When it comes to the very most expensive cars that exist on this planet, transportation is not the main selling point of most of these cars. The fifteen cars I will show you all have a unique selling point, whether it is crazy performance or more luxury than anyone could ever wish for, all of these fifteen high valued cars are insane.
Eighteen million dollars for one car
When it comes to extreme luxury, price tags get a bit fuzzy. No-one except the buyer and the salesman will know the exact price paid for the vehicle. It is difficult to estimate the exact pricing of the cars because it is dependent on things like country specific taxes, additional options and deals between the buyer and seller. Therefore, the prices mentioned in this article are estimates. Additionally, auctioned cars are left off the list.
|Bugatti||La Voiture Noire||12 to 18 million|
|Pagani||Zonda HP Barchetta||15 million|
|Rolls Royce||Sweptail||13 million|
|Koenigsegg||CCXR Trevita||4.8 million|
|Lamborghini||Veneno Roadster||4.5 million|
|Bugatti||Chiron Super Sport 300+||3.9 million|
|McLaren||P1 LM||3.7 million|
|Bugatti||Chiron Sport||3.3 million|
|Aston Martin||Valkyrie||3 million|
|Ferrari||Sergio (Pininfarina)||3 million|
|Pagani||Zonda Revolución||2.8 million|
1. Bugatti – La Voiture Noire (12 to 18 million dollars)
Despite the unclarity surrounding vehicles of the highest quality, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire takes the lead in most lists for expensive cars around the world.
Some argue that Bugatti is not a car maker but a designer brand, which happens to make cars. Nonetheless, Bugatti is known to make extremely fast cars, yet some of its customers use the car as a statement piece and don’t buy it for it’s performance.
Bugatti’s latest addition to the line-up is La Voiture Noire, is a car that celebrates Bugatti’s 110 years of existence, and the name of the model means Black Car. This one-off vehicle is rumoured to not even be road-legal, but let’s hope it’s owner won’t let it sit in the garage forever.
Enough talk about the car, let’s have a look at the pictures of this beast…
2. Pagani – Zonda HP Barchetta (15 million dollars)
Pagani Automobili was found by Horacio Pagani. As a young boy Horacio dreamt of creating the most beautiful and fast cars of the world. After Horacio gained experience working for Lamborghini, he found his own company, Pagani Automobili. Pagani specializes in composite materials, creating lightweight, but strong racing cars. The Paganiz Zonda HP Barchetta is based on the very first Pagani ever, the Zonda C12. The Zonda HP Barchetta used to be the most expensive car ever built, with only three of them ever produced. On top of that, it is the most powerful, yet road-legal, Zonda that ever left Pagani’s factory.
The car is powered by a Mercedes-AMG V12 engine. The vehicle weighs only 1250 kg and produces 800 hp. The Barhetta accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. By the way, the 2-searter does not come with a roof, so you’re better confident about your hairstyle before you take the chance to drive this car.
3. Rolls Royce – Sweptail (13 million dollars)
Not only is this a one-off car, it was specifically designed for one individual eccentric buyer. According to some, the design resembles that of a yacht. When I tell you that the anonymous collector is, according to Rolls Royce, known for collecting luxury cars, yachts and even aircraft, this might not come as a surprise. With a design based on Rolls Royce cars of the 20’s and 30’s of last century, the car has a huge front grille, not uncommon for Rolls Royce cars. What is uncommon is the unique swooped rear side of the vehicle, resembling design features found on high-end yachts. This is also the inspiration for the name of the unique model, the Sweptail.
4. Maybach – Exelero (8 million dollars)
This is a one-off Maybach Exelero that sold for the high price of 8 million dollars. The buyer might be known to some, it was rapper Birdman (Bryan Williams). The price is ridiculous, but the car has an interesting story, which started way before the rapper decided to buy the car. The car was built for Fulda, a tyre maker that wanted to test it’s biggest, newest tires back in 2003. Maybach made a one-off vehicle for the purpose of Fulda testing new tires in their high performance range of tires.
The Exelero was built on the platform of the Maybach 57, but the inspiration of the design of the Exelero comes from the Maybach SW 38.
5. Bugatti – Divo (5.8 million dollars)
The Bugatti Divo can be regarded as a Chiron that was updated with a focus on track driving. The hefty price tag, especially when compared to it’s family member, the Chiron, requires some explanation. The Divo has better downforce, more aerodynamic features; like a bigger front splitter and enlarged rear diffuser and wing. Even though the Divo saw a lot of improvements compared to the Bugatti Chiron, the top speed has decreased from 420 km/h to 380 km/h, yet the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is still 2.4 seconds. The reason for the reduced top speed is the increase in downforce. The name of the car refers to Albert Divo, who was a racer for Bugatti in the 20’s of last century. The interior is clad with more carbon fibre than ever before, but that didn’t result in enough weight reduction for Bugatti’s engineers. The windshield wipers are now also made of carbon fibre. The Bugatti Chiron’s mid engine produces 1479 horsepower.
Bugatti only produced 40 units of the Divo, and all of them were sold out, even before the car was made public.
6. Koenigsegg – CCXR Trevita (4.8 million dollars)
Koenigsegg is a Swedish company that manufactures high-performance sports cars. Koenigsegg has built some of the most extreme hypercars in the world, like the Regera, Agera and Koenigsegg Jesko. The CCXR Trevita is an even more limited edition of the Koenigsegg CCXR. The CCXR is a more environmental conscious edition of the CCX, it has the same engine, but can now run on E85 and E100 ethanol fuel standard 98 octane. What makes the Trevita different from the ‘regular’ Koenigsegg CCXR?
Let’s start with the name. Trevita is the Swedish abbreviation that means ‘three whites’. You might wonder what Koenigsegg means with this reference to the whites. Koenigsegg developed a coated carbon fibre solution of which the CCXR Trevita is built. Instead of the regular grey and/ or black noticeable carbon fibre pattern , the Trevita is made of a sparkling, silver-white carbon fibre composite.
The specs of this car are not to be joked about. The Trevita can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds (just .1 second slower than the 2nd most expensive car, the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta). This Koenigsegg has a top speed of more than 410 km/h. Because of the complexity of the rare diamond woven, white carbon fibre, only two Trevita’s were ever made.
7. Lamborghini – Veneno Roadster (4.5 million dollars)
At number seven on this list is the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, the only Lamborghini expensive enough to show up in this list of 15 highest priced cars. As Lamborghini describes the Veneno Roadster; ‘It will feel like flying on the road’. This sense of flying is not just an exaggeration. With an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed of 355 km/h driving this car may feel like flying a jet. The Veneno is supposed to be one of the most extraordinary, road-legal supercars. The V12 has a power output of 750 hp. The car was built in 2014, and only nine vehicles were made.
The design of the car screams downforce. With such a low front end, it works as a large aerodynamic wing, and you can’t miss the large rear wing either. Lamborghini did not cheap out on materials either. The monocoque of the Veneno Roadster is made of carbon fibre, and the wheels are made of exclusive alloys and also feature a carbon fibre trim.
8. Bugatti – Chiron Super Sport 300+ (3.9 million dollars)
The third Bugatti in this list is the Chiron Super Sport 300+. This model follows the classic Bugatti formula: streamlined and sleek design, incredible high speed performance, very limited production numbers and a hefty price tag. The name of this particular car immediately gives away it’s special feature: the first Bugatti to reach speeds above 300 miles per hour, which converts to 482.80 km/h.
The design of the bodywork is focussed on two things, decrease draft and increase downforce. The rear of the car is longer than seen on the ‘regular’ Chiron, which makes the car more aerodynamically efficient. Bugatti has achieved a seemingly perfect balance which results in spectacular specs. However, not just the aerodynamics are a cause of these impressive specs. The Super Sport 300+ is powered by an 8.0 litre W16 engine with four turbos. This combination delivers a power output of 1600 hp.
As of today, production of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ still has to start, but the limited 30 vehicles are expected to be delivered in 2021. Now the price tag to finish the Bugatti formula: the Chiron Super Sport 300+ will cost 3.9 million dollars.
9. McLaren – P1 LM (3.7 million dollars)
The McLaren P1 LM is the road-legal version of the P1 GTR. The road-legal conversion was performed by Lazante Motorsport, hence the LM in the name. The production of the original P1 GTR was run by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), and so was the P1 LM.
The McLaren P1 LM has a 986 hp power output, of which 197 hp comes from it’s electric engine. The remainder of the power is delivered by a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 engine. The top speed of the P1 LM is 345 kilometres per hour.
Only six units of this road-legal track car were made, but only five of those were up for sale. McLaren kept the sixth car to use for development and testing of new engineering projects.
The McLaren P1 LM made a name for itself by setting some records. The car launched in June 2016 at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Kenny Bräck took the opportunity to race Goodwoods renowned 1.16 mile (which is 1.86 kilometers) in just 47.07 seconds, a record at the time. The P1 LM was also used to beat the road car record at Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 6:43.22, however, since the prototype wasn’t rocking a license plate at the time it is not an official record. This time was also set by Kenny Bräck.
The MSRP of the McLaren P1 LM was 3.7 million dollars.
10. W Motors – Lykan Hypersport (3.4 million dollars)
One of the lesser known automotive brands on this list of 15 most expensive cars is Lykan. Lykan is owned by W Motors, a company from the United Arab Emirates. You might know the Lykan Hypersport because it was featured in the movie (Fast &) Furious 7.
The Lykan Hypersport is powered by a 3.7 litre flat V6 engine which produces a maximum of 780 horsepower. The Lykan performs with an acceleration time of just 2.9 seconds from 0 to 100km/h true to it’s Hypersport badge. The 0 to 200 km/h is also impressive, it takes the Hypersport 9.6 seconds.
The price of the Lykan Hypersport is not only justified by it’s performance. For the 3.4 million dollars get a car lined with 440 diamonds in the headlights. A feature you actually do notice while driving the car is the holographic console display to control features like the audio system. Getting in to the car is a unique experience, the Lykan Hypersport has a ‘reverse dihedral door system’. Imagine butterfly doors that hinge on the rear side of the door instead of the front. The Lykan is exclusive with only seven units ever being produced.
11. Bugatti – Chiron Sport (3.3 million dollars)
Number 11 on this list is the fourth most expensive Bugatti in the world. Where some sceptics claim that Bugatti is more of a ‘designer’ make than it develops sportscars, looking at the rear of the Chiron Sport will quickly shut their mouths. With four exhausts, a modest yet impressive wing and a glimpse of the W16 engine every horsepower craving enthusiast will get excited by seeing this car.
A lot of the bodywork of the Chiron sport consists of the strong and lightweight material carbon fibre. The engine is supported by four turbo’s and delivers an impressive 1500 horsepower. The Chiron Sport is supposed to be optimized for the track, with stiffer suspension and a slight weight reduction compared to the Chiron.
The top speed of the Chiron Sport is 420 km/h, and Sport accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, 0.1 second slower than Bugatti Divo, which costs 5.8 million dollars. If you are willing to lose out on the 0.1 second, you can buy the Chiron Sport for the bargain of 3.3 million dollars. Let’s not talk about taxes.
12. Koenigsegg – Jesko (3 million dollars)
We are back at the Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg. With 3 million dollars, the Jesko is the latest addition to Koenigsegg’s line-up. First presented at Autosalon Geneva, the 2019 hypercar is named after the founder’s father, Jesko Koenigsegg.
The engine is a re-designed Regera – 5.0 twin-turbo V8, producing 1600 horsepower, provided the owner puts in E85 biofuel. Aside from these stats, there is not a lot of information released yet. We don’t know the acceleration times. But don’t worry, the picture promise a hypercar like we are used to from Koenigsegg.
13. Aston Martin – Valkyrie (3 million dollars)
We’ve seen a few British manufactures in this top 15, but no Aston Martin cars yet. The Aton Martin Valkyrie is the 13th most expensive car of the world with a price around 3 million dollars.
Aston Martin will offer 150 street-legal Valkyries. The Valkyrie will be powered by a hybrid powertrain, but it won’t be as boring as your neighbour’s Prius. The Valkyrie has a maximum power output of 1160bhp at 10,500 rpm. The combustion engine is a 6.5 litre V12, which delivers a thousand of the previously mentioned 1160 bhp.
The Valkyrie is a joint operation between Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, but the electric components are part of Rimac and Integral Powertrain Ltd.
This hypercar sells for 3 million dollars, and since it is very limited, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer announced a special resell policy. Customers who buy the Valkyrie just to flip for a quick profit will be excluded from purchasing any special edition Aston Martin models in the future.
14. Ferrari – Sergio [Pininfarina] (3 million dollars)
This is one of the rarest car on the list. Only six Pininfarina Sergio’s were built by Ferrari. You might notice that the car is actually produced under Pininfarina’s name. The car is named after Sergio Pininfarina, who was a designer at Pininfarina who led the company for 40 years, and the son of the founder of Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company. Sergio passed away in 2012, the car was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motorshow.
The car is based on the Ferrari 458 Spider mechanicals, which explains why the Pininfarina Sergio is a joint op between Pininfarina and Ferrari. Take one good look at the car and you immediately see that this design is timeless and unique. The Sergio is recognisable by a front that seems to float above it’s spoiler, and the black insert that covers the side makes this vehicle look really dynamic.
Now for the geeks who love numbers: the car weighs 1280 kilograms and has an acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. The maximum speed of the Sergio is 320 km/h.
15. Pagani – Zonda Revolución (2.8 million dollars)
This is the second Pagani in this list, and it is also a Zonda. Do you love beautiful composites? Then you will love the carbon-titanium clad Zonda Revolución, even the brakes are carbon-ceramic. Composite engineering is Pagani’s field of expertise, and that is one of the reasons why the Zonda Revolución weighs just 1070 kilograms.
Just like every Zonda, this one is also powered by the Mercedes-Benz AMG V12 engine, which develops a power output of 800hp.
If you want to know more about the pricing of all Pagani Zonda editions, check out our in-depth article for a Zonda price breakdown.
That’s it, these are the most expensive cars of the world, updated for 2020. Did you expect to see Lamborghini only once in this list?
Compared to this list, hyper cars like the Porsche 918, Ferrari Enzo and Bugatti Veyron almost seem cheap.
If you had the choice, which car from this list of most expensive cars would you pick? Leave a comment.