The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

Rich people: Who are they, and how do they keep taking our money? More importantly, what do they drive? Come check out the top ten cars identified by Jalopnik readers as being the top cars all those snot-nosed adolescents wish they were driving.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

10.) McLaren-Mercedes SLR

Suggested By: Kiwi_Commander

Why it's divine: Nothing says, "I have more money than you" quite like an SLR. The only problem is that if Mr./Ms. Moneybags Junior crashes such an in-your-face exotic, chances are he's going to become an Internet meme. Given that such a crash is inevitable, he can look forward to being a future SLR guy, or the antagonist in a rage comic.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

9.) Camaro SS

Suggested By: shpuker

Why it's divine: For some reason, America sort of fell for the new Camaro. Housewives buy them, rappers buy them, everybody buys them. Why not get your dumbass kid in on some of that action? After all, that chain of laundromats didn't expand throughout Bergen County, New Jersey for nothing.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

8.) Buick Century

Suggested By: ash78

Why it's divine: Not all rich people are supercar-buying nouveau riche types. Reader ash78 explains what the old money gets for their kids to drive.

Rich: Dad's old Buick Century because I'll be damned if you think you're going to use what I worked for to impress your friends. Don't wreck it and in 3 years we'll think about something else. For every dollar you save, your mom and I will match zero dollars. How does that sound?

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

7.) Subaru Impreza STI

Suggested By: nurik.xix

Why it's divine: The Subaru Impreza STI is a perfect rich kid's ride not only because it appeals to the kid, but also because it appeals to the parents. You get to pretend like you want one because it'll be safe, reliable and good in the snow. Really, you're just waiting to give it a dropped-down stance and go cruising around town, eyeing the lower classes from under your Ken Block flat-brimmed cap.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

6.) Ford Mustang

Suggested By: DukeofBirnam

Why it's divine: Rich kids have been buying Mustangs for years, and every time a new one comes out, you can find them in countless high school parking lots, often with window louvers tacked on for some semblance of originality. While Mustangs don't exactly speak to the black-AMEX-and-country-club rich, there's still enough upper-middle wealth in this country to support a healthy population of poseur Mustang drivers, darting from McMansion to McMansion, picking up assorted K-hole floozies along the way.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

5.) Range Rover

Suggested By: Stapleface

Why it's divine: How the hell else am I supposed to tow my polo ponies around Palm Beach, mom? What do you think I am, some white-trash farmer? This Range Rover isn't a luxury; it's a necessity.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

4.) Dodge Viper

Suggested By: Adidac425

Why it's divine: With a Viper, the kid's inevitable crash is just going to come sooner. Better to get the supercar jitters out of them early so they can settle into something nice and sensible like a fully-loaded BMW by the time their 17th birthday rolls around.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

3.) A full-size pickup

Suggested By: Reptawr

Why it's divine: Not that pickup trucks can't be used for, like, farming or whatever, but they also fit into every kind of wealthy home. For the small-town rich, there's a factory-fresh F-250 4x4 waiting in the driveway. For the more substantially wealthy, there are lift kits and prerunner packages, plus desert crashes and lawsuits. For the ultra rich, there's gold-plating and teak-lined beds. Something for everyone!

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

2.) BMW 335i Convertible

Suggested By: ChiefPontiaxe

Why it's divine: It's easy to say that any BMW is perfect upper-class transportation, providing some speed, plenty of snob appeal, and a simple structure for improvement. Work your way up to an M3, then an M5, and then a 7-series. There's more to it than that, as mechanicalTurk explains:

See, most people forget that it has to be a convertible, but what's the point of having a BMW if no one can see you driving it? The convertible thing is doubly true in places where convertible season is shortest.

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The ten ultimate cars for rich kids

1.) Lamborghini Gallardo

Suggested By: geistkoenig

Why it's divine: In rich-person talk, that's pronounced "gah-LARD-oh." There's no question that Lambos are at the very pinnacle of new-rich desirability. And with the new rich just getting new richer every day, getting a kid a Lamborghini isn't the cocaine-fueled pipe dream of yesteryear. The delusional rich parent even sees the entry-level Gallardo as encouragement to work hard and stay in school. "Maybe someday," they say, "if you apply yourself at the University of Miami, you'll get an Aventador."

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