If you were a millionaire, you would not have been reading this piece and would rather be cruising in your Ferrari or Buggati. For most of us, our lifetime earnings couldn’t even come close to being able to purchase even the cheapest from the list of 25 most expensive cars in the world.
Even though we can probably never buy these vehicles, it does not mean we can not appreciate them. The most expensive cars in the world are more than just price tags. They are creations. They are manufactured with an emphasis on extreme attention to detail. They are not just the fastest vehicles in the world or the most exotic vehicles in the world. They are pieces of art and have a certain richness to their heritage. They are innovations and remind us of what man can do if he is focused.
The most expensive cars in the world also happen to be the rarest cars in the world. Take for instance the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta. Only three vehicles were ever made of this exclusive version of the Zonda, one of which was for Horatio Pagani himself. When last sold, one of the other two Zondas went for $17.6M. The Rolls Royce Boat Tail is also among the 25 most expensive cars in the world, and it is as rare as the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is a mid-sized luxury coach-built grand tourer car made by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It was the world’s most expensive street-legal new car at $28 million until 2021. Only two more cars will be built. The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is another car that will appear on our list of the 25 most expensive cars in the world. As of today, there’s just one Bugatti La Voiture Noire that’s been produced and it was reportedly bought by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
The key trend in the market for the most expensive cars is the integration of hybrid powertrains or fully electric powertrains. With the growing environmental concerns, owing to rising CO2 emissions, governments and environmental associations across the world are tightening emission norms. As a result, the demand for sustainable and environment-friendly transportation, such as EVs, is increasing, with governments offering higher incentives and subsidies to these vehicle owners. It is anticipated that the demand for IC engine vehicles will slow down over the forecast period. Automakers are launching EVs even in developing markets. For instance, in August 2020, Daimler AG’s (ETR:DAI.DE) Mercedes-Benz announced the start of sales of its first electric vehicle EQC 400, in Brazil, at its dealer network.
Lamborghini has announced it is set to fully electrify its range, first with an all-plug-in-hybrid lineup, and then with the planned launch of a fourth model that will be a pure EV. That means plug-in hybrid versions of Aventador, Huracán, and Urus models will be arriving within the next three years, and sometime before 2030, Lamborghini will unveil a completely new all-electric fourth model.
Ferrari N.V. (NYSE: RACE) launched the SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid car in 2019 and said in the same year that it wants 60 percent of its car sales by 2022 to be hybrid models. Aston Martin plans to launch its current front-engined sports cars, as next-generation all-electric cars from 2025. Until then, though, Aston Martin will focus on hybrid powertrains.
To compile our list of the 25 most expensive cars in the world, we scoured the internet. We took a look at reports put forth by Mordor Intelligence and Technavio, as well as Luxury Car Market by Vehicle Type, among others. Upon viewing these reports, we went to the official websites of the companies that were mentioned in these reports. We went through invoice sheets and collected cars worth millions of dollars to include in our list of the 25 most expensive cars in the world.
We based our ranking on the price of the car only and ranked from the lowest to highest. We only considered prices of vehicles in new condition and excluded auction cars or over-priced second-hand sales such as the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, the Ferrari 250 GTO, and the 1955 Jaguar D-Type.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the 25 most expensive cars in the world.
25 Most Expensive Cars in the World
25. Ferrari LaFerrari
Price: $1.4 Million
At the bottom of our list of the 25 most expensive cars in the world, we have the Ferrari LaFerrari. The car was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show. Ferrari N.V. (NYSE:RACE) built only 499 examples of the coupe between 2013 and 2016. The car is capable of producing a power of 950 hybrid horses (708 kilowatts) and can reach a top speed of around 354 km/h. Also, Gordon Ramsay has not one but two of these beauties, including one of 210 open-top Aperta models.
24. McLaren Elva
Price: $1.7 Million
Being the company’s first open-top road-legal sports car, the Elva is claimed to be the lightest sports car ever produced by McLaren. The car is the fifth addition to the McLaren Ultimate Series, joining the F1, the P1, Senna, and the Speedtail. Dropping the roof and the windshield, the Elva produces 804 horsepower and 590 pound-foot of torque from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8. Originally McLaren announced just 399 units, but later the company dropped that to an even more scarce figure of 249 examples.
23. Ferrari Monza
Price: $1.8 Million
Moving on, we have the Ferrari Monza which shares some similarities to the McLaren Elva. The Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 come without windows and a roof. As their names imply, the SP1 is the single-seater option while the SP2 seats two people at most. Both cars come with the same powertrain that features a 6.5-liter V12 engine capable of producing 809 horsepower and 530 pound-foot worth of torque. Unlike the McLaren Elva, which is legal to drive on roads, neither of the SP1 or SP2 are street legal in the United States.
22. Bentley Bacalar
Price: $1.9 Million
The all-new Bentley Mulliner Bacalar is the rarest two-door Bentley of the modern era, with only 12 total units produced, so it’s not surprising that it made the list of most expensive cars in the world. Based on the Bentley Continental GT, the Bacalar is powered by Bentley’s signature 6.0-liter W12 turbocharged engine. This powertrain delivers 650 horsepower and 664 pound-foot worth of torque. If you have a spare $1.9 million lying around and are considering buying one, you’re already too late since all 12 of these limited edition cars are now in their owners’ hands.
21. McLaren Speedtail
Price: $2.2 Million
The McLaren Speedtail is a limited-production hybrid sports car manufactured by McLaren Automotive revealed on October 26, 2018. It is the fourth addition in the McLaren Ultimate Series, after the Senna, the P1, and the F1. The car is also part of the 18 new cars or derivatives that McLaren will launch as part of its Track22 business plan.
Much like its predecessor, the F1, the Speedtail features a center-mounted driver’s seat with two passenger seats positioned on the port and starboard sides of the cabin. The Speedtail is powered by a modified M840T from the 720S and a hybrid powertrain to generate 1,036 horsepower. The Speedtail uses a carbon fiber monocoque, with the passenger seats integrated into the chassis, as well as dihedral doors like other McLaren models. The company claims that the Speedtail has a top speed of 403 km/h and can accelerate from 0–299 km/h (0–186 mph) in 12.8 seconds. The maximum torque is 848 pound-foot at 5,500-6,500 rpm. McLaren asks an estimated $2,200,000 to own one of the 106 Speedtails it plans to produce.
20. Aston Martin Vulcan
Price: $2.3 Million
The Aston Martin Vulcan is a two-door, two-seat, high-performance lightweight track-only car launched in 2015 by British luxury automobile manufacturer Aston Martin at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The Vulcan is powered by a 7.0-liter naturally-aspirated V12 mounted in an aluminum alloy chassis with a carbon-fiber body. This powertrain boasts a power output of 820 hp at 7,750 rpm and delivers 575 pound-foot of torque at 6,500 rpm. An Aston Martin Vulcan was made road-legal by British engineering company RML Group through a series of modifications. This car remains the only Vulcan to be made legal for the road. Several changes had to be performed to meet road regulations. The group took 18 months to modify the entire car. Aston Martin put a $2.3 million price tag on each of their 24 examples of the Vulcan, making it one of the 25 most expensive cars in the world.
19. Mercedes-AMG Project One
Price: $2.7 Million
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is an upcoming limited-production plug-in hybrid sports car manufactured by Mercedes-AMG, featuring Formula One-derived technology. It was unveiled at the 2017 International Motor Show Germany. The production of the car is planned to be 275 units for $2.72 million per unit, all of which have been already sold. Mercedes-AMG received orders for four times the production amount but has stated that production will not be increased, to maintain the exclusivity of the car. The expected power output of the hybrid hypercar seems to be over 1,200 horsepower (895 kilowatts), and the top speed it can attain is estimated to be 350 km/h.
18. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
Price: $2.9 Million
The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento (“sixth element”) is a high-performance limited edition track-only car produced by Lamborghini, which debuted at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The Sesto Elemento is equipped with Lamborghini’s 6-speed “e-gear” automated manual transmission and an all-wheel-drive system. Under the hood, we have a 5.2-liter V10 engine borrowed from the Gallardo Superleggera, capable of generating 562 hp and 398 pound-foot of torque.
17. Aston Martin Victor
Price: $3.0 Million
In September 2020, Aston Martin launched its coach-built model based on the One-77, the Aston Martin Victor. The Victor features circular-shaped headlights from the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage that give it a certain retro aesthetic. For the side exhausts and side bumpers, Aston Martin reused parts from their track-only Vulcan. It is powered by a similar powertrain as the V12 found in the One-77, but the Victor produces 836-HP and 606 pound-foot worth of torque. Unlike the One-77 it has a manual transmission, which has made it the most powerful Aston Martin with a manual transmission at the time. The Victor is not only one of the 25 most expensive cars in the world, but it is also just one of its kind. The Victor is one-of-one and rumored to cost nearly $3 million.
16. Koenigsegg Jesko
Price: $3.0 Million
The Koenigsegg Jesko is a limited production mid-engine sports car produced by Swedish automobile manufacturer Koenigsegg. Introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the car is the successor to the Agera. The engine is a development of the 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine used in the Agera. The engine has a power output of 1,281 hp at 7800 rpm and 738 pound-foot of torque at 2700 to 6170 rpm on normal gasoline. If fueled with the E85 biofuel, the engine is capable of producing a power of 1,603 hp a torque of 1,106 pound-foot at 5,100 rpm.
Production of the Koenigsegg Jesko will be limited to 125 units, with 40-50 units being produced each year. Unlike its predecessors, the Jesko will be homologated worldwide. Each of the Jeskos carries a price tag of $3.0 million.
15. Aston Martin Valkyrie
Price: $3.0 Million
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is a hybrid hypercar powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine and a 160 HP electric motor. The hybrid powertrain produces a combined 1,160 horsepower and 664 pound-foot of torque. The track-only variant of the Valkyrie called the Valkyrie AMR Pro was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Only 25 units will be produced, all of which have already been sold for $3.5 million each. The AMR Pro uses the same 6.5-liter naturally-aspirated V12 engine as used in the Valkyrie road car without the KERS system. The road car’s production will be limited to 150 units at a unit price of $3 million.
14. Pagani Huayra R
Price: $3.1 Million
Next in line among the most expensive cars in the world is Pagani Huayra R. In March 2021, Italy-based Pagani introduced the Huayra R, a track-only version of the Huayra and the successor of the Pagani Zonda R. The Huayra R is powered by the Pagani V12-R, a 6.0 L naturally aspirated V12 engine based on the twin-turbocharged engine on the Huayra. It is tuned to produce 838 hp at 8,250 rpm as well as 553 pound-foot of torque at 5,500 rpm to 8300 rpm, and a redline at 9,000 rpm. Pagani plans a limited 30-car production run for the Huarya R, each of which will carry a price tag of $3.1 million.
13. Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
Price: $3.5 Million
The Huayra Roadster BC was unveiled in 2019 and is an open-top variant of the Huarya BC. It shares the same aerodynamic parts as present on the BC but has the new 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine rated at 791 hp that produces a torque of 774.5 pound-foot. In addition to the joy of hearing the glorious engine roar without a roof in the way, owners boast the fact that their car is also one of 40 ever made.
12. McLaren Sabre
Price: $3.5 Million
In December 2020, McLaren unveiled the Sabre, a McLaren model exclusively made for the US market. The Sabre is undoubtedly one of the 25 most expensive cars in the world. The design was inspired by the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo while borrowing a few key aerodynamic elements from the McLaren Senna. The non-hybrid twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine is now rated at 824 hp and the car’s top speed is 218 mph. McLaren claims the Sabre to be the fastest two-seat McLaren. Only 15 examples of the Sabre will be produced.
11. Lamborghini Sian
Price: $3.6 Million
Based on the Aventador SVJ, The Sian is Lamborghini’s first production electrified offering. In addition to the 6.5-liter V12, the Sian uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The combined power output is 819 horsepower which also makes it the most powerful Lamborghini ever created. Lamborghini will produce just 63 units, each of which will sell for approximately $3.6 million. In this way, the Sian is also one of the 25 most expensive cars in the world.
10. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Price: $3.9 Million
The top 10 most expensive cars in the world list is kicked off by Bugatti Chiron Super Sport. The new SuperSport version of the Bugatti Chiron has 1,577 horsepower and will have the same power output as the 300+. The top speed, however, will be limited to 440 km/h. It also has the capability to accelerate from 0-200 km/h in 5.8 seconds and from 0-300km/h in 12.1 seconds. Unlike the 300+, the limiter cannot be disabled by Bugatti in the SuperSport for prepared runs.
9. Lamborghini Veneno
Price: $4.5 Million
The Lamborghini Veneno is a limited production high-performance sports car manufactured by Italian automobile manufacturer Lamborghini. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, the Veneno was developed to celebrate Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. It was introduced at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Veneno comes as a coupe and a roadster, both of which carry similar powertrains but the roadster is 50 kg heavier than the coupe. The engine is a development of the Aventador’s 6.5-litre V12 and generates a power output of 740 hp at 8,400 rpm and 509 pound-foot of torque at 5,500 rpm. The Lamborghini Veneno tops at 356 km/h and has a 0–97 km/h acceleration time of 2.8 seconds. Lamborghini built just five examples of the Veneno coupe and only nine units of the roadster.
8. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Price: $4.8 Million
The CCXR Trevita is a limited edition of the Koenigsegg CCXR featuring a diamond weave carbon fiber finish. Initially, three CCXR Trevitas were planned to be produced, however, because of the complexity to make the special diamond weave carbon fiber, only 2 were ever made, making it one of the rarest vehicles manufactured by Koenigsegg.
7. Pagani Imola
Price: $5.4 Million
The Imola is named after the Imola Circuit, where it underwent 16,000km of high-speed testing. It is the most powerful street-legal variant of the Huayra, using the same Mercedes-AMG V12 tuned to produce an output power of 827 hp and 811 pound-foot of torque. There are only 5 examples of the Pagani Huayra Imola in the world, each of which has sold for an estimated $5.4 million.
6. Bugatti Divo
Price: $5.8 Million
The Bugatti Divo is a mid-engine track-focused sports car developed and manufactured by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The powertrain is sourced from its fellow Chiron and is a quad-turbocharged W16 unit with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The car is 8.0 seconds quicker than the Chiron around the Nardò test track according to the manufacturer and generates 456 kg of downforce at top speed, 90 kg more than the Chiron. The top speed, however, is limited to 380 km/h owing to the extra drag produced by the aerodynamic elements and due to excessive pressure on the tyres resulting from a lower ride height. Only 40 units of the Divo will ever see the light.
5. Bugatti Centodieci
Price: $9.0 Million
The Bugatti Centodieci is another masterpiece from French automotive manufacturer Bugatti and it ranks fifth in our list of most expensive cars in the world. The car is a homage to the Bugatti EB110 and a celebration of the Bugatti marque’s 110th birthday. The Centodieci is 20 kg lighter than the Bugatti Chiron and has an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine. The power output of the engine is rated at 1,578 hp at 7,000 rpm. The Centodieci is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 2.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 6.1 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in 13.1 seconds. The top speed of the Bugatti Centodieci is electronically limited to 380 km/h. Production of the Centodieci will be limited to 10 units priced at $9 million each.