If someone wired you $19 million, what would you spend it on? Some would choose a plane, a castle, an island, or all of the above, but an anonymous collector allegedly spent about that amount on the Bugatti La Voiture Noire.
It’s a one-off model that stands proud as the most expensive new car in the world. No one knows who bought it, the owner wants to remain anonymous for the time being, and it won’t be delivered until a little bit later in the 2020s.
There are several others above the $10 million mark and numerous cars in six-digit territory. We’ve listed them all below. Note that we’re not including classic cars sold at auction, like the Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $70 million.
At a glance
|Bugatti La Voiture Noire||$19 million|
|Rolls-Royce Sweptail||$13 million|
|Bugatti Centodieci||$8.9 million|
|Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero||$8 million|
|Bugatti Divo||$5.9 million|
|Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita||$4.8 million|
|Lamborghini Veneno||$4.5 million|
|Lamborghini Sian||$3.6 million|
|W Motors Lykan Hypersport||$3.4 million|
|Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere||$3.4 million|
|Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio||$3 million|
|Bugatti Chiron||$2.9 million|
|Koenigsegg Jesko||$2.8 million|
|Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K||$2.7 million|
|Aston Martin Valkyrie||$2.6 million|
|Pagani Huayra BC||$2.6 million|
|Mercedes-AMG One||$2.5 million|
|Ferrari F60 America||$2.6 million|
|Aston Martin Vulcan||$2.3 million|
|McLaren Speedtail||$2.2 million|
|Rimac C_Two||$2.0 million|
$19 million — Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Leave it to Bugatti to dethrone Rolls-Royce. The one-of-a-kind La Voiture Noire unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show stands proud as the most expensive new car ever built. The French automaker hasn’t revealed how much it charged for the one-off, Chiron-based model, though rumors point to a price tag in the vicinity of $19 million. We don’t even know who bought it; it hasn’t been built yet, and the owner asked to remain anonymous.
While the identity of its owner remains a mystery, its specifications are well known. La Voiture Noire — a name which means “the black car” in French — is powered by the same quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter W16 engine found in the mighty Chiron. It channels a monstrous 1,500 horsepower to the four wheels, making it one of the fastest cars from the brand.
$13 million — Rolls-Royce Sweptail
Rolls-Royce will build you anything if you have a thick enough wallet to pay for it. Take the Sweptail, for example. It’s a one-off coupe that a customer commissioned from the ground up. Its design draws inspiration from the brand’s classic models while borrowing styling cues from the world of super-yachts. Nearly every part of this car is unique, and the project took four years from start to finish, which explains why it cost approximately $13 million.
$8.9 million — Bugatti Centodieci
Bugatti took everyone by surprise when it introduced a one-of-a-kind, $19 million supercar named La Voiture Noire at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. We didn’t know it at the time, but the French company was already working on its next masterpiece. The limited-edition, Chiron-based Centodieci is a tribute to the EB110 that lined every car-crazed kid’s bedroom wall during the 1990s. It’s a bargain at $8.9 million, at least compared to the La Voiture Noire.
The Centodieci (a name that means one hundred and ten in Italian) wears a more angular design than other members of the Bugatti range. The emblem is positioned above the horseshoe-shaped grille, like it was on the EB110, and five round slots behind each side window create an additional visual link between the two cars. The interior is a lot like the Chiron’s, though it gets model-specific trim pieces, materials, and accents.
The body hides a platform shared with the Chiron, and a mighty, quad-turbocharged W16 engine tuned to deliver 1,600hp. Bugatti capped production at 10 units, and each one was spoken for well before the car made its public debut.
$8 million — Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero
While not the most expensive car on our list, the Maybach Exelero makes its appearance under Honorable Mentions due to its one-off status. The Maybach was also built way back in 2004, but that actually makes its sticker price more impressive.
Adjusted for inflation, the Exelero would cost around $10.1 million in the United States today, which is close to the GDP of a small island nation. Money and Maybach are about as closely related as peanut butter and jelly, but the two-door further justifies its cost with a 700hp, twin-turbo V12 and luxurious amenities.
$5.9 million — Bugatti Divo
Introduced in 2018, the Divo stands out as the first coachbuilt Bugatti of the 21st century. It’s based on the Chiron, and the two cars share a quad-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine rated at 1,500 hp, but it’s not merely a rebodied version of an existing car. While the Chiron was developed for high-speed runs, the Divo was designed to stay glued to the pavement on a twisty road, and it benefits from a long list of chassis modifications. Forty units are planned, and they’re each priced at 5 million euros, a sum that represents about $5.9 million at the current conversion rate. All were spoken for before the Divo was shown to the pubic. Bugatti began building the car in 2020.
$4.8 million — Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
Koenigsegg makes its first appearance on our list with the CCXR Trevita. Why so much coin? With no exaggeration, the car is literally coated in diamonds … and diamonds aren’t cheap.
For the Trevita, the Swedish manufacturer developed a new exterior finish called the Koenigsegg Proprietary Diamond Weave, which involves coating carbon fibers with a diamond dust-impregnated resin. We can’t even fathom how much the touch-up paint costs.
Underneath the lustrous finish lies a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004hp and 797 pound-feet of torque, which means it should have little to no trouble overtaking semis on the freeway. The car’s specifications — in both performance and price — are nearly comical at this point, and just three were ever made.
$4.5 million — Lamborghini Veneno
Poison. That’s the name Lamborghini chose for the modified Aventador roadster you see above — translated from Italian,of course — built to celebrate the automaker’s 50th birthday. We can’t speak for the company’s motivations, but the name is fitting for a vehicle that looks so positively deadly, so undeniably venomous.
The car is absolutely stunning from every angle, and to this day, we’re not convinced it isn’t an alien spacecraft surveying our planet for eventual takeover. It just doesn’t seem real. The only thing more remarkable than the look is the price — a whopping $4.5 million, clearly putting it on our list of the most expensive cars.
The Veneno is fast, and that should come as no surprise. Its 6.5-liter V12 spins all the way up to 8,400 rpm to deliver 740hp and 507 lb.-ft., surging the car to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds.
$3.6 million — Lamborghini Sian
The Sian is not an ordinary Lamborghini. Limited to 63 units worldwide, it’s the company’s first production hybrid model. And, it’s not an ordinary hybrid, either. The electric motor is a 48-volt unit stuffed between the engine and the transmission, and it draws power from a supercapacitor instead of a more common lithium-ion battery pack. Lamborghini already showcased this technology in the Terzo Millennio concept unveiled in 2017; it’s a device that charges as quickly as it discharges, so it provides an intense power burst for a short amount of time.
The electric motor contributes merely 34 horsepower to the Sian’s monstrous, 819-horse output. The rest comes from a naturally-aspirated V12 engine that delivers 785 hp to the four wheels. Lamborghini quotes a zero to 60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 220 mph. It looks as fast as it is thanks to a low-slung design that draws inspiration from the company’s past models. Lamborghini design boss Mitja Borkert pledged no two examples of the Sian will look alike, which is a tall order to fill, but the company is up to the challenge, though.
Lamborghini will make 63 examples of the Sian coupe, and 19 units of the roadster it introduced in July 2020. It chose that number because it was founded in 1963. Alternatively, if you’d rather go flat-out on water, an Italian company is making a limited-edition yacht that costs about $1 million more than the car that inspired it.
$3.4 million — W Motors Lykan Hypersport
You may recall the Lykan Hypersport from its starring role in the blockbuster Furious 7, in which the Lebanese supercar crashed through not one but three skyscrapers in Dubai. In a franchise filled with high-end exotics and one-off custom creations, the fact that the Hypersport got so much focus is a testament to its magnetism.
Let’s start with the styling, which includes jewel-encrusted headlights, scissor doors, and an interior ripped straight from science fiction. It looks like a pissed off armored car from the future, and its performance is right on par with its image. The Hypersport boasts a 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six that yields 770 hp and 708 lb.-ft.
It’s not just Dominic Toretto who benefits from this level of performance, though: The Abu Dhabi police force has drafted the Hypersport into patrol duty. Although it’s mainly used for marketing and public relations purposes, the high-flying stunner assures that the authorities can keep up with any baddie who tries to get cute on the freeway. Pedal to the floor, 0 to 62 mph is accomplished in just 2.8 seconds, and top speed is a downright scary 240 mph.
$3.4 million — Limited Edition Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere
This list wouldn’t be complete without some version of the mighty Bugatti Veyron. We’re shining our spotlight on the the Mansory Vivere edition here, because not only is it one of the fastest cars in the world, it’s one of the most expensive.
Augmented by German witch doctors Mansory, the 1,200-hp Veyron starts out as a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster, only to be adorned with a gorgeous carbon-fiber body, a new spoiler package, upgraded LED lights, a revamped cabin, and a redesigned front grille. Further classifying the Veyron as a work of art, maps of historic race events like the Targa Florio are laser etched into the exterior and interior. Oh, and it can do 254 mph.
$3 million — Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
With an asking price of $3 million, the Ferrari Sergio isn’t the most expensive car on our list. It is, however, one of the most highly coveted vehicles in the world, as only six were ever made.
Crafted by legendary Italian design house Pininfarina, the Sergio is essentially a Ferrari 458 Spider with a completely new body and interior. That means a 4.5-liter V8 sends a whopping 562 hp to the rear wheels, but because the Sergio is lighter than the 458, it’s quicker and handles better. The new body doesn’t just save weight — it’s chock-full of interesting details like aerodynamic headrests that are built directly into the roll cage.
With so few examples built, the Sergio’s purchase process wasn’t as simple as strolling up to a Ferrari dealership. No, each owner was chosen by the automaker itself, making it one of the rare invite-only vehicles in automotive history.
$2.9 million — Bugatti Chiron
How do you follow up a classic? You make something even better.
With a starting price of $2.9 million and a gorgeous new body, the divine Chiron outdoes its predecessor in every conceivable way. While the Bugatti Veyron redefined what an automobile could do, the Chiron laughs at those who said the Veyron was the last of its kind, pushing the boundaries of performance even further into the stratosphere.
The supercar’s monstrous specs are made possible by its reworked quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16, which now produces 1,500 hp and a monstrous 1,180 lb.-ft. Sixty mph is dealt with in a rather quick 2.5 seconds on the way to the Chiron’s top speed, which is limited to 261 mph. The limited-edition 300+ variant is the fastest car in the world, however.
$2.8 million — Koenigsegg Jesko
No longer an outsider or an obscure start-up, Koenigsegg proved time and again it knows how to make a super-quick car that challenges the world’s best. The Jesko is the latest in a long line of high-tech land rockets built by the small Swedish firm. Named after the father of company founder Christian von Koenigsegg, it’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that makes nearly 1,300 horsepower when burning premium unleaded, or 1,600 horsepower when slurping E85 bioethanol. The engine shifts through a nine-speed automatic transmission designed in-house.
Moving out of the engine bay, the Jesko relies extensively on carbon fiber to keep weight in check, and it’s fitted with one of the most advanced suspensions ever seen on a street-legal car. Its body kit is impressive, too; its rear spoiler generates a metric ton of downforce, which keeps the rear axle planted on the ground. Pricing start at about $2.8 million, and production is limited to 125 examples. It’s already sold-out, so you’ll have to find a used one if you want to add one to your collection.
$2.7 million — LaFerrari FXX K
The Ferrari LaFerrari is a vehicle held back by one thing — the law. Emissions standards and safety equipment add considerable bulk to a near-perfect machine, so for the track-only FXX K, the car bows only to physics.
The “standard” car’s output of 950 hp was boosted to a downright silly 1,035 hp in FXX K guise, and its various body modifications have increased downforce by up to 50 percent. Even the tires are space age, as the slick Pirellis feature embedded sensors to keep tabs on longitudinal, lateral, and radial acceleration, as well as temperature and pressure. Until Ferrari invents some sort of road-going hyperdrive, this is about as good as a performance car gets.
$2.6 million (estimated) — Aston Martin Valkyrie
Aston Martin hasn’t revealed the price for its Valkyrie, which won’t even arrive until 2019. But multiple reports put the price at about $2.6 million and — from what we’ve heard so far — the Valkyrie will be well worth it.
The Valkyrie is the product of a partnership between Aston Martin and the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. The partners hope to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, and they are equipping the Valkyrie with a lightweight carbon fiber chassis and 6.5-liter V12 hybrid powertrain to make that happen. The Valkyrie will also produce unprecedented levels of downforce on the track.
Aston plans to build both road-going and track-only versions of the Valkyrie. The track version will be able to keep up with a Le Mans LMP1 race car on the track, Aston boasts. Only 150 Valkyries will be built, including 25 track versions and a handful of prototypes.
$2.6 million — Pagani Huayra BC
With an AMG-sourced V12 and the second fastest road-legal Top Gear lap ever, the Pagani Huayra is a beast through and through — it’s named after the Incan god of winds, after all. That wasn’t quite enough for Pagani, however. At the 2016 Geneva motor show, Pagani debuted the Huayra BC, a lighter, hotter version that takes no prisoners.
Right off the bat, you can tell the BC is playing a different game from the standard Huayra. It’s fitted with an enormous active rear spoiler that generates 1,102 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, as well as a wider rear track, new side skirts, and a bevy of sexy aero goodies. Despite the additions, the BC is a true featherweight, tipping the scales at a paltry 2,654 pounds thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials. The whole deal will cost you a cool $2.6 million (or it would have, if all 20 units hadn’t sold already), but you clearly get a lot for your money. With 789 turbocharged ponies on tap, the BC may actually live up to its godly name.
$2.5 million — Mercedes-AMG One
When Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division turned 50, its engineers created one hell of a birthday present. The AMG One (formerly known as the Project One) is a supercar with the heart of a Formula One race car. It’s built using components sourced from the company’s championship-winning cars, starting with a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6. It sits behind the driver and revs up to 11,000 rpm. The six-cylinder is assisted by four electric motors: two that power the front wheels, one that helps the V6 drive the rear wheels, and another one that spools up the turbocharger. The result is a combined output of over 1,000 horsepower.
Aerodynamics dictated its low-slung shape. The interior is pretty barren, which you’d expect from this kind of machine. There are two heavily bolstered seats installed close together, a pair of 10-inch screens, and a Formula One-style steering wheel with buttons for things like the driving modes and the suspension settings.
Mercedes-AMG expects to deliver the first examples of the AMG One in late 2019. Production is limited to 275 examples and, unsurprisingly, every single example has already been spoken for.
$2.5 million — Ferrari F60 America
To celebrate Ferrari’s 60-year tenure in North America, the Italian brand built 10 examples of this stunning bombshell. Based on the F12 Berlinetta, the F60 is undeniably patriotic as it wears a Stars and Stripes color scheme, American flag seat inserts, and classic racing livery all around. Better yet, you can experience the glory with the top down, as the F60 features a lightweight fabric top that can be operated at speeds up to 75 mph.
The supercar is mechanically identical to the F12, but the Berlinetta isn’t exactly a Fiat Panda to begin with. Its 6.2-liter V12 churns out 740 glorious hp, enough to propel the car to 60 mph in only 3.1 seconds. The ultra-rare flag-waver harks back to Ferrari’s bespoke past, as the company built several region-specific sports cars in the 1950s and 1960s.
$2.3 million — Aston Martin Vulcan
Purpose-built track cars seem to be all the rage these days, and Aston Martin recently jumped on the bandwagon in a big way. The Vulcan isn’t legal on the road — hence its honorable mention status — but if you happened to snag one of the 24 examples made, you’re very lucky indeed.
The Vulcan may look like a spaceship, but it’s actually a tribute to old-school analog feel. Instead of a high-tech hybrid system, it relies on the pure grunt of a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V12. That massive engine produces over 800 hp, an output it sends to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox.
The car itself is built around a carbon-fiber monocoque, ensuring those 800 horses don’t have much to push around. In fact, Aston claims the Vulcan has a better power-to-weight ratio than some of its race cars. And if that isn’t hardcore enough, Aston required owners to train in a Vantage GT4 racer and a One-77 before stepping into their Vulcans. Now that’s serious performance.
$2.2 — McLaren Speedtail
The Speedtail was built as a tribute to the McLaren F1, the British firm’s first road car. The F1 once held the title of world’s fastest production car, and featured a radical design that included a gold-lined engine bay and one of the first uses of carbon fiber in a road car. That makes the legendary vehicle a tough act to follow, but the Speedtail looks like it will be more than up to the job.
The dramatically-styled body incorporates a three-abreast seating arrangement — just like the F1. The driver sits in the middle, with a passenger on either side. A hybrid powertrain generates a claimed 1,035 hp, and McLaren boasts of a 250-mph top speed. But unlike the other extreme McLaren of the moment — the Senna — the Speedtail isn’t a stripped down track machine. McLaren calls the Speedtail a “hyper GT,” claiming it will offer a modicum of comfort on long trips.
Speedtail production will be limited to just 106 units — matching the production run of the McLaren F1 — priced at $2.2 million each. The entire production has already sold out, with deliveries set to begin in 2020. Due to strict regulations, the roughly 30 examples destined for the U.S. will have to imported under the “Show and Display” rule, which limits the mileage they can be driven annually.
$2 million — Rimac C_Two
Croatia isn’t known as a hotbed for exotic supercars, but it is home to Rimac Automobili, developer of some of the fastest electric cars in the world. Rimac burst onto the scene with the 1,224 hp Concept One, and is about to launch a successor named C_Two.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and now just about ready for production, the C_Two boasts 1,914 hp and 1,696 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is generated by four electric motors — one for each wheel. That not only gives the C_Two all-wheel drive, but also allows for precise control of the torque split on each axle. That should give the C_Two amazing cornering abilities. Rimac claims the supercar will do zero to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds, with a top speed of 258 mph.
Rimac only plans to build 150 copies of the C_Two, and it’s currently crash-testing the model. Despite a $2 million price tag, the company said production nearly sold out almost as soon as the car was unveiled in 2018. Unlike many other supercars, the technology in the C_Two may eventually trickle down to more mainstream vehicles. Investments from Porsche and Hyundai mean some of that tech could be licensed for those automakers’ future models. Rimac views itself primarily as a tech company, using electric supercars to show off what it has developed.