The Top 10 Most Expensive Sports Cars in the World
These super-rare limited-run models are some of the fastest status symbols on Earth
Published July 10, 2018
The top 10 most expensive sports cars in the world are famous for many reasons. They symbolize in price and pop culture the highest demand for automobiles in the world. Most commonly, this demand is built on a mix of rarity, prestige, and sheer performance.
The best sports cars win hearts and open wallets like nothing else in the world, and will always have a special place on our roads. Their mix of speed and style is unmatched in any other vehicle class in existence. What would normally be a liability for a product – that they are not inherently practical – is a key aspect of what makes a great sports car truly special.
Sports cars are not designed for a meandering trip through peak hour traffic to the office and doing an IKEA run in one of these vehicles is akin to a crime for purists – you’re never going to fit a darn chest of draws in a proper sports car! No, no – sports cars are designed to perform; certainly not to be queueing at the gas station while you ponder the fuel economy of your car versus that boxy looking smart car.
Sports cars are here to celebrate the very edge of automotive innovation. The speed, the pace, and the pure thrill of driving are at heart why the 10 most expensive sports cars in the world are so highly prized. Let’s looks now at these 10, what each offers that is outstanding, and their costs.
1. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 million
The CCXR Trevita represents a peak in performance and price in the sports car market. With a 4.7L V8 engine that delivers a top speed of 254 mph, this car will be desired by anyone who drives it – or sees it driving by. Made of carbon fiber kevlar and aluminum honeycomb, this mid-engined sports car has a flat underside with rear venturi tunnels. With the addition of an optional spoiler on the back, you can boost downforce even more – just in case 254 mph doesn’t seem to have enough oomph for you.
2. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster – $4.5 million
The mission behind the manufacturing of the Veneno Roadster was to get a race car on the road.
The Veneno looks like a race car, sounds like a race car, and anyone who drives it knows: it really feels like a race car. It’s a car that probably shouldn’t be legal on our roads, but got away with it.
Going 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds – if you have the money this ride is a must-buy. The only catch here is that just 9 examples were made, so even if you have the money, good luck finding an example for sale any time in the next decade.
3. Lykan Hypersport – $3.4 million
The Hypersport is indeed a speedy ride and an expensive one at $3.4 million. Yet it’s also true much of its value is owed to the diamond-covered LED headlights (buyers can choose from other semi-precious stones to place on the headlights if diamonds aren’t desired). Precious jewels are cool, but pure performance is always the best feature of sports cars.
Luckily, W Motors has that part covered, too. All 7 examples produced are powered by a raucous Porsche-sourced twin-turbo flat six good for 750 hp and a 2.8s 0-60 time.
4. Pininfarina Sergio – $3.4 million
Italy has produced a number of famous manufacturers, but their smaller manufacturers have the power to command a colossal price tag too. Named after Sergio, the son of Pininfarina’s legendary founder Battista, this vehicle is among the most beautiful ever designed. Built on the chassis of the Ferrari 458, the Pininfarina is a tremendous example of how the greatest sports cars can project a futuristic look while retaining a truly classic design. The price of $3.4 million is sizeable, but with just 5 in the world the next sale of this vehicle could go ever higher.
5. Aston Martin Valkyrie – $3.2 million
Britain’s iconic manufacturer Aston Martin is famous for producing the vehicle of choice for the world’s most famous secret agent James Bond. Yet beyond 007, it’s no secret why the Valkyrie is among the world’s most expensive sports cars. Partnering with Austrian Formula One racing team Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie boasts a 6.5 L Cosworth naturally-aspirated V12 engine.
A 7-speed Ricardo dual-clutch delivers the whopping 1,130 hp to the rear wheels and is good for a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds. With a minimalist dashboard, the Valkyrie may cost a pretty penny, but once you’re behind the wheel you can enjoy a stripped back pure driving that’d surprise even an MI6 Agent.
6. Bugatti Chiron – $2.8 million
If you ask the average car fan to name a really expensive and impressive sports car, odds are good the Bugatti Veyron wins a mention. Now, Bugatti has appointed the successor of this renowned hypercar.
With a 0 to 60 time of 2.3 seconds and a top speed that is so ludicrously high it is still entirely theoretical, the Chiron is to be regarded as one of the absolute fastest cars in the world, despite the Koenigsegg Agera RS (un)officially holding the title.
Despite the high price tag, Bugatti is finding no issues moving vehicles and making sales, and the waiting list for a new Chiron is about 3 years long with production at capacity.
7. The McLaren Senna – $2.67 million
The McLaren Senna is a wonderful roadster that pays tribute to the spirit of Ayrton Senna and the partnership he had with McLaren. With a 4.0L M840TR twin-turbo V8, 588 kW’s of power is delivered via a 7-speed transmission to generate a max output of 789 hp. Just as Senna soared along the track, the car’s lightweight construction ensures that it glides as it drives. With just 500 produced, scarcity has undoubtedly been a driver of the price.
Nonetheless, it remains a truly fantastic vehicle. For those who did miss out and have the coin to seek out something similar? The McLaren F1 and P1 are fantastic sports cars in their own right.
Either (or both!) would be a fantastic addition to the garage while you wait for a Senna to pop up for sale, though we admit that, as far as McLarens go, the newer 720s might be a more reasonable choice.
8. Ferrari LaFerrari – $ 2.2 Million
You cannot have a luxury car list without Ferrari. The Ferrari LaFerrari is ‘a sports car so nice they named it twice’.
Limited to a production of 500, the price of $2.2 million has quickly been outpaced on the secondhand market as many buyers are willing to pay far beyond the original price (up to $10 million and over!) to get their hands on one of Ferrari’s most iconic creations. We’re not terribly sure why, though, considering how flat this car falls when compared to some of the other big hypercars of its time.
9. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster – $1.8 million
A V12 engine with 678 hp on a carbon fiber body is always going to demand top dollar.
With a dry weight of just 2677 lbs and a six-speed sequential gearbox, this sports car is one every purist will adore. With only five available for sale in the world, this car is highly-sought after but rarely seen ‘in the wild’. Yet for anyone that has been so lucky to get behind the wheel‚ it is understood why this car is a million dollar vehicle.
Not many automakers can bring to market the combination of eccentric luxury, pure performance, and thrilling sounds and driving dynamics that Horatio Pagani has managed to harness. While not necessarily a top dog, the Zonda Cinque Roadster is absolutely not one to miss.
10. Hennessey Venom F5 – $1.6 million
Some cars are about making a statement. The F5 certainly does that, but with more than 1451 hp under the hood, this is a sports car that is happy to let its performance do the talking. An incredibly exciting vehicle made in the USA and set to be released in 2019, the Venom F5 is set for an expensive launch of $1.6 million.
We’re excited to see its further engagement as a contender in the global arms race concerning the fastest hypercar on the market. The Bugatti Chiron and, more notably, the Koenigsegg Agera RS have made themselves known. Now we simply wait to see what John Hennessey really has up his sleeve.
Counting all the Cars in the Garage
This car is a list based on power, prestige, and performance. Some cars that are pricey didn’t make this list but should be honorable mentions. Cars like…
These are also great cars to keep in mind when looking to define the most expensive in the world. One-offs like Mercedes-Benz’ Maybach Exelero and the Rolls-Royce Sweptail were custom-built for individual buyers with a value of $8 million and $13 million, respectively. These are hugely expensive vehicles, but as they are standalone models, they are considered to be more of an anomaly than a gold standard.
Ferrari Dino and Other Vintage Rides
Make no mistake, the Ferrari Dino is a fantastic car. A beautiful rear-wheel-drive sports car made in a golden era of car manufacturing for Ferrari, this late 1960’s and early 1970’s icon is a showstopper with a powerful V12 engine and a special place in Ferrari lore, named the Dino in honor of Enzo Ferrari’s late son.
It’s also simply amazing what price this car could fetch today. If your uncle gives you a call and says it’s time for you to take the keys to the old car in the barn? If it’s a Ferrari Dino you’re looking at a ride with a resale value of a whopping $60 million.
It is also worthwhile to keep in mind the vintage car market is loaded with exorbitantly priced collector vehicles that have gone beyond the realm of hypercars and supercars into the world of priceless art and antiques. A million dollar car is most certainly a sizeable investment for most to make today, but that car is going to be worth more than ten times what it is now in about 30 years.
Start your Engines
The 10 most expensive sports cars in the world are each outstanding in their own way. Some provide supreme top speed while others boast the fastest acceleration. The greatest offer the best of both worlds and a splash of luxury to boot. Though each car differs, together they form a truly exceptional group. Ultimately, the auto industry can only be at its best when a commitment to innovation is maintained.
This commitment must be perpetual, and impassioned. Every time a new contender for the world’s most expensive sports car rolls off the assembly line, it creates a new conversation.
Car technology, creativity, and yes – the conversation of what’s so magnificent about the thrill of raw, pure speed when driving a first-class sports car that’s pushing the boundaries of what a vehicle is capable of.
These 10 here are legendary, and will always be in the conversation for the greatest sports cars of all time, even if none will be winners on gas mileage like a sensible Prius might. At the same time, just as all car fans are so lucky to have a rich back catalog of outstanding autos to look upon, the future is incredibly exciting.
Hot on the tails of the Hennessey Venom in 2019 will be a whole host of new autos, with hybrids and electrics to increasingly revolutionize how our sports cars work and set to break new price records in turn. All up, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a car fan than right now.
Just as we celebrate autos that have hit the road so far, so can we relish what’s still to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why don’t we know who buys these super rare cars?
While it’d be great to know if our neighbour or best friend had secretly brought one of these cars, the reality is most cars this expensive will be bought anonymously. This is particularly true for cars of such a limited production count.
Some affluent car lovers are always happy to make their purchase public, and other times they have no choice as getting their car out on a race track puts it in full public view.
Where do all these super rare cars end up?
Usually, when these expensive rides are purchased anonymously, many of them will be dispatched around the world and are rarely seen again until they are offered up for sale. There are some famous car collectors who are always considered to be likely candidates when trying to figure out who may have purchased what car, but until it’s confirmed we won’t ever know.
Beyond this, there’s a number of very private car collectors around the world who buy and sell cars behind the veil of a company or a trust. In those circumstances, it’s hard to have any idea where they will end up.
Usually, the only people who will know are the owners, the manufacters who sell the cars and maintain them, and one or two select people on either side who handle the paperwork. Wherever all these expensive sports cars are in the world, we hope they are getting a good workout on their gas mileage, and hope they will pop up again in public view once more in future.
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