Luxury Automakers All Racing to Make Million-dollar Cars
April 16, 2015
In the past 10 years, almost every luxury auto maker has produced at least one model with a seven-digit price tag. Many of us can only dream of the chance to one day take such a car for a test drive, and students of mechanic colleges would love just the opportunity to pop their hoods.
The reality is that luxury brands make these cars because people buy them. Since 2012 the world has seen a growth of over 300 new billionaires. And for this demographic, buying supercars is not such a big deal. These cars are often purchased in places like Los Angeles, Dubai, Moscow, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.
These super expensive cars fall into different categories. Some automakers make only one model in low-production volume, while other more popular brands come out with the occasional special editions that cost a pretty penny. Let’s take a look at some of the most exquisite, exclusive and expensive cars on the market.
Lykan HyperSport: $3.4 Million
Since we’re looking at some of the priciest cars, might as well start with the most expensive car in the world, right?
The Lykan Hypersport is a limited production sports car by W Motors, a Lebanese based company founded in 2012. It is the first supercar to be produced in the Middle East and was recently featured in Fast and Furious 7. W Motors plans to produce only seven units of the car.
The reason for its high price tag? The car has diamonds in its headlights. The front lights are made up of titanium LED blades with exactly 420 diamonds. Must make for a tough time ordering replacements through your local automotive service advisor!
The Lykan HyperSport is powered by a twin turbo flat-six 3.7-litre engine. Unusual, since most cars over the million-dollar mark usually pack a v-10, 12 or 16 under the hood! Still, this little engine produces 740hp giving the car a top speed of 240mph, going from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds.
Lamborghini Sesto Elemento: $2.2 Million
Prestigious automaker Lamborghini premiered the Sesto Elemento (Sixth Element) at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. This exclusive model went into very low level production, producing 20 models in 2013 that were spoken-for before the cars were even built.
The model features a carbon fiber body weighing less than 1000kg, with a 5.2 liter V10 engine. Its light body allows it to accelerate from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200mph.
Students in auto mechanic courses will be lucky to see this car in person, as they were built exclusively for track use.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity: $1.5 Million
This car is a one-off model that was featured at the 2015 Geneva Auto show. And we’ll say right now, it’s a work of art.
On the outside, the Serenity features the most expensive paint job ever produced by Rolls-Royce. It has a 3-stage pearl effect that was hand polished for 12 hours to produce its unique shimmer. It also has a blossom tree motif that has been hand painted throughout the car’s interior.
The interior design is meant to evoke tranquility and is reminiscent of an emperor’s hand-woven silk robe. Hand-dyed in a light color named smoke green, the car’s silk lining is embroidered with cherry blossoms. Smoked cherry panels that are cross banded with bamboo and inlaid with mother-of-pearl, accent the interior to create a driving experience that is truly unique.
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