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Check out the ultimate list of the world's most luxurious cars in 2023

Words by Komal Pamwani in The Lifestyle · Feb 26th, 2018

Who says money can't buy you happiness? When you are cruising around the city in one of these supercars that only a handful of people have ever dreamt of owning, you will believe that it can. The only kryptonite for these cars is an empty fuel tank. If you are a motorhead, then you have landed on the right page. Let's pay homage to some of the worlds's most expensive cars. 

Dubai is the Middle East's top city for luxury spending. The city has a unique way of defining luxury, It can be well defined by the kind of vehicles driven in the country. In Dubai luxury is the way of life and not an alternative.

1. Rolls Royce Boat Tail Us$ 28 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

Cruising on the roads of Dubai this year, the world's most expensive new car, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, made a striking appearance with its staggering price tag of $28 million. This bespoke masterpiece, finished in a captivating 'Oceanic Blue', was specially commissioned by a loyal Rolls-Royce customer hailing from the Middle East. 

Interestingly, rumors have been swirling that American music power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce were among the three clients who approached Rolls-Royce for their own tailor-made versions of this extraordinary ride. Despite the vehicle's high profile, the identities of these three patrons have remained shrouded in secrecy for nearly two years since the car's unveiling. 

The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, inspired by classic boats and nautical elements, draws aesthetic inspiration from the elegant yachts of the 1920s and 1930s. Although the car shares its chassis and engine with the Rolls-Royce Phantom, it boasts a staggering 1,813 bespoke parts, including five electronic control units in the rear deck. The first of the three meticulously crafted cars showcases a remarkable parasol that extends from the rear deck in a mesmerizingly inverted manner, reminiscent of a blooming flower. 

The car's interior is a marvel of sophistication and luxury, featuring rotating cocktail tables accompanied by matching stool seats, and a complete set of Christofle tableware. Additionally, two fridges are adorned with a color scheme that mirrors the elegant Armand de Brignac champagne bottles. The deck of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is meticulously finished in Caleidolegno veneer, creating a butterfly shape when hinged towards the center at an angle of 67 degrees. Inside the car, the bespoke touches continue to impress, with matching pairs of men's and women's watches by Bovet Fleurier, each featuring a tiny sculpture of the car on its dial. These exquisite timepieces can be worn as wristwatches, desk clocks, or pocket watches, and they can also be placed in a titanium enclosure on the car's dashboard, functioning as a striking centerpiece. 

 The attention to detail continues with a custom-made Bose Corporation sound system, ingeniously utilizing the car's floor structure as a resonance chamber to deliver an unrivaled audio experience. Other luxurious features include a Montblanc pen nestled in a meticulously hand-crafted case within the glove box, as well as instrument panel dials adorned with intricate guilloché decorative work. 

 Measuring an impressive 19 feet in length, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail derives its power from the signature 6.75-liter V12 engine emblematic of Rolls-Royce vehicles. Surprisingly, despite its substantial weight of 2,100 kg, this opulent automobile boasts impressive performance, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just five seconds and reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). 

2. Bugatti's La Voiture Noire Us$19 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world - Bugatti's La Voiture Noire - $19 million

The most expensive car to have ever been sold is Bugatti's La Voiture Noire. Sold for a whopping price of 19 US Dollars, the car comes with a 16-cylinder engine and Bugatti's trademark front grille. It has a carbon fibre body. La Voiture Noire was unveiled at the Geneva auto show, where it was sold at the record price. The car reaches 62mph in 2.4 seconds and has a top speed of 261mph. 

The historic "Voiture Noire" was last sighted in February 1941 during the turmoil of war, appearing on a list of cars being transported to Bordeaux in a country gripped by disruption. In a contemporary homage to this iconic vehicle, the modern tribute aspires to bask in the limelight for an extended period. However, its visibility and public appearance will ultimately be determined by the whims of its fortunate owner.

3. Pagani Zonda Hp Barchetta Us$17.6 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta US$17.5 million

The  Zonda HP Barchetta has two more versions of this exceptional car are in the works, they have already been pre-sold. This exotic beast is powered by a formidable 7.3-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, generating an impressive 789bhp, and it boasts a six-speed manual gearbox. With its forged aluminum wheels, measuring 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear, adorned with distinctive color inlays, and rear wheel fairings crafted from carbon fiber, the Zonda HP Barchetta emanates unparalleled allure. 

Despite its roofless design, this masterpiece features a roof scoop, adding to its striking appearance. The Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta is the culmination of an intricate search for simplicity, driven by extreme design, unrivaled customization, and cutting-edge technology. Conceived by Horacio Pagani and his team, this tailor-made car exemplifies state-of-the-art technique perfected by Pagani, complemented by exquisite handcraftsmanship, giving it a truly sartorial touch. 

This extraordinary creation pays tribute to the model that catapulted Horacio Pagani into the realm of automotive legends, embodying an object of art that represents the Renaissance and scientific concepts, which form the very foundation of Pagani's philosophy. This reinvented masterpiece bears the esteemed signature of Horacio Pagani, a true testament to his visionary brilliance. 

 Revisiting the origins of the Zonda project, which was first presented at the 1999 Geneva Autoshow, Horacio recounts its fascinating journey, akin to an autobiography. Throughout its development, the Zonda project has continuously embraced innovation, offering customers a seamless blend of technology and artistic excellence. The original design, thoughtfully reinterpreted with the latest technological advancements, pays homage to Horacio Pagani's rich heritage. 

 Inside, the Zonda HP Barchetta's Tartan-like interior evokes the legendary aura of Juan Manuel Fangio, while the 12-cylinder AMG engine, finely tuned, delivers remarkable performance and a uniquely distinctive sound. As a prime example of the Uno-di-Uno division, the Zonda HP Barchetta is a rare gem created by a small team of specialists who craft one-off or extremely limited unique cars, surpassing the highest standards of tailoring available at Pagani. 

The vision for this extraordinary car was inspired by Horacio Pagani himself, making the HP Barchetta a remarkable interpretation of a Zonda-based collector's piece. The Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta represents the continuous technological evolution of Pagani Automobili, incorporating some of the latest innovative technical solutions, which have been rigorously tested and successfully applied on the Huayra BC and the Huayra Roadster. In conclusion, the Pagani Zonda HP Barchetta stands as a dazzling manifestation of art, technology, and craftsmanship, a true testament to the indomitable spirit and vision of Horacio Pagani. It epitomizes the fusion of tradition and innovation, making it a revered treasure for automotive enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

4. Sp Automotive Chaos Us$14.4 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | SP Automotive Chaos - US$14.4 million

SP Automotive, a new Greek automaker has made a groundbreaking announcement about the release of their latest creation, the Chaos "ultracar." This remarkable vehicle is said to boast an astonishing 3,000 horsepower, coupled with a rev-happy 12,000 RPM, all thanks to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V10 engine. 

Additionally, the car features a form of hybrid assist, which remains undisclosed, further enhancing its impressive performance. According to SP Automotive, the Chaos "ultracar" will achieve mind-boggling acceleration, propelling from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in an astounding 1.8 seconds. But the spectacle doesn't end there; this powerhouse is set to reach a remarkable top speed of 310 miles per hour (499 kilometers per hour), solidifying its position as a true marvel in the world of automotive engineering.

5. Rolls Royce Sweptail Us$13 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Rolls-Royce Sweptail - US$13 million

The Sweptail is a magnificent automobile, meticulously hand-crafted over a span of four years, with its design based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. This exquisite masterpiece draws inspiration from the classic coachbuilding of the 1920s and 1930s, making it a true tribute to the golden era of automotive artistry. The car was specially commissioned in 2013 by an esteemed super-yacht and aircraft specialist, adding to its allure and exclusivity. 

 Unveiled at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in May 2017, The Sweptail took the automotive world by storm, setting a new record as the most expensive new automobile in existence at the time, boasting a staggering price tag of approximately £10 million. Its opulence and unparalleled craftsmanship made it a sight to behold, capturing the hearts of luxury enthusiasts and connoisseurs. The proud owner of this automotive masterpiece is Sam Li, a distinguished individual based in Hong Kong, who hails from the prestigious lineage of billionaire real estate mogul, Samuel Tak Lee. The Sweptail's ownership by such an influential and discerning patron further solidifies its status as a true symbol of automotive luxury and prestige.

6. Bugatti Chiron Profilée Us$ 10.8 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Bugatti Chiron Profilée - US$ 10.8 million

The Bugatti Chiron Profilée, a one-of-a-kind piece of Bugatti history and the last W16-powered car available from the brand. The sale took place at an RM Sotheby’s auction on February 1st 2023. 

The name 'Profilée' draws inspiration from one of Jean Bugatti's early creations, the iconic Type 46 model named Surprofilée, renowned for its sleek silhouette and elegant sweeping tail. Just as the Surprofilée left an indelible mark in Bugatti's storied history, the Chiron Profilée now takes its place as a defining chapter in the prestigious 114-year heritage of Bugatti. Distinguished by its exquisite design and meticulous attention to detail, the Chiron Profilée shares the powerful 1,500 PS development of the quad-turbo 8.0-liter engine with the Chiron Pur Sport. However, what sets this automotive masterpiece apart is its unparalleled uniqueness. The sweeping fixed rear wing, seamlessly integrated into the car's body, serves dual purposes, providing enhanced stability at high speeds and critical cooling for the formidable W16 engine.

7. Bugatti Centodieci Us $9 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world| Bugatti Centodieci US$ 9 million

The Bugatti Centodieci, which translates to "110" in Italian, is a limited production mid-engine sports car proudly crafted by the renowned French automotive manufacturer, Bugatti. This exceptional vehicle serves as a homage to the iconic Bugatti EB110, celebrating the momentous occasion of Bugatti's 110th birthday. Among the privileged owners of this remarkable car is the celebrity football star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who possesses one of the ten exclusive units valued at a staggering US$9 million.

Based on the illustrious Bugatti Chiron, the Centodieci draws design inspiration from the timeless EB110. Notable design cues include the five round air intakes, artfully resembling a diamond, and the distinctive wedge-shaped design language. Paying homage to its predecessor, the Centodieci proudly features a small horseshoe radiator grille positioned below the headlamps, reminiscent of the EB110. The car's striking appearance is further enhanced by its narrow headlights with LED daytime running function and sharp grooves, exuding an aggressive aura.

At the rear, the Centodieci boasts eight tail lights, accompanied by matte-black quad exhaust pipes placed on either side of a large diffuser, complete with an underbody spoiler and a fixed overhanging rear wing. The combination of these elements elevates the car's aerodynamics and adds to its captivating visual appeal. Utilizing advanced computer-assisted 3D design techniques and Virtual Reality technology, the design team accomplished the remarkable feat of completing the Centodieci's design within a mere six months. This cutting-edge approach allowed them to capture the essence of the EB110 while infusing it with modern sophistication and engineering prowess. 

Under the hood, the Bugatti Centodieci is an awe-inspiring performer, capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in a breathtaking 2.4 seconds, reaching 0 to 200 km/hr in just 6.1 seconds, and achieving 0 to 300 km/hr in a mere 13.1 seconds. The top speed of this extraordinary vehicle is electronically limited to 380 km/hr, making it a true force to be reckoned with on the roads. With a curb weight of 1,976 kg, the Centodieci effortlessly blends power and precision, making it a driving experience like no other.

8. Mercedes Maybach Exelero Us$8 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Mercedes-Maybach Exelero - US$8 million

The Maybach Exelero stands as a unique high-performance sports car, crafted as a one-off creation by Stola (now part of Blutec) in collaboration with DaimlerChrysler. 

This extraordinary vehicle gained notable fame for its appearance in an episode of the long-running German show Cobra 11, where it was featured in a thrilling ending chase sequence titled "Freundschaft." According to Top Gear, the Maybach Exelero was acquired by rapper Birdman in 2011 at a staggering price of US$8 million. However, at present, the car finds itself under the ownership of Mechatronik. 

The Exelero's creation was commissioned by Fulda, a German subsidiary of Goodyear, with the purpose of testing their new Carat Exelero tire range. Serving as the second vehicle to showcase Fulda's high-performance tire range, the Exelero follows in the footsteps of the Gemballa Extremo, which took the stage in 1996. In collaboration with Maybach, the initial design concept for the Exelero drew inspiration from the Maybach SW 38, and the car was built on the platform of the Maybach 57. A key requirement from Fulda was that the Exelero should have the capability to exceed speeds of 350 km/h, allowing the physical limits of the Exelero tires to be put to the test. As a result, the Exelero was meticulously designed to deliver impressive speed and performance. The final design of the Maybach Exelero emerged from the creative minds of four students from the esteemed Transportation Design School of Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences, a testament to their ingenuity and expertise in crafting this unparalleled automotive masterpiece.

9. Pagani Huayra Codalunga Us $7.4 Million

TOp 10 most expensive cars in the world | Pagani Codalunga

The Huayra, known as the "volume model" of the Modena-based company Pagani, has served as the foundation for the creation of five exclusive Codalunga variants. Responding to the requests of discerning customers, Pagani decided to embark on this endeavor, drawing design inspiration from the glorious era of 1960s sports car racing. 

 The Codalunga represents the debut offering of Pagani's new "Grandi Complicazioni" bespoke division, a vital addition for any automaker catering to clientele at this elite level. Over the course of two years, Pagani meticulously designed and crafted each Codalunga to perfection. Unsurprisingly, all five of these exquisite machines were immediately claimed by eager enthusiasts. 

The Codalunga's distinct longtail styling sets it apart significantly from the standard Huayra. With its wide oval mouth and steeply raked rear roofline, the Codalunga bears a striking resemblance to the legendary racers of the Golden Era, conjuring images of its presence on the tracks of Sebring, proudly adorned with a round number on its door, alongside iconic Maseratis and Cobras. In line with those revered models of the past, the Codalunga embraces a lightweight ethos, tipping the scales at a mere 2,821 lbs. In terms of length, the Codalunga stretches 14 inches longer than a regular Huayra, adding to its alluring and dynamic presence.

10. Bugatti Divo Us $6 Million

Top 10 most expensive cars in the world | Bugatti Divo US $6 million

Of Bugatti's latest lineup, the Divo emerges as a clear favorite among enthusiasts. While it shares many features with its more affordable sibling, the Chiron, the Divo boasts numerous enhancements that make it well worth the additional cost. Bugatti's thoughtful modifications include the incorporation of lighter wheels, a carbon fiber intercooler, and the removal of some sound deadening materials, resulting in a significant weight reduction of 77 pounds compared to the Chiron, albeit sacrificing some speed. The exclusivity of this exceptional car is evident in its limited production, with only 40 units available worldwide. The Divo showcases its prowess on the road, reaching an impressive top speed of 380 km/hr, further solidifying its position as an extraordinary masterpiece in Bugatti's illustrious lineup.

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