The Most Expensive Cars in the World for 2021 (2022)

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These lavish rides were some of the most expensive new cars in 2021.

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Does anyone really need to spend north of six figures on a car? No, no one needs to spend hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on a car. But we live in a capitalist society, and if someone wants to spend that much on a car, then that's their prerogative. Dropping so much cash on a car might not be as wise a financial decision as putting it toward real estate, but it's arguably a smarter investment than buying into something like a timeshare.

At a certain monetary point, a car goes beyond being a simple means of transportation. In fact, many might call these high-priced machines rolling pieces of art. Some people drop loads of cash on big-ticket items such as Picassos and Van Goghs, others write checks for overpricedBugattis and Ferraris. Potato, potahto. Read on to see 20 of the most expensive and extravagant new cars. In other words, this list of most expensive cars contains vehicles whose buyers have only recently received, or are still awaiting delivery of, their high-priced machine.

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20. McLaren Elva—$1,695,500

The McLaren Elva trades a roof and windshield for the thrill of open-air motoring. Is the Elva worth $700,000 more than the conceptually similar Aston Martin V12 Speedster? Well, that's for a wealthy buyer to decide. We can confirm, however, the mid-engine Elva packs a trick up its sleeve to help it stand out from the crowd: McLaren's Active Air Management System (AAMS). AAMS consists of a panel at the front of the Elva, which pops up to create an air curtain around the passenger compartment. Think of it this way: It works a bit like a "virtual" windshield. This is a good thing, too, as the 804-hp Elva is eager to get up to air-assaulting speeds. In short, the high-priced Elva lets wealthy individuals have their cake and eat it, too: It gives them the no-windshield, open-air experience they so desire without the discomfort that comes with, well, forgoing a windshield.

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19. Koenigsegg Gemera–$1,800,000

The Koenigsegg Gemera is a hybrid in more ways than one. It's a hybrid in the sense that it relies on three electric motors and a twin-turbo 2.0-liter I-3 to pump out a total of 1,677 hp. But it's also a hybrid in the sense that it combines hypercar-like performance with luxury-car-like accoutrement. We're talking about a car capable of 248 mph and carrying four individuals in comfy leather and suede seats, all the while keeping these folks' beverages at the proper temperature courtesy of its four heated and four cooled cupholders (eight in total). There are also requisite luxury touches such as three climate zones, rear-seat infotainment screens, and wireless charging pads. Lavish and excessively fast, the high-priced Gemera almost seems like a bargain at $1,800,000.

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18. Bentley Mulliner Bacalar—$1,900,000 (est.)

The Bentley Mulliner Bacalar combines extravagant performance and high-end finishes (yes, even more so than your typical Bentley, which is already damn high-end) into one head-turning package. Based on the Bentley Continental GT, the Bacalar ushers in a new era of style and sophistication at Bentley.

Although the roofless Bentley's 650-hp 12-cylinder engine and various aluminum and carbon-fiber body pieces might pull at the heartstrings of performance junkies, the Bacalar's lavish insides are what truly set it apart from the rest of the British marque's model line. The show car, for instance, features 5,000-year-old wood on its dash, while the quilting on its two seats consists of nearly 300,000 individual stitches. Such excess doesn't come cheap, though, and Bentley asks Bacalar customers to fork over at least $1,900,000 (before the cost of various personalized options or destination charges come into play) to claim ownership of one of the 12 examples it plans to produce.

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17. Ferrari Monza SP—$2,000,000 (est.)

Ferrari took the wraps off its roofless and windowless Monza SP1 and SP2 at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. As the cars' names imply, the SP1 includes a seat for one (the driver), while the SP2 features room for two (a driver and a passenger). Production is limited to 499 units, with Ferrari reportedly charging around $2,000,000 to nab one of these costly 809-hp V-12 monsters.

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15. (TIE) Hennessey Venom F5—$2,100,000

Hennessey continues to prove it's more than just a tuner of American muscle cars with the high-priced Venom F5. This low-slung hypercar packs an angry twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-8 aft of its cabin that pumps out an astonishing 1,817 hp on E85 fuel (plan to lose a few horses when running premium fuel) in its F5 Vmax drive mode. Hennessey hopes its multi-million-dollar machine will ultimately top 311 mph. Only 24 Venom F5s are set for production, half of which are earmarked for the U.S. at a cost of $2,100,000 each.

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15. (TIE) Lotus Evija—$2,100,000

The future of Lotus is electric, and the upcoming Evija is set to usher it in. Fit with four electric motors that produce a total of 1,972 hp, the costly $2,100,000 Evija reportedly accelerates to 186 mph from a standstill in a mere 8.6 seconds. Expect a driving range of around 200 miles on the EPA cycle if all goes according to plan, although we wager this low-volume EV (Lotus plans to produce just 130 Evijas) drains its battery pack in far fewer miles when driven with a heavy right foot.

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14. McLaren Speedtail—$2,200,000 (est.)

Take the insane, performance-oriented nature of the legendary McLaren F1, add in a skosh of the Volkswagen XL1's efficiency-focused design, and … voilà … you've got yourself the essence of the McLaren Speedtail. All right, so maybe the Speedtail is more than an amalgamation of the F1 and XL1, but it certainly seems to combine many of the same principles of those two vehicles.

Like the F1 of yore, the high-priced Speedtail features a center-mounted driver's seat with two passenger seats positioned on the port and starboard sides of the cabin. Similarly, the Speedtail is blazingly quick—not that this should come as much of a surprise given its name. The trot to 60 mph takes a manufacturer-estimated 2.9 seconds, and the Speedtail tops out at 250 mph. Credit the car's 1,055-hp hybrid powertrain (made up of an electric motor sandwiched between the seven-speed gearbox and twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8), relatively light 3,530-pound curb weight, and aerodynamic teardrop shape.

The latter bit is where the costly Speedtail seems to crib some notes from the XL1. Whereas the little VW attempted to cheat the wind in order to sip fuel at a more miserly rate, the McLaren does it as a means of achieving its aforementioned top speed. As on the XL1, the Speedtail forgoes side mirrors in favor of less obtrusive cameras, each of which sends a feed to individual interior screens. All of this makes for one of the most expensive cars in the world, and it is no surprise McLaren asks an estimated $2,200,000 to own one of the 106 Speedtails it plans to produce.

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13. Koenigsegg Regera—$2,213,000

Koenigsegg took the wraps off of its high-priced Regera hypercar at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Although its slinky styling certainly turns heads, the Regera's real big-ticket item is its powertrain. Made up of three electric motors and a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8, the gasoline-electric hybrid setup delivers a combined 1,500 hp directly to the rear wheels. In other words, there's no formal transmission required. Instead, the engine directly turns a single, fixed gear. The net result is a car capable of accelerating to 249 mph from a standstill in less than 20 seconds, per the automaker. This excess performance comes at a high price, with Koenigsegg charging a costly $2,213,000 for what is one of the world's most expensive cars—and that's before you even add options. Good luck getting one, though, as Koenigsegg's already found buyers for the 80 Regeras it plans to build.

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12. Pininfarina Battista—$2,500,000 (est.)

Pininfarina enters the electric hypercar fold with its high-priced Battista. Packing 1,874 hp by way of four electric motors, the Battista promises to rocket to 62 mph in less than 2.0 seconds. Energy storage comes courtesy of a 120-kWh battery pack, which the company claims allows the Battista to travel more than 300 miles on a full charge (an estimated figure that's presumably based on one of Europe's more liberal testing cycles). Pininfarina reportedly pins a $2,500,000 price tag to this monster. Although the Battista's performance is impressive, its looks leave us wanting. Mind you, we think the Battista is an attractive machine, we just also happen to think it looks more like a vehicle with a price tag closer to those of the sub-$300,000 Ferrari F8 Tributo and Lamborghini Huracán.

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11. Lamborghini Sián FKP 37—$2,640,000

If the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ just doesn't cut it for you, then maybe the Sián FKP 37 will. Lamborghini's high-priced hybrid hypercar does to the Aventador what Emeril Lagasse does to the meals he cooks: kicks things up a notch. With a combined 807 hp from its electric motor and 6.5-liter V-12 engine, the Sián FKP 37's acceleration is as wild as its looks. The electric motor serves a greater purpose than just adding a few extra horses to the stable, though. In fact, it's primarily designed to smooth the shift shock associated with Lamborghini's seven-speed automated manual transmission.

Since the motor is fed energy from a quick-charging supercapacitor instead of a traditional battery, it's seemingly always ready to fill in the gaps between cog swaps—well, at speeds less than 80 mph. This high-end technology comes at a price, though, as Lambo asks a costly $2,640,000 to own one of the 63 Sián FKP 37 coupes it plans to sell. The marque also intends to build 19 Sián FKP 37 Roadsters, but it's yet to share what sum it plans to charge for what will also be one of the world's most expensive cars.

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10. Mercedes-AMG One—$2,700,000 (est.)

Mercedes-AMG has yet to deliver a single unit of its forthcoming One to a customer (well, at least to our knowledge), but the hybrid hypercar should more than live up to its reported $2,700,000 price tag. Fit with electric motors and a tiny 1.6-liter V-6 engine that's said to spin to an 11,000-rpm redline, the high-priced One ought to allow its driver to feel as though they're LewisHamilton accelerating toward another Formula 1 world championship.

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9. Koenigsegg Jesko—$2,840,000

"Simple" simply isn't in Christian von Koenigsegg's vocabulary. Look no further than the nearly $3,000,000 Koenigsegg Jesko for proof. Fit with a 1,280-hp twin-turbo V-8, the high-priced Jesko might seem like little more than a silly supercar with a big wing and an appetite for long stretches of tarmac. Dig deeper into the Jesko, though, and you'll find it's a true technological tour de force.

Sure, making an engine with that much power and a car capable of handling it is a feat on its own, but neither is the raison d'être for the Jesko's extravagant persona. Instead, the car's transmission makes our hearts flutter. Dubbed the Light Speed Transmission (LST), the gearbox relies on seven clutches to switch between nine ratios. Not only does the LST shift at speeds rivaling dual-clutch automatic transmissions, but it also manages to do so non-sequentially. In other words, the Jesko doesn't need to downshift from fifth to fourth to third gear; instead, it can go directly from fifth to third gear, for example. Of course, the Jesko's transmission is only one part of this costly hypercar's appeal. Still, it's the part that impresses us the most.

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8. Bugatti Chiron—$2,998,000

How serious is Bugatti about making ultra-expensive hypercars? Serious enough that its entry-level model, the Chiron, starts at a whopping $2,998,000. This sum nets buyers a 1,479-hp quad-turbo 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine capable of pushing the mighty Bug to an electronically limited top speed of 261 mph. Need more? Then maybe the costly $4,000,000 Chiron Super Sport 300+ ought to do the trick for you. Bugatti plans to build 30 of these high-speed beasts modeled after the Chiron it developed to break the 300-mph barrier.

Alternatively, if you're willing to sacrifice some top-end speed for some additional lateral fortitude, then you might want to take a look at the $3,959,000 Chiron Pur Sport. Despite topping out at a mere 217 mph, the high-priced Pur Sport is arguably the best Chiron variant of the bunch, as it's both blazingly quick and a total joy through the twisties.

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6. (TIE) Aston Martin Valkyrie—$3,000,000 (est.)

Aston Martin's Valkyrie looks to challenge the Mercedes-AMG One once deliveries of the British hypercar begin—likely before the end of the year. With a rumored price of around $3,000,000, Aston's limited-run (just 150 units are due for production) hybrid will attempt to bring the driving experience of an F1 car to the streets. Due to its price and limited availability, it's unlikely the average car enthusiast will ever have the chance to drive, let alone own, a Valkyrie. That said, its high-revving 6.5-liter V-12 engine ought to produce a song so sweet it'll tickle the ears of passersby. Then again, this assumes the owners of these high-priced machines actually take their respective Valkyries out for a spin every now and again. Why own one of the most expensive cars in the world if you're never going to drive it?

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6. (TIE) GMA T.50—$3,000,000 (est.)

The high-priced GMA T.50 brings the spirit of the groundbreaking McLaren F1 hypercar into the 21st century. No surprise, really, given that Gordon Murray's fingerprints are all over both machines. In fact, the T.50 even appears to evolve the F1's styling. Well, there's one exception: the T.50's rear end, which incorporates a 15.7-inch pitch fan powered by an 8.5-kW electric motor that increases downforce as needed. Although some may appreciate the Batmobile-like look, others may find it a tad ungainly.

Whatever your opinion, you absolutely should respect its inclusion. After all, function matters far more than form in matters of dynamic performance, and the T.50 packs plenty of it thanks to its V-12 engine that packs 654 hp at a hair-raising 11,500 rpm. Put the car in Vmax mode (the car's lowest drag setting), and an additional 49 horses come into play courtesy of the powertrain's 48-volt starter-generator. In a world of hypercars boasting more than 1,000 hp, the T.50's comparatively small figure may seem somewhat disappointing. What its powertrain lacks in outright grunt, though, the T.50 makes up for by way of its 2,161-pound curb weight, a sum that undercuts the McLaren Speedtail by 1,400 pounds and a base Chevrolet Spark by 85 pounds. A fancy aerodynamic kit, high-revving 12-cylinder engine, and lightweight materials don't come cheap, and GMA charges a predictably high price of around $3,000,000 to claim one of the 100 T.50s it intends to build.

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5. McLaren Sabre—$3,500,000 (est.)

If you're the type of person who finds the near-million-dollar 2019 McLaren Senna a little too common, then you might want to look into the McLaren Sabre. Essentially a Senna on steroids, the high-priced Sabre is a U.S.-specific model with extravagant styling cues that make the Senna—itself a rather head-turning vehicle—look tame by comparison. Accompanying the Sabre's over-the-top style is a mid-mounted twin-turbo V-8 engine with 824 hp—35 more horses than the Senna! Only 15 Sabres are due to roll off the assembly line, and while McLaren is mum on specific pricing, the brand has reportedly asked interested customers to write a check for around $3,500,000 to claim one of these limited-production high-end hypercars.

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4. Pagani Huayra—$3,700,000 (est.)

Pagani continues to whittle away at the Huayra lineup. Gone is the run-of-the-mill model. Instead, the Italian company only builds two street-legal models for 2021: the Huayra Roadster BC and Tricolore. The former was introduced for 2020, but completion of the 40-unit run continues into 2021. With an estimated price of $3,700,000, this high-priced roadster packs a 791-hp twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 heart. The Tricolore turns things up an extra notch thanks to an additional 38 horses. Limited to just three units, the Tricolore wears an approximately $6,500,000 price tag. And yet, it still isn't the most expensive car in the world.

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3. Bugatti Divo—$5,700,000 (est.)

Sure, you can drop $3,959,000 on the track-focused Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, but then you'd show up to tech inspection in a mere Chiron. How passé. No, you need something that shouts, "I'm no ordinary Bugatti owner!" Meet the Divo, Bugatti's track-focused extra-hyper hypercar. Like the high-priced Chiron upon which it's based, the Divo features a mid-mounted 1,479-hp quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine.

A 77-pound weight drop relative to the run-of-the-mill Chiron, as well as reworked aerodynamics, afford the Divo additional dynamic prowess. Straight-line speed falls, though, and the Divo's 236-mph top end is notably less than that of the Chiron's 261-mph figure. Still, the Divo's outrageous styling is the real reason to spend a reported $5,700,000 for this lavish piece of machinery. Want one? Too bad, as all 40 examples are spoken for. That said, with enough additional cash, you might just convince someone to sell you their spot in the order line.

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2. Bugatti Centodieci—$9,000,000 (est.)

Like the look of the iconic Bugatti EB110 but want the modern creature comforts and performance of a Bugatti Chiron? Then look no further than the Chiron-based Centodieci. Built to honor the EB110 of yore, the high-priced Centodieci features bodywork inspired by the French marque's 1990s supercar. However, whereas the EB110 employed a mid-mounted 12-cylinder engine, the Centodieci relies on Bugatti's modern 16-cylinder unit, tuned to produce 1,578 hp—99 more than it does in the run-of-the-mill Chiron. The Centodieci also weighs 44 pounds less than its Chiron kin, sits 0.4 inch lower, and adds 0.4 inch to its overall width. Whether you love or hate its looks, you have to admit the Centodieci certainly has a commanding presence. It also commands a high price, with Bugatti charging an estimated $9,000,000 for each of the 10 Centodiecis it will make.

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1. Bugatti La Voiture Noire—$12,500,000 (est.)

Bugatti's lone La Voiture Noire already has an owner. But this lucky person still awaits delivery of their high-priced hypercar, as far as we can tell. Like Bugatti's other bespoke models, the La Voiture Noire uses the Chiron's mechanical bits, including its mid-mounted 16-cylinder engine. Bugatti's designers worked overtime, though, to channel the front-engine proportions of the classic Type 57SC into the La Voiture Noire's design. The effort paid off, as the La Voiture Noire's proportions manage to visually lengthen the front end in such a way so as to almost make this mid-engine model look like its 16-cylinder heart is placed ahead of the cabin. Although the La Voiture Noire reportedly sold with a $12,500,000 price tag, the car's buyer ultimately ended up paying a costly $18,905,235 after taxes and the like were added to the bill. Mon dieu!

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The Most Expensive Cars in the World—at the Moment

  1. McLaren Elva - $1,695,500
  2. Koenigsegg Gemera-$1,800,000
  3. Bentley Mulliner Bacalar - $1,900,000 (est. )
  4. Ferrari Monza SP - $2,000,000 (est. )
  5. (TIE) Hennessey Venom F5 - $2,100,000
  6. (TIE) Lotus Evija - $2,100,000
  7. McLaren Speedtail - $2,200,000 (est. )
  8. Koenigsegg Regera - $2,213,000
  9. Pininfarina Battista - $2,500,000 (est. )
  10. Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 - $2,640,000
  11. Mercedes-AMG One - $2,700,000 (est. )
  12. Koenigsegg Jesko - $2,840,000
  13. Bugatti Chiron - $2,998,000
  14. (TIE) Aston Martin Valkyrie - $3,000,000 (est. )
  15. (TIE) GMA T.50 - $3,000,000 (est. )
  16. McLaren Sabre - $3,500,000 (est. )
  17. Pagani Huayra - $3,700,000 (est. )
  18. Bugatti Divo - $5,700,000 (est. )
  19. Bugatti Centodieci - $9,000,000 (est. )
  20. Bugatti La Voiture Noire - $12,500,000 (est. )

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