These are the 25 most expensive new cars in America in 2021

Some of the priciest cars available are also the fastest.

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Some cars are designed simply to shuttle humans from point A to point B — these are not those cars. The average purchase price of a new car in the U.S. is around $40,000 — the least expensive car on this list is about 10 times that figure. These vehicles are not typically daily drivers, although a few owners will drive them with some regularity — but let's face it, those possessing the means to purchase one of these beauties likely have other options in their garages.

So what do buyers get when paying more for a car than most folks pay for their first house? Extreme power, ultimate performance, lavish amenities and exclusivity — here's a look at the cars (and SUVs) at the upper crust of automotive high society.

Note: This list does not include any models with build runs of 10 vehicles or less.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge

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MSRP: $388,000
Rolls-Royce introduced the Black Badge series a few years ago, designed to give these elegant automobiles a bit of a dark side. Already one of the most luxurious SUVs available, the Cullinan Black Badge stands out thanks to its Spirit of Ecstasy ornament on the hood, darkened to a high gloss black chrome; as well as iconic Rolls-Royce badges inverted to silver on black.

Elements traditionally chrome on Rolls-Royce models are also darkened, including the grille surround, lower air inlets, side window trim, rear trim and exhaust outlets. The Cullinan Black Badge features all-new, exclusive, 22-inch forged alloy wheels that reflect the Black Badge theme. Rolls-Royce is also offering Black Badge calipers finished in high-gloss red, adding a stark contrast to the new dark wheels.

The Cullinan Black Badge also has performance upgrades to reflect its exclusive aesthetic, including a more powerful 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Cullinan Black Badge features the Rolls-Royce Intuitive Throttle for a more aggressive transmission shift pattern, and the suspension and drive dynamic technologies are tuned for a more engaging experience. Drivers also have the ability to select a new Black Badge exhaust setting for a lower, deeper exhaust note.

Interior features for the Cullinan Black Badge include a new carbon fiber finish with repeating geometrical shapes in a three-dimensional effect. This Technical Fiber trim is finished with six coats of lacquer and cured for 72 hours before being hand-polished to a mirrorlike finish. The signature Starlight Headliner made its Cullinan debut on the Black Badge variant.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge

Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge

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MSRP: $389,000
No other brand exemplifies luxury more than Rolls-Royce, and the Wraith embodies a unique offering from the legendary British marque. As a two-door GT, the Wraith is the most likely of Rolls-Royce models to be enjoyed from behind the wheel, rather than from the rear seat.

Adding to that enjoyment is the 624 horsepower produced by the Wraith's twin-turbo V12 engine — enough power to move this substantial luxury car to 60 mph in a mere 4.3 seconds. As a Black Badge variant, the Wraith gets a torque boost as well as an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission, with a redesigned air suspension providing a more agile driving experience. The Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament is finished in high-gloss black, all chrome surfaces are darkened, and new composite carbon fiber and alloy wheels adorn each Black Badge Wraith.

Right from the start, the Wraith sets itself apart from any other GT on the road when opening the large rear-hinged coach doors.

Once everyone is inside — ensconced in fine leather seats — the doors are closed with the push of a button. Similar to other Rolls-Royce models, and in a nod to its British roots, the Wraith has an umbrella conveniently hidden in the door frame. Rolls-Royce allows for a variety of interior treatments with multiple leather and wood trim combinations, as well as the unique Starlight Headliner. With 1,400 to 1,600 holes in the leather headliner, the ceiling gets lit with fiber optic threads that are hand trimmed at different angles to provide a twinkling effect, mimicking the night sky.

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge

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MSRP: $414,500
The elegant Dawn set the bar for ultra-luxury four-seat convertibles when it joined the Rolls-Royce lineup a few years ago. Now this open-air Rolls goes to the dark side with the Dawn Black Badge. Providing the Dawn with a bit of dusk, the Black Badge edition stands out with its Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament trimmed in high-gloss black chrome — the same treatment given to other chrome surfaces around the grille, exhaust pipes, boot lid finisher and the Double R badge.

Despite the Black Badge's designer darkness, the Dawn is available in a virtually unlimited array of colors; however, the convertible top is always black and the rear deck is finished in black leather.

Powered by Rolls-Royce's twin-turbo 6.6-liter V12 engine producing 603 horsepower and a plentiful 620 pound-feet of torque at a low 1,650 rpm, Dawn Black Badge is Rolls-Royce's most powerful full four-seat drophead offered to date. Adding to the predictably smooth ride, the Dawn employs satellite-aided transmission technology that uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver can see on the road ahead, selecting the appropriate gear for the eight-speed ZF transmission based on location and driving style.

Most Dawn Black Badge editions will be individually ordered, and Rolls-Royce Bespoke allows owners to customize virtually every aspect of the car from paint, trim and wheels for the exterior to materials, patterns, textures and colors of the interior.

Ford GT

2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon

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MSRP: $500,000 (est.)
Many brands have a halo car that sells in small numbers but attracts immense attention to the brand — for Ford that car is the GT. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford's 1966 victory at Le Mans, Ford introduced the extreme GT ultra-high-performance supercar as a showcase for the company's racing technology, use of lightweight materials, aerodynamics and EcoBoost power.

The mid-engine two-seat coupe has the most powerful production EcoBoost engine ever: a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 producing 647 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The sleek body incorporates active aerodynamics such as a deployable rear spoiler, and the Ford GT employs lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum. Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide appropriate stopping power. Even before the Ford GT went into production late in 2016, Ford returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a GT race car based on the new Ford GT, winning the LMGTE Pro class 50 years after that first Ford GT win.

Due to high demand for this American supercar, Ford accepted applications from interested buyers to determine who would be permitted to purchase this exquisite specimen of American muscle.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase

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MSRP: $538,000
If there is a bar against which all luxury cars are judged, the Rolls-Royce Phantom rises well above it. The legendary British marque has introduced an all-new eighth-generation Phantom that is the most advanced version the company has ever offered. Fortunate occupants access the elegant rear seat through larger rear-hinged doors that can be softly closed with the push of a button.

The gamut of standard features is too long to list here, but it includes the latest in advanced safety technology, the highest-quality materials and practically any level of customization a customer could desire.

A Rolls-Royce V12 engine is inherently smooth by design, and the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 unit that powers the new Phantom combines refinement and high output, with a focus on low-end power for smooth, quiet operation. Producing 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque starting at 1,700 rpm, the powerful V12 is teamed with an eight-speed ZF transmission.

\In addition to the additional stiffness of a new aluminum spaceframe, the Phantom features Rolls-Royce's "Magic Carpet Ride," which can adjust the air suspension continuously for the smoothest of rides. The system uses a camera to examine road conditions and adjusts proactively to rough surfaces.

Ferrari SF90 Spider

2021 Ferrari SF90 Spider
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MSRP: $550,000 (est)
One of the newest sports cars from Maranello has an impressive claim to fame — it is the most powerful production Ferrari ever. For some added excitement, late last year the SF90 Spider joined the family, featuring a retractable hardtop.

Instead of the expected V12 powertrain, the SF90 uses the company's first plug-in hybrid system that combines a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine with three electric motors — two on the front axle and one located between the engine and the gearbox. Total output is 986 horsepower with 664 pound-feet of torque. Teamed with the hybrid system is an eight-speed Formula One-style dual-clutch gearbox. As expected, performance stats for the Ferrari SF90 are impressive. The new Spider sprints to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds, reaches 124 mph in seven seconds, and will eventually attain a claimed top speed of 211 mph.

The SF90 Spider's lap time around Ferrari's famous Fiorano racetrack is 79 seconds — about the same as the LaFerrari — the Italian marque's first foray into hybrid powertrains for production road cars. Conversely, it is possible to drive the SF90 on electric power alone for up to 15 miles. Not only do the electric motors provide more power and efficiency, the two units up front improve the SF90's overall driving dynamics. The RAC-e motors can operate individually, creating a torque-vectoring system that will vary the speed and power between the inside and outside wheels during cornering for better performance and easier handling.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

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MSRP: $573,966
In July of 2018, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ coupe completed a lap of Germany's famed Nurburgring-Nordschleife in 6:44.97, setting the record for a street-legal production car (a record it recently lost to the Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series). Now it's possible to have that same level of performance in an open-top car: the Aventador SVJ Roadster.

Unlike some high-end convertibles, the Aventador SVJ Roadster features a top composed of carbon fiber that can be removed via quick-release levers for stowage under the front hood. Weighing only 110 pounds more than the coupe, the roadster exhibits the same level of performance as its hardtop sibling.

Like the coupe, the SVJ Roadster is powered by a normally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 770 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. With power delivered to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic gearbox, the SVJ Roadster can reach 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and 124 mph in 8.8 seconds. Top speed exceeds 217 mph — certain to be an unforgettable experience with the top down.

Production of the Aventador SVJ Roadster is limited to 800 units worldwide.

McLaren Senna

McLaren Senna

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MSRP: $958,966
Named for late Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, the Senna is designed to be the ultimate performance car for both street and track. The Senna uses the most powerful internal combustion engine the automaker has ever put into a road car, which is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a mind-boggling 789 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

At the heart of the Senna is the strongest carbon-fiber monocoque ever created for a McLaren road car. Body panels are also carbon fiber, making them extremely lightweight as well as being up to the challenge of maintaining structural rigidity while being subjected to the strong aerodynamic forces generated on a racetrack. The carbon fiber body panels weigh 132 pounds.

Weighing in at a mere 2,641 pounds, the Senna is the lightest road car from McLaren since the legendary F1. The light weight and enormous power make for some impressive stats. The new McLaren Senna can reach 62 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 6.8 seconds and can complete a quarter mile in a mere 9.9 seconds. Top speed is listed as 211 mph. But the Senna is about more than straightline speed — it's designed to provide excellent handling on the road or track.

The exterior styling of the new Senna is rather complex because the design is more about performance than appearance. Every line and angle is about directing airflow, either for ventilating the engine or brakes, or for providing stability at speed. The Senna uses active aero front and rear which — when combined with the double-element carbon fiber rear wing — can generate up to 1,763 pounds of downforce at 155 mph.

SSC Tuatara

SSC Tuatara

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MSRP: $1,600,000
One of the few American-made cars on this list, the Tuatara comes from SSC North America, a small company located in Richland, Washington. The company has not produced many cars to date, but the Tuatara has some big shoes to fill — its predecessor is the Ultimate Aero, which in September of 2007 became the world's fastest production car at 256.14 mph.

Designed to exceed the Ultimate Aero's performance, the Tuatara makes extensive use of carbon fiber — the body, frame and monocoque are all constructed from this lightweight yet strong material. At the touch of a button, dihedral doors open to reveal a cockpit designed for both comfort and an awesome driving experience.

The mid-engine Tuatara has a twin-turbo 5.9-liter V8 engine that produces 1,750 horsepower and a massive 1280 lb-ft of torque. Power gets sent to the rear wheels via a CIMA seven-speed automatic gearbox, capable of shifts in less than 100 milliseconds. In addition to its astounding power, the Tuatara has an extremely low .279 drag coefficient. With active aerodynamics the Tuatara can maintain a 37:63 front to rear balance from 90 mph to beyond 300 mph.

Last fall the company tested that feature when it reportedly ran an official top speed of 316.11 mph — the average of two runs. During one of the runs the car achieved an astounding 331.15 mph.

McLaren Elva

McLaren Elva
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MSRP: $1,700,000
Named for and inspired by the McLaren Elva M1A race car designed by Bruce McLaren, the modern-day Elva is the lightest road car McLaren Automotive has ever produced. The open-cockpit two-seater features a bespoke carbon fiber chassis and body as well as unique carbon fiber seats.

Not only does the Elva have no roof, it is also designed without a windshield or side windows to provide a "true connection to the elements." But it is possible to drive without helmet or goggles; McLaren has created an Active Air Management System that channels air through the nose of the Elva and directs it at high speed in front of and over the occupants, creating what McLaren calls "a relative bubble of calm."

While the cabin may be a bubble of calm, there's nothing calming emerging from the Elva's engine bay. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerplant delivers 804 horsepower, which can move this open-top sports car to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds and to 124 mph in 6.7 seconds — even quicker than the mighty Senna.

Production of the Elva will be limited to 249 copies.

Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1/SP2

Ferrari Icona Series \u2014 Monza SP1/SP2

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MSRP: $1,700,000
Unlike previous special editions from the Italian automaker, the Icona series will feature models inspired by the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s, but they will be decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new. The first models in this new Icona series will be the Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 — both of which were unveiled in Paris a few years ago.

The Monza SP1 and SP2 are intended to honor iconic Ferrari racing barchettas such as the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta — which means "little boat" in Italian — as well as the 750 Monza and 860 Monza

Designed as a single-seat road car, the Monza SP1 offers a totally unique Ferrari experience for the street. The tonneau cover over the passenger area is reminiscent of similarly-equipped Ferrari race cars from the 50s, which used the cover to improve aerodynamics when the passenger seat was unoccupied.

The Monza SP2 has the same basic styling as the SP1. However, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen, this car is a two-seater. Both are motivated by the most powerful V12 engine to ever come from Ferrari: a 6.5-liter V12 monster that produces almost 800 horsepower.

Koenigsegg Gemera

Koenigsegg Gemera

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MSRP: $1,700,000
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg is well known for building extreme sports cars, but the company may have just redefined the high-performance family car. The all-new Gemera is the brand's first four seater, referred to as a "Mega-GT."

This sexy sports car offers room for four adults and some luggage space, as well as a luxurious cabin outfitted with features such as heated and cooled cupholders, front and rear seat infotainment displays, a Wi-Fi hotspot, memory foam heated seats, exterior and interior cameras and an 11-speaker high-end audio system.

Passengers better hold tight to their heated and cooled beverages, since the Gemera lives up to the Koenigsegg reputation. Power comes from a 2.0-liter three-cylinder twin-turbo Freevalve engine (nicknamed The Friendly Giant) that produces 600 horsepower, teamed with three electric motors — one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft. Total output is 1,700 horsepower, which will move the Gemera to 62 mph in less than two seconds with a top speed expected to approach 250 mph. Koenigsegg says that the Gemera can reach 186 mph in electric-mode only and it has a range of about 31 electric-only miles.

Only 300 of these unique vehicles are expected to be produced.

​Czinger 21C

\u200bCzinger 21C

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MSRP: $1,700,000
A new company based in Los Angeles, Czinger has introduced its first model and it is getting plenty of attention — for good reason. The 21C is a hybrid hypercar with standout exterior styling and a unique interior. The 21C has seating or two, but the passenger sits behind the drive so both are at the center of the vehicle — jetfighter style, as the company points out.

This not only keeps weight centered in the car, it also provides the best driving position. Czinger uses an innovative approach to weight savings and production by integrating the cooling, fluid routing and exhaust sound management directly into the chassis structure. The result is a vehicle that weighs less than 2,700 pounds.

Powering the Czinger 21C is an in-house 2.88-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that redlines at 11000 rpm, teamed with two high-output electric motors for a total of 1250 horsepower. The electric motors power each front wheel individually, creating an all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. Power gets sent through an ultra-light 7-speed sequential gearbox. Performance figures are quite astounding: 62 mph in 1.9 seconds and in 15 seconds the 21C is passing 186 mph. In less than 30 seconds the 21C is at 248 mph.

Czinger plans to build 80 copies of the 21C.

​Koenigsegg Regera

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MSRP: $1,900,000 (est.)
Introduced a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the Regera is considered the flagship of the Koenigsegg lineup, combining a high level of luxury with the extreme performance expected from this Swedish car company.

Inside the sleek sports car, lucky occupants will find memory-foam power seats, a 9-inch display screen, Wi-Fi connectivity, Apple CarPlay and ambient lighting. The roof is removable and can be stowed under the front hood. Although passengers will enjoy the comfortable interior, this car is really all about extreme performance.

Powering this supercar is a twin-turbo V8 engine teamed with two electric motors via a unique direct-drive system. With more than 700 horsepower from the electric motors alone, combined output exceeds 1500 horsepower and 1475 lb-ft of torque. Weighing 3,500 pounds, the Regera will reach 60 mph in 2.7 seconds and — even more impressive — almost 250 mph in less than 20 seconds.

According to the carmaker, the direct-drive transmission delivers extreme performance while offering an impressively smooth driving experience. It is also possible to drive the Regera in complete silence in EV mode.

​Bentley Mulliner Bacalar

\u200bBentley Mulliner Bacalar

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MSRP: $2,000,000
Bentley and exclusivity go hand in hand, but the legendary British marque has taken things to new heights with the Mulliner Bacalar. The oldest coachbuilding company in the world, Mulliner has been creating bespoke versions of Bentleys for many decades.

Named for a beautiful lake on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the Bacalar is a 2-seat open-air luxury grand tourer featuring many of the styling cues of the EXP 100GT concept car. Bacalar is designed with extensive use of sustainable materials; the paint contains ash from rice husks for a metallic finish, interior materials include natural British wool, and the wraparound dashboard is cut from Riverwood — fallen trees preserved 5,000 years in peat bogs, lakes and rivers.

This elegant GT offers plenty of performance, thanks to its enhanced version of Bentley's 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 650 horsepower and 667 lb-ft of torque. Handling gets enhanced by the advanced Active All-Wheel Drive System that emphasizes torque to the rear wheels for an optimal driving experience.

Bentley plans to build 12 Bacalars, and each will be designed, engineered and handcrafted to the buyer's wishes.

Rimac C_Two

Rimac C_Two

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MSRP: $2,100,000
One of the most extreme street-legal cars available — which is a high rung to reach — is the Rimac C_Two. The second model from Croatia-based Rimac, the C_Two is billed as the most powerful electric hypercar in the world. The C_Two draws power from four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1,914 horsepower.

Almost 1,700 pound-feet of torque is generated instantly for acceleration that would leave just about any other car in its dust. The sprint to 60 mph takes 1.85 seconds and the C_Two passes 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is listed as 256 mph, and Rimac claims the C_Two will have a range of 550 km (about 342 miles) with its 120 kilowatt-hour battery capacity.

Designed and engineered in house by Rimac, the C_Two features one of the world's largest single-piece carbon-fiber monocoques. The batteries and powertrain are integrated into the monocoque for greater torsional stiffness. A double-wishbone suspension with electronically controlled dampers provides a smooth and comfortable ride, while the electric motors at each wheel interact simultaneously for impressive dynamic control. Rimac expects the C_Two will be in production some time in 2021.

Only 150 will be built, but it will be certified for sale globally — including the U.S.

McLaren Speedtail

McLaren Speedtail

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MSRP: $2,250,000 (est.)
Many would argue that the McLaren F1 is one of the most significant sports cars ever built, breaking a 10-year-old record in 1998 to become the world's fastest production car by clocking a maximum speed of 240.14 mph. The British carmaker subsequently created some thrilling sports cars, but nothing could really be considered a proper successor to that iconic F1 until now: enter the McLaren Speedtail.

Referred to as a "Hyper-GT," the Speedtail is now the fastest production McLaren ever, boasting a top speed of 250 mph. The Speedtail is constructed around a carbon-fiber McLaren Monocage and makes extensive use of lightweight materials throughout. This includes a body made entirely from carbon fiber, aluminum active suspension and carbon-ceramic brakes — all contributing to a low vehicle weight of 3,153 pounds.

The Speedtail makes use of a gas-electric hybrid system that generates a total of 1055 horsepower and a massive 848 pound-feet of torque. With that much power on tap, the Speedtail can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds, passing by 186 mph in less than 13 seconds.

In homage to the iconic F1, the new Speedtail possesses some striking similarities. Only 106 F1s were built, so McLaren will be limiting the production of the Speedtail to the same count of 106 models — all of which have been reserved. Most noticeable is the seating — when it debuted the F1 was pioneering in many ways, but it stood out for having the driver sitting in the center of the cockpit, flanked by two passenger seats set farther back. This same seating configuration has been carried over into the new Speedtail.

​Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista
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MSRP: $2,270,000 (est.)
The Pininfarina name has adorned some of the most beautiful cars ever built, but rather than being the design house for another car company, this time Pininfarina is building its own car. Named for Battista 'Pinin' Farina, founder of the Carrozzeria Pininfarina coachbuilding company in 1930, the new Battista is an all-electric hyper GT car with a stunning carbon fiber body and carbon fiber monocoque chassis. Although the design is completely Pininfarina, the fully electric powertrain comes from Croatian car company Rimac.

The Battista gets four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1,900 horsepower and almost 1,700 pound-feet of torque. This results in astounding acceleration — 62 mph is achieved in 1.9 seconds. With a 120 kilowatt-hour lithium-Ion battery pack, the Battista can travel about 280 miles on a single charge.

Only 150 Battistas are expected to be produced. When it arrives, the Pininfarina Battista will be the most powerful street-legal car ever designed and built in Italy.

​Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg Jesko

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MSRP: $2,800,000
This Swedish supercar company introduced the Jesko two years ago at the Geneva Motor Show as the successor the powerful Agera RS. The all-new Jesko — named for the founder's father — is a car suited for both street and track.

The Jesko's carbon-fiber monocoque chassis is slightly longer and taller than the Agera, which provides a roomier cabin. Styling is clearly Koenigsegg; however, the massive rear spoiler is what instantly draws the eye. At high speeds the Jesko generates more than 2,200 pounds of downforce for excellent grip and handling.

Powering the Jesko is a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 1,280 horses on standard gasoline, and when fueled by E85 biofuel, the output rating jumps to an incredible 1,600 horsepower. This energy gets directed through an all-new nine-speed "Light Speed Transmission" that was designed in-house and allows for practically instant gear changes from any gear to any gear.

Koenigsegg has also introduced the Jesko Absolut, designed to be the company's fastest production car ever. With less downforce and more streamlined aerodynamics, the Jesko Absolut has been tasked with a goal of breaking the elusive 300-mph mark.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston Martin Valkyrie

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MSRP: $3,200,000
This British marque is well known for building luxurious high-performance sports cars, but a few years ago the company announced it was introducing its first hypercar. The mid-engine Valkyrie's design brings Formula One performance to a street-legal car, making full use of Red Bull Racing's experience and technology gleaned from the most challenging racing circuits.

The entire vehicle is carbon fiber — in fact, there is not one steel component in the entire Valkyrie. With extreme aerodynamics and lightweight construction, handling is unlike just about any other road car.

Valkyrie is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine teamed with a battery-electric system for a total output of 1,160 horsepower at a screaming 10,500 rpm, with 664 pound-feet of torque peaking at 6,000 rpm. Performance specs haven't been released; however, the Valkyrie should sprint to 60 mph in under three seconds easily, with a top speed certain to exceed 200 mph.

Only 150 Valkyries will be built, and all have been spoken for.

​Lamborghini Sian Roadster

Lamborghini Si\u00e1n Roadster
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MSRP: $3,297,632
At the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, Lamborghini debuted the very sexy Sian limited-edition exotic sports car. Now a lucky few will have the opportunity to enjoy this extreme high-performance machine with the wind in their hair — as the Lamborghini Sian Roadster. The Sian coupe and roadster represent Lamborghini's first foray into electrification, so the car is aptly named — Sian means flash or lightning in Bolognese dialect.

The extreme styling of the new Sian Roadster complements its advanced powertrain. This open-top exotic sits low with an integrated carbon fiber splitter as well as familiar Y-shaped headlights. While it matches the futuristic look of the coupe, the Sian roadster's roofless design provides those lucky enough to drive it with an unfettered connection to the roar of its powerful V12 engine.

The Sian Roadster derives power from a 6.5-liter V12 engine, upgraded with titanium intake valves, that produces 785 horses — the most power ever derived from a Lamborghini engine. The V12 gets supplemental power from a 48-volt electric motor delivering 34 horsepower for a total output of 819 horses. Engineers integrated the electric motor within the gearbox for instant response; the motor is also used for low-speed operation when backing or parking.

The roadster uses a supercapacitor to store energy, rather than more common lithium-ion batteries. According to Lamborghini, the supercapacitor is three times more powerful than a battery of the same weight. The Sian Roadster will rocket to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds, making it the quickest open-top Lambo ever. The Italian automaker says top speed is in excess of 217 mph — likely a life-changing experience with no roof overhead.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

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MSRP: $3,500,000
Even though the Bugatti Chiron is already one of the most extreme sports cars available, the company has revealed an even higher-performance variant — the Chiron Pur Sport. The Sport gets the same power plant as the "regular" Chiron: an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1,180 pound-feet of torque available as low as 2000 rpm. For the Pur Sport engineers increased the redline threshold by 200 rpm to 6,900 rpm.

Power gets sent to all four wheels via a new seven-speed automatic transmission that has 15 percent closer gear ratios for more power at higher speeds. Combined with the car's improved handling thanks to other engineering tweaks, the Pur Sport's corner entry and exit speeds can be much quicker.

The Pur Sport gets firmer dampers, additional carbon fiber stabilizers at the front and back, as well as springs that are 65 percent stiffer in front and 33 percent at the rear. In combination with grippier tires, the Pur Sport should deliver quicker and more direct steering and much better grip in corners, resulting in higher speeds overall.

With these changes the Pur Sport can reach 62 mph in a mere 2.3 seconds, 124 mph in 5.9 seconds and 186 mph in 12.4 seconds — all quicker than the standard Chiron. In sixth gear, the Pur Sport can accelerate from 37 mph to 75 mph in 4.4 seconds — a full three seconds quicker than a "standard" Chiron. Since maximizing acceleration and agility are the goals of the Pur Sport, top speed gets restricted to 218 mph.

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC

MSRP: $3,500,000
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most extreme, exclusive vehicles on the road, and the Roadster BC promises another level of performance. Named to honor Pagani's first customer, Benny Caiola, the Huayra Roadster BC is built using new composite technologies based on carbon fiber and carbon titanium, which increases torsional rigidity by 12 percent over the standard roadster while keeping the weight around 2,750 pounds. With this stiff and lightweight design combined with the bespoke Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires, the Huayra Roadster BC can achieve up almost two Gs in lateral acceleration.

Lighter and stiffer than the coupe, the roadster exhibits the same incredible performance, thanks to its new Mercedes-AMG V12 engine tuned to produce 800 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque at a low 2,000 rpm. That's considerable thrust for a vehicle that weighs less than 3,000 pounds. Special Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes provide the necessary stopping power with 6-piston calipers at the front, 4-piston at the rear. The six-outlet titanium exhaust system ensures that anyone within earshot will know something special is coming.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

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MSRP: $4,100,000
The Bugatti Chiron is easily one of the fastest cars in the world, and last year the company proved it. With Bugatti test driver and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Andy Wallace at the helm, the Chiron recorded a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h), making it the first production car to break 300 mph.

To better reach and exceed the 300-mph barrier, Bugatti needed to make some design changes to the Chiron. The most noticeable update to the record-breaking car is located out back. The rear end has been lengthened and narrowed — referred to as a Longtail — resulting in significant drag reduction since there is less surface area for air to cling to at speed. With a modified exhaust pipe configuration, the diffuser in the center of the rear end can generate almost enough negative lift by itself, allowing the rear wing to remain retracted during high-speed runs.

To commemorate this outstanding land speed achievement, Bugatti is building a limited number of Chiron Super Sport 300+ variants fashioned after the record-breaking car. The Super Sport 300+ will feature all of the go-fast design changes found on the original 300+ mph car. In addition, the Super Sport 300+ gets the same look with exposed Jet Black carbon fiber with Jet Orange racing stripes. At the front sits a special Bugatti logo made from genuine silver and black enamel. All trim gets finished in Nocturne — including the lightweight magnesium wheels.

Besides these functional and stylistic changes, the Super Sport 300+ receives a slight bump in power, with its W16 engine producing 1600 horses. Citing safety as a major concern, Bugatti engineers are limiting the top speed of the Super Sport 300+ to slightly less than the car's namesake speed, or "just" 273 mph.

​Bugatti Divo

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Photo courtesy of Bugatti Beverly Hills

MSRP: $5,800,000 (est.)
When it comes to the ultimate extreme sports car on the planet, most auto aficionados will think of the Bugatti Chiron. With enormous power and a top speed north of 260 mph, this car resides at a different level than practically any other. However, Bugatti felt it could make a special version that would not only be more exclusive but also offer better handling and performance.

Named for the French racing driver and two-time Targa Florio winner Albert Divo, this new model is based on the Chiron. Although the Chiron is unsurpassable for straight-line performance, the Divo has been developed to be more agile, optimized for exceptional handling on winding roads or the track. While power and acceleration figures remain the same as the Chiron, the Divo is able to lap the Nardo handling circuit a full eight seconds faster than the Chiron. Divo's maximum speed is limited to "only" 236 mph — it still sprints to 62 mph in a mere 2.4 seconds.

Design changes that differentiate Divo from Chiron are primarily functional, all with the goal of improving agility and performance. The newly designed wider front spoiler on the Divo provides higher downforce as well as more airflow, which improves overall cooling. The roof of the Divo has been shaped to direct air into the engine to help manage operating temperatures. Bugatti engineers have also adjusted the steering and suspension for more direct response and sportier driving. New air vents on the Divo divert cold air directly to the brakes, while a heat shield transfers the hot air through the wheels, helping to keep the massive brakes — 16.5 inches in front, 15.7 inches in rear — at optimal performance.

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The EQB lands this summer with a not-so-bad starting price.


Mercedes-Benz is pressing ahead with its electrification goals. Following the release of the EQS flagship electric sedan last year, the automaker is readying the EQB, an electric SUV with up to seven seats. Today, Mercedes announced pricing for the vehicle, and it's surprisingly reasonable. Two trim levels will be offered for the EQB in the United States: Exclusive and Pinnacle, and wecould see an AMG variant at some point down the road.

The EQB comes in two variants, including the EQB 300 and EQB 350, both of which come with all-wheel drive. The EQB 300 offers 225 horsepower and the 350 delivers 288 ponies. Those aren't super-serious numbers and they don't have to be. The EQB competes with vehicles like the Volkswagen ID.4, so mind-blowing performance isn't exactly the goal. Mercedes hasn't given range estimates yet, but they should fall in line with the competition.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQBThe EQB will come in two powertrain variants, each with two trims.Mercedes-Benz

The SUV comes standard with a 10.25-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Mercedes includes a good list of standard safety features, including lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and active brake assist. Additionally, the EQB's navigation system routes the vehicle for the best efficiency and can help locate charging stations.

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQB 300 starts at $56,800, including a $1,050 destination charge. A range-topping Pinnacle trim is available for $59,350. The EQB 350 starts at $60,350. Mercedes says the SUV will go on sale in summer 2022.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.


It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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