• The Most Expensive Cars in the World

Here’s a comprehensive guide to the world’s most expensive cars.

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With the rise of the global economy, economic disparities are also on the rise. For every hundred millionaire CEOs and Business owners, we have a billionaire business tycoon to prove that the disparity between the rich and the ultra-rich has been on the rise. The best case study of this phenomenon can be found in the automotive industry which has started catering to this rising crowd of ultra-rich. Lately, the grounds of Geneva Motor Show and Concours d’Elegance have been overflowing with super expensive, limited production vehicles to cater to the rising set of clientele that needs something way more special than your regular crop of Ferraris, Bentleys, and Porsches to stand out from the hoi polloi of car collectors. So Here’s a comprehensive guide to the most expensive modern automotive icons that make your regular crop of supercars look like economy cars.

Ferrari LaFerrari - $1,420,000

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The LaFerrari, as the name suggests, is Ferrari’s halo car. The V12 hybrid powertrain celebrates the Italian marque’s glorious past and also shows the there future as we near the end of the internal combustion era. If you plan to acquire one now, expect to pay between $5,000,000 and $10,000,000 at an auction block.

The Ferrari LaFerrari is perhaps one of the most significant cars of this century. This statement does not stem from the fact that it’s already secured its title as the most expensive 21st-century car to have ever been sold at an auction. Perhaps the main reason for its significance is that this Italian Hypercar single-handedly represents the best of our glorious automotive past and combines it with the futuristic tech that will represent the next chapter in personal mobility. To reiterate the last statement, this is achieved by combining one of the most powerful V-12 engines ever made with an electric motor and battery pack. This hybrid arrangement showcases the best of Ferrari’s racing pedigree while proving that past and present can live together in perfect harmony.

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This Ferrari Enzo successor had to be in every fathomable way, at least a modest leap forward from its predecessor and that was a tall order. But the La Ferrari is a technological marvel and the party piece, its Hybrid powertrain. Powering the Ferrari La Ferrari is a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V-12 similar to those found in the F12 and 812 Superfast. In this case, it produces a total of 789 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It is, however, paired with a 161-horsepower electric motor and 2.2-kWh battery pack, which brings total system output up to 950 horsepower. Unlike other hybrid systems, however, this system’s sole purpose is to assist the V-12 by filling in the torque gaps. And there are no flimsy cables to charge the battery pack – this is no Prius after all. Since the LaFerrari features regenerative braking only, you must drive the car to recharge the battery.

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The result of all this cutting edge hybrid wizardry is that once you get behind the wheel of a LaFerrari, the hybrid system just disappears in the background, and what you are left with is a Hypercar that feels extremely natural in the way it serves up power and the icing on top has to be that unadulterated V-12 soundtrack. As a result, the power figures are simply meaningless and the subsequent experience is extremely organic and simply unmatched in an era that is obsessed with forced induction and complicated electronics. But what’s perhaps even more impressive is how usable this car is on your way to the track, especially compared to the likes of its predecessors, the F40 and Enzo. The 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission handles slow speeds remarkably well and feels just as usable as a Ferrari 458 or a California.

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It’s all these factors that have drawn the attention of collectors the world over. This is probably the first and the last Naturally Aspirated V-12 powered hybrid Hypercar, making it a crucial chapter in the history of automobiles. Speaking of collectors, when new, the LaFerrari was priced at a cool $1.5 million depending on options and specs and Ferrari only sold them to hardcore Ferrari loyalists and collectors, which famously led to the controversial unveiling of the car where Ferrari casually mentioned that all the 499 units had already been sold. More people with Swiss bank accounts wanted to get their hands on one and, as a result, Ferrari unveiled the La Ferrari Aperta – a topless version of the supercar with two major changes. The first and most obvious change was the retractable top. The second, however, was the $2.2 million price tag. To make things even more interesting, Ferrari capped production of the Aperta to just 210 units, of which only 200 were sold to customers. 9 of the remaining 10 were reserved for Ferrari’s 70th-anniversary celebration, and the final car was auctioned off with proceeds going to charity. Speaking of auctions, if you plan to get your hands on perhaps one of the most significant modern Ferraris, the prices have reached record highs and they only seem to be going up.

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LaFerrari coupes have been fetching over $5 million at auction and a recent example sold by RM Sotheby’s as a charitable gesture towards the Italian earthquake recovery efforts fetched a record $7 million. That figure made it, according to the esteemed auction house, "the most valuable 21st-century automobile ever sold at auction." But that record did not stand for long after a LaFerrari Aperta reportedly fetched $9.5 million, cementing the car’s reputation as one of the most iconic and valuable hypercars of this century.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
La Ferrari $1,420,000 $7,00,000 ̌DOHC 48-valve 6.3-liter V-12 + AC synchronous motor 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode 950 hp 715 lb-ft 2.5 sec 218 mph
La Ferrari Aperta  $2,200,000 $9,500,000 ̌DOHC 48-valve 6.3-liter V-12 + AC synchronous motor 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode 950 hp 715 lb-ft 2.5 sec 218 mph

Read our full review on the Ferrari LaFerrari

Pagani Huayra Range - $1,400,000

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Pagani has been redefining automotive obsession for over two decades, and the Huayra range is their current flagbearer which, in its numerous iterations, has pushed the envelope of performance and craftsmanship.

Horacio Pagani is the man behind the visionary brand that has made its way into automotive history books. His first attempt at Pagani Automobili S.p.A was the Zonda, a critically acclaimed success story, and after a decade of making and perfecting the Zonda, he gave us the successor to this iconic Hypercar in the form of the new Pagani Huayra.

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This all-new Pagani Hypercar, just like its predecessor, was first and foremost designed to be a piece of kinetic art, sculpted out of the most exotic materials to have ever been associated with automobiles. But it was also a car that was just as satisfying to drive as it was to look at, and if you have seen a Pagani in a poster or been fortunate enough to be in the presence of one, you know that’s as high as praises get.

The Huayra makes this exclusive list for several different reasons. Like any number of exorbitantly overpriced luxury items dripping in exclusivity, the Huayra is only understood by those who appreciate art and fine craftsmanship but can only be enjoyed by people who possess these abilities as well as deep pockets - really deep pockets at that. This is why it earns its place in the world’s most expensive cars list. Adding to its exclusivity is its rarefied production run which sits at a 100 units ever produced. Even more exclusive models followed the original with even smaller production numbers. The Huayra is not just an automobile, it’s one man and his legacy, which is why it would be criminal to talk about the original and leave all the other special editions out of the equation.

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The original Pagani Huayra was introduced to the world in 2011 at the Pirelli headquarters in Milan. The Huayra, just like its successor, was a harmonious amalgamation of German engineering and Italian design. Powering the first and all the other iterations of this Hypercar was a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, AMG-sourced V-12, made to order by Mercedes exclusively for the Huayra. This might sound like a downgrade from the 7.3-liter naturally aspirated Mercedes-AMG V-12 that powered the original Zonda and was known for its thunderous exhaust note, but those who have experienced the Huayra will be able to testify that it’s probably one of the best forced-induction powered production vehicle to have blessed this sweet earth.

The Pagani Huayra is a Hypercar that has way more to its existence than raw performance and headline figures, but for those who love numbers, the Huayra in its original iteration puts out 730 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. The wind-slicing bodywork combined with its lightweight construction (courtesy of extensive amounts of carbon fiber and titanium to keep the overall weight at bay) lends the Huayra the ability to easily breach the 200-mph barrier with an eye-watering top speed of 230 mph. The interior, just like the rest of this Hypercar is best described as a bespoke art piece, which is in most cases tailored to fit the client’s needs and more importantly expensive taste.

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The Pagani Huayra stays true to the glorious albeit short-lived Pagani legacy and led to numerous special editions for its extremely exclusive clientele and each edition with a price tag more eye-watering than the last. This exclusive list includes the Huayra BC, a follow-up to the original with more power, more exclusivity (just 20 units produced), and is accompanied by an unattainable price tag of $2.55 million. The Roadster versions of both the original Huayra and the BC cost almost a million dollars more than their coupe counterparts. The latest and greatest Huayra to join this exposé club is the Huayra R, which is a track-only beast that carries a $3.1 million price tag, a bargain considering some of the other track toys we have on our list, and its made even more special thanks to the fact that only 30 will ever be made. Here’s a list of Huayra models and their prices.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Pagani Huayra $1,400,000 $1,900,000 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  7-speed Xtrac, single-clutch semi-auto  730 hp 738 lb-ft 3.2 sec 230 mph
Pagani Huayra Roadster $2,400,000 $2,860,000 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  7-speed Xtrac, single-clutch semi-auto  752 hp 728 lb-ft 2.99 sec  210 mph
Pagani Huayra BC $2,550,000 N/A 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  7-speed Xtrac, single-clutch semi-auto  754  hp 738 lb-ft 2.3 sec 230 mph
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC  $3,500,000 N/A 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  7-speed Xtrac, single-clutch semi-auto  800 hp 774 lb-ft   220+ mph
Pagani Huayra R $3,100,000 N/A 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  7-speed Xtrac, single-clutch semi-auto  850 hp 553 lb-ft N/A 199 mph

Read our full review on the Pagani Huayra

Ferrari Monza - $1,800,000

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The Ferrari Monza SP1 & SP2 are the first models in the Italian Automarque’s latest Icona series. Inspired by the race-winning 750 and 860 Monza from the 1950s, the Moza series will be limited to just 499 units and carry a base price of $1,800,000.

Under the reign of old man Enzo himself, Ferrari was the purest expression of racing and performance motoring. The man got into the road car business just to fund his passion for racing - that was Ferrari’s obsession, and it turned the prancing horse into automotive royalty. Sadly that Ferrari is long gone and just like any other automaker, Ferrari is making cars primarily to stay in business. This has led to a set of cars that have diluted the brand’s essence by introducing forced induction and hybridization, amongst other things. This does make them fast but with a lot less emotion, and what’s an Italian car without emotion? But even Ferrari is entitled to vice, and they achieve that by creating limited-run masterpieces that also happen to be some of the most expensive cars in the world. The latest to join this elite bandwagon are the Ferrari Monza twins.

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Utilizing perhaps the best production Ferrari of the decade, the 812 Superfast as a base, the Ferrari Monza is a "Barchetta" which is Italian for no windscreen and is part of Ferrari’s latest Icona series that sits at the very top of Ferrari’s existing line-up. But the fact that it takes inspiration from iconic Ferrari race cars from the ’50s doesn’t mean that it’s a relic wrapped in modern skin. The Monza is a technological marvel powered by the most powerful production naturally aspirated motor, the 6.5-liter high-revving V-12 delivers 799 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque which allow it to hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a face-melting top speed of 188 mph.

It also gets plenty of modern creature comforts including radio, the option to add Apple CarPlay, and a clever virtual windscreen system. The latter has vents on the hood to channel air into a chamber that compresses the air and forces it out of a slit just in front of the dash. The mechanical nature of the system implies the faster you go, the lower the turbulence.

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The Ferrari Monza is available in two flavors. If you are one of those who enjoys solo blasts across a mountain pass or on a track day then the Monza SP1 is the car for, the SP1 here denotes that it’s a single-seater, but if you prefer to woo a passenger while you take you super rare multi-million dollar Ferrari, then the SP2 is the solution. But this isn’t just a matter of removing a panel and putting in a seat, the two versions have significant engineering differences. The SP1 gets an oval-shaped capsule that houses the seat, pedals, and the rest of the instrumentation and is isolated from the rest of the car, in addition, the SP1 has a single cowl to protect the driver from rollovers. The SP2 on the other hand gets rid of the cover and fits a seat right onto the monocoque and adds a second cowl to protect the passenger. As a result, the SP1 weighs 44 pounds less than the twin-seater SP2. But unfortunately, due to U.S. legislation, this beautiful Ferrari Barchetta isn’t road legal in the U.S. even if you could afford the $1,800,000 price tag and with a production run limited to just 500 units or less, many of which will sadly spend their days in a heated garage, the Ferrari Monza is destined to be a unicorn.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Ferrari Monza SP1 $1,800,000 $3,100,000 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  F1 7-speed dual-clutch 799 hp 530 lb-ft 2.9 sec 188 mph
Ferrari Monza SP2 $1,800,000 $2,300,000 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12  F1 7-speed dual-clutch 799 hp 530 lb-ft 2.9 sec  188 mph

McLaren Elva - $1,830,000

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The McLaren Elva is the fifth car in McLaren’s Ultimate Series. With a production run limited to just 149 units, this topless McLaren carries a starting price of $1,830,000.

The tail-lights look suspiciously like a McLaren 570 which might lead to people questioning its 6-figure price tag, but in reality, it’s a McLaren P1 with most of the bits taken off to make it even lighter. This means getting rid of that huge spoiler, windscreen, and consequently reducing the downforce. However, the one thing that the P1 could use more of, was downforce because even with the most cutting edge active aero system at the time, it had a real hard time keeping its tail end from sliding. But McLaren does promise more driver involvement, and boy does this car deliver. The 804 horsepower twin-turbo V8 is the same as the Senna with a little more oomph which was a derivative of the P1 minus the hybrid system. This is mated to the same 7-speed gearbox and the torque figures remain unchanged at 590 pound-feet. Crucial mechanical components like the carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon tub, and a similar suspension setup albeit with minor revisions have been carried over from the Senna.

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The translates to a superbike experience on four wheels. The Elva is an expensive car and its near $2,000,000 price tag might seem a bit much for a car that in essence is a McLaren Senna with the expensive bits taken off but that cannot be further from the truth. The Elva in spite of its hardcore nature gets all creature comforts including proper Air Con, a full-fledged infotainment system, a marine-grade sound system to name a few. But the stand-out feature has to be the virtual windscreen that utilizes a massive vent upfront combined with a rising panel that creates an area of low pressure which results in a drastically less turbulent cabin at high speeds. It’s a marvel of modern engineering and goes on to show why McLaren is one of the most sought-after car brands in the world.

The Elva is one of the most expensive McLaren’s to date with a starting price of $1,830,000, built by MSO (McLaren Special Operations) to showcase the historic auto marque’s engineering prowess. Each Elva will be made to order to suit the client’s taste, which is why we expect the real price to be much closer or even upwards of the $2 million mark. With only 149 units destined for production, the Elva already has cemented its name in history books as one of the most special McLaren products of all time.

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Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
McLaren Elva $1,830,000 N/A 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 7-Speed Dual Clutch 804 hp 590 lb·ft 2.7 sec  203 mph

Bentley Mulliner Bacalar - $1,900,000

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The Bentley Bacalar marks the return of the brand’s iconic coachbuilding division, Mulliner. Only 12 units of this bespoke speedster will be produced with each carrying a price tag of $1,900,000.

Bentley is synonymous with wealth and is considered by many, motoring at its finest. But the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is the creme de la creme from the iconic auto marque that simply outdoes other Bentleys in all aspects including price. Based on the EXP 100 GT concept, the Bacalar marks the return of Mulliner as Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding division and the Bacalar is only the first in a line of coach-built vehicles that adds to this bespoke speedster’s value.

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Mechanically, the Bentley Bacalar is almost identical to the Continental GT. It gets the same 6.0L twin-turbo W-12 engine mated to the same 8-speed transmission but in this application, it puts out slightly more power at 650 horsepower and 667 pound-feet of torque which is coincidently identical to the Continental GT Speed that was launched after the Bacalar’s official unveil. But this coach-built masterpiece isn’t about performance, it is a celebration of the fine art of coachbuilding and the creative freedom that comes with it. Mulliner dates back to the 1500s when it started its journey making luxury carriages for the Royals and Aristocrats. The brand’s return is all about emulating the same sense of occasion. As a result, the body shares nothing but its door handles with the original Continental GT, the rest is all-new and even the track width has been increased to make it more imposing than the "standard" car. The interior however is where the real party starts.

Car Zero, which is Mulliner’s test mule and media car has the most exquisite pallet of materials to showcase the vehicle’s potential. For starters, it gets Beluga leather seats that are embroidered with 148,199 stitches per piece. The dashboard is a combination of English wool and Riverwood Viner that’s been sourced from Fenlands of East Anglia and has been preserved for over 5000 years. It is then dried and polished to perfection by Mulliner’s team of woodworkers to achieve a level of finish that’s simply unparalleled. Bentley says the sky is the limit with the Bacalar and the exclusivity of materials is simply limited by the owner’s imagination.

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All these factors combined somehow justify the Bentley Bacalar’s $1,900,000 price tag. With a production run limited to just 12 units, all of which have already been sold, the Bacalar is without a doubt one of the most exquisite and one of the most expensive cars in the world.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Bentley Bacalar $1,900,000 N/A 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 8-speed automatic 650 hp 667 lb·ft 3.6 sec (estimated)  200+ mph

Pininfarina Batista - $2,000,000

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The Pininfarina Batista is the seasoned design house’s first attempt at making their EV hypercar. Based on the $2.4 million Rimac Nevera, the Batista with its $2 million price tag sounds like a 1900 horsepower bargain.

Automotive enthusiasts need no introduction to Pininfarina. This iconic design house has been in business for nearly a century during which it has been responsible for designing almost every Ferrari except for the 308 Dino GT4 from 1973 and the La Ferrari from 2013. The Italian Marque has also been responsible for masterpieces like the Lancia Aurelia B24, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, and the MGB GT amongst others. With a CV as impressive as this, it’s no surprise when the design house announced that it will be making its own electric Hypercar, the expectations were sky-high. This seemingly drastic step comes after the design house’s recent accusation by the Indian auto giant Mahindra which resulted in some much-needed cash flow.

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But with a company that only has 125 employees in total, largely populated by designers and not seasoned engineers with EV expertise, they reached out to Rimac. The Croatian brand has been making waves for doing extraordinary things like making EV hypercars with nearly 2000 horsepower, almost killing Richard Hammond with a concept version of the said EV, and recently acquiring a controlling stake in Bugatti amongst other things, they were the perfect candidates for the job.

As a result, the Pininfarina Batista is largely based on the Rimac Nevera. However, Pininfarina insists that they have made enough and more changes to give the Batista its own identity. For starters, the carbon tub has specifically been optimized for the Batista’s dual personality as it promises to be a performance GT, unlike the Nevera which is more buckled down. The Batista is also equipped with speakers the generate just the right amount of noise and vibrations to make the car feel more alive and analog and less like a Model S Plaid. Even the specs are just as alarming as the Croatian hypercar. Headline figures include a quad-motor setup with 1900 combined horsepower and 1741 pound-feet of torque which results in an equally ridiculous 0 to 60 mph time of 1.8 seconds and more astonishing 0-185 mph time of under 12 seconds and it will go on to reach a top speed of 217 mph.

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But even the Batista is subject to gravitational forces and with its ginormous 120 kWh battery pack, it tips the scales at 1,741 lbs. However, the T-shaped layout of the battery pack for optimal weight distribution combined with the more powerful rear-motors for more rear-biased power delivery and impeccable suspension tuning results in the Batista masking all that weight incredibly well. So the Batista leads the numbers game, hands down, including its price which sits at $2 million, making it one of the most expensive electric hypercars currently on sale.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Pininfarina Batista $2,00,000 N/A Quad AC synchronous motors with 129 kWh battery pack Single Speed direct drive 1900 hp 1741 lb·ft 1.8 sec  218 mph

Mercedes-AMG One - $2,500,000

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The Mercedes AMG One is the most ambitious project with a powerplant straight out of the championship-winning F1 car. The AMG-One promises to bring F1 tech to the streets all at the cost of $2.5 million, making it the most expensive Mercedes road car in history.

Mercedes-Benz as a brand has never hesitated to boast its racing pedigree. At the turn of the last century, Mercedes gave the world the CLK GTR, a Le Mans car for the road and now it plans to bring F1 pedigree to the streets with the AMG-One.

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The Mercedes AMG-One or previously known as the Project-One has been in the works for quite some time now and Mercedes is not afraid to admit it as evidenced by the countless teasers, high-profile appearances, and images making rounds of the internet for over 5-years. The AMG One represents a dream collaboration between the firm road car division and the F1 team which isn’t unheard of, but for the first time in history, it’s an F1 car that’s being adapted for the streets and not a road car that gets some minor tweaking by the F1 engineers for marketing purposes.

The result is a carbon-shelled hypercar powered by an FIA regulation spec 1.6 single-turbo V-6 from the 2015 GP winning F1 car, mated to an eight-speed semi-auto gearbox for the full-fledged race car experience. The engine does get a slightly different treatment from the F1 application to make it more usable on street. For starters, Project-One gets an 11,000 rpm redline as opposed to 15,000 on the F1 engine but this engine also idles at a more civilized 1200 rpm unlike the F1 cars 4000.

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The electrically-assisted turbo is powered by a single electric motor that sits on the crank and there are two other placed on each of the front wheels. The F1-derived motors have 160 horsepower a piece for a total of 480 horsepower, allowing for some pretty effective torque vectoring. The two motors on the front axle also allow the AMG One to travel in pure EV mode as a front-wheel drive for 15 miles. Even the interior is a fine blend of Mercedes luxury and race car quirkiness with leather-trimmed bucket seats that are fixed to the carbon tub and Alcantara wrapped steering wheel that isn’t a wheel and a steering plus pedal assembly that moves instead of the seats themselves.

So this isn’t a car, the AMG One is as close as one gets to driving a real formula one race car and the cost for this Grand Prix winning experience is a mere $2,500,000 which is a bargain compared to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car which will set you back $12,200,000, but even if you do possess the dough, you won’t be able to get your hands on one just yet because all 2755 units which will be made have already found a home.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Mercedes AMG-One $2,500,000 N/A 1.6L turbocharged V6 + 3 AC synchronous Electric Motors 8-speed semi-automatic 1021hp N/A 2.7 sec  217 mph

Lykan Hypersport - $3,400,000

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The Lykan Hypersport is the first car made by Middle-Easts first car manufacturer W motors. The Hypersport, made famous by Fast and Furious is a 218 mile and hour hypercar with diamond-studded headlights and a $3,400,000 price tag.

Made by Dubai’s first automaker, W Motors, the Lykan Hypersport is the perfect representation of Dubai on four wheels. The Hypersport is a mid-engined, two-seater hypercar brought into the limelight by its appearance in Fast and Furious 7. It uses a RUF CTR 3 as a base and W Motors designs the bespoke carbon body to give it its unique identity. Under the skin it shares the CTR3’s twin-turbo Porsche sourced 3.7-liter flat-six engine which puts out an identical 750 horsepower and the power is sent to the rear wheels which results in its claimed 0 to 60 mph time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 245 mph.

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But the interesting bits are the things that lie beyond the specs. For starters, the headlights come studded with diamonds, the seats use gold stitching, and the Driver’s display as well as the Infotainment chuck traditional screens in favor of holographic displays straight out of Star Trek. With a feature list as exclusive as this and perhaps one of the wealthiest domestic markets to cater to, the Lykan Hyersport will set you back a cool $3,400,000 making it one of the most expensive production cars, that is if you are able to get your hands on one of the seven units planned for production.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Lykan Hypersport $3,400,000 N/A 3.7L twin-turbo Flat-6  7-speed PDK automatic 750 hp  708 lb-ft  2.9 sec  245 mph

Lamborghini Sian - $3,700,000

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The Lamborghini Sian is the Italian automaker’s first attempt at a hybrid supercar. Based on the Aventador SVJ, the Sian will be limited to 63 units each carrying a base price of $3,700,000.

The Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 is the First hybrid supercar in the Italian marque’s portfolio and perhaps one of the most significant modern Lamborghinis. The FKP 37 are the initials of one of the greatest figures in modern automotive history, Ferdinand Karl Pieche who turned the VW group into the auto giant that it is today and also was responsible for the acquisition of Lamborghini.

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The Sian, just like most bespoke Lamborghini’s is based on the company’s flagship Aventador. Here it takes most of its components from the Aventador SVJ, the most hardcore version of the flagship supercar. This means it’s powered by the same Naturally Aspirated 6.5-liter V-12 which in this application makes 774 horsepower. The Hybrid system is what makes the Sian truly special. Unlike most Hybrid vehicles, the Sian’s electric motor is placed within the gearbox and is powered by a supercapacitor instead of a battery pack and this system takes the power output up to 804 horsepower. This results in a driving experience that feels extremely natural and analog which adds to the signature Lamborghini drama all while keeping the hybrid system’s weight at bay thanks to a lightweight Capacitor that also charges a whole lot faster than a conventional battery hybrid system. All this results in a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph.

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With all this cutting-edge technology and earth-shattering performance, the Lamborghini Sian carries a $3,700,000 price tag which seems reasonable considering its limited production run of just 63 units.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Lamborghini Sian $3,700,000 N/A 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12 + Supercapacitor Hybrid 7-speed single-clutch automatic 804 hp  N/A 2.8 sec  220 mph

Aston Martin Victor - $3,000,000 (est)

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The Aston Martin Victor is a one-off masterpiece created to pay homage to the muscular V8 Vantage from the ’80s, it is a 7.3-liter V-12 beast with a six-speed manual transmission which instantly makes it a neo-retro icon and the price for all this bespoke goodness is around $3,000,000.

With a body inspired by the Vantage from the 70s and ’80s, the engine and chassis out of the One-77, and major mechanical bits borrowed from the track-only Vulcan, the Aston Martin Victor is true one-of Frankenstein of a car. And the best part, it’s powered by a 7.3-liter naturally aspirated V-12 from the Aston Martin One-77, tuned by Cosworth for this application where it produces 836 horsepower making it the most powerful Aston Martin to date, and all of this comes mated to a 6-speed manual which by purists standards, instantly makes it the best car of this century.
The origin story of the Aston Martin Victor is just as manic as its specifications. Created as a one-off by the Q-branch isn’t operated by the MI-6 unfortunately but it is Aston Martin’s special operations division which is equally enticing, and they decided to get scrappy and use a prototype One-77 as a base to create a one-off tribute piece that pays homage to the Vantage models of the 80s and is named after Victor Gauntlett, the company’s chairman at the time.

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Apart from the Chassis and engine borrowed from the One-77, it has a similar inboard suspension setup and the One-77 but the suspension components themselves have been derived from the Vulcan hypercar. Other bits borrowed from the Vulcan include its carbon-ceramic braking setup and the side exit exhaust that generates some of the most erotic and visceral sounds known to mankind. But it’s not a track tool, it is an object of a fantasy turned to reality which is made clear from the attention to detail that’s gone into the car, be it the period-correct green paint for the exterior and seats, the tan leather straps placed in all the right spots or the Cashmere headliner. The Aston Martin Victor truly is a celebration of the ’80s like no other. Being the only one in existence, the Aston Martin Victor is a priceless vehicle but it was purchased by one lucky mystery owner out of Belgium for a figure of around $3,00,000, making it one of the most expensive modern Aston Martin to date.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Aston Martin Victor $3,00,000 (estd) N/A 7.3L naturally aspirated V12 6-speed manual 836 hp 606 lb·ft <3 sec  200+ mph

Aston Martin Valkyrie - $3,000,000

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the brand’s ultimate track toy and a celebration of its F1 pedigree. Available as a road-legal coupe, a track-only AMR pro, and a Spyder, the Valkyrie is their most extreme track weapon yet powered by a 7.0-liter naturally aspirated V-12 with an 11,000 rpm redline and an equally extreme base price of $3,00,000.

The Aston Martin Valkyrie isn’t the brand’s first stab at making a bonkers track tool. Not too long ago, the automaker introduced the world to the Vulcan hypercar back in 2015 powered by a similar 7.0-liter V-12 placed upfront and a $2.3 million price tag. Now the auto marque is back at it, but this time it’s taking everything up a notch. For starters the is placed in the middle like a proper LMP car and the Cosworth built 6.5L naturally aspirated V12 revs to 11,000 rpm for a truly visceral sensory experience. With modern F1 technology at play, 1000 horsepower with engine comes mated to a hybrid motor for a combined output of 1139 and 664 pound-feet. The aero on board is also the most extreme seen on any Aston Martin vehicle yet. With diffusers and wings bigger than some cars, the Valkyrie uses what’s known as the venturi tunnel effect to generate most of the car’s downforce which is upwards of 1400 kgs at 149 mph.

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The coupes have a top speed of 217 mph, while the Spyder has a similar top speed with the roof in place and without it, the drop-top hypercar is capable of hitting 205 mph, making it the fastest Aston Martin drop-top ever.

The Biggest structural differences between the coupes and the Spyder except for the roof, are the doors. The road-legal Coupe as well as the track-only AMR get gullwing doors but the Spyder because it has no fixed roof to mount those gullwing doors to, uses a pair of dihedral doors. Even the interior has gradually evolved over the phase of development from something that felt a lot like an F1 cockpit in all the wrong ways in the initial prototypes because it was cramped with no thought for comfort into something with real seats that and place for actual legs. Just like every modern track day hypercar, the seats are fixed to the floor and it’s the pedals and the steering wheel that move forward and aft. The original coupes were notorious for their knees-up driving position which has improved over the phase of its development and if you do choose to seat a co-driver then you’ll be struggling for elbow room. Since then the minor alterations have made it better and the Spyder does feel a lot more flexible in terms of the range of driver sizes that it can accommodate thanks to the removable roof which does add to the sense of space inside the cabin, making it feel a lot less claustrophobic.

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Similar to the Mercedes AMG-One, the Valkyrie is a celebration of the brand’s ties with red bull racing and the world of F1. But unlike the AMG-One, the Valkyrie uses a more Le Mans-based engine as opposed to strapping one right out of their F1 car. But that doesn’t take anything away from the experience, in fact, the screaming V-12 is perhaps one of the best sounding engines money can buy today. Speaking of money, with 150 coupes, 40 track-only AMR Pro versions, and 85 Spyders destined for production, the Valkyrie is a rare bird and the price for this bespoke racing goodness will set you back anywhere between $3,00,000 and $5,000,000.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Aston Martin Valkyrie $3,000,000 N/A 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12 + AC synchronous Electric Motor 8-speed semi-automatic 1,139 hp 664 lb-ft >3.0 sec  217 mph
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR PRO $5,000,000 (estd) N/A 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12 + AC synchronous Electric Motor 8-speed semi-automatic 1,139 hp 664 lb-ft >3.0 sec  200+ mph
Aston Martin Valkyrie Spyder $3,800,000 N/A 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12 + AC synchronous Electric Motor 8-speed semi-automatic 1,139 hp 664 lb-ft >3.0 sec  217 mph

Lamborghini Veneno - $4,000,000

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The Veneno is an ultra-rare Hypercar created by Lamborghini to celebrate the iconic automaker’s 50th Anniversary. With an introductory price of $4,000,000, the Veneno was the most expensive road car produced by Lamborghini at the time of its launch.

The Lamborghini Veneno belongs to the ultra-rare crop of limited-run supercars. Unveiled back in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, the Veneno was created to celebrate the Italian marque’s 50th anniversary. The Veneno is based on the Aventador which implies it shares the same 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V-12 and the 7-speed single-clutch automated manual transmission with the flagship, Lambo, sending power to all four wheels. In this application, the V-12 puts out 750 horsepower and 509 pound-feet of torque thanks to a bespoke intake and exhaust system which also makes it sound more eventful than the Aventador. The massive carbon-fiber wing is inspired by LMP cars which combined with the custom bodywork improves downforce and highspeed stability.

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With only 5 coupes and 9 roadsters produced between 2013 and 2014, the Veneno is one of the rarest modern Lamborghini’s and is accompanied by an equally astonishing base price of $4,000,000 dollars.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Lamborghini Veneno $4,000,000 N/A 6.5L Naturally Aspirated V12  7-speed single clutch automated manual  750 hp 509 lb-ft >3.0 sec  200+ mph

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ - $3,900,000

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With a planned production run of just 30 units, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ will carry an exorbitant base price of around $2.7 million.

Bugatti is no ordinary boutique automobile manufacturer, it’s perhaps one of the best case studies on brand positioning and marketing. When the original Bugatti Chiron was launched back in 2016, it was already making headlines for breaking all previous production car records, which included its exorbitant base price of around $2.7 million. In 2019, Bugatti decided that normal Chiron was just not powerful enough, so they introduced the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ and the 300+ in the name is an obvious reminder of the car’s ability to break the 300 mph barrier. Mechanically it was identical to the original, using the same 8.0-liter Quad-Turbo W-16 engine but the wizards back in Molsheim managed to massage a bit more power out of the motor which in this guise, makes a frankly senseless 1,577 horsepower. Other changes over the standard Chiron include redesigned aero in the form of a new front and rear bumper design to maximize downforce at 300 mph, added vents for improved cooling, and some other fine touches like the quad-tip exhaust which lend the Super Sport 300+ a distinct identity.

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The production run of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is capped at 30 units and with its limited production run comes a not-so-limited price tag which in this particular Hypercar’s case will be around the $3.9 million mark.

Bugatti Bolide - Expected price - $4,800,000

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Only 30 Bugatti Bolides will ever be produced and the deliveries are expected to commence by early 2024 and the starting price is estimated to be in the realm of $4.8 Million.

Bugatti is known for making physics-defying vehicles that challenge the notions of modern-day engineering. But the unfortunate reality is that regulations and modern safety stands are often the factors that limit designers from turning unreal concepts into real cars even if it’s a multi-million dollar Hypercar. But the tracks aren’t subject to the rules of the road and cutting-edge manufacturers have taken advantage of this to show the world what they are capable of by making track day editions of their cars. Bugatti has also decided to climb aboard this bandwagon with the all-new Bugatti Bolide.

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Unveiled back in 2020 as a concept, the Bolide is a project with a singular goal, to showcase what Chiron’s platform is capable of when it’s not subject to road-going legislation. To achieve this, Bugatti took the Chiron’s 8.0-liter Quad-Turbo W-16 and chucked pretty much everything else. The carbon monocoque is all-new that was built to be much lighter and more aerodynamic than the Chiron’s. As a result, Bugatti claims that the production-spec Bolide will weigh in at 3,200 pounds which is over 1,000 lbs down from the Chiron. The aero on Bolide is truly space age as well, apart from the ability to adjust the front splitter and back wing, the roof scoop is riddled with these tiny dots that inflate or deflate on demand to generate vortices that channels air either on-to or away from the massive rear wing. This means that the Bolide will be able to generate 2.6 tonnes of downforce on demand, which is simply unprecedented.

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When the concept was showcased it was said to produce 1825 horsepower on 110 octane fuel, however, the production version will have to make do with 1578 horsepower and 1180 pound-feet of torque from as low as 2250 rpm, which is plenty to achieve record-breaking speeds. Speaking of records, the Bugatti Bolide has the power to weight ratio of 1471 horsepower per ton, a record braking figure in its own right but what’s even more astonishing is the figures that follow. With a 0-100 time of just 2.17 seconds, the Bolide is one of the quickest things out there but the headline figure is its 0-500 kph (311mph) time which stands at a tarmac shattering 20.16 seconds. These figures in turn translate to the record-breaking performance of course and according to simulations, the Bolide should be able to lap the Nordschleife in just 5 minutes and 23 seconds, putting it in the crosshairs of LMP1 cars and Bugatti just might do so because they did take the time and effort to make this car compliant with FIA regulations.

Now let’s get to the figures that matter. Only 30 Bugatti Bolides will ever be produced and the estimated deliveries will start by 2024 and the expected starting price is said to be in the realm of $4.8 Million.

Bugatti Divo - $5,700,000

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The track-focused Bugatti Divo will be limited to 40 units and is expected to carry a base price of $5.7 million however the real value after options and bespoke customizations is expected to sit around the $8 million mark.

Based on the Chiron, the Bugatti Divo is what the boutique French Automarque calls "Modern coachbuilding at its best". And this isn’t a hollow statement, the Divo is the brand’s first modern coachbuilding effort, paying homage to the brand’s roots that began as a boutique coachbuilder under the reign of its founding father, Ettore Bugatti.

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The Bugatti Divo is a heavily modified Chiron designed to tackle track days. Starting with the mechanicals, the drivetrain setup is comprised of the same 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, sending power to all four wheels and makes the same 1497 horsepower and 1180 pound-feet of torque, but the Divo is considerably lighter, that’s to an interior that’s completely devoid of leather and metal and in its place are Alcantara and carbon fiber to spruce up the ambiance. And the bespoke carbon fiber shell is a fine blend of art and aerodynamic design that’s tailored to improve downforce and on-limit handling.

The massive fixed rear wing combined with the redesigned front end aid in generating up to 1.6 g’s of grip around corners and the downforce is up by 198 lbs over the Chiron. Even the cooling system has been beefed up significantly which can be seen by looking at the side profile of the Divo which trades in the signature C-shaped silhouette of the Chiron in favor of two massive scoops directing more air to the motor. All of these changes result in a Hypercar that’s an astounding 8 seconds faster around the Nardo test track than the already savagely fast Chiron.

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And what’s the price for all this high-speed, track-ready goodness you may ask? Well if you want one you’ll have to shell out at least 5.7 million and with only 40 units destined for production, all 40 have already found a home and most of them cost well over the $5.7 million base price set by Bugatti. And if auction prices of recent Bugatti’s are anything to go by, if one does pop up at an auction block near you, it’s safe to expect an eight-figure price tag to bring one home.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Bugatti Chiron  Super Sport 300+ $3,900,000   8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 7-Speed DSG 1,577 hp 1,180 lb·ft 2.3 sec (estimated) 304 mph
Bugatti Divo $5,800,000   N/A 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 7-Speed DSG 1,479 hp 1,180 lb⋅ft 2.4 sec 230 mph+
Bugatti Centodieci $8,600,000 N/A 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 7-Speed DSG 1,578 hp 1,180 lb⋅ft 2.4 sec 240 mph
Bugatti La Voiture Noire $12,000,000  ($18.68 million) cross reference N/A 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 7-Speed DSG 1,479 hp 1,180 lb⋅ft 2.4 sec 260 mph
Bugatti Bolide $4,800,000 N/A 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 7-Speed DSG 1,578 hp 1,180 lb⋅ft 2.17 sec 311 mph

Rolls Royce Boat Tail - $28,000,000

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With a price tag of $28,000,000, the Rolls Royce strives to be one of the finest examples of modern coachbuilding. Drawing parallels to the most exquisite Yachts, the Boattail is the most expensive new car in the world.

Rolls Royce is more than just an automaker. For over a century it has been the symbol of ultimate wealth and it continues to cater to some of the most exquisite clientele on the face of this planet. But there are some clients that are more special than others and for those lucky individuals who possess deep pockets and an ever-deeper relationship with Rolls Royce, they are entitled to some perks, unmatched by any automaker in the industry. The latest chapter in this lineage is the Rolls Royce Boat Tail, a reinterpretation of the RR Boat Tail design from the 1910s.

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The Boat Tail is only the second car in the auto marque’s modern line-up of coach-built one-offs, following in the footsteps of the Sweptail with everything dialed up a notch. Commissioned by a group of three anonymous billionaires who presumably wanted to take their love of J Class Yachts to the streets, the Boat Tail borrows its mechanical underpinnings from a Rolls Royce Dawn which include its buttery smooth 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 but everything except for crucial structural elements has been chucked out the window and in its place is fully hand-rolled aluminum body. Every surface from the wooden hood to the double-hinged doors on the back has been crafted by hand using the most exotic materials. Speaking of the rear deck, the massive panels have been forged out of carbon and electronically swing open to unveil the "rear hosting area" tailored to the owner’s taste.

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With a team of just 20 experts craftsman dedicated to handcrafting each Boat Tail to perfection, each example will take fours years to complete and with a price tag of $28,000,000 dollars, it’s not only the Worlds most expensive new car, but also the finest example of modern coachbuilding.

Make Original MSRP Latest Auction Price  Engine Transmission Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Rolls Royce Boat Tail $28,000,000 N/A 6.75L twin-turbo V12  8-speed automatic 571 hp (estd) 660 lb-ft (estd) >5.0 sec  155 mph

FAQs

What is the most expensive car in the world?

The most expensive new car sold in the World is the one-of-one Bugatti La Voiture Noire sold for a reported $18,000,000, while the Most expensive car ever sold is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO that fetched a record $70,000,000 at a private auction.

What is the most expensive car?

The current record holder for the most expensive car is the 1964 Tour de France winning, Silver Ferrari 250 GTO that fetched a record $70,000,000 at a private auction.

How much is the most expensive car?

The title of most expensive car ever sold is currently held by the 1964 Tour de France winning Ferrari 250 GTO which with a sale price of $70 million dethroned the last record holder, another Ferrari 250 GTO in red which was raced by Jo Schlesser and sold for $38,115,000.

Who owns the most expensive car?

The 1964 Tour de France Winning Ferrari 250 GTO holds the record for the most expensive car ever. Formally owned by German racing driver Christian Glaesel, was acquired by US car parts mogul David MacNeil for a record price of $70 million.

What is the most expensive car in the world in 2021?

The most expensive car sold in 2021 was the Rolls Royce Boattail, which was built to order for Rolls Royce’s special client for an estimated $28,000,000.

How much is the most expensive car in the world?

The most expensive car in the world was sold for $70 million at a private auction

What is the world’s most expensive car?

The world’s most expensive car is a 1964 Tour de France winning Ferrari 250 GTO with a sale price of $70 million.

What is the most expensive sports car?

The most expensive sports car sold in 2021 was the Bugatti La Voiture Noire which fetched $18 million at a private auction.

What is the most valuable car brand?

As of 2021, Toyota motors is the world’s most valuable auto manufacturer with an estimated valuation of $59.07 billion USD.

Bhavik Sreenath
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