The average price of a new car right now is about $35,000. For many shoppers, that’s a little too much money, especially when dealers roll in their fees, registration, and taxes. An increasing number of vehicle buyers are turning to longer-term loans to overcome inflating prices. But, there’s a whole other class of shoppers who can buy multiple hyper-priced vehicles they only drive on occasion, if really much at all.
Don’t expect to see any of the most expensive cars of 2018 in your local mall parking lot. Many likely sit in a garage that puts your house to shame. To buy many of these cars, not only do you need buckets of cash, you also must know the right people. Production numbers are super low, and that scarcity only works to drive up the price. They’re ultra-exclusive, ultra-opulent, and ultra-cool.
McLaren created this supercar as a tribute to Ayrton Senna, the legendary Formula One driver. To live up to that legacy, it packs a serious punch with the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. It throttles out 659 horsepower. The car also features a carbon fiber structure, so curb weight is low. That combination of little weight and gobs of power translates to amazing performance.
Unlike some McLarens, this one allows you to drive flat-out on the track, then take it on the roads back to your house. In fact, McLaren describes it as road legal, but without being “sanitized” for that end. What’s more, McLaren claims the Senna is more responsive than the P1 GTR, which is quite impressive.
Hennessey Venom GT
Hennessey Performance, which is based out of Texas where everything is bigger, decided to take a Lotus Exige and push it to the limits. That’s funny, because the Exige is already a hopped-up version of the Elise and was considered quite the track-ready car when it debuted. Of course, Hennessey didn’t really build the Venom GT for amazing cornering capability, but instead went for flat-out straight-line speed. They have plenty of space in Texas for that sort of a thing. Of course, it can still hold its own in a slalom, if you feather it with the accelerator.
At the heart of the Venom GT is a twin-turbo V-8 that pulses with 1,244 horsepower. That, combined with plenty of aerodynamic tweaks, allowed this car to hit 270.49 mph during an official test run at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cars are built to order, with a six-month period to complete the build. Hennessey has said production will be capped at just 29 cars globally.
Arash AF10 Hybrid
Like the LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and a few others, this hypercar is a hybrid. The boutique English automaker designed this vehicle for flat-out speed, not sipping fuel, so don’t expect anything like a Prius. The 6.2-liter V-8 pounds out 550 horsepower, while four electric motors are arranged in what Arash calls a “Warp Drive” layout. That description fits with the claim that this car uses “spaceship technology” which sounds more like something out of a science fiction movie. Whatever it is, this thing packs a total system output of 2,080 horsepower and it can sprint from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.
Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli
This Italian hypercar will be limited to just 25 made worldwide, so it’s an ultra-exclusive model from yet another boutique brand. While the exterior styling is undeniably Italian, the heart of this beast is purely American. It packs the V-8 from the C7 Corvette ZO6, adding a bi-turbo system to the mix for a peak 1,000 horsepower. With all that power comes quick acceleration, or 0-60 in 2.7 seconds. Top speed is listed at 250 mph.
You can’t just walk into a dealership and buy an Evantra right off the showroom floor. Mazzanti only makes the vehicle when commissioned, and production is capped at a mere five cars a year. This model has been around since 2013, but nobody seems to know for sure how many are out there.
Hennessey Venom F5
With production capped at just 24 units, the Venom F5 is sure to be a hot collector’s item for some time. Of course, the drop-dead gorgeous looks alone will draw plenty of people to this hypercar, which comes from the Texas tuner known for converting American vehicles into insane builds.
Stuffed into the Venom F5 is a 7.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, which is amazing considering the massive size of that setup. Just as impressive is the peak 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 lb.-ft. of torque. Curb weight comes in at under 3,000 pounds, which explains all that aggressive aero on the body. Hennessey built the hypercar to break the 300-mph barrier.
Not many have heard of Zenvo, a Danish boutique car builder, but this supercar will get noticed everywhere you go. It features plenty of look-at-me styling details, many of which are shaped in carbon fiber for an exceptionally light curb weight.
The twin-supercharged 5.9-liter V-8 backs up those looks with 1,100 horsepower. In a mere 2.8 seconds this vehicle will make it from a standstill to 60 mph. If you have a track with long straightaways, you can also push this supercar to the 233-mph top speed. One of the more interesting engineering details has to do with the single-clutch, automated manual paddle shift gearbox. It features dog gears, which are straight cut ratios, like what you’d normally find in a track-only race car.
Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
You already know the LaFerrari, which helped changed everyone’s perceptions of hybrids. Ferrari likes to chop the top off models, creating spider versions, and that’s what the Aperta is. This pony from the stables has a production run capped at 200 units, all of which are already taken.
Nestled behind the driver is a V-12 engine with 800 horsepower on tap, just like in the hardtop version. Because that’s not enough, the 120-kw electric motor pushes total system output to 950 horsepower. In under 3 seconds, you can push this supercar from 0-60, while the top speed is 217 mph.
Pagani Huayra Roadster
Huayra is a wind god from South America, and finally the hypercar will allow you to have the wind blowing through your hair as the exhaust wails from behind. The removable top is made of carbon fiber and glass, making it lightweight and beautiful, just like the rest of the hypercar.
Singing right behind your head is a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 from Mercedes-Benz AMG. It packs a serious 764 horsepower, taking you from nothing to 60 mph in under three seconds. If that sounds amazing and you want one, you’re already too late. All 100 units are already reserved.
Koenigsegg has carved out quite the reputation in the automotive world, thanks to truly unique exterior styling, coupled with mind-blowing performance and groundbreaking engineering. The Regera doesn’t disappoint, right down to the “constellation” daytime running lights, which seem to glitter like the nighttime sky, going a completely different direction from the “eyebrow” daytime LED running lights. Around back, the “whale tail” spoiler is flanked on both sides with finds curved toward it, giving the car an even more alien-like appearance.
This latest model packs a hybrid powertrain, coupling the potent 5.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with three electric motors. That setup results in a peak 1,822 horsepower for the Regera, which means “reign” in Swedish. Koenigsegg is only going to make 80 of these.
Even people outside of the automotive world stopped and took notice of the Chiron when it debuted. As the successor to the much-revered Veyron, this hypercar has a big legacy to carry. Fortunately, it’s up to the task, thanks in large part to the 8.0-liter W-16 engine, which essentially is like two V-8s slapped together, only more graceful. That setup is good for a peak 1,500 horsepower. Acceleration comes strong, with a 0-60 time of just 2.4 seconds.
If you want a Chiron, you need to break open the piggy bank and get in line. So far, 300 and counting are promised, with 500 units planned for the production run.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Just a single glance and you know there’s something special about the Valkyrie. It’s hard to believe something so extreme can be road-legal, with the front end flirting with an open-wheel layout. Of course, this hypercar was developed with the help of Red Bull Racing.
While the Valkyrie is lightweight, the carbon fiber structure is also rigid and incredibly strong. The V-12 engine sits mid-ship, like any proper hypercar. Both the driver and passenger sit with their feet up, like the position drivers use in a Formula One car. Aston Martin has said production will be capped somewhere between 99 and 150 units, so seeing one in the wild will be a rare event.
Lamborghinis are known for wild styling, but the Veneno Roadster really takes the cake. This thing is borderline when it comes to being street-legal, but yes you can cruise down the main drag in it, just be prepared to have drooling throngs following. Just like other Lamborghinis, this one is named after a famous fighting bull.
Those aggressive, super-angular looks are backed up by a 6.5-liter V-12 engine that’s naturally aspirated. Even without a turbo or supercharger, this supercar boasts 740 horsepower on tap. With only nine units planned, you must really know someone to get your hands on one.