8 Most Expensive Supercars of 2014: Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti Rule The List
What makes a vehicle a supercar? Most will agree that speed and power are what sets them apart from the cars that we, mere mortals, drive. To achieve that, the technology that goes into supercars is beyond cutting edge. Some describe it as tip-of-the-spear. It’s that sharp. Materials, aerodynamics, fuel efficiency and jaw-dropping good looks make these machines the ultimate fantasy. For most of us, ownership of one of these stays in that realm of possibility.
To keep things in proper perspective and stay grounded while going through the list, refer to these three top selling cars of early 2014 and their suggested retail prices.
- Sedan – Nissan Altima: $22,110
- SUV – Honda CRV: $22,852
- Sports – Chevrolet Camaro: $24,227
We’re excluding from this list those supercars that we’ve previously featured in our 2013 list of the most expensive supercars. They’re still available in 2014, if you want to snap up the Porsche 918 Spyder, Hennessey Venom GT, Zenvo ST1, Pagani Huayra, Koenigsegg Agera R, or the Aston Martin One-77. But let’s turn our attention to this year’s ultimate stamp of conspicuous consumption.
1. McLaren P1 – $1,100,000
McLaren takes its solid racetrack pedigree into the streets with this mid-engine monster sporting a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 mill with 737 horsepower. A hybrid system can add 179 more horses to the stampede to bring the total power output to 916. Its 0-to-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds is about average for a supercar these days but for its price and looks, the P1 could well be the best bargain of all the toys listed here.
2. Koenigsegg Agera S – $1,520,000
Expected to ship to the US by early 2014, the Swedish-made Agera S is a bona fide member of the exclusive 1,000++ horsepower fraternity, with a twin-turbo V-8 that generates 1,030 hp. That power can flip the car from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The Agera S, unlike the Agera R, is for markets that do not yet offer the biofuels that the latter was designed for. Definitely not the supercar of choice for tree huggers.
3. Ferrari LaFerrari – $1,300,000
With 950 horsepower, the LaFerrari is Ferrari’s take on environmental friendliness. A 6.4-liter V12 engine rated at 789 horsepower gets a 161-hp boost from an electric motor. The hybrid system consists of two Magneti Marelli-developed motors. In keeping with the requirements for exclusivity, only 499 units will be built. You don’t want to spend an amount equivalent to 50 Chevy Camaros only to see someone with exactly the same car parked in front of your favorite coffee shop.
4. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento – $2,200,000
This Lamborghini is a big Italian dog but not the top dog (more on that later). Sesto Elemento is Italian for “sixth element” which refers to its decidedly matte carbon fiber shell. This super-lightweight car sports a V10 engine with 570 horsepower. Only 20 will be made. No, the line doesn’t start to your left. There is no line. Way before production even starts, all 20 will be spoken for, thank you,
5. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – $2,600,000
The French-made Bugatti Veyron is on last year’s list. In fact, it’s been on the list of the world’s most expensive cars every year from the time it was released in 2005. Every year, little tweaks here and there proclaim it as “new” although cynics saw these amount to nothing more than fresh coats of paint. This newest Veyron incarnation has one singular ambition – to be the speed world record holder for a convertible, and its quad-turbo 1200-horsepower 16-cylinder engine did just that at 254.04 mph. Only 50 of a planned 450 units are currently available for those who want to experience that kind of speed while burning a whole tank’s worth of fuel in eight minutes.
6. Pagani Zonda Revolucion – $2,900,000
The Zonda Revolucion coming out of Pagani in 2014 is probably the last of the supremely stylish and extremely expensive Zonda line. Former Lamborghini design honcho Horacio Pagani, responsible for the Diablo and Countach, is setting his sights on another Pagani superbeast. Revolucion’s power comes from an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter V-12 engine that churns out 800 horsepower inside a central monocoque carbon-titanium chassis and an almost totally carbon fiber shell that keeps the Revolucion’s weight down to just 2,358 pounds. There will only be 5 made, ever. So we can all just dream, ever.
7. W Motors Lykan Hypersport – $3,400,000
750 brake horsepower, a 0 to 62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 240 mph are pretty standard supercar credentials, yes? What makes it more interesting are the LED headlights encrusted with diamonds, the leather interiors featuring gold stitching, and the Special Edition Cyrus Klepcys Watch worth over $200,000 that comes with the purchase. Oh, and the fact that it’s the first Arab-made supercar. Which is just as well, because your parents need to own a good number of oil wells so they can afford to buy you one. Only seven units will come out of the first production line. Lucky, lucky, seven.
8. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster – $4,500,000
Given its specs of a 750 horsepower 6.5-liter 12-cylinder motor, and 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds many think the starting price of $4.5 million is ridiculous. That’s enough to buy seven Lamborghini Aventadors, one for each day of the week. Lamborghini says it plans to build only nine copies of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster in 2014, which hardly justifies the cost of this lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced polymer vehicle with a top speed of 221 mph. Even the Monster 750-watt infotainment system with a 10-speaker sound system controlled by a touchscreen mounted on the windshield header doesn’t contribute much to the suspension of disbelief. But if you do happen to drive one suspension of disbelief will be the problem of your college classmates, not yours.