Luxury vehicles are more than mere transports. It’s swag, elegance, flamboyance, and power — all in one mould. These are the most luxurious vehicles in the world, as of 2020.
1. Bugatti La Voiture Noire: $18.68 million
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There, no mistakes! Bugatti takes home the award for the world’s costliest vehicle. The one-of-a-kind La Voiture Noire, making its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show a year ago, is priced at $18.68 million. The car name translates to The Black Car. The new La Voiture Noire packs 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-foot torque that propels it in 2.5 seconds, from 0 to 60 mph.
The La Voiture Noire is paying homage to the Style 57SC Atlantic art deco design, one of the world’s most coveted classic cars. Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of company founder Ettore Bugatti, designed this latter in 1934. Only four Atlantic Type 57SCs were built. Three are accounted for while the fourth, which was destroyed in the Second World War, would have been estimated at well over $100 million if it were found today.
2. Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta: $17.5 million
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The exotic car boasts a naturally aspired 7.3-liter V12 engine with a power of 789bhp, a surprise entry. It also features a manual six-speed gearbox. It also spots forged aluminium wheels—20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear. The fairings of the rear wheel are made of carbon fibre. The Zonda HP Barchetta has a roof scoop although it is roofless.
The beast was a brainchild of Italian sports car manufacturer Pagani Automobili, Horacio Pagani, and made its debut at Speed ‘s 2018 Goodwood Festival in West Sussex, UK. Interestingly enough, Pagani reserved for himself one of the three HP Barchettas as a 60th birthday present.
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3. Rolls Royce Sweptail: $13 million
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Thanks to the swanky Sweptail, the much-coveted Rolls Royce makes its entry at third place. The car is motivated by “a particular patron ‘s love” for his favourite early 20th-century vehicles, as well as other classic and modern yachts, states Rolls Royce on his website. It would seem that it took the carmaker almost five years to produce the custom concept to a repeat client.
The owner of Sweptail initially put an order for his unique 2013 vehicle. Inspired by 1920s Rolls Royce classics, the sweeping curves are reminiscent of 30s luxury cars. The distinguishing features of Sweptail are svelte tapering, an elegantly falling waist-rail, flowing roofline and a distinctive swept tail. With an abundance of polished Macassar ebony and open-pore paldao for a dark-and-light interior colour scheme, this Rolls has, instead of backseats, “an enormous wood length called a Passarelle with an illuminated glass lip … and a hat shelf … where the keenest of observers can find the only spot on the car bearing its name, Sweptail, embossed in the top,” says auto portal to car.com. Not all of that, though! The centre console houses a push-button device that deploys a chilled bottle of antique champagne from the owner’s year of birth and two crystal flutes that are ideally designed for pick-up occupants.
4. Bugatti Centodieci: $9 million
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Bugatti and his Centodieci do a re-entry here. The name, in Italian, translates to number 110. The sculptural beauty coincided with the 110th year of Bugatti ‘s founding.
Bugatti developed a reinterpretation of the epochal EB110 which was considered the fastest and most remarkable supercar of its time when it was unveiled in 1991. The homage to the EB110 based on Chiron will be generated in limited numbers of 10.
A tuned version of the Chiron’s powertrain is powered by Bugatti Centodieci. The behemoth of 8.0-litres delivers 1577bhp. Within a mere 2.4 seconds, the Centodieci can hit zero to 100kmph. The maximum speed was however electronically limited to 380kmph compared to the 420kmph of Chiron.
5. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: $ 8.3 million
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As part of their investigation against Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the most expensive, limited edition of Lamborghini was in news for the wrong reasons in 2016. Mangue was charged with corruption and making use of public money to lead a luxurious lifestyle. Veneno Roadster has an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system (Haldex gen. IV) with a 6.5-litre aspirated V12 engine and a top speed of 355 km / h rear mechanical self-locking differential. Instead, the hulk has no roof, it has a solid rollover bar for maximum protection. The Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.9 seconds with a maximum output of 552 kW/750 hp and is at a top speed of 355 km / h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is powered by a 6.5-litre displacement twelve-cylinder engine and is fitted with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five speeds, permanent all-wheel drive, and a pushrod suspension racing frame and horizontal spring/damper systems.
6. Mercedes-Maybach Exelero: $8 million
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The Exelero also dominates the top charts, almost 15 years after its release. Ironically, Fulda, the tire manufacturer that is part of the Goodyear group, actually commissioned Maybach Exelero. The company decided to test its new tire family Carat Exelero and asked Daimler to create a prototype that could achieve speeds approaching 217 miles per hour (350 kilometres per hour). The idea was based on the Maybach 57 development and the final design was prepared according to auto portal Motor1.com by four students from the Transportation Design School of Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences. Exelero is powered by a twin-turbo 5.9-litre V12 engine with three valves per cylinder. The peak production is a torque of 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 752 pound-feet (1,000 Newton-meters) – enough power to propel the 5,864-pound (2,660-kilogram) two-door model from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometres per hour) in just 4.4 seconds. On all four corners, the Exelero had a pair of 23 “Fulda Carat Exelero tires in size 315/25 ZR 23.
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7. Bugatti Divo: $5.8 million
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Manufacturing of this Bugatti series, a colossal driving machine, will be strictly limited to only 40 units. Divo has more downforce than the Chiron 90 kg (198 lbs) and has a higher lateral acceleration of 1.6 g. The raised wheel camber has reduced maximum speed to 380 km / h (236 mph). The Bugatti Divo is powered by the same 8-litre quad-turbo W16 engine that also propels the Chiron and produces a whopping 1500PS peak power and is paired to a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission. The Divo is based on the Chiron and shares the same 8-litre quad-turbo W16 engine which makes 1479 bhp of maximum power and gets in just 2.4 seconds from 0-100 kmph.
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