1 $1.4 million — Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
The Ferrari LaFerrari hardtop debuted in 2013 alongside the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder as part of the “holy trinity” of hybrid supercars, but it quickly disappeared after a production run of just 499 units. Now it’s back open-top Aperta form.
The LaFerrari Aperta combines an open-air driving experience with the V12 hybrid goodness of the original LaFerrari. A 6.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine is mated to a Kinetic Energy Recover System inspired by the ones used in Ferrari’s F1 cars. The result is 949 hp and 663 lb-ft. Like the hardtop, the Aperta will do 0 to 60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds, and reach a top speed of 217 mph.
Ferrari won’t say how many copies of the Aperta it will make, or how much they will cost. But the production run is likely sold out, and customers almost certainly paid a premium over the $1.4 million asking price of the LaFerrari hardtop. Since we don’t know for sure, the LaFerrari Aperta is an honorable mention, for now.
2 $1.4 million — Aston Martin One-77
To be sure, 1.4 million is a popular number in the supercar world, because that’s what it took to get your hands on this limited-edition Aston. We say “took” because all 77 units have been spoken for, so if you were hoping to channel your inner Bond with this car, your luck has unfortunately run out.
Arguably the most classically handsome car on this list, the One-77 is built around a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis, with a handcrafted aluminum body providing its sophisticated, aggressive look.
Under the vented hood lurks a naturally aspirated V12 that displaces 7.3 liters, which is a lot. It produces 750 hp and 553 lb-ft, which is also a lot. Those numbers make the One-77 the fastest Aston Martin ever made, as this spy chaser will top 220 mph in the right conditions. From a stop, it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
3 $1.2 million — Zenvo TS1 GT
Zenvo is probably best known for being the only supercar manufacturer from Denmark, and for an unfortunate Top Gear test in which one of its cars caught fire on the track. The company persevered through that moment of bad publicity, building an even more extreme supercar to celebrate its 10th anniversary.
The Zenvo TS1 GT’s creators nicknamed this beast “Sleipnir,” after the Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse. To live up to that name, Zenvo equipped the TS1 GT with a 5.8-liter twin-supercharged V8 that churns out 1,163 hp and 811 lb-ft. All of that power goes to the rear wheels through a seven-speed transmission developed by Zenvo itself. The company claims this gearbox can shift faster than the transmissions in Formula One racers.
The car itself is pretty quick too. Zenvo claims it’ll do 0 to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 233 mph — and that’s with an electronic limiter engaged. On the inside, the TS1 GT is covered with switches and instruments made from copper and rhodium, a setup Zenvo says cost more than an entire Porsche 911 R.
4 $1.1 million — Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity
It used to be that owning one of the most expensive cars in the world was a sufficient display of wealth. Today, however, it seems like every YouTube rap sensation or Saudi Prince can afford a Maybach. Rare models just don’t seem rare any more. Enter the bespoke car. Luxury manufacturers have begun to emphasize customization, creating unique takes on high-end models that are as much pieces of art as they are automobiles. Case in point: The Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity, a unique version of the well-known Phantom coupe with a tranquil pearl paint job and an interior that draws on Japanese artwork.
While the outside of the car is the very portrait of austerity, the interior is a temple to opulence, with silk upholstery inspired by the textiles of imperial China. Blossoms drawn in classic Japanese style adorn the walls of the Serenity, emphasizing the zen aesthetic. The technical aspects of the Phantom are well-documented; it handles well and can go from 0 to 60 mph in under 6.0 seconds. What makes the Serenity unique is its singular aesthetic, a commitment to luxury that makes it seem more like a royal litter than a car. Rolls-Royce is banking on the Serenity as a harbinger of things to come in the luxury car market, of a future where the wealthy commission bespoke cars just as the princes of Italy funded renaissance paintings. Those who want this rare beast may be out of luck; so far, only one exists.
5 $1 million — Lagonda Taraf
Aston Martin only made 200 copies of the Lagonda Taraf and it is unlikely that any made it to the U.S. That said, it still ranks among the most expensive sedans ever made.
Announced in 2014, the Taraf was built with the Middle East in mind; the name is actually a derivative of the Arabic word for “luxury.” Lagonda is the name of Aston Martin’s companion brand. Just as Aston Martin is associated with sports cars, Lagonda is associated with luxury sedans. Granted, the name has only been dusted off a handful of times over the past few decades.
While Taraf featured striking carbon-fiber body panels and an ornate interior, it was based on the same VH architecture used by all recent Astons prior to the recently introduced DB11. Power came courtesy of Aston’s ubiquitous 5.9-liter V12 engine. But the Taraf remains a unique super sedan from a company known for sports cars.
6 $1 million (estimated) — Fittipaldi EF7
Brazilian racing driver Emerson Fittipaldi has two Formula One championships and two Indianapolis 500 wins on his resumé, so he should know his way around a supercar, right?
The Fittipaldi EF7 was unveiled in concept form at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and 39 production models will be built at an estimated cost of $1 million each. Fittipaldi will give each of the buyers driving instructions, which might just be the coolest perk of any car on sale now.
Fittipaldi teamed with legendary Italian design firm Pininfarina and German engineering firm HWA AG to create the EF7. It sports a 600-hp 4.8-liter V8 and a carbon-fiber chassis, with a target curb weight of less than 2,200 lbs. That should make for a performance worthy of the EF7’s legendary namesake.