CHICAGO | Let's be real.

The Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 14-22 at McCormick Place, has the standard displays of the 2015 Toyota Camry and all the other new models of all the cars you see in traffic every day. But while you might be interested in kicking the tires of the new Ford Fusion or the Honda Fit, what many people really go to see is cars they will never drive and maybe never even see on the street.

They come to see exotic super cars — the sleek, sporty kind splashed on posters in boys' rooms or lockers, the type only the ultra rich could ever dream of affording.

Think the Dodge Viper, Ferrari, or Lamborghini — ultra-performance sports cars that cost more than $100,000 and are made in extremely limited production runs of as few as 100 cars.

Super cars are one of the annual show's most popular exhibits, according to the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.

The 107th Chicago Auto Show features a wide array of super cars, such as the Aston Martin Vantage, the BMW I8, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and the Ferrari California T. Visitors can for instance marvel at the Vantage's Luxmill leather seats and imagine what it would be like to accelerate with a V8 430 horsepower engine that can reach a speed of up to 205 mph.

Other super cars on display include the Lamborghini Huracan, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, the Rolls-Royce Wraith, and the Porsche 918 Spyder with a 608-horsepower engine that can reach speeds of up to 9.150 rpm.


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