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The Most Expensive Production Car in the World

Published July 5, 2012

Notice that says PRODUCTION car, as the most expensive car in the world period was a 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe that sold for a hefty $8.7 million. While there are others that have sold that are pretty damn close to that, being a production car has a tendency to drop the price so the average millionaire can afford one. You may be asking what the one that was close is, well, it would be a one-of-a-kind Maybach Exelero, hand built with 700 horsepower and an $8 million dollar price tag. For those of you not familiar with the Maybach, they produce a line of hand built cars that are related to Mercedes. The Exelero was built for the Fulga Tire Company who wanted a car built that was large and fast, something Maybach is known for. Their whole point was to prove that their extra-large low profile tires could carry over 6000lbs and go 200mph. Yes, 6000lbs of super car that is 19 feet long, with 23-inch wheels and gas mileage just above that of a race car at 2.5mpg. So besides having the largest price tag for a production car, it also has the largest wheels ever made and probably some of the crappiest gas mileage. Maybach builds some great looking cars, and this one is no exception, too bad they only built one, for now.  .  .

1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

Maybach Exelero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now back to the most expensive production car, (production meaning at least two were made available for anyone to purchase) any guesses? Well it is a Bugatti, and for those of you that watch Top Gear, you know how damn fast they are. To be exact, it is the 2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, with a price tag of $2.4 million dollars. Chump change considering the cost of the Maybach. If your wallet is a little on the light side you can opt for a base Veyron, it only costs $1.7 million. The Bugatti Super Sport is the fastest street legal car on the market; this thing does 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed of 267mph. So, although you have the money to pay the speeding tickets if you can afford a Bugatti Super Sport, they will not catch you anyway, so I guess it does not matter.

From the outside, the Bugatti Super Sport just screams fast. Every inch of this beast has been altered to create the ultimate sports car. It is flat and long and definitely stands out from the rest of the Bugatti line as just what it is, the best. With most of the body constructed of carbon fiber, all the weigh is under the hood. For those that like the carbon fiber look, you have the option of no paint, just clear coat, interesting. Stuffed under the hood is a 1200hp 8.0-liter W-16 along with a 7spd double clutch auto-manual transmission. In addition to the monster motor are four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers. This translates into two Corvette motors each twin turbocharged, you do the math. Lateral acceleration can hit up to 1.4 G, keep in mind that a “normal” person can handle just over 4 G before they pass out.  Talk about one hell of a ride.

A Bargain at $2.4 Million

2012 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Well now that you have decided to go spend your last $2 on lottery tickets in hopes of winning enough to buy one of these beasts, keep dreaming. Your best bet is to take the $2 and go buy a Matchbox Bugatti and do some trick photography so it looks real, because that is probably the closest you will ever get to owning one of these over the top super cars.

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Calvin Escobar
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