• The Most Overpriced German Cars On the Market

German luxury cars don’t come cheap, but these cars literally break the bank.

Germany has been widely reputed for producing some of the best quality vehicles over the years. Brands like Mercedes, Porsche, and Audi are classed as providing quality luxury or sports models due to the iconic series they have given the market. It is probably because of the quality control processes enacted by these platforms, ensuring the customers get the absolute best of the automotive world. Their pricing may be a bit higher than other models designed for utility than performance and luxury. Some of these offerings were one-of-a-kind collectibles due to their brief time on the market, thereby raising the price tag over the years. Others are top-of-the-line performance and luxury models whose high cost of production steered the cost to the consumer. The following list shows cars with a combination of rarity and beauty that became the most expensive German vehicles available.

1993 Porsche 964 Turbo S ’Leichtbau’: $1.2 million

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Leichtbau translated to light construction and was categorized for a special series of 964 Turbo S models made by Porsche Exclusive. Even at an estimated $1,300,000 price, the Porsche omitted air conditioning, power steering, and sound deadening.

The engine was a 3.3-liter, turbocharged flat six-cylinder that churned 376 horsepower to the rear wheels.

The Leichtbau’s interior is a time capsule from the 90s, considering the pastel pinks and purple covering the seating. It is a great collector’s item.

2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet: $550,000

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The Landaulet is the first modern car on this list that earns these astronomical rates. This iteration is a combination of a G-wagon and a 6.0-liter, bi-turbo V-12 from the S65. The wheelbase was also stretched by more than half a meter, and a soft top was fitted. Under the hood, the S65 powertrain gave the Laundalet 621 horsepower. The model typically looks like a luxury offering, but it is a proper off-roader, tackling craggy outcroppings, swamps, and holes with nonchalance.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

2004 Maybach Exelero: $8,000,000

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The Maybach Exelero is a nefarious-looking luxury model with a flair for performance and comfort. The engine was a 6.0-liter Biturbo, V12 that produced 691 horsepower and 752 pounds per feet of torque. Despite its laid-back stature and apparent weight, the Exelero can reach 60 miles an hour within 4.4 seconds. The imposing grille and sharply styled headlights are something of a novelty. The long door opens wide, and the cushy seat moves back to accommodate the long limbs.

Read our full review on the 2004 Maybach Exelero

2013-2015 Porsche 918 Spyder: $929,000

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The Spyder is the first hybrid on the list that combined two motors and a 4.6-liter V-8 engine. It was one of the first cars to be designated a hypercar alongside the McLaren P1, and the LaFerrari.

It can generate 875 horsepower and hits 60 miles per hour within 3 seconds on electric power alone.

Even without the Weissach Package, which adds carbon fiber, the 918 Spyder represents the height of engineering and efficiency. The addition does make fine additions that add to performance on the track.

Read our full review on the 2012-2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

2021 Bugatti Chiron: $2.9 million

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The Chiron is the successor of the Veyron in terms of performance, considering it previously held the title of the fastest production car in the world. Its $2.9 million price tag is probably justified by the excesses such as the 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine, four turbochargers, and ten radiators. These add up to 1500 horsepower and 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds. Bugatti also dressed the cabin in top-of-the-range materials and top-notch tech accessories. The driver gets a flat bottomed steering wheel, and the center console is made from a single piece of aluminum to accentuate the overall tech feel.

Read our full review on the 2021 Bugatti Chiron

1959 BMW 507: $1.9 million

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The BMW 507 is another classic with an intense history. It was claimed to be the most beautiful car in the world in production even before it reached the United States. It’s not hard to see why as it was made of aluminum and handcrafted, which means no two cars were the same. That added to the uniqueness of each car. The engine was a 3.2-liter, V-8 linked to a four-speed manual gearbox. It was rated at 145 horsepower and had an acceleration of 6 seconds to 60 miles per hour. Even then, the 507 was classified as a luxury rather than a performance model.

Read our full review on the 1959 BMW 507

1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing: $1.2 million

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The 300 SL Gullwing is often termed as the progenitor of the supercar generation, considering it was one of the first road cars to reach 155 miles an hour.
It was attributed to the 3.0-liter, inline-six engine, rated at 215 horsepower. At the time of production, the car was an instant hit hence its popularity among the elite, making it one of the most sought-after luxury sports brands. At present, the 300SL is considered one of the most desired models. The available cars on the market retail at an estimated $1.2 million at auction.

Read our full review on the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

2003-2009 Mercedes McLaren SLR: $750,000

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The Mercedes McLaren was a one-time luxury sports combination that merged the McLaren and Mercedes design languages. AMG fitted the car with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that made 557 horsepower. It managed an acceleration time of 3.6 seconds from 0 to 60 and a top speed of 208 miles an hour. The prices ranged from $750,000 to $1 million from the base to limited editions.

Read our full review on the 2013 Mercedes McLaren SLR

1982 Porsche 956: $5.2 million

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The 956 is yet another track edition Porsche that dominated the circuit in 1982 and 1983, later developing into a customer car. Porsche fitted the Le Mans-winning model with a 2.65-liter type 935, turbocharged engine, and a five-speed manual transmission. It delivered a whopping 635 horsepower and achieved a top speed of 225 miles an hour. Due to its racing pedigree, the 956 earned a price tag of $5.2 million.

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