Expensive cars are nothing new, but the most expensive automobiles have certainly moved up a class since the car’s beginning. The first modern automobile, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, made its first appearance to much fanfare in 1885. This three-wheeled engineering marvel featured a four-stroke engine and boasted a top speed of 10 miles per hour. While the Motorwagen was considered incredible tech at the time, cars have evolved to become almost unrecognizable in comparison. With state-of-the-art design and blistering top speeds, today’s cars push the boundaries of engineering, style, and technological integration. Naturally, all the upgrades and innovations come with a correspondingly high price tag.
If you’re a gearhead and money is no object, keep reading to see the fastest and most exclusively priced cars that should top your must-have list.
Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail ($30 – $32 million)
Rolls-Royce is renowned for creating expensive cars that offer more luxury than most 5-star hotels. Unveiled in 2023, the La Rose Noire Droptail is no different. Modeled after the stunning deep red flower, the Black Baccara Rose, the car features a gorgeous abstract design and impeccable finishes.
A twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V-12 propels this beauty, pumping out an impressive 563 horsepower with a peak of 604 foot-pounds of torque at 1,500 rpm. With this much power under the hood, the car easily reaches 62 mph in about five seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
Meanwhile, this ultra-modern tech is hidden under layers of sinuous burgundy carbon fiber and expertly detailed wood finishes. Over 1,600 hand-crafted wood pieces are inlaid in the curved dashboard, bringing handmade artistry to the interior. It took two years just to complete the woodwork on this masterpiece. With this level of luxury detailing, the price tag is estimated at a reasonably hefty $30 to $32 million.
It should be noted that the La Rose Noire Droptail is made to order and is not commercially available.
Bugatti La Voiture Noire ($13.4 – $18.7 million)
Unveiled in 2021, the Bugatti La Voiture Noire is one of the most expensive cars ever produced by the French manufacturer. Based on the legendary lost Type 57 SC Atlantic developed by Jean Bugatti in the 1930s, this newly reborn vision boasts a sleek, all-black design offset with massive front grilles to keep the monster within cool.
With a cool $18.7 million price tag, this custom car is about more than just good looks. The coupe reaches 60 mph in 2.4 seconds and has no official top speed. It packs an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged engine set in a W16 configuration, producing more than 1,500 horsepower and an incredible 1,179 ft-lb of torque. It’s a worthy homage to the original La Voiture Noire owned by Jean Bugatti, which was described as the most ideal and fastest car of its time.
SP Automotive Chaos ($6.4 – $14.4 million)
Spyros Panopoulos Automotive, known colloquially as SP Automotive, is a relatively new automaker. The ambitious manufacturer has poised itself as a disruptor, bursting onto the scene with a nearly entirely 3D-printed supercar dubbed Chaos as its first release.
While the Earth Version of the car retails for around $6.4 million, anyone with the money would likely be more interested in the $14.4 million Zero Gravity Version. This upgraded option produces 3,065 horsepower and can reach 60 mph in 1.55 seconds. All this power comes courtesy of a finely tuned 4-liter V10 that has earned the car the nickname “the rocket.”
Bugatti Chiron Profilée ($10.8 – $11 million)
The Bugatti Chiron was first released in 2016 and was the fastest and most expensive cars on the company’s roster at the time. Looking to remake this masterpiece in a new and exciting way, the Profilée features a six-foot-wide sweeping tail, extra oversized air intakes, and a new rear spoiler.
These touches bring a more refined feel to the updated version while keeping the vehicle true to supercar form with unrivaled stability and steering capability at incredibly high speeds. The Chiron Profilée’s W16 engine produces a whopping 1,500 horsepower, reaching 0 to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in less than 6 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 236 mph.
Although this model was created as a once-off and was only available via auction in early 2023, Bugatti has yet to confirm that production of the model is permanently off the table. If Bugatti blesses car lovers with more of these silver-blue beauties, you could get your hands on one for the bargain price of $11 million.
Bugatti Centodieci ($9 million)
Revealed in 2019 to celebrate the car manufacturer’s 110th anniversary, the Bugatti Centodieci is one of the most expensive cars around, with only ten units ever made. This throwback to the legendary EB100 had the press buzzing over its super low-slung body, pronounced triple horizontal grille openings, five round apertures on the sides, and a massive tail to keep the supercar from taking flight at higher speeds.
Reaching 62 mph in 2.4 seconds and 186 mph in 13.1 seconds, the Centodieci is electronically limited to a top speed of 240 mph. This restriction reigns in the quad-turbocharged W16 engine that Bugatti employs in its top-end models.
With a price tag of around $9 million, the last of this exclusive model was delivered to its lucky owner at the end of 2022.
777 Hypercar ($7.5 million)
For anyone looking to spend a massive sum on a toy, the 777 Hypercar is the one you’ve been looking for. With a price tag of $7.5 million, this stripped-down track car doesn’t offer the comforts of a regular car, like heated seats or dedicated screens to control things like an app for your gaming preferences.
However, what it lacks in comfort it more than makes up for with a thrilling ride. Weighing just 1,984 pounds, the car can withstand up to four times the force of gravity in lateral acceleration. This lightweight speed machine whips around the track on a 4.5-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that pumps out 730 horsepower with ease. While this model can achieve a top speed of 230 mph, it’s not street legal—so you’ll need to invite spectators to the track to admire your new baby.
Pagani Codalunga ($7.4 million)
Hearkening back to the golden age of expensive cars, the 1960s-inspired Pagani Codalunga is a wondrous long-tail model with unique retro touches. The steampunk-style interior certainly makes a statement—as does its $7.4 million price tag.
Under the hood, the Codalunga boasts an AMG twin-turbo 6-liter V12 engine. This sucker pumps out 829 horsepower and moves the car from standing to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. Also known as the Huayra Codalunga, this stunning feat of design and engineering has a top speed of 230 mph.
All prices mentioned above are accurate at the time of writing.