There are cars, there are luxury cars, and then there are these super-cars. Below, you will find a list of the most elite driving machines on the planet. These incredibly beautiful (and rare) cars approach the intersection of art and automobiles. Which explains the hefty price tag.
How expensive are these cars? Let’s put it this way… you’ll need at least $1 million to purchase the cheapest car on this prestigious list.
To be clear, this exclusive list does not include classic cars sold at auction. The 30 cars ranked below are recent production vehicles. Some are even brand new.
Without further delay, we gladly present the 30 most expensive cars in the world. We promise you won’t be disappointed…
$13 Million – Rolls-Royce Sweptail
Do you happen to have $13 million lying around, which you’re feeling generous to give to the Rolls-Royce company? Then the commissioned-from-the-ground-up Sweptail can be yours.
Why own something that’s available to everyone else, when you can own something that was the brainchild of a “super-yacht and aircraft specialist” instead? When it debuted at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este event, it was priced at $12.8 million.
$8 Million – Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero
A car so nice, it’s got two of the biggest names in luxury automotive in the car name. The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero was built well over a decade ago, back in 2004, but that doesn’t make it any less expensive.
If you adjust for inflation, the Exelero would cost you upwards of $10 million. You’re getting a car with 700 hp, twin-turbo V12 and luxurious amenities for that price, though it’d cost you a full year’s salary of a top professional athlete.
$4.8 Million – Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
To those who aren’t car buffs, Koenigsegg sounds like fancy breakfast dish. But Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, including the CCXR Trevita, considered the most “street-legal production car” in the world.
Why so expensive? Because it’s actually coated in the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, meaning the carbon fibers are coated in diamond dust (see image below). We recommend you don’t tell your wife or girlfriend that fact, unless you want to pay $4.8 million for this bad boy.
$4.5 – Lamborghini Veneno
The Lamborgini Veneno is literally named after “venom,” even though it looks more like the dream child of a billionaire playboy in his 20’s. But that’s not the age range the car designer had in mind, as it was created to celebrate Lamborgini’s 50th birthday.
Then again, when designing this car, they put a price tag on it that the billionaire playboy could afford, at over $4.5 million. That’ll get you a car with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that spins all the way up to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740 hp.
$3.4 Million – M Motors Lykan Hypersport
If you recognize the $3M+ Lykan Hypersport from W Motors, you’re not alone. In the film Furious 7, it was the supercar from Lebanon that crashed through three different skyscrapers in the Middle Eastern city of Dubai.
Ironically enough, the police in Abu Dhabi — another city in the United Arab Emirates — has began using these cars for police patrol duty. There are probably a lot cops here stateside that are jealous of this car with hyper-sport boost, a 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six that yields 770 hp and 708 lb-ft.
$3.4 Million – Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron
Augmented by German witch doctors Mansory, the 1,200-hp Veyron starts out as a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster, only to be adorned with a gorgeous carbon-fiber body, a new spoiler package, upgraded LED lights, a revamped cabin, and a redesigned front grille.
$3 Million – Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
The Ferrari Sergio is one bad @ss Ferrari with one bad ass price tag. Crafted by the legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, the Sergio is a Ferrari 458 Spider with a completely new body and interior; in other words it has a 4.5-liter V8 sends a staggering 562 hp.
But if you want to talk about an air of exclusivity: the car is so rare that the company actually picks out the buyers for whom the care will be made. This is one of the most highly coveted vehicles in the world, as only six were ever made.
$2.9 Million – Bugatti Chiron
A car with horsepower in the quadruple digits? That’s more like it. After German carmakers helped amplify the horsepower of this driving machine to 1,500 hp, it will truly live up to the machine. Thanks to German advisors, the 1,200-hp Veyron starts out as a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster.
This supercars incredible performance is made possible by its quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16, which now produces 1,500 hp. With that type of power, it’s easy to see how the Chiron gets from zero to sixty in just 2.5 seconds, on the way to its top speed, which is limited to 261 mph.
$2.7 Million – Laferrari FXX K
The Ferrari LaFerrari would be the perfect vehicle, if not for one thing: the emissions standards and safety equipment add considerable weight to this otherwise-perfect machine, so for the track-only FXX K, the car bows only to machine ability.
Otherwise, the car can go up to 1,050 in HP, and all the subsequent modifications made to this car seem provide a very modern look to the interior.
$2.6 Million – Aston Martin Valkyrie
The type of ride you’d only see a modern-day James Bond rolling around in, the Valkyrie from Aston Martin has been reported to be priced around $2.6 million. Why so much?
Because it’s a luxury car that’s been co-produced with the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, the latter of whom helped “give the car wings” through the 6.5-liter V12 hybrid powertrain and unheard of levels of downforce on the track.
$2.6 Million – Pagani Huayra BC
The producer of the second-fastest road-legal Top Gear lap ever recorded, the Pagani Huayra is an AMG-sourced V12 vehicle with a divine moniker, as it was name after the Incan god ow minds. Clearly, the car moves like such, with an enormous active rear spoiler that generates 1,102 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, and that’s not even mentioning the wider rear track and new side skirts.
Interestingly enough, the car is incredibly light for a machine that can move like this, weighing in at only 2,654 pounds thanks to the abundance of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials from which it was made.
$2.5 Million – Mercedes-AMG Project One
Happy “Gold” Birthday to Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division. The engineers in said division created the Project One supercar, which could double as a Formula One race car — it was built using components straight from the company’s top race cars, including a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 that revs up to 11,000 RPM.
The six cylinders are reinforced by four electric motors — two power the front wheels, one that powers the V6 to drive the rear wheels, and the final one that revs up the turbocharger. Add it all up, and you get a car with over 1,000 in horsepower, that’ll set you back about $2.5 million if you ever wanted to own one.
$2.6 Million – Ferrari F60 America
Apparently, top automobile manufacturers love to spoil themselves when they hit milestone birthdays. For instance, when Ferrari celebrated it’s 60th anniversary in North America, they built 10 prototypes of the F60 America, inspired by the company’s F12 Berlinetta, and adorned in the stars and stripes.
The 6.2-liter V12 engine creates 740 hp, with a 0-to-60 time of only 3.1 seconds.
$2.3 Million – Aston Martin Vulcan
The car named for the Roman God of the forge, or the home of Mr. Spock, the Aston Martin Vulcan is not street legal, so don’t get tempted at the idea of pushing it around on the road. In fact, Aston Martin required potential owners to “train” for driving this car by using cars like the Vantage GT4 racer and a One-77 first, before driving this.
That’s because this beast encompasses a 7.0-liter V12 engine that generates 800 hp, which is deliver to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. The chassis is built with a carbon-fiber monocoque, making the car incredibly lightweight as well.
$2.2 Million – Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Imagine a luxury car that has 570 hp but weighs less than a Honda Fit. That’s exactly what the $2.2 million Lamborghini Sesto Elemento provides.
Of course, it doesn’t provide much else that you’d expect — like all the other electronic amenities built into cars — to help keep the weight down. Because the lack of mass, the Sesto can hit 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds, and if you give it just enough room, it can hit over 200mph in speed.
$2 Million – Koenigsegg One:1
The Koenigsegg One:1 is a Swedish “megacar” that’s “mega” on the price and the capability. Let’s start with the 1:1 kilogram-to-horsepower ratio, which means the 3,000-ish pound car can generate up to 1,340 horsepower and speeds up to 273 mph; that makes it one of the fastest automobiles ever made.
With the F1-style honeycomb core, carbon-fiber intake manifold, and ventilated ceramic brakes, it’s also one of the most futuristic. That’s why it’ll set you back around $2 million.
$2 Million – Koenigsegg Regera
In the world of hybrid “hypercars,” the Koenigsegg Regera stands right up there — if not ahead of — the top hybrid cars in this class, like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, and Ferrari LaFerrari.
The Regera’s twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 and a 4.5-kWh battery pack enables this beauty to hit 1,500 hp in total, along with a 0-60 in 2.8 seconds, and 0 to 186mph in less than 11 seconds. In fact, the company’s internal estimates indicate the car can hit a 248 mph in just 20 seconds; the only reason it’s an “estimate” is because the company can’t find a road long enough to test that.
$2 Million – McLaren P1 GTR
The McLaren P1 GTR is in homage to the McLaren F1 GTR racer for the 1990’s. However, this version isn’t a race car, but instead on that can just go really really fast for the fun of it.
It’s got a virtually identical 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain and the old P1, and still produces over 900 hp. McLaren then removed any luxuries from the P1 cabin, tighter up the suspension, and added stronger aerodynamic elements that allow the car to increase its downforce to generate speeds up to 150mph.
$2 Million – McLaren BP23
The McLaren BP23 is a three-seat hybrid hyper-car that’s considered to be the successor of McLaren’s F1 model. The brainchild off McLaren’s Special Operations (MSO) division, they’ve already sold 106 of these machines, even though they’ll cost upwards of $2 million.
It’s built off the updated Monocage II carbon-fiber tub, the engine inside is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-8 that can generate over 900hp.
$1.9 Million – Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4
There’s been reports of car experts screaming “wow!” when they first tested out the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4.
Named in honor of founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth, the Centenario has a mid-mounted, 6.5-liter V-12 engine that produces 759 hp, and a 0-60 in 2.8 seconds (though some believe it might be even slightly less). It’s such a sleek car that, when they showed simply a sketch of the model at Pebble Beach in 2015, they sold 30 pre-orders, despite the price of almost $2 million.
$1.6 Million – Hennessey Venom F5
The Venom F5 will be the first completely in-house developed and constructed vehicle from Hennessey Performance Engineering (via it’s Special Vehicles division), in which the chassis, body work, engine and exhaust system developed by the company along with other bespoke components will be built internally.
Named in homage to an F5 tornado (the fastest category), it was debuted in Las Vegas in November of 2017, with expectations to beat world records in speed. Hennessey predicts the car will perform 0–186 mph in under 10 seconds and a 0–249 mph in under 20 seconds.
$1.4 Million – Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
Ferrari unveiled their Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta hypercar in 2017 at a Paris Motorshow, and it was instantly sold out, with some people paying as much as just under $4 million for the car.
Those people clearly have a need for speed, as the Aperta can go 0-60 mph in less than three seconds, 0-124 mph in less than seven seconds and 0-186 mph in 15 seconds. The 7-speed transmission car has a V12 engine under the hood, with 949 hp.
$1.4 Million – Aston Martin One-77
Aston Martin One-77 is a two-door, two-seater flagship sports car of the fame automobile manufacturer.
It features a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a naturally aspirated 7.3 liter (7312 cc) V12 engine developing 750 hp. The top speed was officially clocked at just over 220 mph, with the car utilizing a 6-speed automated manual transmission.
$1.2 Million – Zenvo TS1 GT
The prototype for the Zeno TS1 GT started being teased on magazine covers for almost a decade, but the Danish company finally anted up and produced the car, which was worth the weight.
The 5.8-liter V8 engine produces over 1160 in horsepower, with a 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 233mph.
$1.1 Million – Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity
You want to talk about a car that’s fit for royalty and nobility? The Rolls-Royce Serenity Phantom uses what it calls “the finest silk” to produce “the most opulent interior.” You’re practically sitting in wealth… and we haven’t even talked about the performance of the car.
Even though this will never be mistaken for a race car, it can still move, with a 0-60 in under six seconds. But make no mistake, this is for people who only want the finest of things in their life.
$1 Million – Lagonda Taraf
If you turned a limo into a sports car, you’d have the Aston Marin Lagonda Taraf — or that was the company’s intention, anyway. The car is powered by Aston’s usual 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V-12 engine, with 540-hp.
In general, it’s been described as an “enormously likable” car that gives you a combination of luxury and performance that you’d expect with this type of price tag; that’s not even mentioning the exclusivity, considering only 200 were made in the US.
$1 Million – Fittipaldi EF7
The brainchild of Fittipaldi Motors LLC, the EF7 arrived in spring of 2018, with only 39 units being created for this ultra exclusive car.
The intention when it was being made was for it to have high power, low weight, and high downforce design, manifested in a 4.8-liter naturally-aspirated V8 engine that can generate 600 hp. The car was designed to represent a shark that can move as fast as the wind, which is terrifying in and of itself.