Fi­nal Nine

Some of the wack­i­est and most won­der­ful keys

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1 VEYRON SPEED KEY It kind of makes sense that one of the fastest cars on the planet would need a se­cond key to un­lock its se­crets. The speed key locks down the chas­sis, sets the spoil­ers to kill and un­locks the speed lim­iters for the crack at 400km/h-plus. 2 JDM-ONLY WRX STI First seen in 2004 and still avail­able to this day via Subaru’s spares divi­sion, this JDMonly key is de­signed like a kill switch and is made from ti­ta­nium. Very sub­tle cool, but it doesn’t have a chip to un­lock most mod­ern Su­bies, sadly. 3 MCLAREN KEYS Sub­tle car­bon­fi­bre fob used across the McLaren range. But best to think of this as a blank can­vas, McLaren’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions divi­sion able to cus­tomise it any way you want. One P1 owner had it re­shaped to match his car. 4 KOENIGSEGG CCXR More amulet than key, and look­ing like some­thing out of In­di­ana Jones, the Koenigsegg CCXR key is not even the Swedish brand’s cra­zi­est. They made a 40-carat di­a­mond ver­sion worth around $300K – good for pub­lic­ity, not a lot else. 5 FER­RARI 488 GTB As a con­trast to most oth­ers here, the key for Fer­rari’s lat­est mid-en­gine weapon is, well, kind of un­der­stated, don’t you think? Still, it primes up a se­ri­ously quick bit of kit, so all is for­given. It’s also one of the first Fer­rari ‘smart’ keys, no twist ’n’ turn needed. 6 MCLAREN F1 One of the coolest things about this oth­er­wise in­nocu­ous key is that there will only be 106 of them. The McLaren F1’s ig­ni­tion bar­rel is sur­rounded by its car­bon fi­bre chas­sis plate, and sits just in front of the right-sided gear shifter. 7 PORSCHE 917 It’s prob­a­bly sur­pris­ing to learn that the most drool-wor­thy of 1960s Le Mans rac­ers even needed a key, but the 917 did. Porsche drilled out the holes to save weight, or so the story goes. Still avail­able as a blank to this day for your clas­sic 911. 8 BMW 7-SERIES The new 7-Series key has a small but high-res colour LCD screen let­ting you know how much petrol’s in the tank, and will even al­low you to pre­set the air­con­di­tion­ing prior to get­ting in the car. Mostly point­less, but un­de­ni­ably cool. 9 LFA NUR­BUR­GRING The orig­i­nal key fob for the ‘stock’ LFA was roundly crit­i­cised as look­ing like some­thing from a Camry, just a lit­tle fancier. So the limited edi­tion Nur­bur­gring fixed that over­sight with this car­bon won­der, com­plete with 3D Lexus badge.

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