Decades ago, it was hard to imagine that one day, cars would cost upwards of $10 million. Back then, automobiles were merely means of getting from one point to another. However, technological advancements, as well as an increase in the number of super-wealthy people, have led to the development of some pricey cars. The most expensive sports cars 2019 are a mix of street-legal and track-only sports cars that will set buyers back millions of dollars.
Various well-known models make the most expensive sports cars 2019 list as well as some lesser-known brands. The likes of Lamborghini, Bugatti and Ferrari are familiar contestants while the likes of Zenvo and Lykan can be considered as relative newcomers.
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One common factor among most expensive car brands is not only the sky-high price but also the small number of production units available for purchase.
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20. Lamborghini Centenario LP: $1.9 million
Lamborghini has always been among the most expensive cars brands in the motoring industry. The Lamborghini Centenario is an exquisite product of the company’s few-off manufacturing strategy. The Centenario was produced during Mr Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th anniversary. A total of 40 cars were manufactured (twenty coupes and twenty convertible models). The Centenario comes with a 770 CV aspirated V12 engine which catapults the vehicle from zero to a hundred kilometres per hour in a mind-blowing 2.8 seconds.
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With new cabin technology and a 6.5L V12 engine, the Centenario is any car aficionado’s dream. Various performance features come standard with the car. These include rear-wheel steering, wide-ranging connectivity and large brake pads. The Centenario is truly a breathtaking piece of engineering.
19. Zenvo TS1: $1.9 million
Zenvo is a Danish supercar manufacturer that you have probably not heard among names of expensive cars. The TS1 GT is a sleek sports car that was manufactured to mark the company’s tenth anniversary. It was preceded by the Zenvo ST1 which was priced at $1.2 million and only had fifteen units produced. Thanks to its 5.8-litre V8 flat-plane engine, the TS1 GT can move from 0-100 kilometres per hour in a mere 2.8 seconds. This puts its acceleration performance at par with more popular sports car models such as Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
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The TS1 makes use of LED technology on all its lights and features a fully enclosed underbody for maximum downforce. On the interior, Zenvo TS1 owners will get dual-zone climate control, wireless connectivity and a host of safety equipment. Motoring fans will agree that the TS1 looks fantastic, especially in the Fjord Blue colour. Typically, bright colours such as orange, red and in rare cases, pink, tend to look great on sports cars.
18. Koenigsegg Regera: $2 million
When it comes to the most beautiful cars ever designed, the Koenigsegg Regera frequently comes up. Koenigsegg is a foreign (Swedish) sports car manufacturer based in Angelholm. The Regera is hand-assembled as a pricier alternative to other Koenigsegg models. The company only manufactured 80 Koenigsegg Regera units making it quite rare as it is with expensive sports cars. The supercar is powered by a 5.0L dry-sump V8 engine which outputs 1500 horsepower.
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According to Koenigsegg, the Regera’s V8 engine is the most downsized homologated internal combustion engine in the world at 220hp per litre. Besides fuel combustion, the Regera is also equipped with three electric motors which combined, propel the Regera to a top speed of 400 kilometres per hour in less than twenty seconds. For added exclusivity, there is a special edition Regera that comes in what the company calls a 24-carat gold-leaf accent.
17. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: $2.2 million
Sesto Elemento loosely translates to ‘sixth element’. The name is in reference to the atomic number of carbon due to the vast use of carbon fibre in its construction. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is an engineering masterpiece that boasts extremely low weight due to carbon fibre elements. The car weighs less than a thousand kilograms (curb weight).
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The Sesto Elemento is powered by the same V10 engine in the Lamborghini Gallardo that is capable of moving the car from 0-100km/h in 2.5 seconds via the permanent all-wheel-drive configuration. The car comes standard with a six-speed semi-automatic transmission gearbox and a top speed of 336km/h. Lamborghini only manufactured 20 units of this car. It is worth noting that owners are not allowed to drive this car on the streets.
16. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta: $2.2 million
The LaFerrari Aperta is a higher-end version of the LaFerrari. Ferrari produced only 209 units of the LaFerrari Aperta, 200 of which were sold via invitation only. The nine extra units were intended for company use. The most significant difference between the LaFerrari and the LaFerrari Aperta is that the latter gets a removable carbon-fibre top.
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In terms of powertrains, the Aperta uses a 6262 cc V12 engine combined with an electric motor for a combined output of 960 CV. The car is equipped with the company’s active aerodynamics hybrid system for unrivalled performance and engagement. The V12 engine makes the Aperta capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.4 seconds. Top speed is limited to 349km/h. The Aperta was manufactured in 2017 as the company celebrated seventy years of operation.
15. Pagani Huayra Roadster: $2.4 million
According to Horacio Pagani, everything had to come together ‘as if the entire car was carved out of a block of Carrara marble’. The Huayra is a model by the Italian company Pagani. Huayra comes from the name of the wind god ‘Huayra-Tata’. The vehicle was named the hypercar of the year by Top Gear in 2012.
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A Mercedes Benz AMG engines power the Huayra Roadster with a displacement of 5980 cubic centimetres. The engine outputs 760hp and 1000 pound-feet of torque at 5500 revolutions per minute. The engine is mated to a seven-speed gearbox manufactured by xTrac. Only a hundred units of the Huayra roadster were manufactured, and all have since been sold.
14. Ferrari F60 America: $2.5 million
The Ferrari F60 is among the rarest Ferrari models ever made. The F60 was manufactured in 2014 to commemorate the company’s 60th anniversary in America. Only ten of these vehicles were ever manufactured. All ten were delivered to America with the first one belonging to a buyer in Florida. The F60 is powered by a 6.3L V12 engine that can rev to 8700 rpm.
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According to Ferrari, the F60 can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and achieve a top speed of just over 320km/h. The F60 also features a removable soft-cloth top that can be used for speeds below 120km/h. Unlike most sports cars which are made out of carbon fibre, the F60 has an all-aluminium construction. Despite not being the fastest or the lightest Ferrari, the F60 received great reviews mainly for its striking looks and curvy design.
13. Bugatti Chiron – $ 2.7 million
The Chiron is one of the familiar faces in the sports car industry. The Bugatti Chiron is the fastest and most powerful sports car in Bugatti’s lineup. The car is the successor of the famous Bugatti Veyron. The Chiron was the vision of former Volkswagen mogul Ferdinand Piech who always demanded the fastest production cars from Bugatti.
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The car is powered by a fancy 8L W16 engine which is, in essence, a combination of two V8 engines. The engine feeds 1479 horsepower to the car’s drivetrain allowing it to reach 200km/h in less than seven seconds. The car can achieve a top speed of 420km/h. The distinctive quad LED lights also double up as air intakes for routing air to the front brakes. The Chiron has a combined fuel efficiency of 22.5 miles per gallon, but then again, sports cars are not exactly manufactured for fuel-efficiency. Five hundred units of the Chiron were manufactured and sold, a figure which is relatively high as compared to most rare supercars.
12. Ferrari FXX K: $2.7 million
The Ferrari FXX K is a production sports car designed by Marco Fainello and Evan Rodriguez. Similar to other sports cars, there were only forty units of the FXX K to be ever produced. A 1036hp V12 internal combustion engine powers the vehicle. The engine has been tuned for use on racing tracks through Ferrari’s HY-KERS system.
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The FXX K has four driving modes, namely fast charge, manual boost, qualify and long run. The car is also equipped with various formula one based technology such as an electronic differential, traction control and racing antilock systems. Car fans can collectively agree that the FXX K is among the best-looking sports cars out there. It is worth noting that the FXX K is a track day car and not a street-legal model such as its predecessor, the LaFerrari.
11. Pagani Huayra BC: $2.8 million
One of the most expensive Paganis ever designed is the Huayra BC. The vehicle has a striking design that is particularly appealing to the younger generation. The BC designation stands for Benny Caiola, the first Pagani customer as well as the founder’s friend. Horacio Pagani dedicated the Huayra BC to Caiola, stating that he did it from his heart.
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The BC is powered by a twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 790hp and 811-pound-feet of torque. The inbuilt hydraulic transmission combines perfectly with the electric motor for high-speed manoeuvres. The doors of the Huayra BC open sideways giving the car a luxurious feel. The extensive use of carbon fibre brings down the weight of the BC significantly as compared to similar aluminium-based sports cars.
10. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio: $3 million
The top 10 Ferrari Sergio was introduced in 2013 as a concept car in memory of Pininfarina founder’s son. The Ferrari Sergio is among the rarest sports cars ever made. Ferrari only made six Ferrari Sergio cars making them some of the most coveted car models out there. The car’s design is based on the Ferrari 458 Spider, and at $3 million, it is one of the priciest production sports cars ever.
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The car is powered by a 4.5L V8 engine that outputs 562hp directed to the rear wheels. In a somewhat rare exclusivity decision, each of the six vehicles made was sold to a person chosen by the car manufacturer. In terms of design, the Pininfarina Sergio features a carbon fibre frame which gives drivers a feel of comfortable open-air driving.
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9. Aston Martin Valkyrie: $3.2 million
Aston Martin uses the term otherworldly to describe the Valkyrie. It is easy to see why they would choose the word. Everything about the Valkyrie looks out of this world. The Valkyrie was built under the company’s president at the time, Andy Palmer. Under the hood, the car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 6.5L V12 engine. The extensive use of carbon fibre in the car’s construction allows the vehicle to have an excellent 1:1 power to weight ratio.
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The car’s engine outputs 1000hp and sprints from 0-100km/h in less than three seconds. The car achieves a top speed of 320km/h via seven-speed sequential transmission.
8. Bugatti Veyron by Mansory Vivere: $3.4 million
The Bugatti Veyron was the most potent production sports car when it was launched in 2005. Despite being later surpassed by the Bugatti Chiron, it is still among the most sought-after models by car collectors. The manufacturer only made 270 units of the original Veyron. For those looking for more exclusivity, the German firm, Mansory, was there to fine-tune a handful of them such as the rare Linea Vivere.
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There are only two Linea Vivere models in the world. The car features a quad-turbo 8.0L W16 engine that outputs 1200hp. The first car’s owner had it done in matte white with new carbon fibre rear and front bumpers. The customizing company also added daytime running lights, custom wheels and strikingly cool side skirts.
7. Lykan Hypersport: $3.4 million
The founder of W Motors, which manufactures the Lykan Hypersport describes the car as ‘a modern machine with a touch of humanity’. The car’s headlights feature 440 24-carat diamonds with specific light blades being made with 40-carat diamond varieties. The Hypersport cast the company into the limelight when it starred in the film Fast and Furious 7. W Motors only made seven units of this vehicle.
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The Hypersport is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that produces 780hp and 960 pound-feet of torque. The car can sprint from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 395km/h. In a refreshing touch of exclusivity, the car’s carbon-fibre body is entirely hand-crafted. There are 440 diamonds in the car’s headlights.
6. Aston Martin Vulcan: $3.4 million
The Aston Martin Vulcan is a track-only car produced in 2015 and launched officially at the 2015 Geneva motor sow. The Vulcan is powered by a 7.0L naturally-aspirated V12 engine mounted on an aluminium chassis. The engine outputs 800hp. The Aston Martin Vulcan was designed by the company’s creative director, Marek Reichman.
Design-wise, the Vulcan features a two-seater 2 door configuration inspired by other models such as the DB-9, Vantage and the One 77. Aston Martin only manufactured 24 units of the Vulcan making it one of the rare sports cars out there.
5. McLaren P1 LM: $3.6 million
The top 5 section begins with the P1 LM which is the street-legal version of the track-only McLaren P1 GTR. British car firm Lanzante was responsible for converting the GTR into the street-legal version. It is not the first time that the after-market firm has converted track-only McLaren vehicles into street-legal models. The converted models are then sold to customers in Japan, the US, UK and the UAE.
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The car is powered by a 3.8L twin-turbo engine and is significantly lighter than the P1 GTR on which it is based. The P1 LM engine outputs 986bhp and 1000ps. There are only five units of the McLaren P1 LM in the world.
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4. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: $4.5 million
According to Lamborghini, driving the Veneno ‘will feel like flying on the road’. The car’s name is Spanish for venom and true to its name, the vehicle looks stunningly menacing. The Veneno was designed as a commemoration of Lamborghini’s fifty years in operation. Under the hood, there is a 6.5L V12 engine coupled to a seven-speed manual gearbox.
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The engine produces 740hp and propels the Veneno from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds. For exclusivity, the company manufactured only nine units of the model. The Veneno will almost always appear on most expensive car lists.
3. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita: $4.8 million
Trevita is Swedish for ‘three whites’. The name comes from the nice carbon fibre weave pattern on the car’s bodywork. Using unique technology, Koenigsegg was able to achieve a diamond finish on the car’s carbon fibre surface. When sunshine hits the car’s surface, it seems like countless diamonds are embedded inside the car’s bodywork.
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The vehicle is powered by an aluminium 4.8L V8 engine which outputs 1018hp at 7000rpm. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, placing it among the fastest accelerating production cars today. The Trevita’s top speed is capped at 410km/h. The manufacturer only made two units of this model, making it one of the rarest sports cars ever made.
2. Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero: $8 million
Which car is the most expensive in the world 2018? Short answer, the Maybach Exelero. The Exelero is the perfect blend of the most luxurious coupe and the sharpest sports car. The Maybach Exelero is powered by a 5.9L twin-turbo V12 engine that outputs 700hp at 5000rpm. Despite its age, the car still looks strikingly modern even today. According to Topspeed, rapper Birdman purchased the Exelero for $8 million. The Exelero was the most expensive car in the world 2018 before the introduction of the Bugatti La Voiture Noir.
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Now that we are done with the second most expensive model, which car is the most expensive in the world?
1. Bugatti La Voiture Noir: $12.5 million (before tax)
The La Voiture Noir tops the top 20 most expensive cars list. As one can tell from this top 20 list, Bugatti makes some quite costly sports cars. However, none of those models can come close to the price point of the Bugatti La Voiture Noir. It is the most expensive car in the world 2019 with an asking price of more than $18 million (after-tax). This also makes it the most expensive car in the world of all time (new vehicle).
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According to the company, only one of these will be made and sold. Who owns the most expensive car in the world? Well, Bugatti has not revealed the identity of the La Voiture Noir buyer, but as you can guess, it must be someone who is quite rich and perhaps a prior relationship with the brand. The car’s name loosely translates to ‘black car’.
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It is undeniable that the most expensive sports cars 2019 are also strikingly beautiful. While some people are lucky to come across some of them on the streets, fewer people have the luxury of owning these sports cars. The limited production quantities, as well as the substantial asking prices, have kept most people from owning these machines. Which of the vehicles fascinated you most?
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