Most Expensive New Cars
Some cars are designed simply to shuttle humans from point A to point B — these are not those cars. The average purchase price of a new car in the U.S. is around $39,000 — the least expensive car on this list is almost 10 times that figure. These vehicles are not typically daily drivers, although a few owners will drive them with some regularity — but let’s face it, those possessing the means to purchase one of these beauties likely have other options in their garages. So what do buyers get when paying more for a car than most folks pay for their first house? Extreme power, ultimate performance, lavish amenities and exclusivity — here’s a look at the cars (and SUVS) at the upper crust of automotive high society. Note: This list does not include any models with build runs of 10 vehicles or less.
It’s hard to think of anything Rolls-Royce as being “entry level” — almost a contradiction in terms — but the Ghost is likely what most folks buy when they’re ready for their first Rolls-Royce sedan. Rolls-Royce has long been the benchmark for luxury automobiles, and this still holds true for the Ghost. The Ghost moves into its second generation this year as the most technologically advanced car ever from the luxury marque, boasting all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and a new suspension system. Still easily recognizable as a Rolls, the new Ghost features a larger Pantheon grille with accent lighting, as well as an illuminated dashboard that displays starlight to match the Starlight Headliner.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 627-lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm, delivered to all four wheels through a satellite-aided transmission that uses satellite data to shift to the correct gear for upcoming corners or terrain. Inside, the Ghost features an Illuminated fascia located on the passenger side of the dashboard as an extension of the Starlight Headliner. The Illuminated fascia is not simply a screen, but a complex system of 152 LEDs mounted above and beneath the fascia, employing a light guide with 90,000 laser-etched dots on the surface to disperse the LED light while also creating a twinkling effect.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The legendary Italian carmaker has taken the already-powerful 488 GTB and turned it into a race-ready machine. The new 488 Pista Spider — pista means track in Italian — features several enhancements to bolster performance on the racing circuit. The Pista Spider joins a long line of Ferraris that put the wind through a driver’s hair at a high rate of speed; in fact, this is the 50th drop-top model from Ferrari. The Pista gets aero improvements that include an S-Duct at the front, new diffusers and a new rear spoiler, resulting in a 25 percent increase in downforce compared to the standard 488 Spider.
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
The 488 Pista Spider is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine producing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, delivered to the rear wheels through a 7-speed F1 gearbox, which Ferrari says makes it the most powerful series production spider in the brand’s storied history. As expected, performance figures are impressive: 62 mph arrives in less than 3 seconds and 124 mph is eclipsed in 7.6 seconds, with a top speed of more than 210 mph. The interior of this fast Ferrari feels more race car than street machine, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and Alcantara for a purposeful yet sporty environment.
Dawn sets the bar for ultra-luxury 4-seat convertibles, joining the Rolls-Royce lineup a few years ago. 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 Dawn convertible top operates silently, and can be opened or closed in 22 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Rolls-Royce engineers refer to the operation as a “silent ballet.” Many 4-seat convertibles accommodate just two people, given their limited rear-seat space. The Dawn makes no compromises — it carries four occupants in the utmost comfort.
Powered by Rolls-Royce’s twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque at a low 1500 rpm, Dawn is Rolls-Royce’s most powerful full 4-seat drophead offered to date. Adding to the predictably smooth ride, the Dawn employs satellite-aided transmission technology that uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver can see on the road ahead, selecting the appropriate gear for the 8-speed ZF transmission based on location and driving style. Most Dawns will be individually ordered, and Rolls-Royce Bespoke allows owners to customize virtually every aspect of the car from paint, trim and wheels for the exterior to materials, patterns, textures and colors on the inside.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge
No other brand exemplifies luxury more than Rolls-Royce, and the Wraith embodies a unique offering from the legendary British marque. As a 2-door GT, the Wraith is the most likely of Rolls-Royce models to be enjoyed from behind the wheel, rather than from the rear seat. Adding to that enjoyment is the 624 horsepower produced by the Wraith’s twin-turbo V12 engine — enough power to move this substantial luxury car to 60 mph in a mere 4.3 seconds. As a Black Badge model, the Wraith gets a boost in torque as well as an upgraded 8-speed automatic transmission, with a redesigned air suspension providing a more agile driving experience. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament is finished in high-gloss black, all chrome surfaces are darkened, and new composite carbon fiber and alloy wheels adorn each Black Badge Wraith.
Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge
Right from the start, the Wraith sets itself apart from any other GT on the road when opening the large rear-hinged coach doors. Once everyone is inside — ensconced in fine leather seats — the doors are closed with the push of a button. Similar to other Rolls-Royce models, and in a nod to its British roots, the Wraith has an umbrella conveniently hidden in the door frame. Rolls-Royce allows for a variety of interior treatments with multiple leather and wood trim combinations, as well as the unique Starlight Headliner. With 1,400 to 1,600 holes in the leather headliner, the ceiling gets lit with fiber optic threads that are hand trimmed at different angles to provide a twinkling effect, mimicking the night sky.
Ferrari 812 GTS
Not long after Ferrari introduced 812 Superfast — the latest V12-powered sports car to emerge from the factory in Maranello — it introduced the open-top version, the 812 GTS. It has been 50 years since Ferrari last introduced an open-top car sporting a front-mounted V12 engine, so the all-new 812 GTS is certainly welcome. Billed as the most powerful production spider on the market, the 812 GTS boasts a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower at 8500 rpm. Torque is rated at 530 lb-ft — 80 percent of which is available at a low 3500 rpm. With a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox, the front-engine 812 GTS sprints to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and 124 mph in 8.3 seconds. With enough road, this latest V12 Ferrari will have a top speed somewhere north of 211 mph.
Ferrari 812 GTS
Designed by the Ferrari Styling Center, the 812 GTS presents an updated take on the classic front-engine V12 Ferrari. Full LED headlights are integrated into the design of the sculpted air intakes on the hood, and large wheel arches emphasize all that power under the sexy skin. The high-performance 812 GTS features a retractable hardtop that opens in 14 seconds at speeds up to 27 mph. The rear window can be raised to reduce air turbulence with the top open, or with the top closed it can be lowered to allow the sound of the big V12 to fill the cabin. The interior of the 812 GTS exudes a blend of sportiness and elegance, complete with tasteful leather and contrasting stitching.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge
Rolls-Royce introduced the Black Badge series a few years ago, designed to give these elegant automobiles a bit of a dark side. Now the all-new Cullinan has been given Black Badge treatment. Distinctive BB details for Cullinan include the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy ornament on the hood, darkened to a high gloss black chrome; as well as iconic Rolls-Royce badges inverted to silver on black. Elements traditionally chrome on Rolls-Royce models are also darkened, including the grille surround, lower air inlets, side window trim, rear trim and exhaust outlets. The Black Badge Cullinan features all-new, exclusive, 22-inch forged alloy wheels that reflect the Black Badge theme. Rolls-Royce is also offering Black Badge Cullinan calipers finished in high-gloss red, adding a stark contrast to the new dark wheels.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge
The Cullinan Black Badge also has performance upgrades to reflect its exclusive aesthetic, including a more powerful 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. Black Badge Cullinan features the Rolls-Royce Intuitive Throttle for a more aggressive transmission shift pattern, and the suspension and drive dynamic technologies are tuned for a more engaging experience. Drivers also have the ability to select a new Black Badge exhaust setting for a lower, deeper exhaust sound. Interior features for the Cullinan Black Badge include a new carbon fiber finish with repeating geometrical shapes in a three-dimensional effect. This Technical Fiber trim is finished with six coats of lacquer and cured for 72 hours before being hand-polished to a mirrorlike finish. The signature Starlight Headliner makes its Cullinan debut on the Black Badge variant.
Many brands have a halo car that sells in small numbers but attracts immense attention to the brand — for Ford that car is the new GT. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1966 victory at Le Mans, Ford introduced the extreme GT ultra-high-performance supercar as a showcase for the company’s application of racing technology, use of lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost power. The mid-engine 2-seat coupe has the most powerful production EcoBoost engine ever: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 producing 647 horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque, teamed with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The sleek body incorporates active aerodynamics such as a deployable rear spoiler, and the Ford GT employs lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide appropriate stopping power. Even before the Ford GT went into production late in 2016, Ford returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a GT race car based on the new Ford GT, winning the LMGTE Pro class 50 years after that first Ford GT win. Due to high demand for this American supercar, Ford accepted applications from interested buyers to determine who would be permitted to purchase this exquisite specimen of American muscle.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
If there is a bar against which all luxury cars are judged, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is well above it. The legendary British marque has introduced an all-new eighth-generation Phantom that is perhaps the most advanced the company has ever offered. The elegant rear seat is accessed through larger rear-hinged doors that can be softly closed with the push of a button. The gamut of standard features is too long to list here, but it includes the latest in advanced safety technology, the highest-quality materials and practically any level of customization a customer could desire.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
A Rolls-Royce V12 engine is inherently smooth by design, and this 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 unit that powers the new Phantom combines refinement and high output, with a focus on low-end power for smooth, quiet operation. Producing 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque starting at 1700 rpm, the powerful V12 is teamed with an 8-speed ZF transmission. In addition to the added stiffness of a new aluminum spaceframe, the Phantom features Rolls-Royce’s “Magic Carpet Ride,” which can adjust the air suspension continuously for the smoothest of rides. The system uses a camera to look at road conditions and adjusts proactively to rough road surfaces.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
In July of 2018, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ coupe completed a lap of Germany’s famed Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 6:44.97, setting the record for a street-legal production car. Now it’s possible to have that same level of performance in an open-top car: the Aventador SVJ Roadster. Unlike some high-end convertibles, the Aventador SVJ Roadster features a top composed of carbon fiber that can be removed via quick-release levers for stowage under the front hood. Weighing only 110 pounds more than the coupe, the roadster exhibits the same level of performance as its hardtop sibling.
Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster
Like the coupe, the SVJ Roadster is powered by a normally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 770 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. With power delivered to all four wheels via a 7-speed automatic gearbox, the SVJ Roadster can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 8.8 seconds. Top speed exceeds 217 mph — certain to be an unforgettable experience with the top down. Production of the Aventador SVJ Roadster will be limited to 800 units worldwide.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
One of the newest sports cars from Maranello has an impressive claim to fame — it is the most powerful production Ferrari ever. Instead of the expected V12 powertrain, the SF90 Stradale uses the company’s first plug-in hybrid system that combines a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine with three electric motors — two on the front axle and one located between the engine and the gearbox. Total output is 986 horsepower with 664 lb-ft of torque. Teamed with the hybrid system is an 8-speed Formula One-style dual-clutch gearbox. As expected, performance stats for the Ferrari SF90 Stradale are impressive. The new car sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaches 124 mph in 6.7 seconds, and will eventually attain a claimed top speed of 211 mph.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale
The SF90 Stradale’s lap time around Ferrari’s famous Fiorano racetrack is 79 seconds — about the same as the LaFerrari — the Italian marque’s first foray into hybrid powertrains for production road cars. Conversely it is possible to drive the SF90 Stradale on electric power alone for up to 15 miles. Not only do the electric motors provide more power and efficiency, the two units up front help improve the SF90’s overall driving dynamics. The RAC-e motors can operate individually, creating a torque-vectoring system that will vary the speed and power between the inside and outside wheel during a turn for better performance and easier handling.
Named for late Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, the Senna is designed to be the ultimate performance car for both street and track. The Senna uses the company’s most powerful internal combustion engine it has ever put into a road car, which is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. At the heart of the Senna is the strongest carbon-fiber monocoque ever put in a McLaren road car. Body panels are also carbon fiber, making them extremely lightweight as well as being up to the challenge of maintaining structural rigidity while being subjected to the strong aerodynamic forces generated on a racetrack. The carbon fiber body panels weigh 132 pounds.
Weighing in at a mere 2,641 pounds, the Senna is the lightest road car from McLaren since the legendary F1. The light weight and enormous power make for some impressive stats. The new McLaren Senna can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 6.8 seconds and can complete a quarter mile in a mere 9.9 seconds. Top speed is listed as 211 mph. But the Senna is about more than straightline speed — it’s designed to provide excellent handling on the road or track. The exterior styling of the new Senna is rather complex because the design is more about performance than appearance. Every line and angle is about directing airflow, either for ventilating the engine or brakes, or for providing stability at speed. The Senna uses active aero front and rear which — when combined with the double-element carbon fiber rear wing — can generate up to 1,763 pounds of downforce at 155 mph.
Named for and inspired by the McLaren Elva M1A race car designed by Bruce McLaren, the modern-day Elva is the lightest road car McLaren Automotive has ever produced. The open-cockpit two-seater features a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and body as well as unique carbon fiber seats. Not only does the Elva have no roof, it is also designed without a windshield or side windows to provide a “true connection to the elements.” But it is possible to drive without helmet or goggles; McLaren has created an Active Air Management System that channels air through the nose of the Elva and directs it at high speed in front of and over the occupants, creating what McLaren calls “a relative bubble of calm.”
While the cabin may be a bubble of calm, there’s nothing calming about Elva’s extreme power. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant delivers 804 horsepower, which can move this open-top sports car to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds —even quicker than the mighty Senna. Production of the Elva will be limited to 249 copies.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
Unlike previous special editions from the Italian automaker, the Icona series will feature models inspired by the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s, but they will be decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new. The first models in this new Icona series will be the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 — both of which were unveiled in Paris a few years ago. The Monza SP1 and SP2 are intended to honor iconic Ferrari racing barchettas such as the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta — which means “little boat” in Italian — as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
Designed as a single-seat road car, the Monza SP1 offers a totally unique Ferrari experience for the street. The tonneau cover over the passenger area is reminiscent of similarly-equipped Ferrari race cars from the 50s, which used the cover to improve aerodynamics when the passenger seat was unoccupied. The Monza SP2 has the same basic styling as the SP1. However, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen, this car is a two-seater. Both are motivated by the most powerful V12 engine to ever come from Ferrari: a 6.5-liter V12 monster that produces almost 800 horsepower.
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg is well known for building extreme sports cars, but the company may have just redefined the high-performance family car. The all-new Gemera is the brand’s first four seater, referred to as a “Mega-GT.” This sexy sports car offers room for four adults and some luggage space, as well as a luxurious cabin outfitted with features such as heated and cooled cupholders, front and rear seat infotainment displays, a Wi-Fi hotspot, memory foam heated seats, exterior and interior cameras and an 11-speaker high-end audio system.
Those passengers better hold tight to their beverages though, since the Gemera lives up to the Koenigsegg reputation. Power comes from a 2-liter 3-cylinder twin-turbo Freevalve engine (nicknamed The Friendly Giant) that produces 600 horsepower, teamed with three electric motors — one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. Total output is 1700 horsepower, which will move the Gemera to 62 mph in less than 2 seconds with a top speed expected to approach 250 mph. Koenigsegg says that the Gemera can reach 186 mph in electric-mode only and it has a range of about 31 electric-only miles. Only 300 of these unique vehicles are expected to be produced.
An all-new company based in Los Angeles, Czinger has introduced its first model and it is getting plenty of attention — for good reason. The 21C is a hybrid hypercar with standout exterior styling and a unique interior. There is seating or two, but the passenger sits behind the drive so both are in the center of the vehicle — jetfighter style, as the company points out. This not only keeps weight in the center of the car, it provides the best driving position. Czinger uses an innovative approach to weight savings and production by integrating the cooling, fluid routing and exhaust sound management directly into the chassis structure. The result is a vehicle that weighs less than 2,700 pounds.
Powering the Czinger 21C is an in-house 2.88-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that redlines at 11,000 rpm, teamed with two high-output electric motors for a total of 1250 horsepower. The electric motors power each front wheel individually, creating an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. Power gets sent through an ultra-light 7-speed sequential gearbox. Performance figures are quite astounding: 62 mph in 1.9 seconds and in 15 seconds the 21C is passing 186 mph. In less than 30 seconds the 21C is at 248 mph. Czinger plans to build 80 copies of the 21C.
Introduced a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the Regera is considered the flagship of the Koenigsegg lineup, combining a high level of luxury with the extreme performance expected from this Swedish car company. Inside the sleek sports car, lucky occupants will find memory-foam power seats, a 9-inch display screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and ambient lighting. The roof is removable and can be stowed under the front hood. Although passengers will enjoy the comfortable interior, this car is really all about extreme performance.
Powering this supercar is a twin-turbo V8 engine teamed with two electric motors via a unique direct-drive system. With more than 700 horsepower from the electric motors alone, combined output exceeds 1500 horsepower and 1475 lb-ft of torque. Weighing 3,500 pounds, the Regera will reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and — even more impressive — almost 250 mph in less than 20 seconds. According to the carmaker, the direct-drive transmission delivers extreme performance while offering an impressively smooth driving experience. It is also possible to drive the Regera in complete silence in EV mode.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
Bentley and exclusivity go hand in hand, but the legendary British marque has taken things to new heights with the Mulliner Bacalar. The oldest coachbuilding company in the world, Mulliner has been creating bespoke versions of Bentleys for many decades. Named for a beautiful lake on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the Bacalar is a 2-seat open-air luxury grand tourer featuring many of the styling cues of the EXP 100GT concept car shown a year earlier. Bacalar is designed with extensive use of sustainable materials; the paint contains ash from rice husks for a metallic finish, interior materials include natural British wool, and the wraparound dashboard is cut from Riverwood — fallen trees preserved 5,000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
This elegant GT offers plenty of performance, thanks to its enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 650 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque. Handling gets enhanced by the advanced Active All-Wheel Drive System that emphasizes torque to the rear wheels for an optimum driving experience. Bentley plans to build 12 Bacalars, and each will be designed, engineered and handcrafted to the buyer’s wishes.
Rimac C Two
One of the most extreme street-legal cars available — which is a high rung to reach — is the Rimac C Two. The second model from Croatia-based Rimac, the C Two is billed as the most powerful electric hypercar in the world. The C Two draws power from four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1914 horsepower. Almost 1700 lb-ft of torque is generated instantly for acceleration that would leave just about any other car in its dust. The sprint to 60 mph takes 1.85 seconds and it passes 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is listed as 256 mph, and Rimac claims the C Two will have a range of 550 km (about 342 miles) with its 120 kWh battery capacity.
Rimac C Two
The C Two was designed and engineered in house by Rimac and features one of the world’s largest single-piece carbon-fiber monocoques. The batteries and powertrain are integrated into the monocoque for greater torsional stiffness. A double-wishbone suspension with electronically-controlled dampers provides a smooth and comfortable ride, while the electric motors at each wheel work together for impressive dynamic control. The C Two is expected to go into production for 2020. Only 150 will be built, but it will be certified for sale globally — including the U.S.
Many would argue that the McLaren F1 is one of the most significant sports cars ever built, breaking a 10-year-old record in 1998 to become the world’s fastest production car by clocking a maximum speed of 240.14 mph. The British carmaker subsequently created some thrilling sports cars, but nothing could really be considered a proper successor to that iconic F1 until now: enter the McLaren Speedtail. Referred to as a “Hyper-GT,” the Speedtail is now the fastest production McLaren ever, boasting a top speed of 250 mph. The Speedtail is constructed around a carbon-fiber McLaren Monocage and makes extensive use of lightweight materials throughout. This includes a body made entirely from carbon fiber, aluminum active suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes — all contributing to a low vehicle weight of 3,153 pounds.
The Speedtail makes use of a gas-electric hybrid system that generates a total of 1055 horsepower and a massive 848 lb-ft of torque. With that much power on tap, the Speedtail can reach 186 mph in less than 13 seconds. In homage to the iconic F1, the new Speedtail possesses some striking similarities. Only 106 F1s were built, so McLaren will be limiting the production of the Speedtail to the same count of 106 models — all of which have been reserved. Most noticeable is the seating — when it debuted the F1 was pioneering in many ways, but it stood out for having the driver sitting in the center of the cockpit, flanked by two passenger seats set farther back. This same seating configuration has been carried over into the new Speedtail.
The Pininfarina name has adorned some of the most beautiful cars ever built, but rather than being the design house for another car company, this time Pininfarina is building its own car. Named for Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina, founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the new Battista is an all-electric hyper GT car with a stunning carbon fiber body and carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Although the design is completely Pininfarina, the fully-electric powertrain comes from the Croatian car company Rimac.
The Battista gets four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1900 horsepower and almost 1700 lb-ft of torque. This results in astounding acceleration — 62 mph is achieved in 1.9 seconds. With a 120 kWh Lithium-Ion battery pack, the Battista can travel about 280 miles on a single charge. Deliveries of the Pininfarina Battista will start in 2020 with only 150 copies expected to be available. When it arrives, the Pininfarina Battista will be the most powerful street-legal car ever designed and built in Italy.
This Swedish supercar company introduced the Jesko at last year’s Geneva Motor Show as the successor the powerful Agera RS. The all-new Jesko — named for the founder’s father — is a car suited for both street and track. The Jesko’s carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is slightly longer and taller than the Agera, which provides a roomier cabin. Styling is clearly Koenigsegg; however, the massive rear spoiler is what instantly draws the eye. At high speed the Jesko generates more than 2,200 pounds of downforce for excellent grip and handling.
Powering the Jesko is a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 1280 horses on standard gasoline, and when fueled by E85 biofuel, the output rating jumps to an incredible 1600 horsepower. This energy gets directed through an all-new 9-speed “Light Speed Transmission” that was designed in-house and allows for practically instant gear changes from any gear to any gear. Koenigsegg has also introduced the Jesko Absolut, designed to be the company’s fastest production car ever. With less downforce and more streamlined aerodynamics, the Jesko Absolut has been tasked with a goal of breaking the elusive 300-mph mark.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
This British marque is well known for building luxurious high-performance sports cars, but a few years ago the company announced it was introducing its first hypercar. The mid-engine Valkyrie was designed to bring Formula One performance to a street-legal car, making full use of Red Bull Racing’s experience and technology on the circuit. The entire vehicle is comprised of carbon fiber — in fact, there is not one steel component in the entire Valkyrie. With extreme aerodynamics and lightweight construction, handling is unlike just about any other road car.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Valkyrie is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine teamed with a battery-electric system for a total output is 1160 horsepower at a screaming 10500 rpm, with 664 lb-ft of torque peaking at 6000 rpm. Performance specs haven’t been released; however, the Valkyrie should sprint to 60 mph in under 3 seconds easily, with a top speed certain to exceed 200 mph. Only 150 Valkyries will be built, and all have been spoken for.
Bugatti Chiron Sport
The Bugatti Chiron is already one of the most extreme sports cars available, but now the company has revealed an even higher-performance Chiron — the Chiron Sport. The Sport gets the same powerplant as the “regular” Chiron: an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque available as low as 2000 rpm. The Sport features a dynamic handling package that provides a stiffer suspension and torque vectoring while reducing weight by around 40 pounds. In an effort to reduce weight to every last ounce, the Chiron Sport has carbon fiber windshield wipers — the first time carbon fiber has been used on wipers for a production car.
Bugatti Chiron Sport
Acceleration figures haven’t changed from the original Chiron — the Chiron Sport still sprints to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds and 124 mph comes up in around 6.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 261 mph. The primary advantage of the Sport is improved handling and much greater agility. According to Bugatti, the Chiron Sport is able to complete a lap of the Nardo handling circuit 5 seconds faster than the standard Chiron. Chiron Sport also gets new wheels and a new four-pipe exhaust deflector.
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most extreme, exclusive vehicles on the road, and the Roadster BC promises another level of performance. Named to honor Pagani’s first customer, Benny Caiola, the Huayra Roadster BC is built using new composite technologies based on carbon fiber and carbon titanium, which increases torsional rigidity by 12 percent over the standard roadster while keeping the weight around 2,750 pounds. With this stiff and lightweight design combined with the bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, the Huayra Roadster BC can achieve up almost two Gs in lateral acceleration.
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
Lighter and stiffer than the coupe, the roadster exhibits the same incredible performance, thanks to its new Mercedes-AMG V12 engine tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 rpm. That’s considerable thrust for a vehicle that weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Special Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide the necessary stopping power with 6-piston calipers at the front, 4-piston at the rear. The six-outlet titanium exhaust system ensures that anyone within earshot will know something special is coming.
When it comes to the ultimate extreme sports car on the planet, most auto aficionados will think of the Bugatti Chiron. With enormous power and a top speed north of 260 mph, this car resides at a different level than practically any other. However, Bugatti felt it could make a special version that would not only be more exclusive but also offer better handling and performance. Named for the French racing driver and two-time Targa Florio winner Albert Divo, this new model is based on the Chiron. Although the Chiron is unsurpassable for straight-line performance, the Divo has been developed to be more agile, optimized for exceptional handling on winding roads or the track. While power and acceleration figures remain the same as the Chiron, the Divo is able to lap the Nardo handling circuit a full 8 seconds faster than the Chiron. Divo’s maximum speed is limited to “only” 236 mph — it still sprints to 62 mph in a mere 2.4 seconds.
Design changes that differentiate Divo from Chiron are primarily functional, all with the goal of improving agility and performance. The newly-designed wider front spoiler on the Divo provides higher downforce as well as more airflow, which improves overall cooling. The roof of the Divo has been shaped to direct air into the engine to help manage operating temperatures. Bugatti engineers have also adjusted the steering and suspension for more direct response and sportier driving. New air vents on the Divo direct cold air directly to the brakes, while a heat shield transfers the hot air through the wheels, helping to keep the massive brakes — 16.5 inches in front, 15.7 inches in rear — at optimal performance.