The title of World's Most Expensive Car is hard to award. Some cars are priced in euros or pounds, which means their prices in U.S. dollars depend on the day. Because of this, the list below is in alphabetical order rather than being listed by price.
Other cars that seem expensive -- like the $380,000 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom -- can be seen in some perspective when lined up against, say, the $1.4 million Maybach Landaulet.
Price in U.S. dollars: $1.6 million
Even with a sticker price (as if Aston would put a sticker in the window of one of the world's most expensive cars) of more than a million U.S. dollars, all 77 examples of the Aston Martin One-77 supercar have been snapped up. The distinctive shape won design awards almost as soon as was introduced.
- Front-mounted 7.3-liter V12
- 700 bhp, 553 lb-ft of torque
- carbon fiber body with aluminum panels
Price in U.S. dollars: $1.8 million
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 coupe is expensive enough at $1.5 million, but if you're going to put down that kind of cash, why not go all the way to two mil? That's what it costs to get a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, with an open top through which you can see a sliver of sky. The tinted glass roof can be removed and stored inside the car, and a fabric canopy can be popped up in a pinch in case of rain.
- Chassis #1 sold for $2.9 million at the 2008 Gooding Pebble Beach auction
- The fabric panel is only good for 80 mph - in a car that does 217
- 1001 hp from an 8-liter engine
Price in U.S. dollars: $2 million
Sure, you were never, ever, ever allowed to drive your FXX on the road -- it wasn't street legal -- but the things you got for the money!
- Storage at the Ferrari factory in Maranello
- More than a dozen track events at the Fiorano test track
- Private instruction on how to drive the 800-hp beast
The Koenigsegg Agera is estimated to be priced at over $2 million, but the company hasn't confirmed it. (If you have to ask, you can't afford it, eh?)
- The main competitor for the Agera, in price and speed, is the Bugatti Veyron
- It uses the same engine as the CC series, for 900+ hp
- Top speed is an incredible 273 mph, according to company documents
The Koenigsegg CCXR is notable for being the first FlexFuel supercar. That's right -- this monster runs on gasoline or biofuel. But while lower greenhouse gas emissions are a nice perk, the CCXR uses bioethanol to go even faster. Can fuel make that much of a difference, you ask? Oh, yes -- a 200-hp-and-then-some difference.
- 4.7-liter twin turbo engine
- 806 bhp on gasoline; 1008 bhp on E85
- Still only gets about 11 mpg on E85
Price in U.S. dollars: $1.4 million
Only 20 examples of the Lamborghini Reventon were ever built for sale, though there was one extra built at Sant'Agata for the Lamborghini museum. The Reventon was offered only to loyal Lamborghini customers, and even though it was one of the most expensive cars in the world, it sold out before the production run was complete.
- Exclusive fighter-jet inspired Grey Berra exterior
- The G-force meter is displayed on a 3D TFT panel, like in a jet
- The transmission shifts faster than any human driver
The Maybach Landaulet is the same under the skin as its fellow Maybach sedan, the 62S. But the Landaulet takes a tip from the early days of the auto age by offering a body style not seen since, oh, World War I. The top over the driver (or, more likely, chauffeur) is fixed, while the rear seat occupants can open the roof over their heads.
- Sport-tuned V12 engine has 612 hp
- Each car built to order
- Options list nearly endless: embroidered coat of arms, 24k gold trim, etc.
Price in U.S. dollars: $1.4 million
Cinque is Italian for five, so you could have guessed that only five Pagani Zonda Cinques would ever be built, making it one of the most exclusive supercars as well as one of the world's most expensive. And, of course, all five are already spoken for. Amazingly, the carbo-titanium-bodied car is street legal, even with a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds.
- AMG-tuned engine from Mercedes-Benz
- 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds; 62-0 mph in 2.1 seconds
- Leather and carbon racing seats