When most people think of expensive cars, the names we see on tv and movies are the first that come to mind, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche. You’ll be surprised that the fastest and most expensive cars are not the luxury automobiles we mere mortals generally hear about, but are cars available to a few elite consumers with millions of disposable income to burn. The cars that made the Supercar.org list of the world’s most expensive are all street legal production cars.
One of the challenges faced by creators of extremely fast cars is making them safe. One of the reasons they are so expensive is the cost of engineering cars that won’t just fly apart when they reach 260+ mph!! Another reason is that they are small productions so the cost of specialized parts can’t be amortized over a huge fleet.
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport www.bugatti.com
At 2.4 million this is easily the most expensive production car. Designed by Volkswagen Group, and manufactured by Bugatti in France, this beautiful car is also a world record holder for fastest production car. It does 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, and it’s top speed is 267 mph. It broke the record held for 3 years by the American built Ultimate Aero by Shelby Supercars.
2. Aston Martin One-77 www.astonmartin.com
Only 77 of this sleek 750 hp British beauty were produced. Because the cars are customizeable for each owner, no two will be exactly alike, and the price range is 1.5 to 2 million. With it’s naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12, it does 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, and it’s top speed is 220 mph.
3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster www.pagani.com
Italian manufacturer Pagani only built five of these $1,850,000 cars, hence the Cinque in the name. Powered by a 678 hp Mercedes AMG V12 engine, it can go 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 217 mph.
4. Lamborghini Reventón www.lamborghini.com
Only 21 were produced and priced at $1,600,000. 20 were available for the public, and one was built to be displayed in the Lamborghini Museum. The exterior of this sexy car was inspired by a sleek, fast airplane. 10 of them were shipped to the United States. Renowned collector Jay Leno is said to have one of them. It does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 211 mph.
5. Koenigsegg Agera R www.koenigsegg.com
Sweden, a country known for world class engineers, can also be proud of this contribution. For $1,600,000, you can own a car capable of 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and able to reach 260 mph, though the car has been electronically capped at 235 mph. The R version runs on biofuel instead of gasoline.
Also on the list were cars by German manufacturer Maybach, Danish company Zenvo, and Hennessey Performance Engineering out of Houston Texas. All of these are over a million dollars each. These cars must all be lovely to drive. I’m always amazed when I see really fast cars stuck in traffic with me, like the Lotus I was parked beside in my minivan at every red light on Hwy 111 last June. He couldn’t go any faster than me, but I’ll bet his air conditioning was working!
Dan Smith is a car fanatic and engineer who works with Nissan auto. He loves to write about vehicles and everything that encompasses.