Wednesday, 10 December 2014


Top 10 Most Expensive Cars 2014
By Lara Lopes,
Interesting Engineering, 9 December 2014.

The world’s most expensive cars are exclusive to the rich and famous but that doesn’t stop us from admiring the top 10 most expensive cars, examples of incredible pieces of engineering that can make us all dream. Due to their high price tags, they are of course made in limited numbers, only to be snapped up by collectors and rich folks.

10. Aston Martin One-77 - US$1.80 million


Only 77 Aston Martin One-77 were made, giving this Aston Martin its name, and it starts the list at a cool US$1.80 million. The naturally aspirated 7.3 litre V12 engine provides 750 hp, a top speed of 220 mph and a 0 to 60mph acceleration of 3.4 seconds. It features a full carbon fibre monocoque chassis and a handcrafted aluminium body.

9. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster - US$1.85 million


Only 10 (5 being coupe versions) of the Cinque Roadster were ever made. It is the run-out version of the Zonda which ended its 10 year production run. The 7.3-litre V12 engine produces 678 hp, offers the same 0 to 60mph acceleration as the Aston but a 230 mph top speed.

8. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport - US$2 million


Only 150 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport were made, with 50 being exclusively kept for registered Bugatti customers. Breaching the US$2 million mark, the monstrous 8-litre engine of the Grand Sport gives a 0 to 60 mph acceleration of 2.45 seconds and averaged a whopping 253.8 mph in top speed tests.

7. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento - US$2.2 million


The name Sesto Elemento means “Sixth Element” and relates to Carbon’s atomic number in recognition of the extensive use of carbon fibre. Only 20 were made and they all feature a 5.2 litre V10 engine which produces 570hp, offering a 0 to 60mph acceleration of 2.5 seconds.

6. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport - US$2.5 million


The Veyron is back on the list with the US$2.5 million Super Sport version that started production of the 30 units in 2010. It holds the title of most expensive production car in the world. There was also 5 World Record Edition units produced with orange body detailing and a special, black, exposed, carbon, body. This time round, the 8-litre engine produces a top speed of 267.86 mph and can accelerate to 200 mph in just 13.7 seconds.

5. Lykan HyperrSport - US$3.4 million


The Lykan Hypersport is built by Lebanon-based W Motors which was founded in 2012 - it is the first supercar produced in the Middle East. Only 7 were made and its 740 hp produces a top speed 267 mph and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in under 2.8 seconds.

4. Lamborghini Egoista - US$3.9 million


Yes, that is a car and not a spaceship. Only one Egoista was ever made and it was in celebration of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Although it will be kept on display at the company’s museum, it was valued at US$3.9 million. The 5.2-litre V10 engine produces 600 hp. The name literally means “selfish” and according to the model’s designer, Walter de Silva, the Egoista “represents hedonism taken to the extreme.” The one-seater is made of carbon fibre, aluminium and aeronautical-spec anti-radar material.

3. Lamborghini Veneno - US$4.5 million


At US$4.5 million the Lamborghini Veneno is ranked as the most expensive car to come out of 2014. It features a 750 hp engine and is capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds. The top speed is 22 mph.

2. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita - US$4.8million


Only 2 CCXR Trevita versions of the CCX were made and the US$4.8 million mid-engined sports car can reach a top speed of 249 mph, with an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. The 4.7 L twin supercharged V8 engine is capable of producing 795 hp.

1. Maybach Exelero - US$8 million


Dominating the list is the US$8 million Maybach Exelero. The only one ever made is currently in the hands of Dr. André Action Diakité Jackson who is a diamond manufacturer and is widely known for collecting luxurious cars such as Bugatti, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and this car. The 700 hp four-seater packs a V12 engine, can hit 62 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 218 mph. It was also featured in Jay-Z’s music video for “Lost One.”

Top image: The Maybach Exelero. Credit: Simon Davison/Wikimedia Commons.

[Source: Interesting Engineering. Edited. Top image and links added.]

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