30th Aug 2018 7:00 am
The cars with the ultimate bragging rights for the price insensitive.
What a week it’s been for expensive cars. Bugatti took the wraps off the Divo that costs 5 million Euros (Rs 40 crore), while just a day later a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO went for 48.4 million dollars (Rs 340 crore) making it the most expensive car ever sold at auction. This got us thinking of the most expensive cars on sale in India today. Prepare to feel small.
A disclaimer first: The prices listed here are base ex-showroom prices. Each model comes with an extensive (and extremely costly) list of options that makes them even more expensive.
8. Rolls-Royce Ghost Rs 4.3-4.9 crore
An entry point to the Rolls-Royce family it may be but the Ghost is still a Rolls-Royce through and through. Its 570hp, V12 engine and surprising level of waftability make the Ghost quite enjoyable to drive as well.
7. Rolls-Royce Wraith Rs 4.60 crore
The Wraith is Rolls-Royce’s idea of a sporty coupe. The four-seater is every bit as luxurious and refined as its more sedate stable-mates, but is far more exciting and dynamic, thanks to the 632hp, 6.6-litre V12 motor that propels this 2,360kg car to 100kph in just 4.4 seconds.
6. Lamborghini Aventador S Rs 5.01 crore
The Aventador follows in the footsteps of barking mad V12 Lambos. The 740hp motor is nothing short of epic, and the S version brings with it four-wheel steer, which adds a level of agility that was previously lacking. It’s hugely impractical for our roads but also offers an experience like few others.
5. Ferrari GTC4Lusso V12 Rs 5.20 crore
Like the Ferrari FF that came before, the GTC4Lusso isn’t a traditional Ferrari in look. The shooting brake body style divides opinion but does create space for four inside the cabin. While the base 610hp V8 Lusso T (Rs 4.2 crore) is ballistic, the full-blown 690hp V12 is the one to splurge on.
4. Ferrari 812 Superfast Rs 5.20 crore
The 812 Superfast perfectly blends a Ferrari supercar and a Ferrari GT in one incredible package. Its 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 motor pumps out a whopping 800hp and 718Nm, that goes solely to the rear wheels. It’s extreme but oh-so-desirable.
3. Rolls-Royce Dawn Rs 6.25 crore
Opulence and open-top motoring, that’s what the Rolls-Royce Dawn is all about. Claimed to be the quietest convertible on sale in the world, the drop-top is as refined as its roofed stable-mates. It shares its 632hp, 6.6-litre V12 powerplant with the Wraith, which provides a bucket-load of entertainment for a 2,560kg car.
2. Bentley Mulsanne Speed Rs 6.90 crore
The embodiment of everything Bentley stands for, the Mulsanne comes in two versions – the standard 512hp model (Rs 5.53 crore) and the even faster and (pricier) 537hp Speed model. Both share the same 6.8-litre V8, with the engine producing a locomotive-like 1100Nm in the Speed.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom Rs 9.50-11.35 crore
Currently the most expensive car in India, (the standard model costs Rs 9.50 crore while the long-wheelbase version will set you back an extravagant Rs 11.35 crore), the eighth-gen Phantom melds grandeur and technology like no other car. It is the ultimate in luxury motoring.
2011 Maybach 57/62 Rs 4.85-5.10 crore (at launch)
Mercedes’ answer to Rolls-Royce and Bentley, the Maybach was the luxury car of its time. Standard wheelbase 57 S too small for you? You could have the extended wheelbase 62 model that featured every conceivable luxury. But of course, power came from V12 engines.
2016 Audi A8 L Security Rs 9.15 crore (at launch)
The A8 L Security could take a barrage of 7.62x51mm rifle rounds and could also be optioned with its own oxygen system. Power came from a monster of a W12 engine; just what you need to get out of a dangerous situation, fast.
2016 Mercedes S 600 Guard Rs 10.5 crore (at launch)
Mercedes took the ‘built like a tank’ axiom a bit too seriously with this one. The S 600 Guard was reinforced to such a degree that it could withstand a blast of 15kg worth of TNT at a distance of just two metres. Safest car in the world? Maybe.
2011 Koenigsegg Agera Rs 12.5 crore (at launch)
Believe it or not but the Koenigsegg Agera had an India launch, though there’s no confirmation of the model ever finding a buyer in India. Built to order, the Swedish rocket came powered by a 5.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 that made 940hp and 1100Nm of peak torque. 0-100kph time, you ask? 2.8secs!
2010 Bugatti Veyron Rs 16 crore (at launch)
Of course, a Bugatti had to top the list. The Veyron was launched in India in 2010 for the royal sum of Rs 16 crore. It’s not known if anyone bought it in India but what is known is that it was the fastest and most powerful car of its time. Its 8.0-litre W16 engine made 1001hp and propelled the car to 407kph!
If you had to pick just one, which of these cars would you have in your dream garage? Let us know in the comments section below.