The most expensive cars are more than just price tags. They’re meticulously manufactured testaments to their makers, and they’re awe-inspiring inspirations for what we can make, if we really put our minds to it.
When purchasing a high-end car, you’re investing in more than lightning-fast speediness and shiny hoods. Often, you’re buying a little piece of history. We’re happy to debut our 10 most expensive cars of 2021.
1. Aston Martin Valhalla: $1,300,000
Only 500 of these mid-engine hypercars will be made. A turbocharged 3L V-6 engine with yet-to-be-disclosed horsepower and torque will power the Valhalla, which is rumored to be less performance-focused than the Valkyrie. Instead, this hybrid supercar brings a sustainable edge to this British auto house, along with streamlined structure and bodywork.
Aston Martin has mentioned that the interior is filled with space-age elements and innovations that increase the feeling that this car is something incredibly new. The infotainment screen is in the middle of the steering wheel, button-dense dashes of the past have been replaced with an integrated band that seamlessly provides audio, ventilation, and lighting.
2. Mercedes AMG One: $2,700,000
This vehicle’s built to mimic Formula One cars – but in a completely street-legal way. The long-anticipated 2021 Mercedes AMG One will be a 1000-hp F1-derived plug-in-hybrid drivetrain, with an exceedingly quiet road presence.
According to the Mercedes website, the claimed acceleration for this car is 0-200kph (or 0-120mph) in 6 seconds. A 1.6-L V6 hybrid petrol and four electric motors allow the AMG One a top speed of more than 350 kilometres per hour (217 miles per hour).
3. Koenigsegg Jesko: $3,000,000
Swedish auto manufacturer Koenigsegg announced an engine update, a lighter frame, and a surprising amount of comfortable add-ins make this a car that’s not only lightning-fast – it’s one of the best and fun cars to drive. The Koenigsegg Jesko is also one of the fastest supercars in the world in 2021.
Its engine is an overwhelmingly powerful 1280-hp V-8; its nine-speed transmission is completely bespoke, built in-house by Koenigsegg to be as quick-shifting as they come. The Jesko Absolut reaches a top speed of 330mph (or 531kph).
4. Gordon Murray T.50: $3,080,000
The Gordon Murray T.50 has a top speed of 220mph (354 kph). It’ll have a six-speed manual gearbox, a small, powerful, and naturally-aspirated V-12 engine, and (in a further homage to the McLaren F1) a traditional three-seat layout.
The engineer of the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray is building 100 road cars (and 25 track-only vehicles) for this anniversary hypercar. The T.50 is built in an effort to help Gordon Murray invest in his brand.
5. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+: $5,740,000
Years ago, this car was first to break the then-golden speed barrier of 300mph (or 483kph) – and so, much like the most expensive car in the world, this Bugatti has a claim to fame that will never allow its value to depreciate. The sinuous curves it wears on its sleek facade are futuristic; it gets a mind-bending 1,577 horsepower from a quad-turbocharged 8L W-16 motor.
The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ accelerates from 0-100kph (0-60mph) in 2.4 seconds. It reaches a top speed of just over 300mph, or 483kph. Under the hood of each car leaving this historic supercar manufacturer lie decades of expert craftsmanship and years of automotive artistry. Only 30 have ever been sold.
6. Bugatti Divo: $6,000,000
Bugatti’s Chiron was such a success that the Divo, a car that closely follows it, has several similar features. However, the Divo is more exotic-looking – and much more exclusive. Inside, the Divo houses an 8.0L W-16 engine with four turbochargers. As a result, the Divo has 1500 horsepower, an acceleration of just over 0-100kph (0-62mph) in 2.4 seconds.
Its updates include a better suspension, a much lighter frame for increased speed, and a new dorsal fin. Inside, the Divo houses an 8.0L W-16 engine with four turbochargers. Its top speed is 380km/h (or 236mph) and only 40 Divos will be produced and sold.
7. Bugatti Centodieci: $9,000,000
Bugatti’s 2021 Centodieci is even more exclusive: Only ten of these luxurious hypercars will be for sale. (Each has already found a happy buyer, despite the high price.). It has a 1577-hp quad-turbo W-16, it may not be the fastest Bugatti currently on the road; but it is the quickest-accelerating.
This Bugatti claimed 0-62mph (or just over 0-100kph) acceleration of 2.4 seconds. The Centodieci will have a top speed of 236 mph, or 379 kph.
8. Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta: $17,600,000
Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta is one of the most expensive cars that you can’t buy. Only three vehicles were ever made of this unique, specific version of the Zonda. Its acceleration is 0-60mph or 0-100kph in 3.4 seconds. The Zonda HP Barchetta can reach a top speed of 355kph or 220 mph.
Its frame is entirely formed of carbon fibre for an ultralight body and speedy feel; it’s blue-tinted, it has a minimized windshield, and it stands only 21 inches tall (0.5 metres) at its tallest. One of these vehicles went for $17.6M when it was last sold.
9. Bugatti La Voiture Noire: $18,700,000
The French manufacturer opted for a restrained, minimalistic, and instantly iconic title: La Voiture Noire. The Black Car. It’s got a carbon-fibre shell that’s sculpted by hand, a quad-turbo W16 8.10L engine that produces 1500 horsepower, and an acceleration of 0-100kph (0-60mph) in 2.4 seconds. In 2019, it was the most expensive new car available for purchase.
Its top speed is 420 kph (260 mph), and its overall performance is precision-engineered by an auto house famous for producing the most powerful cars in the world for decades on end.
10. 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO: $70,000,000
For the most expensive car of all time, we go to history. If you’re investing in an iconic supercar, it should be one that can tell you a good story.
In 1964, the 250 GTO won the Tour de France, marking the ninth year in a row that Ferrari won that race. Only 36 of these cars were made between 1962 and 1963. The specific Ferrari that’s the most expensive in the world, was priced at an unbelievable $70,000,000, was victorious not only in the Tour de France, but it also placed in the Le Mans. It has a top speed of 174 miles per hour and an acceleration of 0-100kph (0-60mph) in 6.1 seconds, it was the fastest in the world – and, now, decades later, it remains the most expensive car in the world of all time by a long shot.