We’ve looked at the ten most polluting cars on sale today, ranking them in the order that they destroy the planet and choke bunny rabbits.
Some of these are great cars, some of them are horrible, but all of them will bankrupt anyone who isn’t a billionaire – and will give environmentalists nightmares!
10. Ferrari FF
A Ferrari FF melting glaciers
is the first Ferrari to be fitted with four-wheel drive; when you combine this with a shooting brake body you get one of the most practical cars of its type.
There’s only the one engine available and it’s in the front, like a proper Ferrari GT. The V12 6.3-litre engine develops 660bhp, enough to propel you onto an impressive 208mph. Or 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds, if drag racing is your thing.
Predictably, testers note an incredible turn of speed, an amazing noise, and an incredibly quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s a brilliant powertrain, but would you expect anything less?
The price to pay is a (largely theoretical) 18.3mpg…
CO2 emissions (g/km): 360
Engine size: 6262cc
9. Cadillac CTS-V
The Caddy CTS
is an old-school muscle car that is as wide as a house and weighs just a little bit more.
It gains mixed reviews with some of the experts saying that they didn’t like it as it is too ‘American’ for European drivers. Others, though, were astonished at how accomplished its handling is, with one reviewer comparing it favourably with the BMW M5.
The 6.0-litre, supercharged engine is ridiculously fast, huge fun, and enormously thirsty – smaller engines are available though, which might be wise given the potential for single-digit fuel consumption figures!
CO2 emissions (g/km): 365
Engine size: 6162cc
8. Maserati Quattroporte S
The Quattroporte gets a lot of good reviews, and has some advantages over its more mainstream rivals.
The experts agree it has a lot of character, offers a sporty drive – and they all love the fantastic Ferrari derived engine, even if this is one of the more refined installations among the Maserati range…
It’s getting on a bit now but it still looks terrific and is much rarer than most of its rivals, although the fit and finish of some of the trim reflect its low-volume manufacturer status.
CO2 emissions (g/km): 365
Engine size: 4691cc
7. Aston Martin DBS
The first Aston Martin to feature in our Bad-Boy Top 10 is the DBS
. The reviews are generally very positive with everyone saying that it looks utterly divine – it probably wouldn’t matter if it had a 1.1-litre diesel engine with looks like this!
However, it isn’t fitted with anything so practical. The six-litre, 510-horsepower V12 whisks the DBS from rest to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, which is very, very fast indeed – although some reviewers say that it could do with being even faster…
It sounds gorgeous, yet manages to be quiet and refined at lower speeds but gulps fuel at the rate of (*coughs*) 17.3mpg. Apparently. If you believe that then I suspect you still go to sleep really, really early on Christmas Eve too, don’t you?
Price: £171,387 – £174,387
CO2 emissions (g/km): 367
Engine size: 5935cc
6. Maybach 57 S and 62 S
The Maybach is a German alternative to the super expensive and super desirable Rolls Royce Phantom. The CEO express is available as a short wheelbase 57 or limo-like 62 model – although they’re both in short supply as they’ve stopped making them; if you’re lucky you might find the odd one clogging up a showroom.
It doesn’t get particularly good reviews but it is fantastic car to be chauffeur-driven in and is a little more discreet than the Phantom. It just lacks charisma and is a much more expensive than cars such as the Mercedes S Class and Jaguar XJ.
There is a choice of two engines: a 5.5 V12 and a 6.0 V12. Each delivers effortless performance and make a mockery of the car’s size – and both are equally uneconomical. Maybach say that 17mpg is possible, but we suspect that single-figure fuel consumption is more likely…
Price: £318,620 – £367,490
CO2 emissions (g/km): 368
Engine size: 5980cc
5. Mercedes G-Class 55 AMG
The Mercedes G-Class (or G-Wagen as it used to be known as) is a Germanic Land Rover Defender and has been around since the 1970s.
It gains mixed reviews and isn’t without its problems, not least of which is its gargantuan price. Still, it’s a favourite with gangstas (not ‘gangsters’, who are very different people), and they like a bit of bling and have the cash to back them up.
The G-Class 55 AMG is ludicrously quick and even more ludicrously expensive to run; after all, you’re trying to push a four-wheel drive brick to speeds that it was never designed to travel at. Single-figure mpg will be the norm if you are insane enough to buy and drive one of theses. You’ll look very cool though…
CO2 emissions (g/km): 372
Engine size: 5439cc
4. Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
Rolls-Royce is one of the most coveted luxury car makers in the world, so it’s no surprise that its flagship model, the Phantom
, is seen by most of the critics as one of the best cars in its class. Among other things, the testers love the Phantom’s imposing opulence, the impressive build quality and superb levels of comfort and refinement.
Unless Rolls-Royce do put their electrically powered Phantom concept car into production, the only option you have is the gargantuan 6.75 V12. Most of the testers reckon that it’s a superb all-round engine – the V12 is smooth and refined, and is almost completely silent, which makes it well-suited for long journeys. You’ll just be stopping every hour or so to top her up.
You’ll be surprised at just how quick the Phantom is – 0-60 is dealt with in under six seconds, and is electronically limited to 150 mph. Not bad for a car that weighs 2.6 tonnes…
CO2 emissions (g/km): 380
Engine size: 6749cc
3. Bentley Mulsanne
is Bentley’s latest luxury saloon and it’s fantastic. The press really like it, saying it’s everything you’d expect a Bentley to be. They report, that for such a big car, it’s amazingly good to drive and offers effortless performance. The only criticisms are that it’s too heavy and that the engine should be far more efficient.
They aren’t kidding. The 6.75-litre, twin-turbocharged engine produces a stonking 505bhp and an almost unbelievable 752lb ft of torque. It gives ‘effortless” performance, with 62mph coming up in 5.3 seconds and pushing the Bentley on to a top speed of 184mph. It’s a quiet engine too, “muted” and “refined”.
There is a price to pay, of course; the fuel consumption will be around 10mpg in town, dropping to about 15mpg on a long run. Oh, and the CO2 emissions are 393g/km. This is not a car for the committed environmentalist…
CO2 emissions (g/km): 393
Engine size: 6752
2. Aston Martin DBS V12 Volante
The Aston Martin DBS Volante
comprises the gorgeous DBS with an added folding roof – and even heavier fuel consumption and even greater CO2 emissions.
It’s a car of compromises, but looks sensational, sounds awesome, and goes like stink – and you can lower the roof and have every sensation magnified ten-fold. What’s not to like?
The 6.0-litre V12 engine “whirrs and whines” at tickover and lower engine speeds, but then “growls like a bear in a pipe” when it is provoked. Power? Plenty is all you need to know, although car buffs will love to boast about the 510bhp and 420lb ft of torque that they have on tap.
The DBS Volante’s top speed is 191mph and it’ll hit 62mph from rest in just 4.3 seconds. Overtaking is effortless, as you might have predicted, and it makes for a fine long distance cruiser.
The fuel consumption is going to be in double figures – just. You wouldn’t care though, would you?
Price: £180,387 – £183,387
CO2 emissions (g/km): 388
Engine size: 5935
1. Bentley Continental Flying Spur
The most polluting car on sale in the UK today is the Bentley Flying Spur – although it is one of the most comfortable and luxurious cars available…
The Bentley 6.0-litre W12 packs a 552bhp punch and wafts the Flying Spur to 62mph in 4.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 195mph but if that isn’t fast enough then they do a Speed version that will crack the double-ton!
It fast then, more luxurious than a bathful of molten Ferrero Rocher and much, more exclusive than the Continental GT. You do know, don’t you, that you will never reach the 16mpg that Bentley claim is possible – and that a polar bear dies every time you drive it?
CO2 emissions (g/km): 396
Engine size: 5998