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Top 10 Expensive Cars

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Country of Origin: Italy

Engine: 750-hp, 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder

0-62 mph: 2.9 seconds

Starting price: $4.5 million

Lamborghini says it plans to build only nine copies of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster in 2014. Among many other innovations its lightweight body design makes extensive use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Top speed is 221 mph.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Country of Origin: France

Engine: 1,200 hp, 8-liter, 16-cylinder

0-62 mph: 2.6 seconds

Starting price: $2.5 million

Bugatti says its current model is the “fastest production roadster in the world,” having been driven 255.5 mph in April 2013. Bugatti announced earlier this month, December 2013, it sold its 400th Veyron worldwide since its introduction in 2005. Only 50 are available out of a total planned production of 450.

Koenigsegg Agera S

Country of Origin: Sweden

Engine: 1,030 hp, twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8

0-62 mph (that is, 100 km per hour): 2.9 seconds

Starting price: $1,520,000

Koenigsegg said it expects to ship its first Agera S to the United States this month, December 2013. The Agera S belongs to the exclusive 1,000-hp-plus club, with a twin-turbo V-8 that generates 1,030 hp. That flings the car from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds, or zero to around 188 mph in 22.7 seconds – that is, if you’re on a racetrack or if you own your own highway. If that’s not enough Koenigsegg has a new model called the One:1 in the prototype stage. According to press reports, it’s said to produce 1,400 hp and weigh around 1,400 kg. The name refers to the “1-to-1” power-to-weight ratio. It’s expected to sell for around $2,850,000.

Hennessey Venom GT

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Engine: 1,244 hp, 7.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8

0-60mph: 2.7 seconds

Price: $1.2 million

Hennessey Perfomance, based in Sealy, Texas, says its Hennessey Venom GT set a Guinness World Book-record time of 13.63 seconds from zero to 300 kph, or 186 mph, in January 2013. The company said this month, December 2013, it had sold only 11 Venom GTs to clients around the world, including only five in the United States. The company plans to build a total of only 29 all told. The Hennessey Venom GT design is based on the Lotus Elise roadster and Exige coupe model. The Venom GT is created from a base Lotus Elise/Exige and utilizes components including but not limited to the roof, doors, side glass, windscreen, dash, cockpit, floorpan, HVAC system, wiper and head lamps. Hennessey Performance and the Venom GT are not associated with Lotus Cars.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Country of Origin: Germany

Engine: 887 hp (total output), 4.6-liter V-8 with two electric motors

0-62 mph: 2.5 seconds

Starting price: $845,000

Besides the hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain, other innovations include rear-wheel steering, where the rear wheels adjust slightly in turns. It can go up to 19 miles on battery power alone. By itself, the V-8 gasoline engine produces 608 hp. Like many race cars, the Porsche 918 Spyder is largely built of lightweight but strong carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The lightweight, even more racing-oriented Weissach Package of options boosts the sticker price to $929,000.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Engine: 453-hp, 6.75-liter V-12

0-60 mph: 5.8 seconds

Starting price: $298,900

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase model is about nine inches longer than the standard-wheelbase. That extra room is most noticeable in the back seat, where the owner presumably will spend a lot of his or her time being driven around. The brand image is old-fashioned but Rolls-Royce’s current cars have high-tech features like cameras at five locations to watch out for obstacles when parking, and to project the predicted path on a screen when reversing.

Ferrari F12berlinetta

Country of Origin: Italy

Engine: 740-hp, 6.3-liter, V-12

0-62 mph: 3.1 seconds

Starting ?price: $315,888

The Ferrari F12berlinetta (that’s how Ferrari writes it, all one word) has a top speed of “over 211 mph,” the company said. Not only that, it reaches 125 mph in only 8.5 seconds. Ferrari says it has the fastest acceleration of any road-going Ferrari – as opposed to Ferrari racecars, which are confined to the track.

Bentley Mulsanne

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Engine: 505-hp, 6.75-liter, twin-turbo V-8

0-60 mph: 5.1 seconds

Starting price: $298,900

Bentley calls the Bentley Mulsanne “the grandest of grand tourers.” The interior has features like wood veneers and leather upholstery made from “blemish-free” hides, from herds raised in cooler climates where there are fewer insects. Having said that, performance is pretty amazing, considering it weighs close to 6,000 pounds.

Aston Martin Vanquish

Country of Origin: United Kingdom

Engine: 565-hp, 6.0-liter V-12

0-62 mph (that is, 100 km per hour): 4.1 seconds

Starting price: $279,995

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a two-door hardtop coupe, which also comes as a convertible, called the Volante. It’s the first Aston Martin with lightweight but strong carbon-fiber body panels. Top speed is 183 mph. Aston Martin also offers a long list of personalized options like matching a favorite color to paint the exterior, or custom leather. Aston Martin calls the customized collection of options “Q by Aston Martin.” Aston Martin’s brand image is caught up with classic James Bond movies.

Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Coupe

Country of Origin: Germany

Engine: 621-hp, 6.0-liter, bi-turbo V-12

0-60 mph: 4.2 seconds

Starting price: $215,500

The Mercedes-Benz AMG division used to be a separate company that souped up stock Mercedes-Benz models. Bigger, more powerful engines continue to be the heart and soul of the AMG treatment, even though the company became a wholly owned subsidiary years ago. The engine in the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Coupe is a handcrafted V-12. The AMG tradition is that the individual master craftsman who builds each engine puts his signature on it when he’s finished. That’s not to say the end product is some quaint relic. Top speed is 186 mph, not bad for a car that could be used as a family car, unlike a two-seat racecar.