It’s pretty much assumed that any car that costs more than a million dollars is a really badass vehicle, but what are you really buying? The most expensive cars on the market have powerful engines that roar rather than purr and fancy brand names, but they may not have much else to offer. Get a look at some of the priciest cars in the world, and just try not to laugh at the incredibly ugly and over-the-top designs. Excessive design flaws and weird choices don’t always make a car look cool. Sometimes, they just make you want to laugh when you look at them.
Don’t be swayed by the big engines, the awesome specs and the incredible names attached to these super-expensive supercars. The designs are so terribly bad, you probably wouldn’t want to be seen driving one of these way-too-pricey automobiles anyway. The one really good thing about all these cars is that they can go from 0 to 60 in a matter of seconds — making it much easier for drivers to make a getaway so no one actually has to see them behind the wheel of these design clunkers.
These million-dollar cars might set speed records and win awards for lightweight schematics, but there’s only one reason these cars are out there turning heads: they’re all ghastly to look at.
15. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
Made in 2015, the Pininfarina Sergio has a V8 engine and a 0 to 60 speed of 3 seconds. It can reach a top speech of 198 mph. It’ll cost you a cool $3 million to have the base model of the Sergio. That is, if you were one of the buyers who purchased it before it was ever released. Before Ferrari announced the Sergio, all 6 of them were already sold to specific buyers. It’s a concept car, and the concept seems to be a guessing game where you try to decide which is the front end of the thing. The windshield-free design makes the backside look even weirder, and the threat of total decapitation seems pretty clear on closer examination.
14. Pagani Huayra BC
The Huayra BC has a 750-hp twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG 6.0-liter V-12 engine, which is pretty cool stuff. It’s designed to be lightweight for more speed. Pagani built just 20 of these super-exclusive vehicles, selling each for a cool $2.5 million. However, every single model was already spoken for as soon as the Huayra BC was built. But despite all the great specs and the careful lightweight design, the Huayra BC still looks like it has a bug’s antennae sticking out of it. The strange side mirror design, humped roof and wide front end create an overall ladybug-like look that’s more Pixar than “Car and Driver.”
13. Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero
This $8 million beast was created, if you can even believe it, to test some tires. In order to test the limits of some new high-performance tires, Mercedes-Benz needed a vehicle that could go faster than 217 mph. That’s where the Maybach Exelero comes in. The first Maybach model was designed back in the 1930s to be a test car, so it was only fitting to create this in 2005 for a similar purpose. This thing set the world speed record for limousines, because that’s a real thing. For so much money, Mercedes could have made this car a whole lot prettier. This sleek vehicle was clearly designed more for speed than style, and that’s not why you have a limousine.
12. Aston Martin One-77
Only 77 copies of the One-77 were made, hence the name. This car debuted at the 2008 Paris Motor Show with a starting price of $1.87 million. It’s got a 7.3-liter V-12 engine under the sleek hood offers 750 horsepower. The One-77 recorded a top speed of 220 mph. That’s good, because the specs are the only thing about this car that will blow you away. There are very few visible bells and whistles on the simple design, and when you take a look at it this car seems to beg the question, why does it cost so much?
11. Zenvo TS1 GT
The TS1 GT was designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Zenvo. It has a top speed of 250 mph thanks to a twin-supercharged 5.8-liter V8 engine. It also costs a whopping $1.2 million, an inexplicable price for a car that looks like background noise from a “Fast & Furious” movie. Even if you look past the pastel paint job (this car came out in lime green, baby blue and bumblebee yellow), you probably can’t get past the honeycomb-like back end and extended front. Lean back in this ride, and you may not be able to see the road anymore.
10. Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron was designed with a beast of an engine that tops out at over 200mph. It has an 8.0-liter turbo-quad W-16 engine and unbelievably, it’s got all-wheel drive, to boot. That makes this vehicle fast and easy to drive, which is just about all it’s got going for it. The thick curves make this car look cumbersome, and if speed’s the thing the design certainly doesn’t get that point across. The clunky design certainly isn’t going to win any awards, but you can run away from criticism quickly in the Veyron. It almost makes you wonder if this car is really worth the staggering $1.7 million price tag.
9. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster
Pagani limited their Zonda Cinque Roadster to just 5 vehicles, which is what the “Cinque” part of the name means. It’s got no roof, but it does have a V12 engine and a $1.85 million price tag, for what it’s worth. The Cinque Roadster has a top speed of 217 mph and goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds. That means the Cinque Roadster is ridiculously fast, but just imagine how THAT wind would feel in your face. The short front end and hunched-over profile design don’t make this car look fast, it makes it look uncomfortable to sit in.
8. Koenigsegg Agera R
Koenigsegg put a monster of a 5.0-liter V8 engine in the Agera R. It goes from 0 to 60 in 2.9 slick seconds. It was literally designed with a “Speed Racer” paint scheme, just in case that wasn’t already clear, and it packs 1,115 horsepower. As Tim Taylor would say, more power! Grunt, grunt, grunt. But what this car has in engine, it does not have in looks. The bulky, low-to-the-ground design makes the Agera R resemble a turtle, and those tucked-in wheels aren’t helping matters at all. Would you pay $1.6 million to drive it around the block?
7. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
The Lamborghini Veneo Roadster is so sleek it looks like it’s going to drive right under another vehicle — and not in a good way. It can reach a top speed of 221 mph, and gets to 60 mph in a short 2.9 seconds. This monster has a 6.5-liter V12 750 horsepower engine that absolutely roars, but it’s designed with so many sharp edges it almost hurts to look at this car. Only three of them were ever made, and each cost a base price of $4.5 million. The arrow-like front and super wide spoiler make this Roadster look like a fancy dart. Want to drive around in a fancy dart?
6. Hennessey Venom GT
The Venom GT set the Guinness world record for quickest car thanks to its top speed of 270 mph. This thing really moves thanks to the 7.0-liter twin turbo LS7 V8 engine. It has 1,451 horsepower, which is just ludicrous, and an incredibly lightweight design. It’s based on a modified Lotus Elise chassis, but it doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the great-looking Lotus. The weird roof scoop and strange curved hood isn’t doing this car any favors. Not to mention the doors that cut in toward the interior, which makes it look like the Venom GT would be an incredibly uncomfortable ride.
5. Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli
Only 25 Millecavallis will be produced, which is just as well since they’re all going to look like this. It has a powerful 7.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 1,000 horsepower. It can get you anywhere you want to go, and will compel you to 60 in 2.7 seconds. The Millecavalli has a top speed of 250 mph, but it’s also got one of the ugliest profiles you’ll see on the road. The roof scoop and heavy fenders make the Millecavalli look downright dowdy, and the front end looks way too much like a smiley face to begin to take this car seriously. You might even laugh out loud if asked to pay the $1.2 million price.
4. Lykan Hypersport
The Hypersport has been dubbed as the first Arab supercar. Made by W Motors in Dubai, the first Hypersport has already been delivered — to the Abu Dhabi police. It’s probably the fastest cop car on the planet by way of the 780 horsepower engine. This car is designed to be excessively over-the-top with a price to match. The 220 diamonds encrusting the LED headlamps aren’t driving down the $3.4 million price at all, though you can get the cheaper $1.85 million version if you like. Either way, the Hypersport’s jagged design is jarring to look at and doesn’t really stand out among million-dollar automobiles.
3. McLaren P1 GTR
For $2.59 million, McLaren should have come up with something a lot better than a green and yellow paint scheme for the P1 GTR. Only 35 P1 GTRs were made, and it’s a track-only car. It’s got 1,000 horsepower and a hybrid drive. The stripped-down design keeps the P1 GTR lightweight but not very pretty, particularly with sponsors slapped all over it for no great reason. The P1 GTR can get to 60 in 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of 225 mph, so it’s hard to notice how bad it looks when it goes whizzing by. That’s lucky, since the perforated hood and huge spoiler really aren’t helping the design any.
2. Apollo Arrow
Apollo put a beast of a motor in the Arrow, filling it with a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 engine. The Arrow offers about 1,000 roaring horsepower that drives it to 60 second in 2.9 quick seconds. It’s also got a sharp front end that definitely does the name justice. Despite what the name of this car would have you believe, the design is said to be based on a shark — and an F22 Raptor fighter jet. The Arrow ends up looking like neither. The strange design is full of hard edges and cutouts, which doesn’t say speed. It just says bad design, and you haven’t even seen the price yet: $1.1 million.
1. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is one of the most expensive cars ever made, and the price just keeps going up. In 2011, one of these bad boys sold for $16.39 million at auction despite the fact that it has no roof and looks like the realization of a cartoonist’s sketch. Seriously, this thing is just silly with that low profile, wildly curving front end and what’s the thing sticking up in the back? Once one of the fastest cars in the world, this baby won the Le Mans in 1958, 1960 and 1961. Is it worth almost $20 million to you, no-roof design and all?
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