They are not called supercars for nothing. Performance, looks and speed may be the leading criteria, but it also adds up to a price tag that’s way above normal, even by luxury car standards. Here are some of the costliest cars released this year.
Lamborghini Veneno ($4.5 million)
A revered brand by sportscar enthusiasts, the Veneno Roadster has a massive 750hp, 6.5-litre, 12-cylinder engine that gets the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 kmph) in just 2.9 seconds. Carbon-fibre dominates the interior and is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and sills. The asking price of $4.5 million is because this is a limited-edition. Lamborghini says it plans to build only nine Lamborghini Veneno Roadsters in 2014. The top speed is 220 mph, thanks to its lightweight body design and extensive use of carbon fibre-reinforced polymers.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse ($2.5 million)
France is known for its sedate but stylish sedans and this is the first time that the country has produced a true supercar. When the Bugatti Veyron was launched in 2005, it was the fastest legal road car and now it has a new model on sale, the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. The 1,200hp, 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine makes this the ‘fastest production roadster in the world’, having reached a top speed of 255.5 mph. What makes it so expensive is that only 50 cars are available worldwide in 2014 and the total planned production is 450.
Koenigsegg Agera S ($1.5 million)
Sweden is another country that people associate with safe, sturdy but boring cars till this came along. The Koenigsegg has a massive 1,030hp, twin-turbo,
5.0-litre V-8 engine and can get from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. The model features Aircore hollow carbon-fibre wheels, upgraded power and enhanced aerodynamics. The Agera S is like all Koenigsegg cars, the only true roadster hypercars out there with a detachable and stowable hardtop, thereby offering the best of two worlds. This, in combination with 120 litres of luggage space, combines extreme performance with everyday usability.
Pagani Huayra ($1.3 million)
Gorgeous to look at, this Italian supercar is for those who have grown bored with mere Ferraris, Lamborghinis and even a Bugatti. This is a hardcore machine for discriminating connoisseurs with very deep pockets. Brilliantly quick (0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds) and almost freakishly aggressive, it’s a car that is aptly named (after the Inca’s ‘God of Winds’) and