What is the most expensive car in the world? Well, we’ve put together a list of the top 20 most expensive new cars ever made. It includes a variety of brands, but we weren’t surprised to see Bugatti and Pagani here both several times.
There are no rules for how these vehicles qualify, other than they must be relatively well-known, and have somewhat-verifiable original sales prices. Many of these vehicles have resold for even higher amounts then what they went for from the factory, but that’s not a concern of this list. In fact, many of these cars are expressly forbidden from being flipped.
NUMBER 20: Mercedes-AMG ONE
Starting our list, we have AMG’s Formula 1 inspired ONE, which will be delivered to its 275 owners in 2021. The 1.6L V6 engine, which has 1,000 horsepower a 11,000 rpm redline, was adapted from Mercedes’ 2016 F1 W07 race car.
Interestingly enough, this F1 pedigree means that at 31,000 miles, the buyers will have to bring it in for a complete rebuild- how exclusive. Of course, this doesn’t come cheap, owners have had to shell out a cool $2.5 million, and are forbidden from reselling their examples.
NUMBER 19: La Ferrari FXX K
In 2015, Ferrari started making these less-than-street-legal versions of its La Ferrari. They added an experimental HY-KERS kinetic-energy recovery system, which added 187 horsepower to the already wicked naturally aspirated V12 with 848 horsepower. That’s 1036 total, which makes it significantly faster than the “standard” La Ferrari, which the company considers a whole different model.
So this is a car that you don’t so much buy, as pay the full upfront price, of $2.7 million, to rent – repeatedly. It sounds complicated, but Ferrari basically keeps your one-of-forty FXX Ks, and will meet you at a racetrack with it.
NUMBER 18: Bugatti Chiron
The 2016 successor to the Veyron, the Chiron is Bugatti’s famous mid-engined 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 hypercar. It produces and insane 1479 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque, going 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
For $2.7 million, Bugatti would have sold you one of the 200 car run, which has a special key protocol to unlock its electronically limited 261 mph!
NUMBER 17: Pagani Huayra BC
The insane follow up to Pagani’s Zonda R, the Huayra BC is a total beast, with a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that accomplishes a top speed of 261 mph. Using the same engine as the “regular” Huayra, the BC takes it a step further by lowering the car’s total weight, and increasing the power to over 750 horsepower.
Pagani only made 20 of these beauties which it named after their founder’s friend and first customer, Benny Caiola. To get one for yourself, it will cost at least $2.8 million.
NUMBER 16: Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
The Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio was a concept car, made as a tribute to Ferrari’s Chair and Designer who had recently passed away. The car is based on the mechanics of a Ferrari 458 Spider, but has custom carbon fiber bodywork to reduce weight.
A year after it’s unveiling at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, Ferrari made a production run of just six cars, which it sold to hand-picked customers. Even though examples have sold privately for more, they reportedly cost $3 million.
NUMBER 15: Aston Martin Valkyrie
Featuring a 6.5-litre naturally-aspirated V12 with 1,000 horsepower and a redline of 11,100 rpm. This will make it the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine ever to be fitted to a production road car, as well as the highest-revving. Add on top of that kinetic-energy recovery which produces up to 160 horsepower and the Valkyrie has a total of 1,160 horsepower.
With a weight of just 1,030 kg (2,271 lb), it breaks through the 1:1 power to weight ratio so sought after by modern hypercars. While limited to 150 units if you had the chance to buy them (flipping is strictly forbidden) it would have cost you $3.2 million!
NUMBER 14: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
This reworked Chiron lowers the top speed of its namesake, but for god reason. It uses the same 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, with an updated gearbox and redesigned aerodynamics, to shave time off acceleration time. It still has 1,500 horsepower, but now goes 0-60 mph in under 2.3 seconds!
Expected to start delivery near the end of 2020, the Chiron Pur Sport costs at least $3.3 million.
NUMBER 13: Bugatti Veyron Mansory Vivere
There are a lot of Bugattis on this list, and this one, is sort of the fancy-dressed older sibling of the others. Mansory took the 1,200 horsepower Veyron, with its 254 mph top-speed, and gave it some white and black leather interior accents, and a wild carbon makeover.
Where only two examples of this carbon-fiber wrapped Veyron were produced, it’s $3.4 million price tag still earns it a spot on this list.
NUMBER 12: Lykan Hypersport
If you’re as surprised as me to see a relatively unknown brand this far up the list, well you should know the Hypersport is Lykan’s introduction into the multi-million dollar car game. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.7L V6 producing 780 horsepower 708 lb-ft of torque.
The real curious element of this car is its diamond inlaid headlights, which could also come with other rare jewels. The Dubai-based Lykan sells their Hypersport for a very reasonable $3.4 million.
NUMBER 11: Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
Oh yes, leave it to Pagani to take an extremely impressive car and take the top off, while also making it faster. This time, the 6.0L V12 from the Huayra gets 800 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, that’s 50 more horsepower than the roofed version!
Of course, these are very limited, to only 40 examples. If you could get Pagani to sell you one, it would be for a nice $3.5 million.