The 10 Most Expensive New Cars Sold in America
If you bought one each of the 10 most expensive new cars in the US, you’d need about $5 million. You’d also have the most popular garage in the neighborhood. Maybe your funds are a little more limited (perhaps you were a third-round draft pick). In that case, please peruse the list to see if there’s a car that’s to your liking that also meets your budget. I’ll be over here looking at a Fiat 500 (at least its Italian).
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10. Rolls-Royce Wraith
Typical transaction price: $298,225
Rolls-Royce, also famous for producing engines for commercial and military aircraft began selling cars in 1906. Today, the company produces three of the most expensive cars in America. With a price tag of nearly $300,000, the 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith features a 12-cylinder engine that produces 624 horsepower. According to the company website, the Wraith’s is literally custom built by hand and that buyers can choose from 44,000 different colors for the vehicle’s exterior.
9. Ferrari FF
Typical transaction price: $302,450
Launched way back in 2011, the Ferrari FF is the second most expensive Ferrari available in the American market. The FF, which stands for Ferrari Four, is the Italian automaker’s first all-wheel drive (AWD) car. Ferrari describes the FF’s body style as a shooting brake, which is a term that goes back to the early days of automobiles and typically refers to a 2-door car with a rear door.
8. Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Typical transaction price: $307,120
Aston Martin has been producing automobiles for over 100 years, producing cars for international racing early on, the British manufacturer eventually established itself as a luxury road car brand. The brand’s most expensive model today, the Vanquish Volante, debuted in 2013. Aston Martin has had a long-standing connection with the James Bond films, starting with the 1964 movie Goldfinger, and continues (though not uninterrupted) to the latest films.
7. Bentley Mulsanne
Typical transaction price: $310,125
According to Bentley, it takes them 12 weeks to build a Mulsanne. I’m not sure if tea time is included in that or not. The British company manufactures just about 1,000 of its flagship Mulsanne model each year. The car is named after the long Mulsanne straight on the Le Mans circuit where Bentley established its reputation in the 1920s. While the company is part of the Volkswagen Group, Bentley designs, develops, and manufactures luxury cars fairly autonomously.
6. Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Extended Sedan
Typical transaction price: $324,000
Rolls Royce sales are on the upswing, quadrupling sales in the last six years. Feeling giddy, Roll Royce named this model after the first Rolls-Royce was sold in 1906, named the Silver Ghost. Today’s Ghost comes equipped with a 12-cylinder engine, massaging seats, an infrared night vision camera, and lambswool floor mats.
5. Ferrari F12berlinetta
Typical transaction price: $327,445
Selling for $327,445, the Ferrari F12berlinetta is the most expensive front-engine sports car on the American market. It’s massive 6.3 L V12 731 hp engine powers it to a top speed of 211 mph and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Good thing the F12 is equipped with a 24.3 gallon fuel tank, otherwise with its 12 mpg in the city and 16 mpg on the highway would require pretty frequent pit stops.
4. Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase Sedan
Typical transaction price: $485,275
High-end luxury automaker Rolls-Royce produces three of the 10 most expensive cars on the U.S. market, including the Wraith and the Ghost. It is the Phantom, however, that has a nearly half a million dollar price tag. While some of the very expensive cars are newer models, the Phantom has been the signature Rolls-Royce vehicle since the 1920s. As is the case with many of the cars on this list, Rolls-Royce emphasizes that each Phantom can be custom built for a client’s preference, with dozens of interior and exterior design choices, down to the colors of the knobs on the control panel.
3. Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 50th Anniversario Roadster
Average transaction price: $556,795
The first of the cars on our list to cross half a million dollars, the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador is the third most expensive vehicle on the U.S. market. It’s powered by a 6.5 L V12 positioned behind the driver that produces up to 720 hp, depending upon model. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a semi-automatic 7-speed transmission.
2. Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package
Typical transaction price: $929,995
As a hybrid, the 918 Porsche Spyder pull its power from both a 4.6 L V8 and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that power three electric motors for a total of 887 hp. The German automaker produced only 918 of the 918 Spyder for the 2015 model year — and only 250 of those were sold in the U.S. market (actually all were spoken for before they were even built). The car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds, making it the quickest production car in the world.
1. McLaren P1
Typical transaction price: $1,155,000
The only car on our list that exceeds a million dollars, the McLaren P1 was first introduced in 2013 as a followup to the McLaren F1 of the 1990s. Like the Porsche 918, it’s a plug-in hybrid that combines a 3.8 L twin turbo V8 with electric motors to produce 903 hp. It’s also the sixth of our top 10 most expensive cars to be manufactured in England (three are Italian and one is German. None are American). The P1 has a top speed of 217 mph, and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.
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