, the NSX is the commuter's supercar. However, even if you reserved one back in 2016, there's a chance you won't see it until next year. If you reserve one now, best of luck in late 2018.

Bentley Bentayga

Price: $229,100

This isn't even the "big" Bentley SUV -- the EXP -- that's a bit further down the road.

This that produces more than 600 horsepower from its available W-12 engine and hits a top speed of nearly 190 miles per hour has a waiting list that stretches well into next year. That's partially because it's a Bentley SUV, but mostly because it's the fastest SUV of all time (somewhat surprising given that it's weighed down with all the amenities of a Bentley Continental GT). The armrests are higher and the center console is wider, but there's still handcrafted leather, wood, and metal trim, eight-inch touchscreen, control dial dial in the center console, 22-way adjustable seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions, 10.2-inch Android tablet screens in the rear and a customizable 1,950-watt, 18-speaker Naim sound system. All-wheel drive and all-weather floor mats and liners are all fine options for this vehicle, but they both seem a bit out of place in a car that offers 15 shades of leather, 15 carpet colors and seven wood options.

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