Though they all ride on four tires and are operated in the usual manner, they’re not cars in the strictest sense. Rather, they’re rolling works of fine art that push the limits of vehicular performance, though only a smattering of humans will ever get the chance to actually see any of them in person, let alone drive one.
They’re among the rarest rides on the road and guarantee the kind of extreme exclusivity that not even the costliest Mercedes and BMWs could hope to approach. They’re true supercars, priced without reason, with price tags that well exceed the sacrosanct $1 million mark. That’s beyond the reach of mere mega-lottery winners and professional athletes, requiring pockets as deep as Scrooge McDuck and a garage the size of a warehouse to hold the rest of what’s almost certainly a fleet of equally matchless vehicular playthings.
And that’s assuming that even with all the money in the world, one might be fortunate enough to obtain one of what’s typically a tightly limited – and highly coveted – production run.
We’re featuring 10 of the costliest – and also, by the way, the quickest and most beautiful – rides in the world.
10. Apollo Arrow – £1,100,000
Coming from fledgling German exotic car maker Apollo Automobil, the mid-engine Arrow was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva MotorShow alongside the more affordable ($800K) Apollo N. The sharply creased Arrow makes its point with a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine sourced from Audi that produces an estimated 1,000 horsepower and is said to help the car hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. Only around 100 are expected to be built.
9. Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli – £1,200,000
With a slim production run of 25 units expected, this carbon fiber hypercoupe replaces the Evantra in the Italian automaker’s lineup and packs a wallop with a 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s rated at 1,000 horsepower. It’s claimed to take the low-slung coupe to 60 mph in a sudden 2.7 seconds and reach a felonious top speed of 250 mph.
8. Ferrari LaFerrari Aptera – £1,400,000
With only 200 planned, this is an open-top version of the luscious LaFerrari hybrid sportscar. It’s powered by a 6.3-liter V12 gasoline engine and a 120 kW electric motor that combine to produce the equivalent of 950 raging horsepower. That’s good for a 0-60 mph run in under 3 seconds and a top speed estimated at 217 mph
7. Arash AF10 Hybrid – £1,500,000
This hybrid-powered supercar comes from a low-volume English supercar-maker and is built with extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber. The AF10 Hybrid enhances a 550-horsepower 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine with no fewer than four electric motors in what the automaker calls a “Warp Drive” configuration to achieve a staggering 2,080 horsepower and achieve an estimated 2.8-second leap to 60 mph. A bona fide racing version with a fire extinguisher, roll cage, and intercom costs an extra £100 grand.
6. Zenvo TS1 – £1,800,000
Coming from a little-known Danish supercar builder, the TS1 was revealed at last year’s Geneva Motor Show as the successor to the brand’s ST1, bolstered with assorted performance enhancements that include a new 5.9-liter V8 with twin superchargers, an estimated 1,100 horsepower, and a top speed of 233 mph. Production is limited to 15 units.
5. Koenigsegg Regera – £1,900,000
The name translates into English as to “reign” or”rule,” and the Regera indeed rules the road with a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine that’s augmented by three electric motors and puts a combined output of 1,822 horsepower to the pavement. Only 80 units are planned to be built by this Swedish exotic car builder.
4. Bugatti Chiron – £2,700,000
Bugatti follows up the coveted Veyron 16.4 with the dramatically sculpted Chiron. It’s powered by an updated version of the automaker’s 8.0-liter W16 engine (it’s like two V8s joined at the crankshaft) that nets a truly illegal 1,500 horsepower and can propel the two-seater to 60 mph in a scenery-blurring 2.5 seconds.
3. Pagani Huayra BC – £2,800,000
Lighter in weight, and with a wider track and more aerodynamic styling than the Huayra upon which its based, it’s named after well-known car collector Benny Caiola (the “BC”). It packs a Mercedes-Benz AMG-supplied 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with an estimated 750 horsepower. Only 20 units are expected to be built.
2. Lykan Hypersport – £3,400,000
Only seven units of the so-called “first Arab supercar” from Dubai’s W Motors are expected to be built, with the first one having already been delivered to the Abu Dhabi police as what could be the speediest cop car on the planet with 780 horsepower under the hood. Aside from a truly quick and attractive supercar, £3.4 million gets you LED headlamps encrusted with 220 diamonds (or other precious stone of one’s choosing) each, among other over-the-top accoutrements. A less-expensive model (at £1.85 million), the Fenyr Supersport, is also available.
1. Aston Martin MA-RB 00 – £3,900,000
This street-legal racer is slated for the 2018 model year and was developed in conjunction with Red Bull Racing. It will ride on a lightweight carbon fiber structure and come powered by a new V12 engine, with production limited to between 99 and 150 road cars and 25 track-only versions.