Though a more expensive car doesn’t necessarily equal a better car, a big enough number on the Monroney does guarantee exclusivity. But what exactly does exclusivity mean in the world of automobiles, and how much money does it take to get there? To answer that question we looked at every new hypercar, supercar, ultra-luxury sedan, and SUV on the market and gathered the 10 most expensive together onto one list.
With big motors and even bigger price tags, these cars represent the absolute pinnacle of automotive engineering. Missing are the rare one-offs or special editions that must be sourced secondhand. Instead, from the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, with its optional heated, cooled, and massaging rear seats, to Bugatti’s 1500-hp, jet-plane-fast Chiron, everything listed here could be yours today—that is, if you can pony up the cash.
McLaren 720S: $301,500
McLaren is known for building some of the purest driving machines around, and the 720S is no exception. Not only is the 720S one of the quickest cars we’ve ever tested, with a zero-to-60 time of 2.6 seconds, it also absolutely shreds around the track. Cradled behind the driver is a twin-turbocharged V-8 that puts out 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. While certainly nice, its interior’s foremost concern is enhancing the connection between man and machine. McLaren offers the 720S in six trim levels, with half being coupes and the others convertibles.
Ferrari F8 Tributo / Spider: $302,500
The F8 Tributo provides classic Ferrari thrills with a price tag to match. If money were no object, we’d spring for the wind-in-the-hair Spider despite its $302,500 base price. Still, there was no shortage of smiles during our trip to Italy where we track-tested a Tributo. The centerpiece of the F8 is its twin-turbocharged V-8, which, through the magic of expert engineering, makes a healthy 710 horsepower.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: $319,125
With looks that could kill and 715 horsepower, it’s no wonder the DBS has made more than one appearance in the venerable James Bond series. Despite its powerful twin-turbocharged V-12 engine and aggressive stance, the DBS is designed for touring more than tracking. As such, its interior is lavishly equipped and covered in leather. The DBS is available as either a coupe or droptop (which Aston Martin calls Volante) and starts at a wallet-draining $319,125.
Rolls-Royce Cullinan: $332,750
The Rolls-Royce Cullinan delivers everything you’d expect from something with the Spirit of Ecstasy perched on the front. It has a big V-12 under the hood, ample legroom in back, and the company’s world-famous handcrafted touches inside. The big difference here, however, is its shape and the flexibility that gives prospective owners. Unlike the brand’s sedans, the Cullinan is also equipped with all-wheel drive for those rare occasions when your chauffeur is feeling a little spicy. Pricing starts at $332,750, although Rolls-Royce will gladly collect more if you decide that the base Cullinan is too boring for your liking.
Rolls-Royce Ghost: $398,850
In the land of Rolls-Royce, details are everything. To the casual observer, the Ghost may be just another Rolls-Royce. But look a little closer and you’ll find a sportier, more flamboyant, and cheaper analog to its big sibling, the Phantom. Powered by the same 6.7-liter V-12 as the Phantom, the Ghost manages to do the zero-to-60-mph dance in less than five seconds. Despite Rolls-Royce’s willingness to provide buyers a palette of unlimited options, they’ve also released a special trim level for 2022 called the Ghost Black Badge. With a starting price of $442,700, the Black Badge improves upon the Ghost’s sleek appearance with darkened visual cues while also providing a slight bump in engine performance.
Ferrari 812 GTS: $410,516
The name says it all: Ferrari’s front-engine coupe is all about speed, and its 789-hp V-12 engine has the goods. When we tested the 812, it went from zero to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 138 mph. Ferrari says the 812 has a top speed of 211 mph. The naturally aspirated 12 also makes sounds you can’t put a price on.
Rolls-Royce Phantom: $457,750
If you’re rich, and enjoy being chauffeured in effortless elegance, then a Rolls-Royce Phantom might be a worthwhile purchase. The standard-wheelbase model has an on-paper starting price of $457,000; however, that’s rather meaningless for most buyers. Like other vehicles in its class, the Phantom, more than anything, is a canvas buyers may use to build their perfect chariot. Those requiring more legroom can also opt for the Extended Wheelbase trim, an option that alone tacks on nearly another hundred grand. The Phantom’s high-status features extend into the engine bay, where power is provided by a buttery-smooth 563-hp twin-turbo V-12.
Lamborghini Aventador: $550,542
Entering what we expect to be its last production year, the now-mature Aventador moves with flashy confidence unique to V-12 Lamborghinis. Its engine, a 769-hp 6.5-liter V-12, is big, and the body’s corners are sharp. It comes in bright colors and, in roadster trim, is best driven with the top removed. While extremely fast, that isn’t the Aventador’s only calling card. It’s an emotional machine designed to arouse something inside of those lucky enough to see one—let alone be inside of one. For 2022 Lamborghini has released the Aventador Ultimae edition, a sportier ode to the now-11-year-old hypercar. Pricing comes in at $501,953 for the Ultimae coupe, $550,542 for the roadster.
Ferrari SF90 Stradale / Spider: $558,000
Ferrari has fully leaned into electrification with its SF90, creating the quickest car we’ve ever tested. Despite the manufacturer’s claim of a 2.5-second zero-to-60 time, we coaxed the hybrid supercar into beating that by half a second. Credit a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, three electric motors, and an all-wheel-drive drivetrain that combine to push 986 horsepower to the ground. Despite still being outrageously expensive, with 2022 prices expected to start at $507,000 and $558,000, the SF90 Stradale coupe and Spider are bargains considering their hypercar levels of performance.
Bugatti Chiron: $3,300,000
Undeniably beautiful, and unapologetically hyper, Chiron is the third installment in modern-day Bugatti’s crusade against slowness. In base form, this tarmac-munching monster tops out at an impressive 261 mph. The Chiron SuperSport, however, may be the fastest production car ever built, having supposedly touched north of 300 mph in testing. Such a feat is only possible due to the 1500-hp quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 wedged between its rear axle and cockpit. For the lucky few with the appropriate means, a base Chiron starts at $3,300,000.
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