In a Perfect World price and availability would present no obstacle to owning one of the best cars in the world. With that premise, we present what we think are the ten best cars on the planet.
10. Maclaren P1 (£700,000)
Hailing from the pedigree stable that produced the F1, this Hybrid is no green tea drinking Prius. The Twin Turbo 3.8 litre V8 works in concert with a 324 lithium powered electric motor. The upshot is an eyebrow raising 903 bhp and 722 lb ft of torque. To you and me that means 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, topping out at a license ruining 186 mph. That’s not bad for 18 miles per gallon. F1 performance whilst saving the planet? Why not?
9. Hennessey Venom GT (£700,000)
This muscle bound Texan is no saloon slouch. It’s the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for fastest production car from 0 – 300 kph (that’s 0-186 in old money) hitting the mark after just 13.63 seconds and reaching the magic 60 mph goalpost after just 2.7 seconds. Those brave chaps at Hennesey have also recorded track speeds in excess of 270 mph with Hennesey promising it will only top out after 287 mph. The reason is the 7 litre twin turbo V8 that will happily spit out 1200 horses and 1156 lb ft of torque . Lets face it, if it’s good enough for Steve Tyler its good enough for us right?
8. Zenvo ST1 (£770,000)
Its not just cutting crime drama that hails from Denmark. Zenvo are making a grand total of 15 ST1’s so good luck on getting hold of one. It’s not just it’s skunkwork looks that appeal. The vital statistics see 60 mph become a distant memory after just 3 seconds and a top speed of 233 mph. The 6.8 litre engine is both super and turbo charged putting out 1104 bhp and 1050 Ib ft of Torque. Satnav, keyless entry and electric seats come as standard, just as well given the price.
7: Ferrari La Ferrari (£850,000)
Whilst some may wish it held on to its production name of F150, the Ferrari, “The Ferrari” is the first hybrid to sport the prancing horse. The boffins have produced a Ferrari that has more power output than any previous incarnation and at the same time increased fuel economy by 40 percent. The numbers (0-60, 3 seconds, max speed 217 mph and 950 bhp with 664 Ib ft torque) prove that you can have your cake and eat it. Its the first Ferrari not to be styled by Pininfarina since the Dino 308 back in 1973. It looks no worse for it however and despite its performance being slightly more sane than the previous offerings of this article, we would gladly find it a place on our driveways.
6. Pagini Huayra (£840,000)
Continuing their tradition of left-field monikers, the Huayra (pronounced why-rah) is named after the Incan God of Wind and it goes like stink. The 6 litre AMG engine squeezes out 720 bhp along with 740 Ib ft’s of torque. This results in 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and a top speed circa 230 mph. It’s active aerodynamics reduce drag, increase downforce and assist breaking. Its sci-fi looks and handling are just two of the reasons Richard Hammond fell in love with it . That and the fact it made the best time around the Top Gear track to date.
5. Koenigsegg One:1 (£1,830,000)
The One:1 is so named due to it having a power to weight ration of 1:1. Accordingly Koenigsegg claim that it is the “Worlds first megacar“. The twin turbo, 5 litre, V8 offers 1341 bhp accompanied by 1011 Ib ft of torque yet weighs just 197 kg. The One:1 will hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds with max speed of 248 mph arriving just 17.2 seconds later. If this sounds like your sort of car be prepared to pay top dollar. Koenigsegg have only built 8 of them and they’ve all been bought. So unless you own a couple of oil fields, getting hold of one may present some problems.
4. Ferrari F60 America (£1,560,000)
The first V12 and second Ferrari in our list, the F60 America is a special roadster edition of the F12 and built to commemorate 60 years of Ferrari history in America. The lack of roof and additional American styling adds a cool 1.2 million to the price tag of what ostensibly under the hood is a F12. That’s not to say that the performance of the 6.3 litre is anything to sniff at. 731 bhp and 509 lb ft of torque conspire to deliver 60 mph in 3.1 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Provided your’re an American Ferrari nut with 1.5 mill burning a hole in your pocket, we can think of no better alternative.
3. Bugatti Veyron: Meo Costantini (£2,090,000)
Of course a Veyron had to feature in such a list and we’ve chosen something extra special from the Bugatti stable. The Meo Costantini is a special edition of the Grand Sport Vitesse. It features the insane Vitesse performance of 1200 bhp, 1100 lb ft torque, 0-60 mph 2.6 seconds and a v-max of 255 mph but limited to a mildly saner 233 mph. But the point here is that this is a limited edition of the already fastest roadster in the world. This, one of six special editions, features french racing blue carbon fibre and bare aluminium bodywork. With a map of the Targa Florio and Costantini’s signature in the interior it doesn’t get much more exclusive than this.
2. W Motors Lykan Hypersport (£2,960,000)
Whilst it could be argued that all of the cars featured in this list have the “bling factor” the Lebanon based W Motors have chosen to redefine the genre. Powered by a 3.7 litre, plucky flat 6 that produces 740 bhp and 708 Ib ft of torque. It will reach 239 mph and get you to 60 in 2.8 seconds. What sets this car apart is its attendant price tag. Only four have been built three of which have been sold to date for a cool £2,960,000. What do you get apart from little change from £3 mill? Well, standard included options such as 15 ct Diamond encrusted headlights or other precious stones at your request. Not bad for the third most expensive car in the World.
1. Lamborghini Veneno (£2,007,000)
Let’s face it, Lamborghini doesn’t do “sutble”. The Veneno is a limited production produced to mark Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary. Based on the already psychotic Aventador, the Veneno sees further development of the 6.5 litre V12. Easily summoning 739 bhp and putting down 508 Ib ft of torque. Say hello to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and enjoy a top whack of 221 mph. The Veneno features styling that would make Batman jealous. Sold? Unfortunately you may struggle to get one as only 4 have been built. The prototype, Car Zero, is to remain in mint condition at the factory museum. The second, featuring red accents, belongs to Antoine Dominic, Owner of Lamborghini Long Island. The next went to mogul and car collector Kris Singh. The final was spotted in Hong Kong en route to Macua and belongs to an unknown entity. All may not be lost however, as Lamborghini are producing a further 9 of the roadster version a snip at just £2.1 million each. Go on, treat yourself.