According to an Experian survey released earlier this year, in early 2017 the average cost of a new car bought in the United States of America was under $34,000. (An early summer report released by USA Today put the exact number at $33,560.) That means that a lot of cars are being sold at well above that figure, but with most costing less than $34k to balance out the figure. Car prices have risen steadily in recent years; in the year 2000, the average cost of a new vehicle was ten thousand dollars less, at $24,750. While the cost of a new car has crept steadily upward at a pace exceeding the creep of inflation, there have also always been some outliers that skew the greater sample: the super crazy expensive cars, as they’re called in the professional automotive community. (Or at least they should be.)
There are a surprising number of cars out there that cost more than one million dollars. While many of these ultra expensive cars are classic collector’s items and/or are so expensive due to the exclusivity created by small production runs, some million dollar cars are actually built in great enough numbers to be considered production vehicles. Though they’re not exactly products of a Ford-style assembly line, to be sure. Here are 15 cars that cost more than a million dollars, a few of which you might actually be able to buy from a dealership today. Y’know…for a million bucks.
15. Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity – $1 Million
A brand new Rolls-Royce Phantom sells for only around five hundred thousand dollars, so why is the Serenity edition twice the price? It’s all in the details. Like the hand-emboidred cherry blossom motive panels that line most of the interior of the car. And the instrument panel inset with rubies, mother of pearl, and other precious materials. With a V12 engine producing a modest-for-the-category 450 HP, the Serenity is not a car you buy for street racing, but rather one you buy to enjoy the true height of luxury.
14. The Apollo Arrow – $1.1 Million
Never heard of an Apollo, ey? You’re not alone. The German car manufacturer is one of the new kids on the block when it comes to the block populated by makers of fantastically powerful vehicles. The Apollo Automobil company’s Apollo Arrow costs only a little more than a million bucks. OK, it costs one hundred thousand more, but for that $1.1 million you get a sleek, sexy car that has a 1,000 horsepower engine and makes it past 60 MPH in just under three seconds.
13. The Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli – $1.2 Million
Italian car company Mazzanti is another carmaker much like Germany’s Apollo Autombil: most of us have probably never heard of it, but those who live and breath all things automotive probably can’t hear enough about it. Mazzanti’s latest, greatest car is an update to their Evantra supercar, the Evantra Millecavalli. This monster disguised as a vehicle makes it past 6o miles per hour in just 2.7 seconds and can keep on accelerating up to around 250 MPH.
12. The Pagani Zonda Cinque – $1.4 Million
If you speak a bit of Italian, you will know that the word “cinque” means five. That’s not a random coincidence here, and indeed it would be a pretty odd name for a supercar were it not germane to the specific model in that only five of these cars were made this year, with 2017 marketing the end of nearly two decades of production. So while they sold for about $1.4 million MSRP, if you want one, you’ll be buying it one the second hand market, but not for a discounted price, FYI. Its futuristic body is made from a blend of carbon fiber and titanium components, making it lightweight but strong and durable.
11. The Aston Martin One-77 – $1.4 Million
One million, four hundred thousand dollars seems to be a common price tag for supercars, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s because that’s about the average exchange rate of one million euros? Regardless, this $1.4 million dollar car is gorgeous and capable. The Aston Matin One-77 has a 7.3-liter V12 engine that produces a respectable 750 HP and that will get the car moving near 220 miles per hour. But you purchase this car more because it is beautiful than because of raw power. What’s with the name? Well, between 2009 and 2012, the company built exactly 77 of them.
10. The Arash AF10 Hybrid – $1.5 Million
The Arash AF10 sports car comes from an English carmaker. The vehicle has a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that produces 900 horsepower. Now wait, you might be thinking, that’s impressive and all, but its hundreds of HP lower than many cars that cost less. What gives? Well, the rest of the power of the AF10 comes from its four electric motors, which ass almost another 1,200 HP to this vehicle, for a combined total output of around 2,080 horsepower. Which is just nuts, really. Most cars have less than 300.
9. The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta – $1.4 Million
The starting price for the limited edition LaFerrari Aperta was $1.4 million bucks, but by the time the last unit has sold at auction (any day now, at the time of this writing) it might fetch more like seven million dollars, thus the asterisk. This supercar is coveted due to its elegance, power, rarity, and its unique design. The Aperta is a hybrid sports car, using both a powerful V12 engine and a 120 kilowatt electric motor to produce its acceleration and speed. Side bar: Ferrari is donating the bulk of the cash it makes from selling this 70th Anniversary car to charity.
8. The Koenigsegg Agera R – $1.6 Million
The Koenigsegg Agera R is a Swedish supercar that has been in production for six years now. It is largely built out of lightweight carbon fiber, and that includes many engine components. The entire engine weighs less than 435 pounds, which is quite impressive if you compare it around some. The car’s light weight helps it roar past 60 MPH in just three seconds, and keeps on cruising past that. You will hit 125 MPH in about eight seconds and will near 200 miles per hour in 14 seconds.
7. The Zenvo TS1 – $1.8 Million
Don’t feel too badly if you have never heard of the Danish car company Zenvo: they have only been around for a few years and have only made a few copies of their one and only model, the ST1. But what a car it is. This rolling piece of art is almost entirely handmade, and the parts that are not built by a person with tools are fabricated by a CNC machine (rather than being stamped or molded, e.g.). The stats are impressive, if not true unique: 1,100 HP, top speed of 233 MPH, etc. What sets the TS1 apart is its beauty.
6. The Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 – $1.9 Million
The founder of Italian supercar maker Lamborghini, the eponymous Ferruccio Elio Arturo Lamborghini, was born in 1916. To mark the hundred year anniversary of his birth (he died in 1993), the company released the Centenario. This amazing automobile features a 6.5-liter V12 that creates 770 HP, but its most notable facet is its low weight. At just 3,350 pounds, that engine can power the Centenario past 60 miles per hour in less than 2.8 seconds. Also, it’s a work of art. Very aggressive-looking art.
5. The McLaren P1 GTR – $2 Million
The McLaren P1 GTR has a 3.8-liter twin turbo engine rated at a breath under 790 horsepower as well as an electric motor that adds almost another 200 HP to the mix. Its broad, low body and massive rear wing create amazing downforce, letting the car hug the twists and turns of the track at amazing speeds. Here’s the catch, though: this car is only suitable for track ricing. The P1 GTR is not a street legal car. That said, police probably won’t catch you if you do bring it out into a public roadway.
4. The Koenigsegg Regera – $2 Million
Remember that Koenigsegg Agera R from earlier in our list? Yeah, that’s a pretty impressive car. But if you climbed in the driver seat of this Regera and squared off against someone in that vehicle, you’d win the race. This hybrid sports car uses both a gasoline engine and electric motors to produces a total output of 1,500 horsepower, and thanks to its modest weight of 3,240 pounds, it screams past 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds. Even more impressive is the car’s ability to pass 190 MPH in just 11 seconds.
3. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – $2.4 Million
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport supercar has the impressive distinction of being the fastest street legal production car currently on the market. It tops out at a little more than 265 miles per hour and blows past 60 MPH in less than 2.5 seconds. Try counting two and a half seconds, and imagine getting to a mile a minute that fast. Now imagine moving 4.4 times faster than that. Yeah, it’s super fast. And super expensive. But not super rare, in the scheme of things, as more than 400 have been delivered to customers.
2. The Lykan Hypersport – $3.4 Million
The Lykan HyperSport supercar is built by the Lebanese car company W Motors. At the time of this writing, the HyperSport is one of the top three most expensive production cars ever built, though its fabulously limited run of seven vehicles stretches the limits of the term “production car.” If it looks familiar to you, perhaps you saw this vehicle in the movie Fast and Furious 7 — it was the car that kept crashing through the windows of skyscrapers. It comes with diamonds set into the headlights. Or rubies, if you prefer.
1. The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero – $8 Million
Yes, eight million dollars. And that was the price of the Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero when it was “released” back in 2004; today, adjusted for inflation, it might be more like ten million bucks. And I use quotation marks around the word released because the company made one of these things, which is currently privately owned. It has been featured in multiple music videos and has changed hands a few times, usually from one noted rapper to another. It’s fast and powerful and all, but mostly it’s just expensive.
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