Most of us enjoy a nice ride, whether it’s taking a trip in our freshly washed and detailed car or being chauffeured in a limousine during a special occasion. Even stepping into a sparkling clean Uber or Lyft can help brighten our mood. But what if money was no object? Would you splurge on the car of your dreams? Would you bling it out with all of the bells and whistles you wouldn’t think were necessary on an everyday drive? Continue reading to learn about the 12 supercars that only the richest people in the world can afford.
The McLaren F1 was one of the fastest cars ever produced, topping out at 240 mph. From 1993 to 1998 only 106 were made, each one taking over three months to assemble. Although the car has long been discontinued, there are still eight service centers throughout the world and the company will occasionally fly one of its specialists to an owner’s home.
While other automobiles have since surpassed McLaren’s top speed, it’s still one of the fastest cars on the road and also one of the toughest to find, unless your bank account is similar to Oracle owner Larry Ellison, the McLaren F1’s most famous owner. It’s also been hailed by car enthusiasts as the greatest car ever made.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Bentley is known for its luxurious automobiles and its Continental Flying Spur adds an awesome amount of muscle to its stylings. With 600 horsepower underneath the hood, you’ll go zero-to-sixty in under five seconds and if you decide to push it, you’ll top out at 200 mph.
Starting at around a cool quarter million dollars, not everyone can be like Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, who goes to and from work in style and speed.
Porsche 959 Coupe
Only 230 of this particular Porsche were ever made and Bill Gates owns one of them. In fact, his was the only model that was bought before it was officially approved by the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency.
After being stored for 13 years by customs at the Port of San Francisco, regulations were finally changed to allow Gates to claim his Porsche, which he’d paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for years before.
Nothing says high-end luxury vehicle like Rolls-Royce and there may be none better than the elegant and beautiful Phantom. Only those with about a half-million dollars to spare can afford this gem of an automobile, like the Saudi Arabian royal family.
Created after BMW got the right to use the Rolls-Royce name, the Phantom re-energized the Rolls-Royce brand and increased its desirability amongst car collectors. Unlike other manufacturers, Rolls-Royce still assembles most its cars by hand, with only a handful of robots in its factory.
When you’re the King of New York, or at least the Mayor and financial data genius, you get to drive in style. Michael Bloomberg’s ride of choice is the Audi R8, a two-seater sports car introduced by the German manufacturer in 2006.
Like other high-end cars, the $120,000 Audi R8 is put together almost entirely by hand, forgoing the modern conveniences of robot assembly workers. All of the parts are then inspected by laser to ensure that all measurements are within 0.1 millimeters of the vehicle’s blueprints.
Mercedes SLR McLaren
Everybody knows that Jay Leno is a car aficionado. His 17,000 square foot garage is jam-packed with cars, both antique and modern. His passion for cars even led him to return to television as the host of Jay Leno’s Garage.
With so many choices for transport, Leno is probably most proud of his rosewood colored Mercedes SLR McLaren, which set him back a quarter of a million dollars. Produced in tandem between renowned companies Mercedes and McLaren, the SLR McLaren can reach a top speed of 208 mph.
When you own your own island, it’s probably a good idea to have a car that handles well on the road and in the water. Sir Richard Branson’s Gibbs Aquada is the only amphibious vehicle on this list; as a limited production concept car, it was only produced in 2003 and 2004.
Two years ago the asking price for an Aquada was $250,000, but that’s mere pocket change for the founder of the Virgin Group. Branson used his unique car to set a record for crossing the English Channel, making the trip in less than two hours.
Fisker Karma Hybrid
Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Academy Award, but he’s been a winner with environmentally friendly drivers for a long time. Of course, when you’re a multi-millionaire actor you have a bit more cash to spend on your wheels.
DiCaprio chose the Fisker Karma Hybrid, a $100,000 sleek-looking car that gets up to 52 mpg. The premium plug-in luxury car was all the rage in 2011, winning many accolades from the automobile industry, but soon filed for bankruptcy.
Named after Lotus chairman Romano Artioli’s granddaughter Elisa, the Elise is top-notch automobile capable of reaching 240 mph. First released in 1996, the car soon became a coveted item amongst collectors.
The 1997 Lotus Elise GT1 is valued at over $1 million, so only people the richest of the rich can even think about owning one of these. And when you’re the richest person in Europe, which French business magnate Bernard Arnault is, you can afford to own one.
If you’re a long-time NHL player like Scottie Upshall then you’ve made more than enough money to afford an i8. This plug-in hybrid sports car can go zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, but you’ll need about $150,000 to own one.
Whether you choose the coupe or the open-top roadster, the i8’s dynamic body style looks like it’s come back from the future. And with 369 horsepower under the hood, it’s a powerful sports car that runs with the efficiency of an electric car.
When you’re on the board of Bank of America it’s safe to say that you’re pulling in some serious money. That puts you in the rare position of buying some of the world’s most sought-after vehicles. Mukesh Ambani is the richest person in India and he’s rumored to have a custom-built Maybach 62 inside his 160-car garage.
The car was deemed more luxurious than Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 2008 but is no longer being manufactured so its near half-million price tag may be much higher these days.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
If you’re nicknamed “Money” then you can probably afford one-of-a-kind vehicles. Recently retired and undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather is known for his extravagant tastes, especially when it comes to cars.
Mayweather not only has several Bugattis worth $2 million each, but also one of two CCXR Trevitas in existence. With a top speed of 254 mph and a price tag of close to $5 million, this limited edition gem truly stands alone in the automotive world.