Crazy-expensive supercars

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on February 18, 2019.
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Here are some of the road rockets currently being made

Once super rare, supercars have multiplied since the global financial crisis, and today there are more crazy-fast crazy-expensive road rockets than ever. With their cutting-edge technology, race-inspired design, and high-end materials, the cars are equal parts engineering and artistry — and as such, frequently spend far more time in collectors’ garages than on roads or tracks. And because they are often sold before the first metal is bent or screws are turned, prices for second-hand models can be almost twice what they cost new. Here are some currently being made. — Bloomberg

Aston Martin DB4 GT Continuation

Made in 2018 based on a 1960s model, the new version of what was once Britain’s fastest passenger sports car is not street-legal and can be used only on the track.

• Price: US$1.9 million (RM7.77 million)

• Units: 25

• Made in: Newport Pagnell, the UK

• Acceleration 0-60mph (97kph): 6.5 seconds

• Cylinders: six

• Top speed: 150mph

 

 

Aston Martin Valkyrie

This all carbon-fibre hybrid model has gull-wing doors and a removable steering wheel to make it easier to get in and out.

• Price: US$3.2 million

• Units: 150

• Made in: Gaydon, the UK

• Acceleration 0-62 mph: 2.5 seconds

• Cylinders: 12

• Top speed: 250 mph

 

 

Bugatti Chiron

Named after racer Louis Chiron, the car features a diamond membrane on its speakers.

• Price: US$2.8 million

• Units: 500

• Made in: Molsheim, France

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 2.5 seconds

• Cylinders: 16

• Top speed: 261mph

 

 

Koenigsegg Regera

The latest Koenigsegg model includes proximity sensors to keep its hydraulic doors from striking nearby objects.

• Price: US$2 million

• Units: 80

• Made in: Angelholm, Sweden

• Acceleration 0-249mph: 20 seconds

• Cylinders: eight

• Top speed: 249mph

 

 

Bugatti Veyron 16.4

This coupe achieved a land-speed world record for a production series car.

• Price: US$1.8 million

• Units: 300

• Made in: Molsheim, France

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 2.5 seconds

• Cylinders: 16

• Top speed: 258mph

 

 

Ferrari Monza SP2 and SP1

Inspired by the 1950s Ferrari racing “barchetta”, which won the Le Mans 24 Hour Race six times between 1949 and 1962, the models have no roofs — so you will only want to take them out in fair weather.

• Price: US$1.8 million

• Units: 499 (combined)

• Made in: Maranello, Italy

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 2.5 seconds

• Cylinders: 12

• Top speed: 186mph

 

 

McLaren Senna

A tribute to the legendary Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna, this car is street-legal but is designed for the track.

• Price: from US$965,000

• Units: 500

• Made in: Woking, the UK

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 2.8 seconds

• Cylinders: eight

• Top speed: 208mph

 

 

Mercedes-AMG Project ONE

The model features an eight-speed transmission, a high-performance carbon ceramic braking system, and four electric motors.

• Price: US$2.6 million

• Units: 275

• Made in: Affalterbach, Germany and Brixworth and Brackley, the UK

• Acceleration 0-124mph: six seconds

• Cylinders: six

• Top speed: 200mph

 

 

Pagani Huayra

Named after a Quechua wind god, the Huayra features a removable carbon fibre roof and an exposed shifting mechanism.

• Price: US$1.3 million

• Units: 100

• Made in: San Cesario sul Panaro, Italy

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 3.2 seconds

• Cylinders: 12

• Top speed: 235mph

 

 

Porsche 918 Spyder

The plug-in hybrid model features an electric motor on each axle.

• Price: US$1 million

• Units: 918

• Made in: Stuttgart, Germany

• Acceleration 0-62mph: 2.6 seconds

• Cylinders: eight

• Top speed: 214mph