If you’re wondering what are the most expensive car brands, read on. These luxury car brands are all unique but they have innovation and excellent design in common.
The World’s Most Expensive Cars
While there are many long-standing car brands on this list, you’ll also find some relative newcomers to the luxury car market. The latter focus mainly on building performance sports cars. These hypercars stand out for their appearance, rapid acceleration and top speeds.
BMWs are actually the best selling luxury car brand in the USA in 2020. This is slightly ahead of Lexus and Merceds-Benz.
The BMW Group is often thought of as a German luxury car brand. However, they have manufacturing facilities in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Germany.
While BMW are positioned at the more affordable end of the luxury car market, here are the most expensive car brands in the world.
17. Land Rover
Originally a utilitarian off road vehicle brand, Land Rover has since become a luxury brand owned by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and part of Tata Motors. The first Land Rover was built in 1948.
The Land Rover Range Rover 2021 is an expensive four-wheel drive, costing from $92,000. This luxury SUV has seven driving modes and electronic air suspension. The most expensive new Land Rover is the Range Rover SVAutobiography which retails at $398,528.
16. ARES Design
Italian coachbuilder ARES Design create bespoke cars and limited edition models that combine the accessibility of a sports car with the performance of a supercar.
The Ares S1 Project costs $500,000 and has a 6.2-liter V-8 engine taken from a C8 Corvette. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds.
Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno reimagines the iconic 1970s Pantera. Production will be limited to just 21 examples, each costing €515,000.
15. Zenvo Automotive
The sports car producer Zenvo are based on the island of Zealand in Denmark. Founded in 2004, Zenvo make one of the fastest street-legal hypercars in the world.
The Zenvo TSR-S has a unique centripetal rear wing with two rotational axes. There’s a twin-supercharged 8.8 liter V8 engine and total output of 1,177 horsepower.
Only five cars will be made each year, costing $1.6 million.
Bentley Motors are known for their luxurious sedan cars and plush interiors. Originally a British car brand, they’re still based in England although now owned by Volkswagen AG.
The most expensive Bentley is the Mulliner Bacalar, a stylish two-seat coupe. Retailing at $1.9 million, it heralds the return to bespoke coachbuilding for the marque.
The Bacalar will be manufactured in Crewe, the first certified carbon neutral factory for luxury car production in the world. Boasting a bi-turbo W12 engine, it will produce 650 bhp. All 12 of these cars have already been snapped up.
13. Rimac Automobili
You may not have heard of this Croatian car manufacturer, yet they produce some of the most powerful electric hypercars in the world. Founded by Mate Rimac in 2009, they also make electric batteries used by other car brands such as Koenigsegg and Pininfarina.
The first Rimac supercar, Concept One, was the fastest production electric vehicle when it launched. Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond infamously crashed one in Switzerland during filming of The Grand Tour.
The Rimac C_Two is an all-electric sports car that doesn’t compromise on speed. It is projected to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.85 seconds.
Production has been delayed due to the COVID pandemic. The Rimac Concept Two will retail for $2 million.
12. Lotus Cars
This British automotive company is based in Norfolk and was founded in 1948 by Colin Chapman. Lotus have scooped many race wins including the Monaco Grand Prix in 1960, with a Lotus 18 piloted by Stirling Moss.
This would make it one of the most powerful production cars in the world.
Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1939, this famous Italian car brand is known for its racing excellence and striking designs. Manufactured in Maranello, many Ferraris are painted in rosso corsa, or racing red colors.
Juan Manuel Fangio, Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher are just three of Scuderia Ferrari’s legendary racing drivers. Among the most expensive Ferraris are a vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO which reportedly sold for $70 million and the rare Ferrari Sergio roadster, costing around $5 million. Known as the Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio, this was a concept car with a bespoke body by Pininfarina.
The Ferrari F60 America is another rarity, with only 10 units produced. Designed to celebrate 60 years of Ferrari in 2014, it cost $2.5 million at the time.
More recently the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta retails at around $2.2 million, and is exclusively available for purchase by those already owning a Ferrari. However, a rare 2017 edition was auctioned by Sotheby’s for $9.8 million.
10. McLaren Automotive
This British super car manufacturer was founded by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. They have won numerous car races including the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix and several editions of Indianopolis 500.
The most expensive McLaren is the McLaren Speedtail. This limited edition of 106 units retailed for $2.25 million, although all of them have been snapped up.
Their first ever hyper-GT, the Speedtail has a unique 3 seat configuration with the driver sitting in the middle. It has a top speed of 250 mph and boasts 1,035 hp.
The upcoming McLaren P1 GTR-18 Lanzante is a modified version of the McLaren P1 LM track star. It will reportedly have a retail price of $3.7 million.
Billed as the fastest full electric hypercar in the world, the Aspark Owl is made by Japanese engineering firm Aspark. Originally unveiled at Frankfurt Auto Show in 2017, the Owl is finally available to purchase.
Reaching 0 to 60 mph in 1.72 seconds, the Aspark Owl will be limited to 50 units. Top speed will be 249 mph and the battery pack gives a 249 mile range. The Aspark Owl costs from $3.56 million.
8. W Motors
The first sports car to be designed and produced in the Middle East, the Lykan Hypersport is manufactured in Dubai. Featuring prominently in the Universal Studios movie Fast and Furious 7, one of these cars is actually owned by Vin Diesel.
There are only 7 units of this luxurious car in the world, which retails at $3.4 million. Powered by a twin turbocharged Porsche engine, it generates 750 horsepower and 960 Nm of torque.
7. Aston Martin
Started by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in London in 1913, Aston Martin is one of the most famous British luxury car brands.
Aston Martin has featured in many James Bond films. In the movie Goldfinger, Bond drives an Aston Martin DB 5, and in the novel version, Ian Fleming calls it the Aston Martin DB Mark III. The original Goldfinger DB5 was sold in 2010 for $4.6m and features a revolving number plate, and pop out gun barrels.
You can get your hands on an Aston Martin DB5 Continuation which is built to the same specifications as the James Bond Goldfinger, for $3.5 million. Just 25 will be made and they aren’t road legal, as they have gadgets such as simulated machine gun and oil-slick systems.
The Aston Martin Valkyrie is the brand’s first ever hypercar. This collaboration between Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing Advanced Technologies is limited to 150 road cars, at a price of $3 million. The 6.5 litre torque-enhanced V12 engine has been designed in partnership with Cosworth.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian producer of luxury sports cars and SUVs, owned by Volkswagen Group via Audi. Ferruccio Lamborghini set up the company in 1963 after achieving success making tractors.
Ferruccio started the tradition of naming Lamborghini cars after fighting bull breeds. These include the iconic Miura, Islero and Diablo.
The Lamborghini Sian is the first sports car powered by a V12 engine and hybrid technology based on supercapacitors. It costs $3.7 million.
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster is another powerful car, with a top speed over 217 mph. The Veneno Roadster is the most expensive Lamborghini in the world.
Originally valued at $4.5 million, one sold at a Bonhams auction for $8.3 million in 2019. One of only 9 units, it belonged to the son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and was seized by Swiss authorities in a corruption probe.
5. Koenigsegg Automotive
This Swedish manufacturer of high performance sports cars was founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg.
Known for their technical innovations, Koenigsegg cars have achieved quite a few records. The CC8S was awarded a Guinness World Record for the most powerful production car in 2002.
The Agera S boasted the first carbon fibre wheels for a production car, while The One:1 was the first production car in the world with a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.
The most expensive Koenigsegg so far is the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita which started at $4.8 million. There were only 49 produced in all.
The company’s twelfth model, the Koenigsegg Jesko was launched at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. With a starting price of $2.8 million, this limited edition hypercar is claimed to have a top speed of 300 mph.
The German automotive brand needs little introduction, being one of the most famous car manufacturers since launching in 1926. Although many Mercedes cars are in the affordable luxury market segment, there are some limited edition versions that are decidedly less affordable!
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero costs a cool $8 million. Powered by a V12 turbo engine, there are thought to be 12 or less Maybach Exelero in the world. Jay Z owns one and featured it in his song Lost One.
The Mercedes-AMG Project One is an upcoming performance hybrid using Formula One technology. All 275 units have been sold, at $2.72 million.
This British luxury car brand was established in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce.
The most expensive Rolls-Royce is the Sweptail. The Rolls-Royce Sweptail has a price tag of over $12 million. This is a one-off car, created for a fan of the legendary car brand. It features a bespoke set of Sweptail luggage in the trunk and a button that releases a bottle of vintage champagne and crystal flutes.
Founded by Ettore Bugatti in 1909, Automobiles E. Bugatti as it was then known won the first Monaco Grand Prix in 1929. Located in Molsheim, which was then in Germany but is now in the Alsace region of France, Bugatti designed airplane engines as well as cars.
Some of the most iconic Bugatti models are the Edition Bugatti Veyron, retailing at $1.9 million, the Bugatti Divo which costs $5.4 million and the Bugatti Centodieci, with a price tag of $8.6 million.
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is a limited edition of 60 cars. Costing $3.6 million, this supercar has a 1500 quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine.
The most expensive Bugatti ever sold is the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, at $18.68 million after taxes. Purchased by a mystery buyer who is thought to be Cristiano Ronaldo, it is the only one of its kind. Crafted as a single-piece body from carbon fiber, La Voiture Noire has no visible seams.
If you get the chance, we highly recommend a visit to the City of the Automobile in Mulhouse, France. This famous classic car museum houses the largest collection of Bugatti in Europe.
1. Pagani Automobili
An Italian manufacturer of carbon fiber components and sports cars, Pagani was established close to Modena in 1992.
The Pagani Huayra BC is named after the Inca god of wind and also Benny Caiola, the first Pagani customer. Costing $3.4 million before tax, there will be just 40 vehicles made.
There are just 5 examples of the Pagani Huayra Imola, which starts at $5 million and has 827 hp.
The Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta has a design inspired by the curves of a woman’s body. Each Zonda is built to individual customer specificiations. This is the world’s most expensive new car at $23.65 million and only 3 units will be made.
Here is a summary of the most expensive car brands in the world:
- Aston Martin
- W Motors
- Land Rover Range Rover
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