Are you looking for a new car this year? If so, 2017 got some pretty nice vehicles lined up, and in every segment and price range. Depending on who you ask, the best new car under $20,000 might be the Nissan Sentra or Ford Focus. Up your budget to $35,000 and a whole new world of cars is available, such as the Subaru WRX and BMW 320i xDrive. A little higher, under $50,000, there are some beautiful cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Range Rover Evoque. How about we add another zero to that budget? Of course, these are movie-star and Fortune 500 CEO vehicles, certainly nothing like we’d find in our own garages, but dazzling nonetheless. These are three of our favorite most-expensive vehicles in the world. How about we start at a nice round number – $1 million?
2017 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition
Starting our list is a limited-edition sports car, first revealed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2016, the 2017 Lister Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition. Lister Motor Company, based in Cambridge, England, started making this car for the in the mid-1950s, which debuted at the Oulton Park British Empire Trophy in 1954. In 1957, Lister redesigned the vehicle around a Jaguar inline-six-cylinder engine, with a lightweight aluminum body that went on to take first place in that year’s British Empire Trophy. Future iterations didn’t fare well, however, and Lister pulled out from racing, but kept producing sports cars for individual customers over the years. For 2017, Lister Motors is rolling out a modernized version of the 1954 Lister Jaguar, just ten race-ready replicas made in the same manner as the originals. The 2017 version will be powered by a modern straight-six, by Crosthwaite and Gardener, putting out up to 337 hp and 295 lb ft of torque. Each of the ten vehicles will be sold for $1,000,000.
2017 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder
Hennessey Performance Engineering is a sports car tuning house, specializing in modifying automobiles, usually for high-powered shenanigans, like putting a 1,451-horsepower engine under the hood of a Lotus. Indeed, that’s what we’re looking at here with the 2017 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. On March 25, 2016, the car set a world speed record for open-top street-legal vehicles. In spite of suffering fuel pump problems and suffering a 300-hp handicap – the twin-turbocharged 7.0-liter V8 drinks a lot of fuel – the world record stands at 265.6 mph. The 2017 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder is based on a heavily-modified Lotus Exige and sells for around $1.3 million.
Aston Martin AM-RB 001
The Aston Martin AM-RB 001 is the result of too many empty Red Bull cans rolling around the engineering den at Aston Martin, or at least it makes for an interesting theory. Indeed, the hypercar is a joint project between Aston Martin and Red Bull, designed by Formula One veteran designer Adrian Newey. Powered by a naturally-aspirated V12 and featuring an F1 KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), to say that the car is overpowered is quite the understatement, with a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, that is, 1 horsepower per 1 kilogram of car weight. Actual details are sketchy, as the hypercar has been in development for at least two years and won’t reach production until 2018, a limited run of “up to” 150 cars and 25 track-only cars. Even so, some guess that the car might hit 1,200 hp or more and sell for more than $3 million.
Even if you’ll never be able to afford one, it’s astonishing how much technology goes into making these cars as fast and agile as they are. While the vehicles themselves are expensive because of their limited-edition status and engineering, don’t be surprised if some of that technology eventually makes it into the everyday vehicles we see on the roads tomorrow. One day you may find them at your local car auction!Tags: expensive cars