11 Most Expensive Cars on the Planet

If you're an avid car enthusiast with a fat wallet, dropping a million bucks on your latest dream car may be the greatest perk of your lifestyle. Who doesn't want to experience the world's highest standard of performance while being seen in the most-eye catching car on the road? The rest of us peasants, however, have to be content with just drooling over pictures of these incredibly well-crafted machines. The following are the best of the best and the most unattainable, hence their extraordinarily high price tags.

  1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, $2.4 million

    Topping out at 267.85 mph according to TopSpeed.com, the Veyron Super Sport, the enhanced version of the Veyron, is the most-coveted car in the world for weekend speed demons. Amazingly, in a mere 2.4 seconds, drivers can reach 60 mph, and in a mere five seconds, drivers can reach 100 mph. Featuring 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, it's an insane concoction by always-innovative German designers. Buyers who secure a Super Sport should have no trouble paying extra for the import fee, delivery charge, and tax for fuel inefficiency — it gets only seven mpg in the city.

  2. Koenigsegg Agera R, $2.1 million

    The young Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg, founded in 1994, specializes in creating supercars to compete with likes of McLaren. Its latest project has produced the Agera, a sleek machine with a light drivetrain and favorable overall weight distribution enabling it to top out at 275 mph — yes, it's faster than the Veyron Super Sport. Of course, the R is the special addition, running on biofuel instead of petrol.

  3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster, $1.85 million

    Founded two years before Koenigsegg by a former Lamborghini employee, Pagani cars boast monstrous V12 engines supplied by Mercedes-Benz, essentially making them street-versions of jet-fighters. The Zonda is the company's most unique design — the Conque Roadster notably featuring a ceramic-coated titanium exhaust system. Its 678-horsepower engine and surprisingly light weight enable it to travel faster than 200 mph.

  4. Lamborghini Reventon, $1.6 million

    How do you measure the performance of a Reventon? Run it against a Tornado Jet Fighter. During a race in 2007 that took place on a three kilometer-long runway in Italy, incredibly, it won the first leg before eventually succumbing to the combat aircraft in the last few feet. Based on the Murciélago, a drive in it somewhat resembles flying in a fighter jet because of its cockpit-like interior and 6.5-liter V-12 engine. Just 20 have been produced since the first one was delivered in November 2008 — currently, the exclusive list of owners includes fashion designer Ralph Lauren and Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov.

  5. Aston Martin One-77, $1.4 million

    Aston Martin added to the anticipation of the release of the One-77 in 2010 by claiming it had the most powerful naturally aspirated production engine in the world. Although it clearly wasn't designed to compete with the Veyron, it can hold its own with its 750-horsepower V12 engine. Appearance may be its best aspect, as it boasts a beautifully handcrafted aluminum body.

  6. Pagani Huayra, $1.1 million

    Potential buyers of the Huayra in the U.S. will have to wait until Pagani installs advanced airbags to comply with a regulation from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In the meantime, they'll have to continue fantasizing about it until possibly 2015, as the company operates with a small profit margin and won't be able to fund the change. Right now, though, the privileged in Europe and Asia, if they feel so inclined, can enjoy its pulse-pounding twin turbochargers, 700 horsepower and 730 pound-feet of torque generated from the rear.

  7. Ferrari Enzo, $1 million

    Named after the company's founder, the Enzo has been lauded as one of the finest cars of the last decade and criticized as one of the ugliest cars of the last 50 years — the classification was made by Bloomberg Businessweek. Produced from 2002 to 2004 with Formula One technology, it features a first-generation V12 engine creating 651 horsepower. Just 400 Enzos were built, and the last one was auctioned for $1.2 million, which went to survivors of the 2004 tsunami.

  8. McLaren F1, $1 million

    Dreamed up by Gordon Murray, a renowned Formula One designer, the F1 was the first car to implement carbon-fibre monocoque chassis, thus composing a lightweight structure capable of handling abnormally high power. He patterned it after the Honda NSX, and after failing to convince Honda to construct the car, he settled for a BMW V12 engine with 627 horsepower. Notably, its drag coefficient is slightly lower than the Bugatti Veyron and SSC Ultimate Aero TT. Ralph Lauren, never short on money, also keeps an F1 in his collection.

  9. Pagani Zonda F, $670,000

    The second Zonda to make this list is about a third of the price as the first one because it produces less horsepower and generally doesn't perform quite as well, though it's certainly better than 99.9 percent of the sports cars on the road. In addition to its amazing speed — it achieved a better lap time than the Veyron in Top Gear — it makes use of amazing breaks that slow the car from 180 mph to zero mph in an instant.

  10. Ascari A10, $650,000

    The Ascari A10 also benefits from the meticulous craftsmanship of an ex-Formula One designer and has been tested in the Spanish GT Championship. Weighing just 2,645 pounds due in part to the absence of air conditioning and a stereo system, it can reach 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds with its 5.0L BMW V8 engine, making cooling down fairly easy.

  11. SSC Ultimate Aero, $650,000

    At one time, the Aero was the fastest production car in the world, but it recently lost the official title to the 2010 Veyron. More recent models were designed to achieve even higher speeds — the 2009 model is projected to be able to reach 273 mph, which certainly isn't for the faint of the heart. Currently it does hold the distinction of being the fastest American-made car, and it has quite a following due to its design — which includes scissor doors — resembling Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

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