In life, you get what you pay for. And for some very wealthy gearheads, forking over the big bucks means getting ludicrous amounts of speed, industry-leading technology and a whole lot of prestige. Hit the track in any one of these supercars and you’ll quickly understand why these vehicles cost as much as they do.
There is so much more than transportation when we talk about the most expensive cars in the world. These high tech toys art pieces encapsulate the priorities of the one percent, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over efficiency. Lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly mind-boggling machines making Teslas look like Toyotas, and we’d like to count down our favorites for you here.
Take a look at the 10 most expensive cars in the world
They say money can’t buy happiness, but after viewing this list, you just might beg to differ.
Maybach Exelero : $8 Million
By far the most expensive car on this list, the Exelero makes its appearance under Honorable Mentions due to its one-off status. The Maybach was also built way back in 2004, but that actually makes its sticker price more impressive.
Adjusted for inflation, the Exelero would cost around $10.1 million in the U.S. today, which is close to the GDP of a small island nation. Money and Maybach are about as closely related as peanut butter and jelly, but the two-door further justifies its cost with a 700-hp, twin-turbo V12 and about 6,000 lbs of luxurious amenities.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita : $4.8 million
For the Trevita, the Swedish manufacturer developed a new exterior finish called the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which involves coating carbon fibers with a diamond dust-impregnated resin. We can’t even fathom how much the touch up paint costs. If you want a car that goes fast and looks like a—and we quote—shimmering diamond, check out the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. The word Trevita is Swedish for “three whites,” and there will be just three copies produced of this white-hued Koenigsegg. A technique called “Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave” allows the company to layer a diamond finish over carbon-fiber bodywork. The result is a lightweight body that’s shiny rather than black.
Lamborghini Veneno : $4.5 million
The convertible version of Lamborghini’s fierce-looking supercar is the most expensive — and exclusive — vehicle in Lambo’s arsenal. Only nine Veneno Roadsters were produced, beginning in 2014. Those lucky to get their hands on one of these exclusive cars surely forgot about the hefty price tag as soon as the 740-horsepower V12 engine hit its top speed of 355 km/h.
The car is absolutely stunning from every angle, and to this day, we’re not convinced it isn’t an alien spacecraft surveying our planet for eventual takeover. It just doesn’t seem real. The only thing more remarkable than the look is the price — a whopping $4.5 million.
The Veneno is fast, and that should come as no surprise. Its 6.5-liter V12 spins all the way up to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740 hp and 507 lb-ft, surging the car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
W Motors Lykan Hypersport : $3.4 million
The brainchild of Dubai-based W Motors, the Lykan is the first supercar made by a company located in the Middle East. It was featured in the film Furious 7 and has already built up its supercar cachet as one of the most expensive and limited production cars ever — W Motors plan to produce only seven units of the car. So, what makes the Lykan so special? Well, in addition to being powered by a 3.7-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 780 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft. of torque, the two-door, rear-wheel-drive supercar can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and it’s the first car to feature headlights with embedded jewels (buyers have a choice of diamonds, rubies or sapphires). Talk about extravagant.
Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron : $3.4 million
The Bugatti Veyron Horsepower claims 1,001 horsepower, which in itself was a major technical attainment. Its engine, boosting with 16 cylinders and was essentially formed by joining V8 engines at the eccentric. Bugatti Veyron Top Speed is 408.84 kmph in regular version and 415 kmph in the sport version by these stats it attained the Guinness world record in the honour of “world’s fastest car”. The car can strike 150 mph in 9.8 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. Reaching to 200 mph takes 18.3 seconds, and 250 mph acquires 42.3 seconds.
Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio : $3 million
Molded from the bones of a Ferrari 458, the Sergio first showed up at the 2013 Geneva Motor show as a concept. CNN Money is now reporting that Ferrari plans to produce six examples of the Pininfarina for ‘special’ customers.
Special, indeed. The cars will likely cost several million dollars (the price hasn’t been disclosed yet), and all six vehicles will meet their buyers by manufacturer invite only.
Those lucky six have reportedly already been chosen, and will take delivery in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. So if you’re hoping to see one of these reclusive beauties rolling down Australia’s Great Ocean Road one day, you’re probably out of luck.
Pagani Huayra BC : $2.6 million
Named after Huayra-tata, a god of the winds that was worshipped by the Inca people, the Pagani Huayra certainly does fit the bill with its wind-swept body. The Italian supercar is propelled by a twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V12, six-litre engine which produces 730 horsepower and 740 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a top speed of 372 km/h and can accelerate from rest to 100 km/h in only 3.3 seconds.
The BC sheds approximately 330 pounds from the already light Huayra frame, bringing its curb weight down to a paltry 2,645 lbs. To capitalize on the dramatic weight loss, Pagani injected a potent cocktail of steroids and tiger blood into the vehicle’s 12-cylinder heart, bringing total output to 789 horsepower, a noticeable increase over the standard car.
Ferrari F60 America : $2.5 million
The supercar is mechanically identical to the F12, but the Berlinetta isn’t exactly a Fiat Panda to begin with. Its 6.2-liter V12 churns out 740 glorious hp, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The ultra-rare flag-waver hearkens back to Ferrari’s bespoke past, as the company built several region-specific sports cars in the 1950s and 1960s.
Ferrari decided to commemorate 60 years in North America with this rear-wheel-driven, V12-powered, 730-horsepower supercar, and is it ever a rare beauty. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, only 10 F60 Americas were slated to be produced when it was announced in October 2014, and, not surprisingly, all 10 copies found deep-pocketed buyers very quickly. The F60 America differentiates itself from the F12 Berlinetta with bolder styling, an open roof and a gussied-up red interior.
Bugatti Chiron : $2.5 million
The Chiron is not a hybrid. Unlike its closest competitors – the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 – it relies solely on fossil fuels. Its engine is a development of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16, its gearbox a strengthened version of the Veyron’s seven-speed twin-clutch, and like the Veyron it deploys its immense power through all four wheels.
Clearly this is a game of very senior numbers, so here’s some more. It will accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, 0-124mph in less than 6.5 and 0-186mph in under 13.6. Take a moment to let that last one sink in. That’s 2.9 seconds faster than a P1 and a second quicker than the Veyron Super Sport, bearing in mind that at 186mph a second equals a lot of fresh air – 83m of it to be precise.
Koenigsegg One : $2 million
The One:1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8, producing a seriously absurd 1,340 horsepower and 740 lb.-ft. of torque. And how to explain the odd name? The One:1’s extensive use of carbon fibre lends a curb weight of just 1,340 kilograms, which matches the horsepower output. All of this translates to blistering performance on the track. The supercar can reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 11.922 seconds.
The limited-edition One:1 is based on the Agera R, and it earned its poetic moniker by employing a 1:1 kilogram-to-horsepower ratio. The figure on each side of the colon? 1,340. That’s right, this car has 1,340 hp, and can theoretically top 273 mph because of it. Simply put, this is one of the fastest automobiles ever made, and with its F1-style honeycomb core, carbon fiber intake manifold, and ventilated ceramic brakes, it’s one of the most advanced as well.
It’s important to note that a car doesn’t have to be expensive to be good, but it doesn’t exactly hurt either. These dream wheels, titans of pavement and pocketbook, are some of the most jaw-dropping vehicles to ever grace the asphalt, and it will take something truly special to top them.