Bugatti

Known for the most expensive and fastest cars in the entire world, Bugatti thankfully allows us to tinker around with their configurator for 3 of their models.  They are the Veyron 16.4, Grand Sport, and Super Sport.  Make your own wild customizations on your dream car.  There are many things to choose from including exterior colors and textures.  I personally like the carbon blue split horizontally with the obsidian black.  Switch the wheels around, paint the calipers, and accent your Bugatti with colors on doorhandles, mirrors, air intakes, and much more.  Then head for the interior and decide which color the stitching on the seats will be, and tons of other things.  You can see your creation with 6 exterior HD views and 2 HD interior views.  Oh, and export it to a PDF and you’ll get a breakdown of the final product with pictures and explanations.

Head to Bugatti.com.  From there choose a model and hit the configurator.

Designability Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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Maserati



The Maserati website is excellent and allows customizing on 4 of the GranTurismo models and 2 of the Quattroporte models.  View your custom car in many different views and close-ups, and even add the x-ray viewer to look at the innards of it.  Very cool.  There are tons of options for customizing including exterior colors, wheels, calipers, interior colors, trims, seats, and more!  Once you’re done with your creation, choose the export to PDF option to see high quality images of the car and all the options with pricing you’ve chosen.

Go to Maserati.com and make your own Maserati!

Designability Rating: ★★★★¾ 

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Viper

Build your own Viper!  It is fun to look at the different options and see the customized Vipers form from the ground up.  Start with 1 of the 9 2010 Viper models.  Unfortunately there are no options for the new Vipers.  Choose colors and things like stripe-patterns for your sports car.  There are many interior options as well.  Once you are finished you can check to see how much money you need to be save in order to own one of these beasts.  Good luck!

Update November 15th, 2011: DYO Viper is not currently available. I will update this post when it is available.

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Ferrari

Follow your ultimate dream and tinker around with building your own Ferrari!  They have a nice design option where you can see your car transform with each customization in a high-resolution image.  Begin the design process with one of six Ferrari models: the FF, California, SA Aperta, 599 GTB Fiorano, 458 Italia, or the 599 GTO.  Choose from many premium colors for the exterior and shades of leather for the interior.  From there, decide on wheels, tires, and other awesome options.

Get to Ferrari.com and hit the “configure” option after you’ve chosen a model!

Designability Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

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Volkswagen

Check out the design options on one of the ten VW models including the Golf, GTI, and Jetta.  Choose different options on each step:  trim, engine, color, wheels, interior, and more.  After you’ve created your dream Volkswagen, you can request a quote and even a test drive!

Go to VW.com and start your creation!

Designability Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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Toyota

Toyota is like the other typical dealer options.  Start with one of their sixteen models of cars or trucks and then decide on custom options and packages.  Choose colors for the exterior and interior, and look for the prices of each chosen option.  Enjoy!

Go to Toyota.com and start building!

Designability Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

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Drag Racer 3

Drag Racer is a game about customizing and racing cars.  You can accumulate money from races and buy better vehicles, and customize them all the while.  Buy new parts, change paint jobs, and do many other things to your cars in between each race.  Enjoy!

Start dominating the racetrack, play Drag Racer 3!

Fun Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

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Ford

The Ford website has a “build your own” option and you can customize up to 24 of their models.  It is mostly about choosing the different package options they have available, but you can decide on colors and many other factors.  Once you have nailed down the vehicle you want, you can choose to contact a dealer and go from there.

Choose to build your own at Ford.com!

Designability Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

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Mini Cooper

Mini has a very nice design function on their site.  Start with any of the 5 models and completely make them your own.  I really enjoy choosing the different paint designs and graphics for the exterior.  From there you can pick between many customizations like wheels, upholstery, decals, headlights, dash trim, roof racks, and much more.  After you’ve made your Mini creation, you can save it for later once you sign up for an account.  You can also save a large photo version onto your computer, send it to a dealer, and/or have an itemized price list with all your customizations.

Check out Mini.com and choose the build tab to start your creation!

Designability Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

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BMW

BMW of USA allows you to get in there and customize over 50 of their luxury vehicles.  Choose things like metallic paint jobs and interesting interior designs.  They have options for many parts of the cars and they keep you updated with the price lists and customizations you’ve chosen.  From there look at financing and local dealers.  BMW does well with the visualizations of each design that you add.

Get designing at BMW.com and start making your dream car!

Designability Rating: ★★★¾☆ 

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Create a Ride

Create a Ride is an interactive game created by Eric Wolter in 2002.  You can choose between 6 cars to completely trick out and save for later.  Give your creation a crazy paint job, add expensive wheels, lower or raise the suspension, add body kits and spoilers, and much more.  Then you take your ride and put it against some fun backdrops, including a highway shot with police chasing.  You can also drive your car on the drag-strip backdrop where you test reaction times.  Try to beat my time of .562!  Enjoy.

Hit up createaride.com to play this game!

Fun Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

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Ponybuilder

Ponybuilder.com is a fun site that lets you customize and build Ford Mustangs.  You can choose between 4 models to start from:  Mustang GT Coupe, Mustang GT Convertible, Mustang V6 Coupe, and Mustang V6 Convertible.  From there you decide between paint jobs, suspension height, wheels, body kits, scoops, skirts, stickers, grills, spoilers, and more!  Ponybuilder.com is run by California Muscle Parts, so you can itemize the list of customizations and get prices and even purchase the parts directly.  Have fun!

Head over to Ponybuilder.com and get your design on!

Designability Rating: ★★★★½ 

 

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Dodge

Select one of  the eight Dodge models to build from the ground up.  This includes the Durango, Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Caliber, Grand Caravan, Journey, and the Nitro.  Choose from many types of paint jobs and other exterior options.  Then, decide on the many other options including interior material and colors, wheels, spoilers, sunroof, sound system, and more!  From there you can get exact pricing and financing options and dealer locations.  Enjoy!

Check out the Build My Own options at Dodge.com!

Designability Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

 

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