If you ask any car enthusiast, a car is not just a mode of conveyance, but a piece of art sought after and cherished by those who can afford it. Big names like Rolls Royce, Lamborghini and Aston Martin, which are usually highly priced, are only suited for rich collectors as many are limited edition and sold out quickly before they reach the public.
As with the most expensive watches, one of the most important factors that affects the price is the brand. Among all the big vehicle brand names, do you know which ones top the list of the top 10 most expensive cars in the world?
Bugatti Veyron Mansory Vivere
Beginning the list with a price of US$3.4 million, the limited edition Bugatti Veyron Mansory Vivere is not only one of the most expensive cars in the world, it is also one of the fastest.
What makes the Veyron Vivere a limited edition is that it is not built by Bugatti but by the German tuners, Mansory, with only 2 examples produced. Donning a flamboyant carbon-fibre accented exterior, the Veyron Vivere is equipped with a 1,200 horsepower engine that does a whopping top speed of 408km/h.
Similarly priced at US$3.4 million, we have the Dubai-based, W Motors, Lykan HyperSport which was introduced in 2013. Its titanium LED headlights are decorated with 420 15-carat diamonds (duh, no doubt pricey) and houses a holographic display for the center console.
Buyers also had the choice of rubies, diamonds, and sapphires.
McLaren P1 LM
The McLaren P1 LM is a road-legal variant of the track-focused P1 GTR, created by Lanzante Motorsport and McLaren Special Operations’ Bespoke division. Costing US$3.6 million, only 6 units of these capable machines were produced.
All 6 LMs were sold, 5 to private buyers and 1, codenamed as ‘XP1 LM’, used for testing and developmental purposes.
The Veneno, which means ‘venom’ or ‘poison’ in Spanish, was produced to commemorate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary and was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Based-off the Aventador, Lamborghini Veneno is priced at US$4.5 million, with only 14 examples built. Prices vary for the different specifications in both the convertible and coupe variants.
The Veneno does a sprint to 92km/h in a sizzling 2.9 seconds – Gotta say that’s pretty deadly.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Literally coated in diamonds, the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita was initially slated for 3 units but was later decided on 2, due to the high costs of production.
Finished with Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which entails coating carbon fibres with a diamond dust-impregnated resin, and powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.8-litre V, that produces 1,0004 horsepower, the exclusive CCXR Trevita is priced at US$4.8 million.
Named after the two-time Targa Florio (a race in the 1920s for Bugatti) winner, Albert Divo, the Bugatti Divo was pre-sold to Chiron owners before it made its debut. Although it shares similarities to the sibling, Chiron, the Divo is made 77 pounds lighter and with a different aerodynamics setup.
With only 40 units of the Divo produced, each costs US$5.8 million.
Mercedes Maybach Exelero
Moving quickly up the list is the Mercedes Maybach Exelero, priced at US$8 million. Debuted in 2004, the Mercedes-Benz was commissioned by Fulda, a German subsidiary of Goodyear, to have their tires tested.
The Exelero was built on the Maybach and is powered by the same twin-turbo V12 engine, producing 690 horsepower and bringing it to a top speed of 350 km/h. High-end materials decorate both the interior and exterior, which ensures comfort and enhances its beauty.
Adjusting for inflation, the Exelero will today cost more than U$10 million.
Fun Fact: The Exelero was featured in one of Jay-Z’s music videos.
The limited edition Bugatti Centodieci, which is Chiron-based, pays tribute to the EB110 and was built to celebrate Bugatti’s momentous 110-year anniversary.
The mighty Centodieci is priced at U$8.9 million and does a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 2.4 seconds.
There are only 10 units of the uniquely built Centodieci in the world.
Rolls Royce Sweptail
As one of the most expensive cars in the world, the Rolls Royce Sweptail is one vehicle that millionaires cannot get their hands on – Simply because it was custom made for a customer who commissioned Rolls Royce to do so.
The exclusive Sweptail was inspired by Rolls Royce classics in the 1920s as well as the sweeping lines from luxury cars in the 30s. The car features an abundance of polished macassar ebony and open-pore paldao for a dark-and-light interior color scheme.
What’s more, the centre console has a push-button mechanism that serves a chilled bottle of vintage champagne – Wow, indeed exclusively unique!
Priced at US$12.8 million, the Sweptail took approximately four years from the ground up to finish and made its debut at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Surprise, surprise! Bugatti takes home the trophy for being the most expensive car in the world. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire, which made its debut at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, is priced at US$18.7 million.
The La Voiture Noire was produced to honour the 1936 Atlantic type 57 coupé SC 57, and in particular to Jean Bugatti’s, the eldest son of the company founder Ettore Bugatti, personal model that was lost in World War II.
Precisely engineered, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is definitely by no means just The Black Car (La Voiture Noire translated from French), as it sports the same quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine as the Chiron and produces 1,479 horsepower.
The most expensive cars in the world are surely more than just vehicles given they are highly priced and treasured.