Definition of an "Exotic" Vehicle
What is Edmunds' definition of an "exotic" vehicle?
Certain nameplates are classified as "exotic nameplates," which means that all of the models with that nameplate are classified by Edmunds as "exotic" vehicles. This is a somewhat subjective determination and is based on a combination of a very high price and very low production run of all of the models produced with that nameplate. Currently produced nameplates that Edmunds classifies as "exotic nameplates" are:
A model that bears a nameplate that is not otherwise classified as a "exotic nameplate" may be classified as an "exotic" vehicle if that model has a very high price and a very low production run. Examples are Acura's NSX
, Mercedes-Benz's SLS AMG
, BMW's Z8
, Dodge's Viper
, Ford's GT
and Porsche's Carrera GT
Please note that Edmunds does not publish pricing, specifications and other such data for some exotic vehicles with extremely limited production, such as those manufactured by Koenigsegg and Saleen.
For more information, please see Defining Vehicle Types
To look up the meaning of other automotive terms, please see our Glossary