The price tag on a car can be both a lure and deterrent to car buyers. This double-edged sword is there to let frugal car buyers stay on their budget, and to let the rich and famous drivers flaunt their wealth and need for speed. Vehicles that sell for seven figures and can easily exceed 200 mph on the speedometer can make the latter class salivate and write a blank check. Carmakers count on this elite microcosm to spend not thousands, but millions on their newest and most alluring models.
Let’s get better acquainted with the types of cars that the most affluent drivers keep in their driveways. Below is a list of the 15 most expensive cars in the world.
35. Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity $1.1m
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity was released by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in 2015. The interior of this luxurious ride was inspired by Japanese design and it is crafted from hand-woven silk. The exterior is just as awe-inspiring, with a mother of pearl resemblance. With a V12 engine and 8-speed transmission, this venerable machine can really move, and it is also the cheapest on this list, coming in at just over $1 million.
34. Apollo Arrow $1.1m
From the Gumpert Company resurrected in the form of Apollo Automobil comes this beast of a car inspired by sharks and the F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet. The looks are evenly matched by the heavily tuned twin-turbocharged V8 4.0-liter sourced from Audi giving 1000 HP and 1000 Nm of torque capable of pushing 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 224 mph. It also distinguishes itself from other high performance cars with luxuries like powered windows, satellite navigation and other amenities as standard – despite a target weight of less than 1,300 Kg.
33. Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli $1.2m
Mazzanti Automobili have taken the supercar Evantra from 2013 to a new extreme in 2016 by making improvements in all aspects to launch it as the Evantra Millecavalli, one of Italy’s fastest road-legal supercars. These improvements include a reinforced chassis and a new 7.2-liter V8 bi-turbo engine with 1000 HP and 1200 Nm of torque to reach 0-60 mph in a mere 2.7 seconds. It has a top speed approaching an impressive 250 mph, a more streamlined design based upon CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and a beautiful and functional interior in collaboration with ID4Motion.
32. Hennessey Venom GT Spyder WRE $1.3m
The Venom GT Spyder is the fastest convertible in the world. To commemorate such a historic feat, beating out the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse by 11.5 mph for a top speed of 265.6 mph, Hennessey will build three World Record Edition Venom GT Spyders. This technical feat was accomplished with a twin-turbo 7.0-liter V8 engine producing 1451 BHP and 1745 Nm of torque along with a 6-speed manual gearbox by Ricardo on Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
31. Scuderia SCG003CS $1.3m
This SCG003 car by Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus bears both the ‘C’ badge for “Competizione” and the ‘S’ badge for “Stradale,” making it a dream car that one can race on the track and then drive home in with only just a tire change in-between. The goal is to sell at least 10 cars even forgoing the profit, making it a nice deal in a way.
30. NextEV Hypercar $1.31m
The electric vehicle startup NextEV wants to use its experience from Formula E to make a bold statement – revealing an electric hypercar challenging all the established market players in the car industry. The company’s co-president and automotive and car racing veteran Martin Leach wants to be seen as building Car 3.0 if Tesla is to be called Car 2.0. Production is supposed to be limited, with a price to match all of the innovative tech.
29. Aston Martin One-77 $1.4m
The Aston Martin One-77 is a V12 two-door coupe costing those who purchased it $1.4 million. Like nearly every car on this list, a limited number of the Aston Martin One-77 were produced, and the name of the model says the exact number – 77 cars. You can find Top Gear’s review of this car here.
28. Ferrari LaFerrari $1.4m
The LaFerrari, like the Koenigsegg Regera later on this list, is a limited production hybrid. A mere 499 units of this model have been built, each going for more than $1 million. It has a 6.3-L F140FE V12, electric motor and KERS engine, and Ferrari has said it can reach a top speed of 217 mph.
27. Arash AF10 Hybrid $1.57m
The British automaker Arash is going for a hybrid powertrain for its new hypercar AF10 Hybrid, which is based upon its previously launched AF10. The design has evolved from the original car but keeps the unique face of the original. It has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 offering 900 HP, and on top of that 4 electric motors, one for each wheel. Carbon fiber composite material is found nearly everywhere and the price surely reflects that.
26. Koenigsegg Agera RS $1.6m+
Koenigsegg continues to make headlines throughout the world by increasing performance and technology built in its cars thanks to its attention to minor details. The Agera RS is one such car, infused with technology from the One:1 program while introducing convenient options as a luggage compartment and removable hardtop cover. Too bad that only 25 units were made of this 1160 HP 5.0-liter V8 powered track beast.
25. Zenvo TS1 $1.8m+
Zenvo wants to forget the fire-prone ST1 and boldly move into the future as a premium ultra-high performance carmaker with the TS1. The TS1 is being billed as one of the rarest hypercars in the world. It is still an evolution of the ST1, but the TS1 could be suitable as a daily driver. It is powered by a 5.9-liter twin-supercharged V8 engine. It has a top speed of around 233 mph (limited electronically). As with the ST1, the TS1 is limited to just 15 units.
24. Fenyr Supersport $1.85m
This wolf-inspired car developed together with Magna Steyr and RUF Automobile by W Motors of Dubai is the more affordable successor to the astonishing titanium, sapphire and diamond studded Lykan Hypersport $3.4m supercar. With its unique 6-cylinder 4.0-liter twin-turbo mid-rear mounted engine, 7-speed double clutch gearbox, light weight and aerodynamic design with “Triptych” rear spoiler, it can achieve 0-60 mph in less than 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 249 mph.
23. Koenigsegg Regera $1.9m
The Koenigsegg Regera is a plug-in hybrid sports car. Made by Swedish manufacturer of other high-performance cars Koenigsegg, the name Regera is a Swedish verb meaning “to rule.” The Regera was manufactured and designed to be a more pragmatic yet luxurious hypercar alternative to the rest of their range, but it will still cost anybody interested in owning one $1.9 million.
22. Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 $1.9m
The Lamborghini Centenario is a mid-engine sports car, designed and released to commemorate Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday. Twenty coups and twenty roadsters were released, and all 40 of them have been sold, for just under $2 million.
21. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento $2.2m
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (translated as sixth element) is a two-door coupe with a V10 engine and lightweight design. With a top speed of 210 mph, the price range for this Italian stallion is between $2.2m and $2.9 million.
20. Koenigsegg One:1 $2m
The Koenigsegg One:1 may be called “One” but it costs $2 million. This model was first presented at the March 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The name One:1 comes from the power (1361 PS) to weight (1361 kg/3000 lbs.) ratio giving the car 1 PS per 1 kg weight. The 1361 PS power output is the equivalent of one megawatt, which Koenigsegg believes qualifies the One:1 as the ‘world’s first megacar’.
19. Lamborghini Centenario Roadster $2.27m
From the famous bull-branded car manufacturer comes a unique one-off car designed to pay homage to and celebrate the 100th birthday of Ferruccio Lamborghini. Both the roadster and the coupe embody the “nothing-is-impossible” and futuristic approach of the visionary founder and combine it with the matching power of a V12. Limited to 20 cars each, all cars were bought even before being revealed to the public at the Geneva Auto Show.
18. Aston Martin Vulcan $2.3m
The Vulcan is a supercar from the famous British luxury car manufacturer that is focused on performance at the track. Built with carbon fiber and sporting a naturally aspirated V12 engine, this car truly offers amazing performance. There is ample technology and racing experience provided by Aston Martin Racing with elements of the GT3 racing car to be found in the Vulcan, making it a complete track racing package.
17. Bugatti Chiron $2.5m
The two-seated, mid-engined Bugatti Chiron was designed and developed by the Bugatti automotive group (owned by Volkswagen) and has a W16 quad turbo-charged engine. This vehicle was just revealed March of this year and is not available for test-driving yet, but when it is, the expected cost on the window will be $2.5 million.
16. Ferrari F60 America $2.5m
The Ferrari F60 America, like other models on this list, is a limited-production vehicle. This particular car is a roadster convertible derivative of the F12, and it was manufactured to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of Ferrari in North America. With a V12 engine and top speed of around 210 mph, the $2.5 million asking price makes this one of Ferrari’s most attractive and most expensive offerings.
15. Ken Okuyuma Kode57 $2.5m
From the Japanese designer Ken Okuyuma comes the Kode57 supercar that pays homage to the year 1957, the birth year of many a legendary car. The design experience at Pininfarina certainly shows here. This limited edition car boasts a powerful V12 with aerodynamic and lightweight open top design including rear-hinged scissor-type doors giving it both a sporty look and feel. With production limited to just 5, it sure commands a hefty price.
14. Pininfarina H2 Speed $2.5m
The H2 Speed is, as the name suggests, a hydrogen powered track car. It has two synchronous permanent magnet electric motors capable of delivering 496 BHP enabling 0-60 mph in about 3.4 seconds. The power for these motors comes from a lightweight specially designed hydrogen fuel-cell by Green GT, making it a first of its kind. Thanks to the fuel cell, the car can be refueled in 3 minutes unlike battery powered cars that currently take significantly longer to recharge.
13. McLaren P1 GTR $2.59m
The GTR tag on the P1 signifies the car’s track-only nature with no limits holding it back from achieving its top performance. In fact, buying this car is more like joining an exclusive racing club, with the racing program offered by McLaren giving you the opportunity to race on iconic tracks. With its V8 twin-turbo engine and hybrid system giving 986 BHP and all the weight loss combined together with racing mods, the P1 transforms into a breathtaking speed machine, the legendary GTR.
12. Pagani Huayra BC $2.6m
The Pagani Huayra is an Italian mid-engined sports car with a sticker price of $2.6 million. This model is the fastest car ever around the Top Gear Test Track, reaching a top speed of 238 mph. In early 2015, the Pagani Huayra had already sold out. The Huayra was limited to just 100 units.
11. Icona Vulcano Titanium $2.7m
Most supercars only use the rare and expensive metal titanium where it is only essential, but this Italian supercar pushes it to the extreme. By taking inspiration from the stealth Blackbird SR-71 jet plane and applying titanium all over the body of the car, the designer Samuel Chuffart has certainly created a unique look. The added weight due to the heavy metal is taken care of by a powerful 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from GM resulting in a time of under 2.8 seconds for 0-60 mph and a top speed of over 220 mph. The carbon ceramic brakes provide extra stopping power.
10. Mercedes-AMG R50 $3m estimated
The R50 hypercar is expected in 2017 and is being built to commemorate AMG’s 50th anniversary. It is likely to be inspired by F1 and Le Mans racing cars with an aerodynamic, lightweight and futuristic design combined with premium materials and the latest technology. The 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine offering 1000 HP is in development. It is definitely worth looking forward to but is expected to face stiff competition, with the development of many new cars in the segment.
9. Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo $3m
Bugatti has come a long way from the much appreciated Veyron but with the true successor Chiron expected in 2018, the company unveiled the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo this year as part of the Vision Gran Turismo project. It offers a few hints of what to expect in the future version. Built as a concept car to be part of a virtual world, it generated enough interest that a Saudi Prince actually bought it along with the Chiron for a huge price.
8. Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere $3.4m
Mansory has manufactured a modified Bugatti Veyron, and it is both one of the fastest and most expensive cars for the privileged car buyer to consider. The modifications took six months to perfect and the total cost of upgrades totaled 1 million euros. This is the only US-spec Vivere in the entire world, and it is only one of two Viveres by Mansory. The German design has a titanium exhaust, Vivere wheels and a bottom line cost of $3.4 million. The top speed of this car is 252 mph.
7. W Motors Lykan Hypersport $3.4m
The Lykan Hypersport is a limited-production hypercar by a manufacturer out of the UAE. It is the first car of its kind to be produced in the Middle East, and is notable for being seen in the Hollywood hit Furious 7, and multiple video games. It can reach a top speed of 240mph and is currently the third most expensive car in the world, coming in with a price tag of $3.4 million.
6. McLaren P1 LM $3.7m estimated
As with the McLaren F1 LM, Lanzante Motorsport converting track-only GTRs into road legal cars inspired McLaren to authorize 5 limited conversions in the form of P1 LMs. Despite the road legal status that imposes limitations, the P1 LM is supposed to have even more power than the GTR by using clever techniques and weight saving tricks, resulting in the production of additional boost while still running on 99-octane fuel.
5. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta $3.8m estimated
The LaFerrari Aperta is the limited edition open-top version of the LaFerrari with an option of either a soft or carbon fiber roof, though the name “Aperta” hasn’t been confirmed yet. Nonetheless, it looks absolutely gorgeous. It has the same V12 hybrid assist engine as the coupe, and with some clever aerodynamic tweaks it is expected to have the same performance too.
4. Aston Martin-Red Bull AM-RB 001 $3.9m
Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing have teamed up to reveal the ground-breaking AM-RB 001 hypercar. Like the Mercedes-AMG R50, this car is supposed to bring together the best of F1 and Le Mans in a synergistic form. It is expected to have a lightweight, aerodynamic and radical design along with a powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine capable of 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, a transmission developed at Red Bull Advanced Technologies and an innovative suspension system.
3. Lamborghini Veneno $4.5m
The Lamborghini Veneno is $4.5 million, ultra-limited production car of the future. This car manufacturer has always been focused on optimum aerodynamics and cornering stability and the design of this – the third most expensive car in the world—is breathtaking. Modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador, the Veneno was built to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. The engine is a development of the Aventador’s 6.5 L V12 and produces 750 PS (552 kW; 740 bhp) and it can reach a max speed of 221 mph.
2. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita $4.8m
The mid-engined Koenigsegg CCX is engineered to comply with US automotive standards, thus opening up that market to US car buyers. The name CCX stands for Competition Coupé X, the X commemorating 10 years since the first 1996 model came out. With a V6 engine, it can reach a top speed of 246 mph. It is one of the most expensive vehicles on this list at $4.85 million.
- Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero $8m
Maybach Exelero is a one-of-a-kind sports car, first manufactured twelve years ago. This 700-hp, two-door, four-seater has a twin turbo V12 engine and is famous for being purchased by an American rap star. The cost this car comes out to being around $8 million. Nevertheless, the cost is not the only lofty number. This vehicle can also reach a speed of 218 mph.