When we talk about most expensive cars, It should be super cars right? Moreover, you should be asking one question first. That would be,
Why super cars so much expensive?
Short answer is on the question. That because it’s “Super” LOL. I know you guys expect a more meaningful answer for that. Let’s start with a example.
Lets say you invest USD 100 million on developing a car. If it is a mass market car, selling close to 100000 units per year, the expenses incurred in R&D, tooling, manpower, facilities erected etc. are spread over a large volume of cars. But if the same USD 100 million was amortized on a car which sells 2000 units a year, the ‘contribution’ of the above mentioned factors goes up 50 times. There is also a question of profits which need to be re-invested in your next model. If you don’t make enough money on selling 2000 cars in a year, you wont have anything to invest in your upcoming models. So the profit margins are also higher for cars with limited sales because the company needs to stay afloat.
It’s a amateur answer, don’t you think? Let’s talk about the facts.
- Limited production: When you design a powertrain (or a frame or an interior), you’re going to spend $100’s of millions on testing, emissions certification, R&D, etc. If you have to spread that cost out over a small production run, the price of each vehicle will be very high. Same goes for the cost of the factory, all the staff, etc.
- Higher cost of materials: Just about every component in the average super car is substantially different than a similar component in a mass-market car. Carbon fiber roofs and hoods, exotic leather, Z-rated super-low-profile tires, forged rims, titanium suspension and exhaust components, etc.
- Marketing/branding costs: Most super car manufacturers are active in racing, and racing is absurdly expensive. While vehicle sponsors pay many of the costs of a race program, it’s a safe guess that the average super car buyer supports that race program too.
In all honesty, I would love to drive a super car. I don’t want to buy one, pay for insurance, maintenance, etc., but I would certainly enjoy driving one. and despite my attitude towards ostentatious displays, I would be a liar if I didn’t admit that I wouldn’t mind being seen in one either.
with that note, let’s get on with the list.
1.Bugatti La Voiture Noire: $18.7M
Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace, France by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The cars were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories.
The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be the end for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 ensured there was not a successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8,000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in 1963.
In 1987, an Italian entrepreneur bought the brand and revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars based in Modena. In 1998, the Volkswagen Group bought the rights to the Bugatti marque and set up a subsidiary based back in Molsheim, Alsace, France.
Ettore Bugatti’s eldest son Jean developed four Type 57 SC Atlantic coupes in the 1930s and drove one of his creations, naming it “La Voiture Noire.” The modernized and reinterpreted one-off supercar has already been sold to an anonymous male buyer, who agreed to purchase the car before it was even made. Cool! Don’t you think? None of the brand’s masterpieces reflect these values more impressively than the Type 57 SC Atlantic. The only four Atlantics ever created stand for pure elegance and sophistication.
Anyways the customized creation of “La Voiture Noire” is far more than a modern interpretation of the ghost of the gran turismo. “La Voiture Noire” is a tribute to BUGATTI’s own history, a manifesto of the BUGATTI aesthetic and a piece of automotive haute couture.
- Specifications:Powered by a 5.9-litre twin-turbo V12 engine with three valves per each cylinder. The peak output is 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 752 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) of torque—enough power to accelerate the 5,864-pound (2,660-kilogram) two-door concept from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 4.4 seconds. The Exelero had a set of 23-inch Fulda Carat Exelero tires in size 315/25 ZR 23 for all four corners.
2.Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta: $17.5M
Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fiber components. The company was founded in 1992 by the Argentinian Horacio Pagani and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.
The Zonda HP Barchetta was unveiled at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as a present to the company’s founder, Horacio Pagani for his 60th birthday as well as to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Zonda. This has unique exterior design cues which makes it different from other Zondas produced with the most distinguishable features being the barchetta body style and rear wheel covers inspired by group C race cars, making Brachetta the first Pagani to ever use this styling. This also has a rear spoiler, air intakes and rear lights taken from the 760 series cars.
Production is limited to just 3 units with one unit retained for Horacio Pagani’s personal collection. The Zonda HP Barchetta marks an end to the Zonda’s production run. The 760 series cars and other special edition Zondas can still be commissioned
- Specifications:Power comes courtesy of the 7.3 L (445 cu in) Mercedes-Benz V12 engine rated at 800 PS (588 kW; 789 hp) and 850 N⋅m (627 lb⋅ft) of torque making it the most powerful road legal Zonda ever produced. It borrows its seats and suspension from the Huayra BC along with its power output being identical to the BC with the only difference being that the BC has a Bi-turbo engine while the HP Barchetta is naturally aspirated. The wheels of the car also have different colour inlays with the wheels at the left having gold and the wheels at the right having blue inlays.
3.Rolls Royce Sweptail: $13M
Rolls-Royce was a British luxury car and later an aero-engine manufacturing business established in 1904 in Manchester, United Kingdom by the partnership of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Building on Royce’s reputation established with his cranes they quickly developed a reputation for superior engineering by manufacturing the “best car in the world”. The First World War brought them into manufacturing aero-engines. Joint development of jet engines began in 1940 and they entered production.
Rolls-Royce has built an enduring reputation for development and manufacture of engines for defence and civil aircraft.
When an unnamed individual couldn’t get a brand known for its extravagant bespoke cars design a model of his choice, he approached Rolls Royce, the British carmaker with his idea of a two-seater that he wanted.
The result was the birth of Rolls-Royce-Sweptail, which was put on display on May 27 at the Concorso d’Eleganza at Villa d’Este. The one-off car carries a price-tag of $12.8 million, and is named after the swept-tail Rolls-Royces of the 1920s, which this individual admired.
- Specifications:Commissioned by a (very) wealthy enthusiast, the Sweptail was four years in the making. Based on the Phantom coupe, complete with the 6.75 litre V12.The bodywork is inspired by design cues from luxury yachts and has echoes of classic Rolls Royces from the past. The long sweeping rear tail being the most distinctive feature. Luxury touches include a solid aluminium front grille and bespoke panaoramic glass roof. The interior features a minimalist dashboard and is fashioned from the most exclusive materials available. The stand out feature being an automated champagne bottle dispenser!
4.Bugatti Centodieci: $9M
The Bugatti Centodieci (Italian for “110”) is a limited production mid-engine sports car produced by French automotive manufacturer Bugatti. The car is an homage to the Bugatti EB110 and a celebration of the Bugatti marque’s 110th birthday. When presented in 1991, was considered the fastest and most extraordinary supercar of its time. The EB110, built by Romano Artioli in Italy, was an important intermediate step for the refoundation of Bugatti in 1998 and for the return to the French roots in Molsheim.
- Specifications:Bugatti Centodieci is powered by a tuned version of the Chiron’s powertrain. The 8.0-litre behemoth delivers 1577bhp. The Centodieci can hit zero to 100kmph in a mere 2.4 seconds. However, the top speed has been electronically limited to 380kmph compared to Chiron’s 420kmph.
5.Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: $8.3M
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs based in Sant’Agata Bolognese. The company is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary Audi.
Ferruccio Lamborghini, an Italian manufacturing magnate, founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 to compete with established marques, including Ferrari. The company was noted for using a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Lamborghini grew rapidly during its first decade, but sales plunged in the wake of the 1973 worldwide financial downturn and the oil crisis. The firm’s ownership changed three times after 1973, including a bankruptcy in 1978. American Chrysler Corporation took control of Lamborghini in 1987 and sold it to Malaysian investment group Mycom Setdco and Indonesian group V’Power Corporation in 1994. In 1998, Mycom Setdco and V’Power sold Lamborghini to the Volkswagen Group where it was placed under the control of the group’s Audi division.
The Veneno was developed to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. It was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. When introduced, it had a price of US$4,000,000, making it one of the most expensive production cars in the world in 2013.
The prototype, Car Zero, is finished in Grigio Telesto (medium grey) and includes an Italian flag vinyl on both sides of the car.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster takes the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype onto everyday roads. This super sports car is characterized by optimal aerodynamics in order to guarantee stability in fast curves and a behavior like a racing prototype. All of this on a car devised for the road. The perfect car for sports-driving lovers.
- Specifications:Powered with a 6.5 litre aspirated V12 engine and a top speed of 355 km/h. The hulk has no roof, instead, it has a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units.
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