The average purchase price of a new car in the U.S. is around $30,000 — the least expensive car on this list is more than six times that figure. These vehicles are extremely exclusive, and in some cases so rare that even if you had the money you couldn’t obtain one. The cars you’re about to see are not typically purchased as daily drivers, although a few buyers will drive these cars regularly — but let’s face it, for those possessing the means to own one of these rarities, they can afford to have other options in their driveways. So what do you get when you pay more for a car than most will pay for their house? You get extreme power, ultimate performance, lavish surroundings and exclusivity. Here’s a look at the cars (and SUVS) at the peak of the automotive mountain.
If you’re looking for one of the most comfortable rear seats on the market, the Maybach S600 makes an excellent option. Once you enter through the Maybach’s rear doors you may never want to leave. Evoking the finest cabin seats on a private jet, the big loungers are the ultimate in luxury. In addition to being supremely comfortable and swathed in soft leather, the seats feature padded footrests, pillowed head restraints and the entire surface can be heated or cooled. Floors are covered with the softest sheepskin mats — you actually feel as if you should remove your shoes before entering. Once you settle into the comfy seats, recline the seatback and raise the footrest, you can start the seat massager — feel free to choose from numerous styles and strengths. Add a little heat for the ultimate spa day. The air is even better in a Maybach; standard equipment features air filtration, air ionization and automatic fragrance dispersion — including a Maybach-exclusive Agarwood fragrance.
Land Rover Range Rover SV Autobiography LWB
Range Rovers are among the most luxurious SUVs on the market, and this new SV Autobiography is the ultimate Range Rover. The Range Rover SV Autobiography is powered by a supercharged 550-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine combined with a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The interior is more limousine than SUV. Rear-seat passengers enjoy luxurious seating, a beverage chiller compartment and power-deployable tables. Additional luxury details include solid aluminum coat hooks in the rear pillars, aluminum seat-rail finish and deep twist mohair carpet mats. In the cargo area, the SV Autobiography offers an optional sliding luggage floor made from aluminum, and a choice of wood veneer options. And of course the Autobiography still boasts Range Rover’s legendary off-road capability. The perfect vehicle in which to be chauffeured to your mountain lair.
Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
The Porsche 911 Turbo is the car many of us dreamed about when we were growing up, and now the German car company has introduced the most powerful (and most expensive) 911 Turbo yet. Technically a 2017 model, the new Turbo S Cabriolet makes 580 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque from its 3.8-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine which, of course, resides in the rear. The 911 Turbo S can reach 60 mph in less than 3 seconds with a top speed of over 200 mph. A whole new definition of wind in your hair.
Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive
The Panamera may not be the most attractive sport sedan on the road, but it certainly is one of the fastest. Rear-seat passengers are pampered in this special Executive trim with 8-way power seats that are both heated and cooled, 4-zone climate control, a Burmester high-end surround-sound audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system. Passengers enjoy all these amenities while accelerating to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, or just cruising at 192 mph — not your typical stats for a sedan. The big question is which seat is better — lounging in the rear or getting your heart going behind the wheel.
Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65
The SL has always been one of the most attractive and luxurious 2-seat roadsters on the road. For the SL65 AMG, the additional funds you’re parting with are primarily for what’s under the hood — in this case a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine that puts out a ridiculous 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The retractable hardtop makes this an all-season car, and even if it gets a little chilly while driving top-down the SL has an Air Scarf that will blow warm air on your neck to keep you comfortable. On the flip side, the exclusive Nappa leather interior with heated and ventilated seats complete with massagers make this the ultimate summer road trip car.
Mercedes-Benz AMG G65
The G65 is a complete contradiction. Originally built for the military, this Teutonic Hummer equivalent can conquer just about any type of terrain with permanent 4WD, a 2-speed transfer case and three sequentially locking differentials. However, the G65 also boasts a turbocharged V12 engine producing 621 horsepower — enough to move this 3-ton truck to 60 mph a mere 5.1 seconds. It also has high-performance brakes, a sport exhaust, available 20-inch wheels and an ultra-luxurious interior. Unfortunately, even with all its impressive capabilities, the only time you’ll be seeing one of these “off road” is when it’s been valeted in Beverly Hills.
Bentley Flying Spur W12
Bentley has been building cars since the 1920s and has become one of the most recognized brands in the world. The latest Flying Spur sedan is an excellent combination of luxury and performance — new owners have the tortuous decision of whether to drive or ride. Problems, problems. For the driver, there’s a massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine under the long hood putting out 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which gives the big car a top speed of 200 mph. But if you’re willing to let someone else enjoy all that power, the rear seats are covered in premium-quality soft leather with 14-way adjustments as well as heat and ventilation. Almost ten square meters of sustainably sourced natural wood is used per car in mirror-polished veneers for the fascia panels, consoles, waist rails and picnic tables.
Mercedes-Benz AMG S65 Coupe
The S-Class resides atop the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and the S65 AMG Coupe sits at the very pinnacle. Although the sedan owner is likely to ride in the back, the coupe is meant to be driven — especially the S65 AMG. With same 621-horsepower V12 as its AMG siblings, the S65 can reach 60 mph in just 4 seconds. Power comes on strong, delivered to the rear wheels via a quick-shifting AMG Speedshift 7-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with the latest safety technology — including night vision — the S65 carries its passengers in ultimate comfort. Features include 12-way power seats with heat and ventilation, active multi-contour front seats with massage, a cabin fragrance system and a high-end Burmester 3D surround-sound audio system.
Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4
If you’re looking to impress the neighbors, driving up in one of these will certainly make an impact. There’s no mistaking the Huracan for anything other than the exotic sports car it is, and it certainly has the performance specs to back up that extreme styling. The 610-4 name refers to the 610-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 engine that puts power to the road through all four wheels — thus the ‘4’ in the name. Shifts are extremely quick using the steering-column-mounted paddles to actuate the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The sound is incredible, as is the performance — 62 mph comes up in just over 3 seconds. That said, the Huracan is easy to pilot — you don’t have to be a professional driver to enjoy this extreme sports car.
Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible
Top down and 202 mph — that’s an event that has to be hard to forget. But if you have the means, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is one of the few cars that has the potential to provide this experience for you and three of your friends. In fact, Bentley claims this to be the fastest 4-seat production convertible in the world. Power is delivered to all-four wheels via a close-ratio 8-speed automatic transmission for excellent handling and stability. As expected from a Bentley, passengers ride in the lap of luxury with distinctive diamond-quilted hide upholstery and the latest in infotainment technology.
McLaren 650S Spider
As we climb up the price ladder, the vehicles become a bit more exclusive. Only 1,650 McLarens were sold worldwide last year, so seeing one of these on the road is a real treat — and getting behind the wheel can be a dream come true. Although the McLaren isn’t exactly luxurious, the leather-trimmed seats are very comfortable and side bolsters keep occupants well planted even during high-speed cornering. But the excitement begins with a push of the start button — with the top down you really hear the roar of the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8. With 641 horsepower on tap, the 650 S hits 60 mph under 3 seconds and triple digits come up in just 5.8 seconds. The 650S is a street car, but it would certainly be just as happy on a racetrack. The low, wide stance, sport suspension, sticky Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and a smart stability control system mean the McLaren has amazing grip. The 650S remains completely flat in high-speed corners — freeway entrance ramps at speed barely reveal the capabilities of the 650S.
Most Ferraris are 2-seat supercars, with one exception. The FF is the family-size Ferrari with room for four. This vehicle is also unique to the Ferrari lineup in that it has 4-wheel drive and a hatchback — on paper it practically seems like an SUV. The rear seats even fold for additional cargo space. But the FF is a true Ferrari, complete with a 6.3-liter V12 engine boasting 652 horsepower. In addition to enjoying the ride, passengers sit in comfortable leather seats while listening to the available 1,280 watt 16-channel stereo system with QuantumLogic Surround Sound.
When we think of a Rolls-Royce, we expect a large, stately automobile — basically the opposite of the sleek-styled Wraith. Not only is the Wraith an unusual shape for a Rolls, it is also the most powerful Rolls ever. An impressive 624 horses are generated by a 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine. Inside is all Rolls-Royce with soft leather seats and expanses of Canadel Panelling. Passengers will be amazed by the Starlight Headliner — an optional feature with 1,340 fiber optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of looking up at a glittering, starry night sky.
Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
When you get into the $300,000-plus price range, you’re likely going for either luxury or performance — a Ferrari typically falls into the latter category, and this F12 is the perfect example. The F12 is the most powerful and highest performance front-engine sports car in the Ferrari lineup — and that’s saying something. Under the long hood is a 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces a stunning 731 horsepower. Hit the 8700-rpm redline and the F12 sounds like a Formula 1 car. Performance stats are also quite impressive: 62 mph comes up in 3.1 seconds, 124 mph in 8.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 211 mph. A lot of money can get you moving pretty fast.
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Carbon
Vanquish is the grand touring flagship of the Aston Martin line, and the Volante is the open-top version. Aston Martin says the Vanquish represents the height of Aston design, engineering, technology and craftsmanship. The special Carbon edition adds a bit of evil to the Aston’s styling with a unique package of carbon fiber and styled dark features — certain to stand out (or possibly blend in) with the shadows. The Vanquish Volante sports a powerful 568-horsepower 6.0-liter V12 engine tied to a quick-shifting Touchtronic III ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The performance figures certainly live up to the Aston’s strong styling — 60 mph takes a bit less than 4 seconds and the Aston is capable of cruising at 197 mph.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheel Base
It’s hard to think of anything Rolls-Royce as being “entry level” — almost a contradiction in terms — but the Ghost is likely what you’ll buy when you’re ready for your first Rolls-Royce sedan. Almost $100,000 less than the imposing Phantom (stay tuned), the Ghost will still provide that feeling of having arrived. In fact, Rolls-Royce claims the Ghost is the most popular car in the $250,000-plus range. With its iconic grille and famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, you are sure to get noticed as you relax in utmost comfort in the extended rear seat.
This elegant 4-seat convertible is the newest Rolls-Royce to come to market. Perhaps Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, describes the Dawn best: “Quite simply, it is the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built.” The spacious interior makes certain that all four passengers are carried in the utmost comfort, and if the weather changes the convertible top can be opened or closed in 22 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Of course the Dawn also possesses the marque’s legendary grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. And 21-inch polished wheels fit perfectly with the vehicle’s overall proportions. Fine wood paneling envelops rear-seat passengers — a design element carried throughout the cabin. Customers choose specific wood to suit their desires. A 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine resided under the long hood, producing 563 horsepower and an amazing 575 lb-ft of torque at just 1500 rpm. That’s enough to move this 5,600-pound automobile to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
Bentley’s fastest version of its ultra-luxury sedan, the Mulsanne Speed is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo producing 530 horsepower and a whopping 811 lb-ft of torque. As expected from a Bentley, only the finest materials are used for the interior, but the Speed is more for the driver. The Mulsanne Speed will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. The transmission is recalibrated for the higher torque and includes a Sport mode to give the driver more control and keep engine speed above 2000 rpm so the turbos are ready to deliver instant performance. The air suspension offers Bentley, Comfort and Sport modes to tailor the ride from refined and relaxing to responsive and dynamic. The Mulsanne Speed will certainly get noticed — the large luxury sedan features a stainless steel grille with a dark tint finish, distinctive headlights and 21-inch wheels are the first directional wheels on a Bentley.
It’s hard to top the commanding presence and status that comes with the Rolls-Royce Phantom. This is the ultimate luxury sedan — one where you can lounge in the rear seat and enjoy the incredibly smooth power of the big V12 engine under that long, iconic hood. Rear doors are rear-hinged for easy access, and each door stores an umbrella should the weather not cooperate with your outing. Each Phantom is hand built with the finest materials — wood veneers are matched perfectly and the leatherwork is hand stitched. Most Phantoms are personalized to the wishes of their owners — Rolls-Royce has a Bespoke team to help you create the perfect vehicle. The Phantom really is one of the best ways of stating “I’ve Arrived.”
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
There’s simply no better way to enjoy a beautiful day in the country than cruising in your Phantom Drophead Coupe. Incredibly elegant and luxurious, the 4-seat convertible offers every amenity to keep its passengers happy and content. The 5-layer soft-top keeps the interior quiet and warm — a cashmere blend covers the inside of the top. All leather is hand stitched and the all teak veneers are handcrafted. The teakwood decking in the trunk opens to reveal a space for a picnic hamper as well as a cooler — there’s also a pull-out that provides outdoor seating for two.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV Roadster
Sports cars don’t get much more extreme than Lamborghini, and the Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce takes extreme to a whole new level. According to Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, “The Superveloce is the purest, most sports-oriented and fastest series production Lamborghini ever.” As the name indicates, this open-top Lambo gets a crazy 750 horsepower from its 6.5-liter normally-aspirated V12 engine, putting all that power to all four wheels. If you happen to be one of the 500 lucky buyers (since 500 will be built), you’ll want to hold on when that right foot goes down — 60 mph comes up in less than 3 seconds and top speed exceeds 217 mph. All this in a car that looks like it’s going 200 mph when standing still.
Porsche 918 (with Weissach package)
The Porsche 918 is one of the most futuristic and fuel-efficient sports cars in America. It also happens to be one of the fastest. Power comes from a 4.6-liter V8 engine teamed with two electric motors for a total combined output of 887 horsepower put down to all four wheels. Performance stats are stunning — 60 mph comes up in just 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in 7.3 seconds and top speed is 214 mph. Even more impressive is the handling — the 918 is one of just a few production cars to complete a lap of the famed Nurburgring track in Germany in less than 7 minutes. All this and an outstanding 67 mpge (miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent). The Weissach package adds another level of exclusivity and performance with reduced weight, special colors and unique magnesium wheels.
The McLaren P1 is one of the most advanced supercars in the world. This exotic boasts a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that puts out an impressive 727 horsepower. But wait, there’s more. McLaren has teamed this potent powerplant with an electric motor that adds 176 horsepower for a total output of 903 horses. The P1 reaches 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 217 mph — certainly not your typical hybrid. The P1 can travel almost seven miles on electric power alone, which clearly helps improve overall fuel economy. Unfortunately for those who had a million dollars burning a hole in their pocket, they’ll have to spend it on something else — McLaren has already completed the limited production of this hybrid supercar.
If a Lamborghini or Ferrari is a little too pedestrian for your tastes, perhaps a Pagani Huayra would be the best way to spend your cash. Looking unlike anything else on the road, the Pagani is an extreme sports car that makes use of a unique active aero system — four flaps on the front and back of the car automatically actuate to increase downforce or reduce drag depending on the situation. Power comes from a special hand-built twin-turbo 6.0-liter Mercedes AMG V12 engine. Power is rated at 730 horses with 811 lb-ft of torque. Sixty mph is reached in about 3 seconds and — almost as impressive — the Huayra can get back to zero in 2 seconds. The best part of driving a Pagani: no one will know what it is, but everyone will know it’s something special.
The ultimate new Ferrari, LaFerrari (yes, it’s named ‘The Ferrari’) takes the Italian car company’s Formula 1 technology and expertise and puts it in a street-legal hypercar. Only 499 LaFerraris were built and all have been sold — sorry. Those lucky few that either own one or have had a chance to get behind the wheel will be blown away with the 949-horsepower hybrid powertrain that combines an electric motor with a powerful V12 engine. Sixty mph comes up in about 2.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of around 218 mph.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse La Finale
MSRP: $3,000,000 (estimated)
As the name implies, this is the last Bugatti Veyron to be built in anticipation of a replacement model coming soon. La Finale is the 450th Veyron built, appearing about 10 years after the first Veyron emerged from the factory. Still the fastest production car in the world, the Veyron set the world record when it recorded a top speed of 267.86 mph. All 450 Veryons have been sold — 300 coupes and 150 convertibles. The Veyron La Finale sports a unique black and red color scheme and still impresses with its 1200-horsepower 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine. Although we’ve heard and read these stats numerous times for the past 10 years, they’re still mind boggling: zero to 62 mph takes just 2.6 seconds and top speed is almost 255 mph.