Drop Top: Inside Shakira’s Convertible Collection
The singer’s garage is mostly Mercedes, with a sprinkling of Audis and BMWs
You know Shakira as a global pop superstar. Her hips don’t lie, and she might be a werewolf. But did you know that she’s also an avid car collector?
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira has been on the music scene since the ‘90s, releasing multiple Spanish-language albums before breaking big in America and around the world. You probably remember hits like “Whenever, Wherever,” “Hips Don’t Lie,” and “She Wolf,” but might be less familiar with her off-stage interests. Soccer is definitely one of them, since Shakira has been dating FC Barcelona player, Gerard Piqué since 2011. But she also seems to have a passion for cars, particularly Mercedes-Benz, and she’s accumulated quite a collection over the years. And sure, any pop star can afford to have a large stable of vehicles, but the brand-specificity here leads us to believe that Shakira may be a gearhead at heart.
Shakira does own a G-Wagon, a favorite among celebrities, but you’re more likely to see her out in the Mercedes-Benz SL or SLK-Class, the latter being a gift she received from Piqué in 2012. It’s certainly not the flashiest option, with the SLK from that year being valued at only about $50,000 when new, but it’s known for a comfortable interior and sleek exterior style. Her older model, the SL600, is the sportier of the two options with its twin-turbocharged V-12 (with just over 500 horsepower and capable of 612 pound-feet of torque). It’s the kind of snappy, responsive ride that can catch you off guard if you’re not prepared for that kind of power, but it seems like Shakira knows how to handle herself behind the wheel.
The most recent Mercedes in Shakira’s collection that we’re aware of is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz SL550, another roadster model rounding out an impressive collection of SL-Class cars. But although she clearly prefers the brand, Mercedes-Benz is not the only German marque in Shakira’s garage. She also drives an Audi A7 Sportback, a conventional but high-performance sedan, and a 2018 BMW X6. The X6 is one of BMW’s pricier options, but it’s well worth it, offering a level of luxury similar to the smaller SL-Class cars, but with a roomier interior. That might be appealing to someone like Shakira, who has two young sons with Piqué, and certainly can’t get her family everywhere they need to go in a two-seater convertible. Sometimes practicality has to win out, but true car fans know that there’s a way to shop for practical, usable cars that don’t compromise style. Shakira seems to understand that, and she has a whole fleet of luxurious German cars to prove it.
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