The most expensive cars in the world, a closer look at facts

The Diamond Edition MANSORY Bugatti Vivere - the most expensive cars are made extremely limited, which make them the treasure for collectors (Image ©Mansory)

In 2016 alone, 70 million passenger cars were produced, but, apart from these bulk, there are handful of cars, which are developed as epitomes of class, luxury and style. These aspects, as usual, comes with a huge price, making them the most expensive cars in world. There is always a natural awe and curiosity towards the answers of questions like: which car is the highest price in the world? Who owns the most expensive cars in the world? They are not only for automobile enthusiasts but also for general fact finders.

  1. The Sweptail by Rolls Royce: USD 13 million

  2. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita from Sweden: USD 4.8 million

  3. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: USD 4.5 million

  4. Diamond Edition MANSORY Buggati Viver: USD 3.5 million

  5. Bugatti Chiron: USD 2.6 million

Here we picked the three most expensive cars in the world with price. An evaluation their specifications and amenities, will answer what is the nicest car in the world and also the correct answer to which is the most expensive car in the world. The Sweptail by Rolls Royce, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita from Sweden and the Veneno Lamborghini Roadster are the three most expensive cars in world.  Apart from these three, the McLaren P2 is an honorable mention. This is a hypothetical version of the McLaren P1 LM. P2 stands for Project 2.

Interestingly, there are no reports on who actually owns the Rolls Royce Sweptail, the costliest car in the world (Image ©Rolls Royce)

What is the most expensive car ever sold in the world?

Sweptail by Rolls Royce is now the most expensive car in the world of all time. Even if with a price tag of USD 13 million, the high figures become a trivial matter when one looks into its details. Rolls Royce produced 4,000 cars in 2016, but the Sweptail was not for general market. The car has completely personalized features, fitted as recommended by the buyer. So far, the brand did not disclose the name of its owner. There are some reports of the owner being a collector or super-yacht and private planes. The person who owns the most expensive car ever sold, is still unknown!

Sweptail has custom coach work. It has the parts of the royal carriages of yore. It has space only for two people in a completely handcrafted interiors setting. The interiors flaunt extensive wooden and leather works. With a panoramic sunroof, which is tapered at the back, the Sweptail looks like a yacht from behind. The overall design of this car is based on Rolls Royce from 1920s and 1930s.

Floyd Mayweather flaunted his ‘Trevita’ as the most expensive car

Floyd Mayweather’s Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is the second most expensive car in the world

‘Trevita’ means ‘three whites’. Resembling the name, Koenigsegg Trevita is made white using diamond dust in carbon fibers. Koenigsegg calls this special carbon fiber ‘Diamond Weave’ and it is a patented technology. This makes the color of the car shiny, silvery white, bringing up a unique and excellent body. The Trevita is the only car in world coated with real diamonds.

Although the brand wanted to manufacture three such cars, only two were produced. One of them was flaunted by heavy weight champion Floyd Mayweather, spending USD 4.8 million to buy it. The other one was bought by Hans Thomas Gross, an entrepreneur from Zurich. He is also the boyfriend of Paris Hilton. In 2017, Mayweather listed his Trevita for auction.

The Trevitas are powered with 4.8 liter, dual-supercharged V8 engine. The output of this engine is 1,004 horsepower, capable of producing 797 pound-feet of torque. This car is with several unique features that include dual carbon rear wing, Iconell exhaust system and airbags. It is equipped with chronometer instrument cluster, tires monitoring systems and carbon ceramic brakes.

CCXR is the abbreviation for Competition Coupe X. X stands for the 10th anniversary of the completion and test drive of first CC vehicle. It was back in the year 1996, when the cars were introduced in the market. R stands for the upgraded version of CCX, which are developed as more ‘environment friendly’. Forbes listed the CCRX versions among the ten most beautiful cars in history in March 2009.

The outstanding design of Lamborghini Veneno apparently makes it the most beautiful car in the world (©Lamborghini)

Spanish Poison’ Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is the third most expensive car in the world

‘Veneno’ means poison in Spanish. This car is with a killer design resembling an alien spacecraft. Lamborghini built these cars to commemorate their 50th year of business. There are only 9 such cars ever built, each with a price tag of USD 4.5 million. Although, they are with this price tag, the resale value went up to a whopping USD 11 million. Only three cars were introduced in the first lot. As they hit the market, there was a great craze among car collectors. This popularity of the cars could make it the most expensive car in world in all time.

The sports car is made of carbon fiber. It is placed in a pushrod actuated suspension making the vehicle light weight. The car weighs 3,285 pounds or 1,490 Kilogram. It can reach a speed of 60 miles per hour in 2.9 seconds. The engine is 6.5-liter V12 equipped with a strong automated manual transmission. The seven-speed single clutch ISR automated manual transmission is capable to produce 740 horsepower and a torque of 507 pound-feet.

In 2015, Porsche 918 Spyder was the costliest supercar (Image ©Porsche)

The evolutionary trait of most expensive cars

Apart from these three, there are several brands that introduced their models in the list of most expensive cars. In last five years, the most expensive crown was on different brands, especially those producing the most limited versions. Therefore, although only a handful of supercars are produced, their evolution is rather fast. A chronological evaluation of the most expensive cars in the last five years would render a clearer scenario.

Most expensive car in 2015: In the year, Porsche 918 Spyder was the costliest car with price tag of USD 845,000. Only 918 cars of this especial version were produced. It was among the early hybrid super cars. In the top ten list of the year, Rolls Royce had three entries, becoming the brand producing the most diversified varieties of super cars. The Ghost Series was listed at USD 285,000, the Wraith was priced at USD 294,025 and costliest one, Phantom had the price range of USD 407,400 for sedan to USD 480,000 for the convertible.

Most expensive car in 2016: In 2016, Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita entered the market as the most expensive car of the year. The Lamborghini Veneno also hit the road. Therefore, until Rolls Royce again hammered its only curated car, these two were the most expensive.

Most expensive car in 2017: Forbes mentioned Aston Martin AM-RB 001 as the highest priced car of 2017. It was priced at USD 3,900,000. The model was another street legal racer car featured in the year, but it was to be released only in 2018. The Lykan Hyper-sport took the second spot with a tag of USD 3,400,000. It was also called the “first Arab Supercar”, being produced W Motors, a Dubai based firm. It car was also planned to be delivered to Dubai police, which later became the speediest police car in world.

Most expensive car in 2018: The Veneno Roadster again became the most expensive car of the world. It hit the road as an open-air hyper-car. In fact, the Trevita was already sold and it was out of market soon after their release. Also, the Sweptail was not a commercial production. It was only a single unit manufacturing for a special client. The Most expensive car in 2019 are expected to be the same as that of the previous year. Until now, there are no such reports of new release in the luxury sports car segment.

Bugatti, Ferrari and Lamborghini are compared in terms of price as well as speed

Are the fastest cars the most expensive?

In fact, no. The fastest cars are made especially for speed, but when it comes to price, the luxury and state of art factors becomes the most substantial ones. While Rolls Royce has been producing some of most expensive ones, other lesser known brands have surpassed them in terms of power and speed. When speed and price are compared, supercar brands like Bugatti, Ferrari and Lamborghini are up with specialized brands like Koenigsegg, which is also the master in producing the most expensive piece.  

Apart from the specialized brands, brands like Bugatti has also being able to ad models into the top ten list of costliest cars. Bugatti has been procuring Super Cars comparable to brands like Lamborghini and Ferrari. A common comparison of these cars is in their speed. Is a Bugatti faster than a Lamborghini? The Buggatti Veyron is a constant model in the top expensive car list. The Mansory Vivere edition of Bugatti Veyron is considered as one of the fastest cars. The first Veyron was released in 2005. By 2018, this version is upgraded four times.

The fastest cars in the world now is Hennessey Venom and Koenigsegg Agera RS. Both of these cars can reach a top speed of 301 miles per hour. Koenigegg, however, had made itself the official fastest car in the world. The car verified its number with the Guinness Book of World Records. This is about the fastest, speed kings have reached. What about the slowest? Do you know what is the slowest car in the world? Interestingly, it is built by Porsche. Named the Ferdinand GT3 RS, this is the lightest and the slowest car in the world. In 2010, it was displayed at a Museum in Austria. It is the slowest because it does not even have an engine. It runs on manual pedaling! The car could be slower than a bicycle. On the other hand, when it comes to expense, there is no proper answer to what is the cheapest car in the world?

As supercars are the costliest ones, sometimes the racing tracks became the location for most expensive car accidents. Such an incident happened in 2011 in Japan. This accident is famously dubbed as the most expensive car accident in history. In this mishap, eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini Diablo, a Nissan GT-R Skyline and three Mercedes Benzes crashed together. The estimated loss in this accident was as much as USD 4 million.

The list of most expensive sports car gets updated every year and the spree of brands producing expensive and special cars is strong. Against this backdrop, an apparent trend is the emergence of new brands along with conversional ones. For instance, Rolls Royce is a legendary carmaker, while Koenigsegg entered the market in less than a decade. But both of them are in competitive edge both in terms of price, power and luxury amenities.