Fun Stuff 18/03/2019

9 of the World’s Most Expensive New Cars

Want to blow your budget on your next new car? Here’s a list of some of the most expensive new cars ever sold. Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini - pick your favourite and start saving now...

Fancy buying a Bugatti? Want to purchase a Pagani? It’ll cost you. When it comes to expensive cars, it’s all about luxury, performance, style, and exclusivity. High-end materials and of course, a sought after badge also play a part. Let’s face it, there’s little consideration made for practicality and fuel economy in these gorgeously styled, powerful pieces of art. These are not the kind of cars that you’d use on the school run… we should be so lucky!

Some classic cars command extortionate prices too, mostly due to their condition and provenance. Like the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, sold at auction in 2018, in immaculate order, having previously been owned by a vintage racer and driven by a five-time Le Mans winner. A sheer bargain at £36.9 million and the world’s most expensive car! 

But which new cars can you invest in - or dream of buying? 

Prepare to drool… here are 9 of the most expensive new cars ever made, and what they’d cost you*, if you could get hold of one: 

A silver Aston Martin Valkyrie with orange highlights, facing just left of straight. Number plate reads ‘Valkyrie’

9 - Aston Martin Valkyrie: £1.8 million 

The Valkyrie is the first hyper car from the British luxury sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin. Thanks to Red Racing’s renowned designer Adrian Newey, its extreme aerodynamic shape is not unlike that of a Formula One racing car. 

Aston Martin describes this beauty as having the “Power of the Gods” and with a top speed in excess of 250mph, we agree.

Driver and passenger sit in a reclined position within the lightweight carbon fibre chassis to enjoy the mid-mounted 6.5-litre, naturally-aspirated V12 hybrid engine. Only 150 Aston Martin Valkyries are due to be produced, you’d better be quick if you want your name on the list!

A white/grey Pagani Huayra with blue highlights facing right in front of a crowd of spectators.

8 - Pagani Huayra BC: £2.1 million 

The appropriately named Huayra (an Incan God of Wind) has all the force you’d expect from a hurricane - 730hp and 1000 Nm of torque. The 6.0-litre Mercedes-AMG V12 engine has two turbochargers, supplying a power that has been likened to that of an aeroplane taking off. 

Unusually for a hypercar, the Huayra is styled with an emphasis on safety, environmental restrictions, and driver and passenger comfort. With a surprisingly spacious interior, this is one of the more drivable cars on our list. 

It was also named as Top Gear’s Hypercar of the Year in 2012, after securing the fastest lap time on the Power Lap leaderboard.

A yellow/black Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio, facing left, displayed at a motor show.

7 - Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio: £2.3 million 

Debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Pininfarina Sergio was built in memory of Sergio Pininfarina, former chairman of the Italian automotive design company, who had died the previous year. The drivetrain is that of a Ferrari 458 Spider - a 4.5 litre V8 engine, capable of 560hp.

Its aerodynamics are improved by the lightweight body. At just over 1,200kg, it weighs about as much as a Ford Fiesta, even though it’s half a metre longer!

Driving is believing… but with only six Pininfarina Sergios built to date and each owner hand-picked by Ferrari, we doubt we’ll ever get the chance.

A red Lykan Hypersport, facing left with scissor door open to reveal black and white leather interior.

6 -  Lykan Hypersport: £2.6 million

It’s hard to tell whether the Lykan Hypersport is a bird or a plane with the flying stunts it carries out in films like Fast & Furious 7. The first car to be unveiled by Lebanese auto designer, W Motors in 2013, has a comparatively small but efficient engine of 3.8 litres,capable of a supercar-worthy 770hp.

W Motors claims that the twin turbo engine is capable of up to 245mph, reaching 62mph from a standing start in just 2.7 seconds.

A fair chunk of the purchase price comes from the diamond-covered LED headlights, scissor doors and a high-tech interior. There are just seven to be had, and one of those belongs to the Abu Dhabi police department. It’s a fair cop!

A red Lamborghini Veneno with black highlights, facing right on the deck of the Cavour ship.

5 - Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: £3.4 million

As with most of the hypercars on our list, the owners of all nine Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters are a mystery. 

With a top speed of 221mph and an acceleration from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds, it’s not surprising to hear that all models were already sold when the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster was unveiled on the Italian naval aircraft carrier, Cavour whilst it was docked in Abu Dhabi port in 2014.

Built to mark Lamborghini’s 50th birthday, the Veneno is based on the Aventador and is over five metres long. Scissor doors, a 6.5-litre V12 engine, 740hp and 507 lb/ft of torque add to its hypercar credentials. 

A silver Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita, facing right.

4 - Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita: £3.7 million 

We’re off to Sweden for the next hypercar on our shopping list. The CCXR Trevita is a sparkling example of motoring perfection, thanks to 'Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave' that transforms the carbon fibre body from black to a silvery white, using real diamond dust. 

The ethanol fueled 4.8-litre dual-supercharged V8 engine produces an amazing 1,004hp with an F1 paddle-shift gearbox. Power comes at a price, however, with the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita squeezing out just 13mpg.

A strong engine needs a strong hand to keep it under control - who better than Boxer, Floyd Mayweather, who’s rumoured to have bought one of the two models built.

A black Mercedes-Benz Mayback Exelero, facing left.

3 - Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero: £6.1 million 

Built in 2004, and taking cues from the streamlined behemoths of the 1930s, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero is a slice of history with its huge price tag reflecting the uniqueness of its design. 

It was commissioned by Goodyear to promote its Carat Exelero tyre range which were tested at speeds of up to 218mph, with a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 4.4 seconds.

Luxurious features, like red leather, glossy black carbon fibre inserts and 23 inch alloy wheels complement the twin-turbo V12 5.9-litre, 690hp engine. As far as two-door coupés go, this one is a real doozy!

The black Rolls-Royce Sweptail, facing left on a road through a desert.

2 - Rolls-Royce Sweptail: £10 million

Built to order, the owner of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail remains a closely guarded secret. It’s another hypercar inspired by the decadent cars of the 1930s and despite the price tag, the Sweptail can only seat the driver and one passenger.

Every inch of the Sweptail is unique and took four years to put together before being unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2017. Its fastback roofline and pointed tail is a rare sight on  any car and adds to its intrigue - even more so when you realise that most of the roof is glass, providing picture-perfect view.

Being the passenger is no doubt thirsty work - thank goodness Rolls-Royce found time to include a champagne cooler in the centre console!

The Bugatti La Voiture Noire, facing right, on display at the Geneva Motor Show 2019.

1 - Bugatti La Voiture Noire: £1.3 million

Stealing the crown as most expensive new car in the world in March 2019, Bugatti’s ‘The Black Car’ combines leading technology, fabulous looks and unmatched automotive luxury.  Bugatti is well-practiced in creating the most opulent cars, with the Bugatti Veyron being the chic French manufacturer’s previous most expensive offering.

La Voiture Noire appeared at the 2019 Geneva Car Show with an astounding 1,500hp 16-cylinder engine lying under the sleekly styled body, providing power and noise that bucks the trend towards electric supercars. This hypercar reaches 62mph from a standing start in 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of 261mph.

With one motoring journalist saying there was something "Darth Vader about it", La Voiture Noire is definitely one for the superfan wishlist.
Have you picked out your next car? Looks, power or driveability - which is your favourite? Let us know. We’re off to count our pennies...

*Prices in exchange rate as at March 2019.


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