Do you have one or two million bucks (and I mean USD, my friend) to splurge on your dream car? You do? Oh, that’s great. You can now chose from one of the following cars that have made it to Forbes’ list of the most expensive cars in the world.
Cars like the $285,000 Bentley Mulsanne, the $285,000 McLaren MP4-12C and the $214,990 Spyker C8 Aileron do not even come close to qualifying for Forbes list of the 10 most expensive cars so you may just want to move on. That distinction belongs to an entirely different class: Think along the lines of the $1.4 million Maybach Landaulet, the $1.5 million Koenigsegg Agera, and the $2.6 million Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.
These cars have the über-engineered carbon fiber bodies, obscene amounts of horsepower and excessive creature comforts that draw big price tags.
To compile their list of the most expensive cars going on sale next year, Forbes scoured price lists from well-known manufacturers like Bugatti, Rolls-Royce and Maybach, and from lesser-known companies like Saleen and SSC. Some expected entrants (Aston Martin, Spyker, McLaren) didn’t quite have the stuff to make their list. Others, like Koenigsegg, had a few models that might have qualified, so Forbes limited their list to the most expensive car from each manufacturer, otherwise there would be a few entries from the ubiquitous Bugatti and a bonus future entry from Ferrari.
These cars seem to go one of two ways: super-luxurious touring sedans like the Landaulet and the $447,000 Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, or screaming street fighters like the $455,400 Lamborghini LP 670-4 SuperVeloce and the $728,000 LeBlanc Mirabeau.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
MSRP: $2.6 million
Specs: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is the fastest production car in the world. It hit 268 mph on the track last year; the production version will go 0-60 in 2.48 seconds on a W16 engine that has 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 Newton meters of torque. Fuel economy is 6.3 miles per gallon in the city and 15.8 on the highway–a 10% improvement over the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport.
MSRP: $1.5 million
Specs: Agera means “to act” in Swedish, and is also short for the Greek word Ageratos, which in ancient Greek means “ageless.” The body of the car is made from carbon fiber and aluminum, with the shape and concept of the Koenigsegg CC created 15 years ago. It has a 910-horsepower 4.7-liter V8 engine that goes 0-100 in under 3.1 seconds, and its wheels generate a vortex to suck hot air away from the brakes. Fewer than 20 will be made each year.
MSRP: $1.405 million
Specs: The Landaulet’s top speed is 278 mph, with a 604-horsepower, 5.9-liter twin turbo V12 AMG engine. Fuel efficiency is 21.2 mpg on the highway and 12.9 mpg in the city, which is very good considering the car’s size and weight. Intelligent bi-xenon headlamps, park assist, rear refrigerator, folding tables and two champagne flutes in hand-polished 925 sterling silver come with the car, and all of its doors close automatically. After all, as the Maybach website says, “The ultimate in luxury means physical exertion is not necessary.”
Pagani Zonda C9
MSRP: $1.3 million
Specs: Word is the C9 will have a 6.0-liter V12 Mercedes-Benz AMG engine with 700 horsepower and 1000 Nm of torque. The car is a totally new car in terms of form, weight distribution and materials; it’s made on a carbon-titanium chassis and comes with specially developed Pirelli tires. Only 40 of them will be made next year. Note: The car shown is the Zonda–official photos of the C9 have yet to be released.
Specs: We couldn’t help adding this to our list–as the next in the Ferrari line and a replacement for the famous Enzo, it’s been hyped for months already and is expected to start production in early 2012, with orders being taken next year. It’ll have a V8 biturbo engine and 700 horsepower–and weigh just 1,200 pounds, thanks to Ferrari’s pervasive use of carbon fiber. The F70 is expected to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, with a top speed of 223 mph. (Note: The car shown is the Ferrari Enzo)
SSC Ultimate Aero
Specs: The Ultimate Aero will do 0-60 in 2.78 seconds with a projected top speed of 273 mph. It has a 1,287-bhp V8 engine. It comes with air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, tilt-steering, cab-controlled front air lift, 10-speaker premium audio, CD/DVD system w/ 7.5″ DVD screen, automatic backup camera and navigation. Carbon fiber rear spoilers respond to the amount of pressure on the brake pedal. Inside, a carbon fiber dashboard and center console incorporate a digital temperature control unit and tire pressure monitor for optimum driving conditions.
Specs: The mid-engine Mirabeau is designed to fulfill all FIA/Le Mans standards to drive the car in LeMans, but it is also street legal. It has a V8 supercharged engine with 700 bhp and 850 Nm of torque. The body and frame are made of carbon fiber, with a 6-speed transmission and a top speed of 370 km/hour. Automatic gear shifting costs an additional 52,000 euro; leather interior and other creature comforts cost extra.
Lamborghini Murcielago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce
Specs: The SuperVeloce has a 6.5-liter V12 engine with 670 horsepower and a 0-60 mph of less than 3.2 seconds. Top speed is 212 mph. The car is substantially lighter than the other Murcielagos in the lineup (the engine is 12 pounds lighter, the total car is 220 pounds lighter), which makes it seem significantly faster. Inside, black leather trim with carbon fiber sport bucket seats and door panels add to the edgy effect. It’s available in a 6-speed manual or automatic version.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Specs: The engine is a V12 direct injection with 453 bhp and 720 Nm of torque. It goes 0-60 in 5.6 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. Fuel consumption is 12.2 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Drophead has two doors and four seats with a trunk even when the roof is down. Each Phantom is hand-built.