We might mainly focus on getting buyers great deals on sensible cars but, from time to time, we can’t help but get distracted by somewhat more dramatic motors. As our favourite hot hatches prove, you don’t need lots of money to make a car exciting… but it can help.
Here are the most expensive production road-legal cars you can buy – correct at the time of writing. If you’re wondering where the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari are, they’re all sold out so you’d be better off checking the classifieds.
Pagani Huayra BC – approx £2.22 million
The Pagani Huayra BC is the most expensive new car money can buy. Named after the late Benny Caiola – the first ever Pagani customer – the BC hones the Huayra’s already potent formula into a machine delivering the performance to challenge almost any car on the planet.
The 6.0-litre V12 has gained a power hike so the twin-turbo unit mow makes 800hp and 811lb ft of torque. The Huaryra’s crucial figure, however, is 1,218kg – how much it weighs dry without oil and fluids – roughly the same as an Audi A3, but with seven times the power…
As a result, top speed is in excess of 220mph. This is despite the enormous levels of downforce the BC produces, aided by wings, splitters and moveable flaps co-developed with race car specialists Dallara.
If the BC is just a little too pricey for you, you’re in luck – the standard Huayra is a comparative steal at just one million pounds.
Bugatti Chiron – approx £1.9 million
Bugatti still technically holds the title of producing the world’s fastest car, and the Chiron carries on where the legendary Veyron Super Sport left off by adding more power. Lots more power…
The Chiron uses a development of the quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine used in the Veyron. Power has increased to a scarcely believable 1,479hp and torque rises to 1,180lb ft, deployed to the road via all four wheels and an quick-shifting automatic gearbox.
Of course, you’ll need a serious chassis to keep that grunt under control. The carbon fibre tub used by the Chiron is said to be as rigid as those used by the most advanced Le Mans race cars. The opulence of the cabin design, however, couldn’t be further removed from a track-only competition machine.
As it stands, the Chiron is limited by its tyres to a mere 268mph, though its derestricted top speed is believed to be up to 20mph higher.
Koenigsegg Regera – £1.49 million
If outright power is what matters most, might we recommend ignoring the Chiron (and its frankly pathetic output) and consider the 1,500hp Koenigsegg Regera instead.
The Regera combines three electric motors with a truly evil-sounding 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8. Unlike the Chiron, all that power is sent to just the rear wheels…
Intriguingly, it doesn’t have a conventional gearbox – the hybrid system relies on electric shove from standstill, and then the engine kicks in to produce one continuous, staggering force. How staggering? The Regera accelerates from 0-186mph in 10.9 seconds – around 2.7 seconds faster than the Bugatti. Top speed is comfortably more than 250mph.
To put that 10.9 seconds into perspective, it’s the same time a 1.4-litre Volkswagen Polo diesel takes to reach 62mph. For the Regera’s £1.49 million asking price, you could buy 87 of those Polos and you’d still have enough change for a spare Dacia Sandero, too.
Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf – £696,000
The most expensive four-door saloon money can buy – the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is arguably one of the most beautiful to look at, too.
Riding on a stretched version of the underpinnings used by the Rapide, the Taraf offers a unique blend of elegant luxury and the agility of a sports saloon.
Power comes courtesy of the Rapide’s 6.0-litre V12, but tuned to deliver a more refined, luxurious response. Despite the increase in size and luxury compared to the Rapide, the overall weight is similar thanks to the use of carbon fibre body panels.
Though some luxury saloons may feel even more magnificent from the rear seats, buyers pay for the exclusivity – fewer than 200 Tarafs will be built.
Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV – £347,853 (Roadster)
As attention-seekers go, few cars can compete with the Lamborghini Aventador. If something’s worth doing, however, it’s worth overdoing so you’ll need the LP750 SV if you want to really stand out at a Lamborghini meet.
The Roadster version is, in our opinion, completely necessary – not only for the spectacular styling, but in order to better appreciate the glorious 6.5-litre V12 just behind your ears. Intake and exhaust systems have been revised over the “regular” Aventador, resulting in a total power output of 740hp.
Lashings of carbon fibre for the door panels, removable roof, seats and that enormous rear wing result in a 50kg weight reduction. That, along with the power boost, is sufficient for the SV to reach 62mph from rest in 2.9 seconds, before thundering all the way to a 217mph top speed.
Ferrari F12tdf – £339,000
At more than £240,000, the Ferrari F12 isn’t exactly a budget vehicle but, for a true feeling of expense, it’s the limited-run F12tdf that’s the one to have. Named after the Tour de France – no, not the pedal powered one – the old car race that ran until the mid-’80s.
It’s arguably the ultimate choice for the driving purist, too. Every facet of the already brilliant F12 has been tweaked to make the F12tdf faster, sharper and more exciting than ever.
The tdf features a breathed-upon version of Ferrari’s 6.3-litre V12, with power climbing from 730hp to 769hp. There isn’t a turbo in sight either, and the motor’s redline is set at a spine-tingling 8,900rpm. Straight-line performance is boosted by the loss of 110kg from the F12’s kerb weight, while the more aggressive body shape produces 87 per cent more downforce.
Just 799 of these Italian marvels of engineering will be built, and there won’t be any change to be had from a third of a million pounds.
Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB – £304,295
The are few more relaxing ways in which to travel than seated in the back of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Except, that is, unless it’s compared to this – the Extended Wheelbase variant.
Undoubtedly a car intended for those who prefer to be chauffeured, it gains an extra 250mm of body installed between the front and rear axles to offer passengers even more legroom than the already commodious ‘regular’ model. The seats are sofa-like and the carpet is so soft and thick, you’ll feel obliged to remove your shoes before you enter. There’s even a partition that separates you from ‘the work’ sat behind the wheel.
Even if you do completely blank them, they’ll likely be happy enough up front. The controls are light and precise, the ride quality impeccable, and the 6.6-litre V12 is near silent unless asked to make haste, at which point it makes itself known via a distant, dignified rumble.
If you don’t need the extra rear legroom, why not save and go for the Phantom Drophead convertible instead? It’s £4,400 cheaper, helping it dip below the £300,000 mark. A relative bargain, we’re sure you’ll agree.
McLaren 675LT Spider – £285,470
McLaren hasn’t been in the supercar-building game for long but it’s only taken five years for the British firm to produce one of the best supercars on sale.
Taking the already impressive McLaren 650S Spider as a starting point, the 675LT weighs 100kg less. Its 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 cranks out 666hp – up 25hp on the 650S – and aerodynamic performance is improved courtesy of a larger ‘air brake’ that deploys at speed to increase braking performance. The suspension is lower and stiffer for an even sharper drive.
All of this, testers agree, means that the 675LT Spider represents £285,000 very well spent.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed – £253,155k
The Bentley Mulsanne Speed could be considered the perfect car for a Rolls-Royce Phantom owner with questionable timekeeping.
Sporting a similarly sumptuous interior to the Rolls-Royce, Bentley’s traditional six-and-three-quarter-litre V8 is in it’s strongest iteration here, delivering 530hp and a staggering 811lb ft of torque. It’s enough for this three-tonne machine to reach 62mph in less than five seconds and onto a 190mph top speed.
Don’t let that make you think that refinement might lack in any way, though. Engine noise is damped from the cabin via active engine mounts, while road roar is tamed by a foam-filled layer in each Dunlop tyre. The attention to every detail is simply stunning.
The best news of all is that you can save money on a new Bentley Mulsanne Speed through our deals page!
Bentley Bentayga – £230,655
The Bentley Bentayga, at just more than one-tenth of the value of the Huayra, is a relative bargain in this company. The priciest First Edition model costs from £230,655, and is distinguished from the rest of the Bentayga SUV range courtesy of unique 22-inch alloy wheels, Union Jack badging and a special quilted leather interior.
Mechanically, it remains the same as the rest of the Bentayga lineup. Power comes courtesy of a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, good for 600hp and 664lb ft of torque. Despite the substantial 2.4-tonne mass, it’ll give a four-second 0-62mph time and a top speed of 187mph – so not only the most expensive SUV in the world, but the fastest, too.
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