For many people, cars are a need and an essential mode of personal transportation. But for some, it’s also a piece of cherished art, which they can splurge on. Big-name cars like Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bugatti, and other luxury car makers often come at skyrocketing high prices. They are only made for wealthy collectors who value luxury and quality. If you’re given $20 million to splurge on something, you might probably choose to spend it to buy an island, a beach property, a mansion, or a private plane. But avid car collectors will spend ridiculous amounts of money on cars that are one of a kind.
If you’re curious about the most expensive cars in the world, here’s a list:
1. Bugatti La Voiture Noire – $19 million
In 2019, Bugatti unveiled the “La Voiture Noire,” which translates to “the black car” made entirely from carbon fiber. It now stands proud as the most expensive new car that was ever built. The first of the Limited Edition car has been sold for a whopping $19 million. The car is made as a modern interpretation of Jean Bugatti’s personal Type 57 SC Atlantic sport that was lost during World War II. The La Voiture Noire is dedicated to the memory of that beloved car, and its care and history are woven into every square inch of this vehicle. Its price skyrocketed because of its striking silhouette and emotional backstory – besides being a luxury car itself.
The La Voiture Noire uses the same quad-turbo W16 8-liter engine as the Chiron, Divo, and Chiron Sport. It churns out a jaw-dropping 1,500 HP, and the car can reach above 450 km/h. A trademark horseshoe-shaped Bugatti grille dominates the front, and it blends into a swept-back design with wrap-around tail lamps and sloping windscreen.
2. Rolls Royce Sweptail – $13 million
Rolls Royce will build you any car if you have a thick enough wallet to pay for it. The Sweptail is the perfect example. It was hand-built on the recommendations of a billionaire customer who has managed to keep his identity unknown, and the result is the legendary Rolls Royce Sweptail. It’s probably the most expensive car you can’t buy, even if you do have the money. Plus, it only seats two people – see what they mean by being exclusive?
Nearly every part of this car is unique, and the project to create this car took four years to finish. This commission features the silhouette, round doors, and tail designs of historic Rolls models, with the added benefit of 21st-century technology and styling cues from the world’s superyachts. It has a ceiling made of an unbreakable pane of glass, offering the driver a panoramic view of the world around him as this car goes racing by. It has carbon-fiber laptop stations behind each door, titanium analog clocks, a champagne chiller, crystal flutes, and even a customized hat shelf. Sure, it’s one of the top ten best cars in the world.
3. Bugatti Centodieci – $8.9 million
The Bugatti Centodieci is the French automaker’s most powerful supercar yet. This angular supercar, dotted with the signature Bugatti design elements, is inspired by the mid-engine EB110 supercar that debuted in 1991. It’s already a bargain at $8.9 million, at least compared to the La Voiture Noire.
This car has a more angular design than other Bugatti supercars. The emblem is placed above the horseshoe-shaped grill, like it was on the EB110, with five round slots behind each side window that creates an additional visual link between the two cars. This car’s interior is a lot like Chiron’s though it gets model-specific materials, accents, and trim pieces. It comes with a mighty, quad-turbocharged W16 engine tuned to deliver 1,600 horsepower. Bugatti only produced ten units of this car, and each one was owned or reserved well before the car made its public debut in 2019.
4. Mercedes Benz Maybach Exelero – $8 million
Mercedez-Benz MaybackExelero is a special concept car that was created in cooperation with tire producer Goodyear to display their tires to the best extent. This is a high-end car with materials that are comfortable and beautiful inside and out. Its large size makes it a viable passenger car with real capacity, unlike most supercars that can only fit two people. The result is a car that looks good and feels good while still being an incredible powerhouse.
You will find a twin-turbo V12 engine that can produce 690 tons of horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque under the hood. It can go from zero to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and can reach 349 km/h. With that power, you can go everywhere, and you’ll arrive there fast.
5. Bugatti Divo – $5.9 million
Introduced in 2018, the Bugatti Divo is a mid-engine track-focused sports car that stands out as the first coachbuilt Bugatti of the 21st century. The Divo is actually a study in aerodynamics, with its name paying homage to the French racing driver Albert Divo, who won the Targa Florio race twice in the 1920s. The company only built 40 units of the car, all of which have been spoken for.
It’s based on the Chiron and shares the same quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine rated at 1,500 hp. But its enhancements include additional weight savings, upgraded suspension, and different kinds of aerodynamic wizardry. This car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.4 seconds. You can differentiate it from the Chiron because it has a carved-up hood, a dorsal fin, and cheese-grater taillights under a huge wing.
6. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 million
There is carbon fiber, and there’s diamond weave carbon fiber – and it can be found in every inch of the outside of the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita. This simply means that the car is coated with real diamonds, wherein the carbon fibers are coated with diamond dust-impregnated resin. Koenigsegg’s property diamond weave technology transforms the fibers from black to shining silvery-white, making this car renowned for its unique design. Only two units of this car have been made because the diamond weave carbon fiber made it too time-consuming and challenging to manufacture. It’s the most expensive, street-legal production car in the world.
Beneath the expensive coating is a 4.8 liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total horsepower output of 1,004 and 797 pound-feet of torque. It can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 mph.
7. Lamborghini Veneno – $4.5 million
Built to celebrate the Italian automobile manufacturer’s 50th anniversary, the Lamborghini Veneno was launched in 2013. “Veneno” means poison in Spanish, and the design looks positively deadly and undeniably venomous. This car is absolutely stunning from every angle – it looks almost like an alien space capsule. This car is heavily inspired by the LP700-4 Aventador and is made of carbon fiber.
This car can reach speeds that give it a run for its money. Equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 that can spin all the way to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740 hp and 507 pound-feet of torque – this car can speed to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. Only nine units were made, and one of them was resold at $11 million. It was the most expensive car produced upon its production, and only three were available to customers in the first lot.
8. Lamborghini Sian – $3.6 million
Lamborghini Sian is not an ordinary Lamborghini. It’s the company’s first production hybrid model. This electric motor is a 48-volt unit stuffed between the engine and the transmission, and it draws power from a supercapacitor instead of a lithium-ion battery pack. It charges as quickly as it discharges, providing an intense power burst quickly. Its V12 engine generates 785 hp, and it offers an 819-horse output. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 220 mph.
Lamborghini made only 63 samples of this unit since Lamborghini was founded in 1963. Nineteen of those units were introduced in July 2020. If you’d rather go out on the water, Lamborghini is making a limited-edition yacht that costs about $1 million more than this car that inspired it.
9. W Motors Lykan Hypersport – $3.4 million
The first sports car to be designed and produced in the Middle East, the LykanHypersport, was launched in 2013 and was limited to seven units only. You may recall it from its starring role in the Fast and the Furious 7, in which the supercar crashed through not one but three skyscrapers in Dubai. The car looks like an armored car from the future, including scissor doors, jewel-encrusted headlights, and an interior ripped straight from science fiction. Built by Lebanese W Motors, this is the first Arab supercar that doesn’t fare badly when compared to the European biggies.
This car boasts a 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six that can produce 780 horsepower through the rear wheels and has 708 pound-feet of torque. It can go from zero to 62 in a mere 2.8 seconds, and it can speed up to 240 mph.
10. Bugatti Veyron by MansoryVivere – $3.4 million
Bugatti Veyron is one of the cars that brought supercars into the 21st century. When it was unveiled in 2005, Veyron was the most powerful car in the entire world, making it a sought-after automobile by car collectors around the globe. When German car customization company Mansory came across the Veyron, they decided to work with Bugatti to make a more polished, stunning iteration of the supercar. It resulted in the majestic Bugatti Veyron Masonry Vivere, a true work of automobile art.
This car has a striking matte white finish and a glossy black exterior, plus a decadently comfy interior. It’s adorned with a carbon-fiber body, upgraded LED lights, a revamped cabin, a new spoiler package, and a redesigned front grille. It boasts 1,500 tons of horsepower and a rare tiny 270-car release. Plus, it can run up to 254 mph.