Ever wonder what cars you could afford to purchase if you lived in the one percent? Well, according to Jim Henry, a Forbes contributing writer, there are 10 super pricey choices to choose from among the lavish auto world.
While the Forbes list was impressive, The Squander decided to create a list that would rival Forbes’ by updating it with a few they missed out on.
What would be a most expensive cars list without the German auto-giant Mercedes-Benz? Surprisingly enough, the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG falls at the bottom of the list with a price tag of $215,500. That is around $19,500 more than the average affordable home for a middle class family in Miami according to a Trulia info graphic used in a 2013 Forbes feature.
Well maybe some folks would just prefer to live in their $215,000 Mercedes-Benz with around 612 horsepower and a top speed of 186 MPH that might practical for those who may be driving on the Autobahn.
The Aston Martin Vanquish makes 9th spot on the list with a price tag of $279,995. No big deal, that’s just $8,995 more than the average affordable home for a middle class family living in Los Angeles, California. With 565 horsepower and a top speed of 183 MPH, who wouldn’t want to drive down the road in one of the sleek and sexy automobiles?
For $306,425 luxury car enthusiasts can indulge in a Bentley Mulsanne. The Mulsanne is one of the top tier luxury cars for the UK company that produces some of the most high-class vehicles in the market.
According to Forbes, “the interior is comprised of wood veneers and ‘blemish free’ hides, from herds raised in cooler climates, where there are few insects.” Looks like they thought of everything you would need besides, who wants to sit on seats with blemishes anyway.
Moving more into the supercar realm where names like Ferrari, Bugatti and Lamborghini reign supreme is car number 7 on the list. The Ferrari F12berlinetta, a 740 horsepower monster of a street legal automobile. The car maxes out at 211 MPH that is if you are able to do more than 80 MPH on a regular roadway (chances are you can’t). All of this can be yours for $322,638. No worries on a regular roadway you can use the F12berlinetta’s super fast acceleration to beat anyone off the line at a stoplight.
While the Forbes list was pretty decent at this point it was missing a few heavy hitters. The McLaren F1 was once the world’s fastest car and after years of going back to the drawing board, the company created the McLaren P1 a $1,150,000 Hypercar (hybrid supercar). There were only 375 models made according to Car And Driver, all of which have already been sold. So what does one get for $1.15 million? A “3.8-liter 727-hp V-8 paired with a 177-hp electric motor, hydro-pneumatic suspension, electro-hydraulically assisted steering, and even a rear wing that extends almost 12 inches.” (http://www.caranddriver.com/mclaren/p1)
That seems fair right? A ton of useful horsepower so you can tear up the road any which way you choose, just watch out for the boys in blue and don’t worry the McLaren P1 is only one of the cars you can choose from if you want to lead the police on a car chase.
The Forbes list was also missing the stunning Ferrari LaFerrari a $1,350,000 Hypercar with one hell of a creative name right? Well for the price tag the lucky consumer will receive a “789-hp V-12 engine that gets a 161-hp boost from an electric motor–that’s right, it’s a hybrid–enabling it to accelerate like a Bugatti Veyron while achieving somewhat respectable fuel economy,” according to Car And Driver. (http://www.caranddriver.com/ferrari/laferrari)
What rhymes with Ferrari? Pagani, well almost, the Pagani automotive company is another Italian named after a small town in Campania, Italy. Their Pagani Huayra is a $1,444,120 car that also falls in the Hypercar category. With sleek and futuristic body styling, the 720 horsepower vehicle is very likely to turn heads wherever it’s driven. (http://www.caranddriver.com/pagani/huayra)
The Forbes list and The Squander list can agree on the Hennessey Venom GT making the list with around three models being sold so far for around $1.25 million.
“‘Venom GT World’s Fastest Edition,’ Hennessey builds special-edition supercar to commemorate speed records,” according to VenomGT.com. Those looking for a record breaker can stop the search at the Venom GT that has managed to capture the 13.63 sec. 0-300 km/h Guinness World Record and reach a 270.4 mph top speed run at the Kennedy Space Center. (http://www.venomgt.com/updates/)
“The Venom GT is America’s supercar and it broke 270 mph on the same runway where the Space Shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center,” said company founder John Hennessey.
The major competitor for Hennessey is the Bugatti Veyron and while the Forbes list contained a base model for just under $2 million, there is one model that reigns supreme for the supercar monster, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The Vitesse is approximately $2,250,000 and has a 1200 horsepower from its quad-turbo 8.0-liter W-16 engine with a rear-spoiler that deploys once the vehicle reaches higher speeds, just perfect for those long drives on the airplane runways.
Last and most certainly not least is extremely limited Lamborghini Veneno Roadster. Unfortunately for anyone looking to purchase the $4.5 million vehicle, they have all been snatched up. Lamborghini will produce just nine models of the vehicle, no more. The car features a “740-hp, 6.5-liter V-12 and seven-speed single-clutch ISR automated manual transmission found in the Veneno coupe,” according to Car And Driver and a whole lot of carbon fiber. (http://www.caranddriver.com/news/lamborghini-veneno-roadster-photos-and-info-news)
So why save up for a private jet when you can buy one of the most expensive cars in the world? These marvelous machines are some of the world’s fastest, luxurious and exhilarating vehicles on the market. Be warned the insurance may be a little high on them, just a little, maybe a lot.