Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World in 2017

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World in 2017

The number of supercars and hypercars is growing at a fast clip. That means competition for the most expensive car in the world title is also growing. From the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster to the McLaren P1 to the Aston Martin Valkyrie, expensive, high-ticket rarities are crowding the top of the market. Surprisingly, a most expensive car list is not as easy to make as you might think. The prices for the most expensive cars fluctuate depending on customer build requests, which—among the buyers of the world’s most expensive cars—can get rather baroque.

10. Koenigsegg Regera – $1.9 million

Christian von Koenigsegg may be the most visionary privateer builder in the world today. His creations are deeply personal and undeniably ground-breaking innovations. The many of the most expensive cars in the world, the price of the changes to match the complexity each customer’s demands. The Regera is built around a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 1,100 horsepower. The rest of the drivetrain is a brilliant departure from the norm: the Regera uses something called the Koenigsegg Direct Drive system, wherein a small, crank-mounted electric motor is connected to the engine with a hydraulic coupling and acts as a launch motor.

Then, each of the rear wheels is assigned its own electric motor the push out around 700 horsepower. Off the line, with the coupling open, the Regera is a purely electric drive. When the hydraulic coupling closes, the smaller electric motor fills out the bottom of the torque curve. Few innovations in the automobile have inspired as much envy as Koenigsegg’s drive system, and that accounts for just a part of the exorbitant cost.

9. Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta — $2.2 million

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The Ferrari LaFerrari stood out when it was first introduced at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show, despite the fact that it had to share the floor with a new Lamborghini Veneno and McLaren P1. It has a top speed of 217 mph, crushed the track record at Maranello, and goes from 0 to 60 in under two seconds.

Unveiled at last year’s Paris Auto Show, the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is the open-topped version of the fastest production Ferrari ever made. Literally meaning “open,” the Aperta differs from the hard-top—which was already expensive when it was first sold in 2013 or $1 million apiece—in a few crucial ways.

The Aperta uses the same revolutionary drivetrain to create around 1,000 horsepower: the mid-rear mounted 6.3-liter Ferrari F140 V12 coupled with its HY-KERS kinetic energy recapture system cribbed from its Formula 1 car. But the absence of a roof—and a slight increase in weight—has demanded some critical changes to the car: the Aperta’s has a more prominent front air-dam to boost downforce, its radiators have been angled down to direct air flow out along the underbody instead of over the hood, and an L-shaped wedge has been integrated to the upper corner of each windshield a-pillar to reduce compression on the rear of the cabin. What Ferrari calls “Butterfly” doors open at a slightly different angle. Also, look for revised wheel arches.

8. McLaren P1 GTR — $2.59 million

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Ok, so the McLaren P1 GTR isn’t on the market any more, and it never really was to begin with, since McLaren sold it out of the works, and only 35 were made. It’s also a track-only car. You’d think these factors would take the GTR out of contention. Not so! A track car is still a car, and this one is a beauty. Built by McLaren works as a 20th anniversary celebration of McLaren’s win at Le Mans and maintained by McLaren Special Operations department, the P1 GTR was sold only in pounds for £1.9 million.

The 1,000-horsepower P1 GTR is one of the most expensive cars in the world because it is a McLaren, and a very special one at that. It features a hybrid drive plucked from the audacious P1 road car, and but it differs in a variety of ways. Where the P1 has a variety of driving programs (e-mode, normal, sport, track, and race, as well as an all-out “boost” and Instant Power Assist System button), the GTR has a stripped down set of options. It has a fixed ride height on race-ready suspension, a fixed rear wing capable that can deploy a drag reduction system, and specially-designed exhaust system. It travels 225 mph at the high end and goes from 0-60 in 2.4 seconds.

7. Bugatti Chiron — $2.6 million

When, as legend has it, former VW czar Ferdinand Piech demanded that Bugatti make the fastest car in the world, the masterminds in Mulsanne conjured the Veyron, an insectile example of aerospace colliding with automotive engineering that traveled a laughable 268 mph. Its W-16, 1,001-horsepower engine jacked up the cost to $1.5 million, and the four turbo wastegates were louder than most modern engines.

Now, the Veyron—once among the most expensive cars in the world—is gone. In its place, the Bugatti Chiron, an even more expensive Bugatti. Also faster, more advanced, and more powerful than the Veyron, the Chiron boasts a similar quad-turbocharged W-16 8.0-liter engine, but it has tinkered and futzed until the output is now 1,500 horsepower—300 more than even the Super Sport, the fastest model of the Veyron. The Chiron’s top speed has been limited to just 261 mph on the road; its actual top speed has reportedly not yet been tested. But the wealthy and wiling are lining up to set the mark.

What makes the Chiron one of the most expensive cars in the world? It’s a Bugatti, it’s handmade in an atelier, and no one can agree how to pronounce its name.

6. Pagani Huayra BC — $2.8 million

For those among you who didn’t think it could get more extreme that the Pagani Huayra, we give you the Huayra BC, the most expensive Pagani ever made. The BC stands for Benny Caiola, an Italian investor who may have owned one of the best collections of Ferraris in the world. Caiola was one of Horacio Pagani’s oldest friends and mentors, and this car takes Pagani’s obsessive approach to detail to even more mental levels.

The BC looks and sounds like the “base” Huayra: The engine is still sourced from AMG, and remains a 6.0-liter V-12 bi-turbo that’s been tuned by Pagani’s demonic shop gnomes to bring you 790 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. All of this sorcery is run through tripod drive shafts developed through Le Mans prototype program to the rear wheels by way of a seven-speed Xtrac transmission. Got that? The transmission itself is controlled by electro-hydraulic actuation and carbon-fiber synchronizers. Pagani, ever hungry for carbon fiber.

Here’s just one of many ways in which the BC takes flight from the planet Huarya: Each shift in this dynamic transmission has been tuned from the standard Huayra 150 milliseconds to the BC’s 75. That’s taking a fast shift time and slashing it in half.

5. Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio — $3 million


Only six of these preposterous Ferraris were ever made. The very expensive Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio was created in homage to the famed son of the founder of Pininfarina the year that he died. It was originally presented as a concept car in 2013, the Sergio grew on Ferrari just enough to for them to green-light a six-car production run based on the Ferrari 458 Spider.

Thanks to an all-carbon-fiber frame, the hand-made Sergio is a full 330 pounds lighter than the already waif-like 458. Arranged in a two-seat configuration, it takes the open-air concept even further. Where the Ferrari 458 Spider has no roof, the Sergio has no roof, no side windows, and windshield. That makes the force of this naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter F136F  V-8 engine—the same one used the 458 Spider—all the more forceful.

4. Aston Martin Valkyrie — $3 million

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There is no announced price for the Aston Martin Valkyrie yet. But a reliable source said that if we put $3 million, we’d be about right. This car, until recently known as the Aston Martin-Red Bull AM-RB 001, is a culmination of sorts of Aston Martin’s visionary new president, Andy Palmer, who has ushered Aston Martin into a new age of solvency and relevance with a series of killer cars. The Valkrie is the most killer car of all.

Palmer and Red Bull RAcing’s Adrian Newey and Christian Horner agreed to build the car over a pint at a pub (true story). Thus the partnership was born between Aston and Red Bull Racing’s Newey, the aerodynamicist whose work is largely responsible for Red Bull’s multi-year dominance in Formula One. Newey and Aston Martin invented an aerodynamic scheme for the Valkyrie that channels air through the chassis and creates downforce without the help of a wings.

The engine will be a 6.5-liter, naturally-aspirated V-12 tailored to the frame by Cosworth, and was made to achieve the magical 1:1 power-to-weight ratio.

The Valkyrie is not a car for casual buyers of supercars. Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s designer, said the car—which has a Rimac-built hybrid battery system installed along with the engine—will make about 1,000 horsepower.

3. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster — $3.3 million


The Veneno Roadster is the most expensive production Lamborghini on the road today. It’s actually $500,000 more expensive than the coupe version of the Veneno. That’s a lot of cash for a little less roof above your head.

How can you explain a cost well north of $3 million? Look at the build of this open-top two-seater. The monoque is lifted from the LP700-4 Aventador, except this one is made from carbon-fiber. Atop this is bolted a 740-hp, 6.5-liter V-12 with a seven-speed single-clutch ISR automated manual transmission—the same one found in the Veneno coupe. It’s a tricky transmission, and one that gets a lot of heat among aficionados. If there’s room for improvement in a car that costs more than a private jet share, the transmission would be the place. The sprung portion of the Veneno is placed atop a pushrod-actuated suspension, and even though it’s driven by a a full all-wheel-drive system, the total dry weight of this carbon-fiber gem is just 3,285 pounds.

2. Lykan HyperSport — $3.4 million

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Built by W Motors, the Lykan HyperPport is legitimately the first Arab supercar. We know this because W Motors is based in Lebanon, but also because the HyperSport is reckoned to be the first car to have headlights with embedded jewels. There are titanium LED blades that have a total of 420 15-karat diamonds. However, according to Lykan, buyers have also selected rubies, diamonds, yellow diamonds, and sapphires.

The rest of the car? Fine. It’s powered by a mid-rear mounted, twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six boxer that fires about 780 horsepower through the rear wheels. It 0-62 in 2.8 seconds and has a blistering top speed of 240 mph.

But really: The headlights are made with 240 15-karat diamonds. And that’s what makes this one of the most expensive cars in the world.

1. McLaren P1 LM — $3.7 million


The McLaren P1 LM is the most expensive car in the world in 2017. Go ahead and dispute it, because you can. But first, consider the caveats: McLaren didn’t actually build this car. They built the original P1, which was then acquired by Lanzante Motorsports, which painstakingly rebuilt the P1, transforming a near-perfect supercar into a definitive work of art that will one day be remembered as a crowning achievement of all humanity.

It takes cues from the McLaren P1 GTR [see above] and the storied McLaren F1 road car. Like the F1, the LM has gold plating in the engine bay. And the engine which the gold surrounds is a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8. Combined with the three electric motors dispersed between the engine and the rear wheels, the P1 LM produces a heroic 1000 horsepower.

These details may not distinguish a car on this list, which has high power standards. The Lanzante distinguishes itself is in how smart it is. The aerodynamics come to life on track. A modified rear wing and enlarged front splitter join together with dive planes that generate an astounding 40 percent increase in downforce over the P1 GTR.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World in 2017

World’s Largest Automakers

World’s Largest Automakers

Renault-Nissan Outranks Volkswagen, Could Pass #1 Toyota

World's Largest Automakers

The times, they are a changing: Last year, Volkswagen Group kicked perennial front-runner Toyota from the top spot. A few months later, world domination has fizzled, and Volkswagen finds itself in the number three position. Even more embarrassing for Volkswagen, come-from-behind Renault-Nissan Alliance is the second-largest global automaker, with Toyota firmly back on top.

Four months into the year, Toyota Group is up 7.8% with 3.53 million units produced so far. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is not much behind with 3.47 million units, up 7.4%. 3rd-ranking Volkswagen Group delivered 3.4 million units from January through April, and its sales are down 0.7% compared to the first four months in 2016. All of this according to data released by the respective automakers.

Nearly 200,000 units behind Toyota, for Volkswagen to regain the lead once this year is over would need a miracle — or a catastrophe for the OEMs in front. Surprisingly, Toyota is not so safe at all from being surpassed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. As the table shows, the two groups are separated only by a slim rounding error, and both are good for some 10.5 million by the end of the year.

World’s Largest Automakers

At the Geneva Motor Show, the beautiful… and the damned?

At the Geneva Motor Show, the beautiful… and the damned?

Passing by the glittering, luxury cars, with models draped elegantly over the hoods, you might get the impression that you were witnessing the height of power for the automotive industry. Not only has the internal combustion engine reached dizzying heights of refinement, but the plethora of electric, hybrid and fuel cell engines could leave you wondering if anything more need ever be invented.

Just take a look at Sedric, the transporter prototype from Volkswagen, the internals of which look more like an airport lounge than an SUV.

Designed from the ground up to be fully self-driving, it showed where VW thinks the future might head. You can summon your car via an app, and tell it where you want to go. The car is supposed to able to recognize its user and open the doors. You then chat nonchalantly to your passengers while the car whisks you to your location.

Volkswagen must — if you’ll forgive the pun — really motor. It has to spend billions on electric vehicles, self-driving and new mobility services, as it tries to accelerate away from the costly emissions test cheating scandal that hit demand for its diesel vehicles, and its overall brand position.

Meanwhile over on the Porsche stand (also owned by VW), they plan to spend about $1.1 billion to create an all-electric Mission E, the brand’s first battery-only model that is expected to launch by 2020. Porsche also wants to make an all-electric version of its compact SUV Macan. And there will even be a hybrid version of the iconic 911 model.

Herbert Diess, the head of Volkswagen’s (VW) main passenger car division told reporters: “We are really in a transitional phase for the industry. There are new competitors on the horizon like Tesla or Chinese ventures.”

Over at Volvo, they are adding new technology to their XC60 crossover, designed to help the car avoid or minimize damage in crashes. Its new ”Steer Assist” feature helps the SUV avoid hazards like other vehicles, pedestrians or large animals while also hitting the brakes at the same time.

Of course the cost of this investment will change the structure of the car industry. BMW boss Harald Krueger said the cost of investments in new technologies could spur consolidation among smaller carmakers. For example, some analysts say Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, which has less than 7% of the European market could be a target for acquisition, given its high debts and expensive plants in Italy.

Car makers are scrambling to ape Tesla by introducing a range of new electric cars. Japanese brands like Toyota and Nissan have been the leaders in this field. Nissan launched its electric hatchback Leaf in 2010 and sold over 250,000 units worldwide until December 2016, the largest number for a highway electric car in history.

Toyota’s hybrid vehicles sales in Europe were up 40% in 2016 and 32% of all sales in the region. So, today, one in every three cars Toyota sold in Europe is a hybrid.

Even Brexit is going to impact auto-maker strategy. British luxury brand Mini, which is owned by BMW, makes around 70% of its 360,000 cars at its Oxford plant in southern England, but now it looks like it will start making electric Minis outside of the UK, probably in Germany or the Netherlands, or a new location altogether.

And Tata Motors-owned Jaguar is engineering its first electric performance SUV Concept – the I-Pace with a view to giving it a longer range, with fast charging times and better performance, aiming to beat out Tesla’s X model.

But while car markers scramble to add driverless functionality and electric versions, they are entirely missing three crucial strategic pressures.

The first is that just being electric and having driverless features is not going to be enough to save the car industry as it exists today. When every car is electric, no-one cares about the power train any more. When every car has driverless functions, you would not even think to buy a new car without those.

Secondly, a brand like Tesla’s most powerful weapon is, arguably, not the cars themselves but their customers. Tesla’s customers are literally willing the brand towards the future. That’s what they are buying when they buy a Tesla. In this respect Tesla is far closer to the brand of, say, Apple’s, than the brand of, say, BMW’s, which screams tradition, not innovation. Car makers don;t have an easy answer for that.

Lastly it’s cities that are pivotal to the future of the car industry. This is where Europe could potentially punch above its weight. Regulation of transport infrastructure is going to be crucial for this new world, and test of driverless technology in cities like Swindon in the UK will create a framework on which car markers can genuinely innovate. Until that happens their plans for cars with different engines will come to nought. And let’s not even get into autonomous drone-like passenger vehicles flying above busy urban environments.

Beautiful cars at the Geneva Motor Show may be wonderful to look at. But 2017 may go down in history just as the last horse-drawn buggy “expo” did: a golden age that was soon over-taken by the future.

At the Geneva Motor Show, the beautiful… and the damned?

The 13 New Dream Convertibles for Summer 2016

The 13 New Dream Convertibles for Summer 2016

Top-down driving with full-on luxury.

Convertibles are weird things. They’re not huge moneymakers for car companies (in fact, sales have declined 51 percent from their peak in 2004), and they’re almost always sold in smaller, more limited versions than their hardtop siblings. Sometimes it seems as if automakers use them just to test new design ideas, as some sort of sick challenge to the engineering department, or as bones thrown to niche groups of enthusiasts who clamor for them with no regard to whether the world really needs another rag-top.

All of which is why we love them. They’re flippant and outré and impractical, and, in most localities, only seasonal pleasures. But oh, the personality!

For every McLaren 675LT Spider supercar with bare inches of ground clearance and enough horsepower to propel a jet, there is a MINI John Cooperworks with tiny, rally car-style handling and a front face as endearing as a puppy dog.

Now’s the time to start your research (and place a pre-order), as new model deliveries for summer won’t start for a month or two. But you can’t go wrong with any of the models below.

2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn


2017 Audi R8 Spyder


2017 Jaguar F-Type SVR


2017 MINI John Cooper Works Convertible


2017 McLaren 675LT Spider


2017 Bentley GT V8 S Convertible


2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet


2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S


2016 Ferrari 488 Spider


2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Convertible


2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Retractable Fastback 


2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible


2017 BMW 6 Series Convertible


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The 13 New Dream Convertibles for Summer 2016

10 of the coolest concept cars revealed this year

10 of the coolest concept cars revealed this year.
Car makers are getting more tech savvy lately. Or at least their concept cars are making them appear that way.

10 of the coolest concept cars revealed this year

Car makers are getting more tech savvy lately. Or at least their concept cars are making them appear that way.

Just last week at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, manufacturers from Volkswagen to Mercedes-Benz showed off their futuristic concept cars.

The selection was impressive, with a mix of electric and hybrid cars. The vehicles were equipped with state-of-the-art features, which ranged from a holographic dashboard to solar powered roofs. Some of the concept cars could even be said to rival Tesla.

In no particular order, here are ten of the most impressive concept cars (not all are from the Frankfurt show) that have been revealed so far this year.

Porsche’s Concept Mission E can drive 310 miles with a full charge. Porsche aims to begin production in the next five years.

Porsche's Concept Mission E

The basics: The car is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery technology. A charging plate that can be stored in your garage allows the battery to automatically regain power, but it can also be charged at a conventional charging station or at home via a cable. In 15 minutes, the car can charge up to 80 percent, giving it a range of 250 miles.

How fast it goes: The car can go from zero to 62 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 150 miles per hour.

What else it offers: The car has four seats and four doors that open in a new way (as pictured above). It has cameras instead of exterior mirrors that captures your surroundings and displays what they see on the lower corner of the windshield.

The car has eye-tracking technology that will detect where the driver is looking on the dashboard and open the corresponding instrument. The driver can then confirm the selection by pressing a button on the steering wheel.

The Torq is windowless but cameras provide a 360-degree view projected on screens.


The basics: The car, designed by Italian engineering and design company ED, does not require a driver, but the company’s press release does not delve into how it would drive autonomously. ED hopes to create a self-driving racing car in the next 19 months.

How fast it goes: It’s advertised as having 429 horsepower and 1328-feet torque.

What else it offers: It is a fully electric car with four engines over each wheel.

Audi’s e-tron quattro has a 95 kWh battery, allowing it to go 310 miles on a single charge. It’ll enter production in 2018.

Audi's e-tron quattro

The basics: It can be charged with a DC or AC electrical current, and can fully charge in 50 minutes when hooked up to a DC current outputting 150 kW. The car can also charge wirelessly over a charging plate.

How fast it goes: Audi claims it can go from zero to 62.1 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 130.5 miles per hour.

What else it offers: It has five doors and can sit up to four people. Rearview mirrors are replaced by cameras — the driver can see by looking at displays built into the front section of the doors. The car has a solar roof that can help power the car on sunny days, providing up to 320 watts of additional electric power.

The BMW M4 MotoGP injects water into the engine’s intake plenum or cylinders to cool the intake charge. It’s unclear how long we’ll have to wait to see this in a production vehicle.


The basics: The water injection system reduces the consumption of combustion engines and increases performance. The water is stored in a 1.3-gallon tank in the trunk that is sent to the intake plenum via an electric pump.

How fast it goes: BMW has not released specs for the car’s powertrain, but Gizmag reports that the water cooling system frees up 10 percent more torque and power than a standard car.

The Mercedes IAA has an aerodynamic mode and a design mode. When its aero aids are deployed, it is more aerodynamic than a Tesla Model S.

Mercedes IAA

The basics: The Mercedes IAA is a plug-in hybrid that puts out 279 horsepowers (205 kW engine). When the car reaches 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), it switches from design mode to aerodynamic mode by extending flaps at the front and rear, employing active rims and moving the louvre in the front bumper.

How fast it goes: It has an electronically limited top speed of 250 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour). In aerodynamic mode it has an all-electric range of 66 kilometers (41 miles) and a range of 62 kilometers (39 miles) in design mode.

What else it offers: The steering wheel has touch-based operating functions.

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo hit 278 miles per hour in a simulation of Le Mans. It sure looks good, but you won’t be seeing this car on the road.

Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo

The basics: It uses the Bugatti Veyron’s 16-cylinder, 8.0-litre quad turbo engine. The engine itself was producing 1250 bhp when production ended earlier this year, GQ reports.

How fast it goes: Aside from its simulation speed, we have no way of knowing how fast the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo goes. The car itself has a hypothetical interior with a steering wheel, some upholstery and digital displays.

What else it offers: It has a drag reduction system (DRS) rear wing to reduce drag that can be increased for some downforce when turning corners.

The EDAG has a 3D-printed structure and is about 25 percent lighter than traditional vehicles.


The basics: The leaf of a plant served as the blue print for the car’s body shell. A lightweight outer skin is stretched over the structure that is made from waterproof jersey fabric.

How fast it goes: There is no powertrain for the vehicle and it is not likely to go into production. Instead, the company wanted to showcase how 3D printing could be used to make a much lighter vehicle.

What else it offers: LED lights underneath the skin lets you see the skeletal frame.

Volkswagen’s Tiguan GTE is a plug-in hybrid with 31 miles of electric range and 215 system horsepower. It arrives on the market April 2016.

Volkswagen Tiguan GTE

The basics: The Tiguan GTE can be plugged in to charge, but it also offers a solar roof module that generate electrical energy fed directly into the battery, which allows for up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of zero emissions driving.

How fast it goes: It has a system output of 215 horsepower. The car can run for up to 31 miles on electric power alone, which is powered by a 13 kWh lithium-ion battery.

What else it offers: The new Tiguan is 60 millimeters longer and 33 millimeters lower than the outgoing model giving it extra interior and trunk space. Its weight is also reduced by more than 110 pounds.

The Nissan Gripz is meant to show sports cars can be tall. It has a gasoline engine that powers an electric motor.

Nissan Gripz

The basics: Drivers can select an EV mode for day-to-day driving, four-wheel drive for snow or going off road or a drift mode that uses the electric motors for the feel of driving a sports car. The car was inspired by a racing bicycle.

How fast it goes: Nissan hasn’t provided details about the power behind the car. It is a hybrid system with a gas engine and electric motor.

What else it offers: It has four doors and swing out and up. It also has forward facing cameras to record your journey.

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo will debut at the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship at Rallye Monte Carlo.

Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo

The basics: The car is powered by hydrogen fuel cells for 670 horsepower.

How fast it goes: The two fuel stacks (which provide 670 horsepower) are augmented by a supercapacitor that stores electrical energy conserved during breaking for another 201 horsepower, for a total of 871 horsepower. The car has four engines over each wheel hub.

What else it offers: A carbon fiber composite structure to keep weight down. The car has a hexagonal grille that connects to a duct to direct air out the back in order to minimize air drag underneath the body.





10 of the coolest concept cars revealed this year

The Cars to Watch for at the Los Angeles Auto Show

The Cars to Watch for at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Next week, thousands of executives from the world’s biggest car companies will descend on a downtown convention center for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Cars to Watch for at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Look for new Porsches, the Jaguar SUV, and the new, re-vamped Camaro.

Next week, thousands of executives from the world’s biggest car companies will descend on a downtown convention center for the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

More than 4,000 journalists from around the world will meet them there, primed with questions about growth markets, sales estimates, and how the Volkswagen diesel scandal will affect them.

There will also be hundreds of new cars, including 30 world debuts for 2016.

Expect to see such things as Mercedes-Benz’s 2017 SL Roadster, the snarling update to Merc’s most aggressive production car on the road; Jaguar’s novel F-PACE SUV, which after years of development has finally come to market; and BMW’s manic M4 GTS, the high-performance version of its already race-ready M4.

The Jaguar F-Pace SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Jaguar F-Pace SUV at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Los Angeles debuts in recent years haven’t typically been as crazy as the concepts we see in Tokyo, and they lack the glamour that automakers reserve for many of their Geneva and Paris unveilings. In fact, such super-elite brands as Ferrari and McLaren have said they won’t bring any new cars to LA.

Bentley will show its Bentayga, and Rolls-Royce will show its Dawn and Wraith models, but those two are keeping their involvement to a minimum. Maserati will not debut any brand new product, and Bugatti and Alfa Romeo are staying mum.

These niche brands find it far more effective to reach core buyers by hosting secret parties in multimillion-dollar estates up in the hills than by hosting booths at a glorified trade show.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn at Frankfurt.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn at Frankfurt.

Lamborghini won’t be at the show, per se, but a spokesman said it will unveil “something very exciting” at a private party Tuesday night. Rumor has it that the automaker will bring a rear-wheel-drive version of its 2016 Huracán—if so, this will be a limited-production, lightweight version that will cost slightly more than the standard Huracán and go on sale as early as next year.

Still, this show falls before the one in Detroit, so it offers many Americans a first chance to examine models they’ve heard about and seen photographs of since the summer. The LA show allows many automakers to unveil the models that will drive the bulk of their U.S. sales.

Look for some to emphasize their progressive efficiency: BMW will show an eDrive 330e plug-in hybrid, along with the much-anticipated 7-Series, while Lambo’s standard 2016 Huracan has improved efficiency. Others will bring their best little SUVs to date, including the Cadillac XT5, Range Rover Evoque Convertible, Mercedes GLS, BMW X1, and Infiniti QX30.

Range Rover Evoque Convertible
The 2016 Range Rover Evoque Convertible has a 240-horsepower, four-cylinder engine.

Audi will emphasize performance with its R8, RS 7, and S8 Plus, which are all aggressively tuned performance models. Porsche will do the same with its 911 Targa 4 and 4S and with its track-ready 911 GT4 ClubSport.

Oh, and Chevrolet will show us the brand-new Camaro. Yum.

The show will open to the public on Nov. 20 and run until Nov. 29. You can buy tickets to the Nov. 19 preview party here.

Bloomberg Businessweek

The Cars to Watch for at the Los Angeles Auto Show

The best electric cars on the road

Gasoline! It’s expensive, flammable, inefficient, and terrible for the planet. Make your next car the kind that drinks electrons instead of petrol.

Nissan Leaf | Best Compact
As the EV market has matured in recent years, we’ve gotten more cars that blend in with the pack. But if you want everyone to know you’re riding on Zeus power, the ever-funky Nissan Leaf is the way to go. The popular electric can ride 84 miles on a charge, typical for a non-Elon electric. And government incentives mean you can get a new one for $2,400 down and $199 a month, for 36 months. If you want the electric power without the stares, wait for next year’s revamped Leaf, reportedly coming with a more mundane look. $29,010

BMW i3 | Best Family
Munich’s urban electric doesn’t look like a BMW—the exterior resembles a haphazardly designed jigsaw puzzle—but it sure drives like one. The engine puts out 170 horsepower, and the car’s 2,700 pounds (thanks, carbon fiber–reinforced plastic body!) are perfectly distributed between the front and rear axles for optimal handling. Sans the gas-burning range extender, the 22-kWh battery’s good for 81 miles, and suicide doors make it easy to pack your stuff, or two kids, into the backseat. Too bad it’s only for sale in select (mostly coastal) cities. $42,400

Tesla Model S P90D | Best Performance
If you’re looking to burn cash, not gas, there’s nothing better than the P90D, the fastest, most capable version of Tesla’s Model S sedan to date. Two motors and a 90-kWh battery pack give it 300 miles of range and a supercar-quick 0-to-60-mph time of 2.8 seconds. Throw in sexy styling, a 17-inch infotainment screen, room for seven people, plus an autopilot setup that does some highway driving, and you can’t beat this EV. $108,000

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Great Race Cars of the 20th Century

‘Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!’ features nearly 50 classic sports and race cars

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1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS BONHAMS 1907 American Underslung Roadster

1970 Monteverdi Hai 450SS BONHAMS 1929 Bentley 4.5-Liter Supercharged Single-Seat Prototype

1913 Bugatti Type 18

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupe

Great Race Cars of the 20th Century

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