Check out these beauties, some of them limited editions, sold at astronomical prices.
Named after Huayra-tata, a god of the winds that was worshipped by the Inca people, thePagani Huayra certainly does fit the bill with its wind-swept body. The Italian supercar is propelled by a twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V12, six-litre engine which produces 730 horsepower and 740 lb.-ft. of torque. It has a top speed of 372 km/h and can accelerate from rest to 100 km/h in only 3.3 seconds.
The McLaren P1 is the epitome of hybrid insanity. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre V8 engine paired to an electric motor, the P1 pumps out a whopping 903 horsepower. After debuting as a concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the first P1 hit the road in September 2013. Since then, a total of 375 McLaren P1s have been produced, with the last rolling off the assembly line in December 2015. When it comes to sheer hybridized power, the P1 may very well stand in a class all its own for a while to come.
Ferrari‘s first hybrid supercar comes packed with track-tested technology. The La Ferrari is capable of a combined 963 horsepower, when taking into account its 6.3-litre, V12 engine that produces 789 horsepower and a 161-horsepower electric motor; all of this amounts to a 40 per cent decrease in fuel consumption. Ferrari says the car has a top speed exceeding 350 km/h, reaching 100 km/h in less than three seconds.
Arguably one of the most beautiful cars of all time, only 77 copies of the supercar were ever built (hence the name). The award-winning One-77 features a naturally aspirated 7.3-litre V12 engine that produces 750 horsepower. The top speed is estimated to be around 320 km/h and it’s capable of going from zero to 100 km/h in about 3.5 seconds.
Ferrari decided to commemorate 60 years in North America with this rear-wheel-driven, V12-powered, 730-horsepower supercar, and is it ever a rare beauty. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, only 10 F60 Americas were slated to be produced when it was announced in October 2014, and, not surprisingly, all 10 copies found deep-pocketed buyers very quickly. The F60 America differentiates itself from the F12 Berlinetta with bolder styling, an open roof and a gussied-up red interior.
The former holder of the “fastest car in the world” title, the Bugatti Veyron may
be discontinued, but it remains among the most coveted status symbols in the automotive world. The Grand Sport Vitesse convertible is loaded with a neck-breaking 1,200 horsepower and 1,500 lb.-ft. of torque. Compare that with the standard Bugatti Veyron’s 987 horses and 922 lb.-ft. of torque, and the difference becomes pretty evident.
The One:1 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V8, producing 1,340 horsepower and 740 lb.-ft. of torque. And how to explain the odd name? The One:1’s extensive use of carbon fibre lends a curb weight of just 1,340 kilograms, which matches the horsepower output. All of this translates to blistering performance on the track. The supercar can reach 300 km/h from a standstill in just 11.922 seconds.
The brainchild of Dubai-based W Motors, the Lykan is the first supercar made by a company located in the Middle East. It was featured in the film Furious 7 and has already built up its supercar cachet as one of the most expensive and limited production cars ever — W Motors plan to produce only seven units of the car. So, what makes the Lykan so special? Well, in addition to being powered by a 3.7-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that produces 780 horsepower and 708 lb.-ft. of torque, the two-door, rear-wheel-drive supercar can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, and it’s the first car to feature headlights with embedded jewels (buyers have a choice of diamonds, rubies or sapphires).
The convertible version of Lamborghini’s fierce-looking supercar is the most expensive — and exclusive — vehicle in Lamborghini’s arsenal. Only nine Veneno Roadsters were produced, beginning in 2014. Those lucky to get their hands on one of these exclusive cars surely forgot about the hefty price tag as soon as the 740-horsepower V12 engine hit its top speed of 355 km/h.
When it comes to ultra-rare vehicles, the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita stands above the rest. The Swedish boutique manufacturer only built two of these things, and one of them happens to be owned by boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who made headlines in August 2015 by announcing he paid $4.8M for the privilege. The company describes the hypercar as a “diamond on wheels.” It’s not just hyperbole, either; the CCXR Trevita’s specially designed and coated carbon fibre body actually sparkles a silvery white under sunlight. The company originally planned to produce three copies of this car, but the process for manufacturing the white carbon fibre proved to be so difficult that the decision was made to limit production to just two.
The Trevita, which is a Swedish abbreviation meaning “three whites,” features a double carbon rear wing and a 4.8-litre V8 under the hood, pumping out 1,018 horsepower and 796 lb.-ft. of torque. It can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in a scant 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of over 410 km/h. Impressive, indeed.
By far the most expensive car, the Exelero was built way back in 2004, but that actually makes its sticker price more impressive.
Adjusted for inflation, the Exelero would cost around $10.1 million in the U.S. today, which is close to the GDP of a small island nation. The two-door further justifies its cost with a 700-hp, twin-turbo V12 and about 6,000 lbs of luxurious amenities.
The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engined, two-seated sports car, designed and developed by the Bugatti automotive group (which is owned by the Volkswagen Group) as the successor to the Bugatti Veyron. The Chiron was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1, 2016 and only 500 are manufactured. The main carryover piece will be the 8 litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine, though it is heavily updated. The Chiron has 1,103 kW (1,500 PS; 1,479 bhp) of power, 1,180 lb·ft of torque starting from 2000 rpm and it will accelerate from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.4 seconds
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento ("Sixth Element" in English) is a two-door, two-seater, V10 high-performance lightweight limited edition car. Only 20 were produced by Italian automaker Lamborghini, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento's name is a reference to the atomic number of carbon, in recognition of the car's extensive use of carbon fibre.
The Sesto Elemento is equipped with a 6-speed semi-automatic transmission with paddle shift and all wheel drive system, mated to a 5.2 litre V10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo, generating 578 PS (425 kW; 570 hp) and 540 N·m (400 lbf·ft) of torque. The chassis, body, drive shaft and suspension components are made of carbon fiber, reducing the overall weight to a mere 999 kilograms (2,202 lb), a weight comparable tosubcompact cars.
With an asking price of $3 million, the Ferrari Sergio isn’t the most expensive car on our list. It is, however, one of the most highly-coveted vehicles in the world, as only six were ever made.
Crafted by legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, the Sergio is essentially a Ferrari 458 Spider with a completely new body and interior. That means a 4.5-liter V8 sends a whopping 562 hp to the rear wheels, but because the Sergio is lighter than the 458, it’s quicker and handles better as well. The new body doesn’t just save weight though, it’s chock-full of interesting details like aerodynamic headrests that are built directly into the roll cage.
With so few examples built, the Sergio’s purchase process wasn’t as simple as strolling up to a Ferrari dealership. No, each owner was chosen by automaker itself, making it one of the rare invite-only vehicles in automotive history.