The most expensive cars in the world are not only limited to be the modes of transportation, they are certainly more than that. These rolling works of art encapsulate the priorities of the one percent, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over practicality and efficiency. Keeping the lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly mind-boggling machines with the most expensive price tags on them.
In this article, we would try to find out, what makes these cars so much expensive, and are they really worth that pricing or not. Have a look!
Bugatti recently dethroned the Rolls-Royce to become the most expensive car in the world, La Voiture Noire, which arrives in Bugatti's 110th anniversary year, it flaunts aggressive styling up front with a more pronounced grille than either the Veyron or Chiron, while the headlights recede back above the wheel arches rather than being placed horizontally above the bumper, which now sticks out sharply, it is being said that the car is worth $19 million.
While the styling isn’t entirely evocative of the smooth coupe contours and elongated bonnet of the original Atlantic, the most definitive stylistic aspect has been retained by the makers: the dorsal seam running up along the bonnet, between the windows and over the roof of the body.
At the back, a continuous rear light runs along a grille-like back end, with the company name illuminated in white below. All this rests above a bespoke exhaust set-up comprising six separate pipes running away from the car's 1479bhp 8.0-litre 16-cylinder engine. From the specs, it is likely to be the same engine used in the Chiron.
Rolls-Royce would build almost anything if people have a thick enough wallet to pay for it. Take the Sweptail, for example. It’s a one-off vehicle that a customer commissioned from the ground up. Its design draws inspiration from the brand’s classic models while borrowing styling cues from the world of super-yachts. Nearly every part of this car is unique, and the project took four years from scratch to stars, which explains why it cost approximately $13 million.
The “Sweptail” name and design is referenced from swept-tail Rolls-Royce designs from the 1920s. The car, which appears to be based on the now-defunct Phantom Coupe, features a fastback roof that ends in a pointed tail, a design flourish which is rarely visible today. Virtually the entire roof is covered in glass, which makes up for quite a view, but also ensures the air conditioning would be running on full blast on sunny days.
Despite being a very large car, the Sweptail only seats two. The space behind the rear seats are taken up by a wood-covered luggage shelf, which looks like as if someone just inserted a section of deck from a yacht into the cabin. As with all Rolls cars, the interior is trimmed in high-end wood and leather. Designers also tried to eliminate as much switchgear as possible from the dashboard to create a much cleaner look, and found space in the door sills for attach cases, each designed to hold a laptop. The finishing touch is provided by a champagne cooler in the center console.
By far the third most expensive car on our list, the Maybach Exelero makes its appearance under Honorable Mentions due to its one-off status of the makers Mercedes. 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 United States 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 luxurious amenities.
This feature packed car, does provide justice to its price tag, and if one is wealthy enough to buy this, this would certainly not be a bad option.
Koenigsegg makes its first appearance on the list with its CCXR Trevita, and it does so as the most expensive street-legal production car in the world. With no exaggeration, the car is literally coated in diamonds! And diamonds aren’t cheap. The car costs around $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 figure out how much the touch-up paint would cost. Underneath the lustrous finish lies a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004 horsepower and 797 pound-feet of torque, which means it should have little to no trouble overtaking other cars on the freeway.
Poison. This is the name Lamborghini chose for the modified Aventador roadster, the name is translated from Italian, of course, and it was built to celebrate the automaker’s 50th birthday. There are uncertainties about the company’s motivations in making this car, but the name is fitting for a vehicle that looks so positively deadly, so undeniably venomous.
The car looks absolutely stunning from every angle, and to this day, one could mistake it for an alien spacecraft surveying the 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, which evidently puts this car on our list of the most expensive cars.
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 a mere 2.9 seconds.