Most Expensive New Cars
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 $47,000 — the least expensive car on this list is more than 20 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 considerably more for a car than most folks pay for their first house? Extreme power, ultimate performance, lavish amenities and exclusivity — take a look at cars on the upper cusp of automotive high society. Note: This list of most expensive new cars does not include any models with build runs of less than 10 vehicles, and all vehicles are street legal.
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 powerplant producing 1750 horsepower and a massive 1280 lb-ft of torque. Power gets sent to the rear wheels via a CIMA 7-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. The company hopes to test this with the ultimate goal of surpassing 300 mph.
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 is limited to just 249 copies.
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg is well known for building extreme sports cars, but with the new Gemera the company may have just redefined the high-performance family car. The brand’s first four seater, the Gemera is referred to as a “Mega-GT.” This sexy sports car offers room for four adults and their luggage, 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 3-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 1700 horsepower, which will move the Gemera to 62 mph in less than 2 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.
An all-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. The 21C is already making a name for itself at some of America’s most famous racetracks — the innovative hypercar now owns the production car record at both WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway and Circuit of the Americas. Czinger plans to build 80 copies of this supercar with deliveries beginning in 2023.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
Unlike previous special editions from the Italian automaker, the Icona series draws inspiration from the most exciting Ferraris of the 1950s but decked out with the most advanced sports car technology — a fitting blend of old and new. The first models in this new Icona series are 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.
Ferrari Icona Series — Monza SP1 / SP2
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.
Introduced a few years ago at the Geneva Motor Show, the Regera is considered the GT 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
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.
Bentley Mulliner Bacalar
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 just 12 Bacalars, and each will be designed, engineered and handcrafted to the buyer’s wishes.
Hennessey Venom F5
The Hennessey name has long been associated with making cars — and trucks — go faster. Throughout its history, the American tuner has upped the performance on an array of vehicles ranging from sports cars to SUVs. Now Hennessey Performance is building its own vehicle from the ground up called the Venom F5 — a monstrously powerful lightweight hypercar designed for extreme performance. The F5 features a new chassis and a carbon fiber body shaped to have the least possible drag. The sleek shape of the Hennessey Venom F5 is most noticeable from the side, where it sits as low as 3 inches off the ground.
Hennessey Venom F5
The limited-edition Venom F5 packs a rear mid-mounted 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged Fury V8 engine that produces 1817 horsepower and 1193 lb-ft of torque, making it the most potent non-electrified sports car in the world. To handle that massive torque, engineers chose a specially designed semi-automatic single-clutch 7-speed gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering column. With its impressive power-to-weight ratio, the Venom F5 has some equally impressive performance stats. Acceleration to 62 mph (100 kph) takes 2.6 seconds; 124 mph (200 kph) comes up in 4.7 seconds; 186 mph (300 kph) in 8.4 seconds; and 249 mph (400 kph) in less than 16 seconds. Hennessey estimates the Venom F5 will ultimately hit 311 mph. Only 24 Venom F5s will be built to customer specifications at a starting price of $2.1 million each. Deliveries of the Venom F5 began in the last quarter of 2021.
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 lb-ft of torque. With that much power on tap, the Speedtail can reach 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and surpass 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 Speedtail.
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 1900 horsepower and almost 1700 lb-ft of torque. This results in astounding acceleration — 62 mph is achieved in 1.9 seconds. With a 120 kWh 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.
Lotus Cars established its retail reputation building lightweight, high-performance sports cars equally at home on both track and street. In that vein, Lotus has taken the wraps off its all-new flagship sports car — the Evija, pronounced ih-VIE-uh. Not only is Evija the first hypercar from Lotus, it’s also the brand’s first all-electric vehicle. The first Lotus built on a full carbon fiber chassis, the Evija sits low and wide with a sleek silhouette that introduces a new design language for the marque. Deeply sculpted from all angles, the Evija seems to have air ducts flowing through all parts of the body. The unique rear view features large Venturi tunnel outlets surrounded by LED ribbon-style brake lights.
Aside from the standout design, the Evija sets itself apart from other hypercars with an all-electric powertrain. Four electrical drive units consist of an ultralight, single-speed, helical-gear ground planetary gearbox tied to a high-power electric motor. Mounted at each wheel, these units have a power target of around 500 horses each, giving the Evija an estimated 1973 horsepower and 1254 lb-ft of torque. With each motor able to be operated independently, the Evija has full-time all-wheel drive as well as torque vectoring, which should provide exceptional handling and agility. The Evija’s acceleration is expected to be quite dramatic — the jump to 62 mph will take less than 3 seconds with a top speed in excess of 200 mph. Perhaps even more impressive, Lotus predicts the Evija will accelerate from 62 mph to 124 mph in less than 3 seconds, and 124 to 186 in another 4 seconds. Lotus plans to create a mere 130 copies of the Evija.
As one of the most extreme cars on this list — a high rung to reach — the Rimac Nevera keeps company with the most powerful electric hypercars in the world. The first production model from Croatia-based Rimac Automobili, the Nevera extracts energy via four electric motors — one at each wheel — for a combined output of 1914 horsepower. Named after a lightning storm, the Nevera instantly generates almost 1700 lb-ft of torque that translates to acceleration leaving virtually any other car in its dust. This hypercar sprints to 60 mph in 1.85 seconds and passes 186 mph in 11.8 seconds. Top speed is listed as 258 mph, and Rimac claims the Nevera will have a range of 550 km (about 340 miles) with a 120-kWh battery capacity.
Rimac Automobili designed and engineered the Nevera in-house, and it features one of the world’s largest single-piece carbon-fiber monocoques. The batteries and powertrain are integrated with 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 maximize interoperability for impressive dynamic control. Only 150 examples will be built, and Nevera will be certified for sale globally — including the U.S.
A few years ago Mercedes-AMG celebrated the brand’s 50th anniversary by introducing the Project ONE show car. This sexy 2-seat coupe borrows from Mercedes’ extensive Formula One experience and is basically a street-legal race car. When most car companies refer to bringing their racing technology and experience to the street, it usually isn’t as literal as what Mercedes-AMG has done. The Project ONE utilizes a full-fledged Formula One hybrid drive system consisting of a hybrid turbocharged combustion engine that employs four electric motors.
Power comes from the same engine found in a Mercedes Formula One race car — a 1.6-liter direct-injection V6 that uses an electrically assisted turbocharger. The V6 can rev up to 11000 rpm, and an additional electric motor pairs with the V6 and features a direct link to the driveshaft. As if this were not enough, two electric motors fitted to the front axle provide acceleration and braking at each wheel for better stability and all-wheel-drive control. This complex system of electric motors, gas engine and turbocharger comes together to produce more than 1000 horsepower. Mercedes-AMG reports this extreme supercar will reach 124 mph (200 km/h) in less than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of 217 mph. The automaker plans to build 275 AMG One models, with deliveries expected to start later in 2022.
Lamborghini Countach LPI-800-4
In 1971 when Lamborghini debuted the Countach, it redefined the entire concept of an exotic sports car. With its sleek shape, unique scissor doors and powerful V12 engine, the Countach was unlike anything else on the road. Now the Italian automaker is coming to market with a new model worthy of wearing this legendary name — the Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4. Lamborghini did not set out to replicate the original — instead this modern-day Countach provides a look at what this special car would have become had it stayed in production. The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4 features styling cues that clearly hearken back to the pioneering model. The steeply raked hood and its integrated headlights mimic the original car’s aggressive looks, albeit with advanced lighting rather than the pop-up headlights of the first model.
Lamborghini Countach LPI-800-4
The original Countach has a 4.0-liter V12 engine that produces 375 horsepower — the Countach LPI 800-4 takes things up a few notches. The new Countach boasts a 6.5-liter V12 teamed with a 48-volt e-motor — powered by a supercapacitor — for a total output of 769 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque. Power gets sent to a Haldex four-wheel-drive system via Lamborghini’s independent shifting rod — or ISR — automated transmission. This amazing new Lamborghini Countach LPI- 800-4 makes extensive use of carbon fiber throughout. The monocoque chassis as well as the body panels are all carbon fiber, which provides an extremely stiff yet lightweight package. This special Lamborghini can reach 62 mph in a mere 2.8 seconds and 124 mph in 8.6 seconds. The car’s top speed is reportedly 221 mph.
This Swedish supercar company introduced the Jesko a few 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 1280 horses on standard gasoline, and when fueled by E85 biofuel, the output rating jumps to an incredible 1600 horsepower. This energy gets directed through an all-new 9-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
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.
Aston Martin Valkyrie
Valkyrie is powered by a naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine teamed with a battery-electric system for a total output of 1160 horsepower at a screaming 10500 rpm, with 664 lb-ft of torque peaking at 6000 rpm. Performance specs haven’t been released; however, the Valkyrie should sprint to 60 mph in under 3 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
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.
Lamborghini Sian Roadster
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
Even though the Bugatti Chiron is already one of the most extreme sports cars available, the company offers an even higher-performance variant — the Chiron Pur Sport. The Pur Sport gets the same powerplant as the “regular” Chiron: an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque available as low as 2000 rpm. For the Pur Sport, engineers increased the redline threshold by 200 rpm to 6900 rpm. Power gets sent to all four wheels via a new 7-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.
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
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 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 3 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
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.
Pagani Huayra Roadster BC
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 lb-ft of torque at a low 2000 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+
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.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
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.
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 8 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.
This French car company continues to build special versions of the extreme Chiron, and the latest to arrive is the Centodieci. Paying homage to a previous Bugatti supercar — the EB 110 — the Centodieci carries many of the styling cues of that original model of the 1990s. Designers and engineers had significant hurdles to overcome beyond simply swapping out Chiron body panels to create the Centodieci. The Chiron’s complex design incorporates bodywork as an integral part of the car’s aerodynamics and cooling, as well as its high speed.
While the original EB 110 is powered by a V12 engine, the Centodieci features Bugatti’s incredible 8.0-liter W16 powerplant producing almost three times the power of that original V12 — 1600 horses. The sprint to 62 mph occurs in a lightning-like 2.4 seconds, 124 mph goes by in 6.1 seconds and in a bit over 13 seconds this Bugatti will be accelerating past 186 mph. Top speed is electronically limited to 236 mph. Bugatti will build only 10 of the Centodieci, all of which have already been sold.
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