These cars are intended to be admired by all - even if they are driven by few!
British Asians love their cars. The sleek and sexy models of Europe offer luxury and precision that is hard to resist.
Our DESIblitz poll tells us that German cars are the most popular among British Asians, with Mercedes taking the lead at 38 per cent, quickly followed by Audi at 32 per cent and BMW at 21 per cent.
While top-end luxury cars are always popular, supercars are quickly zooming into the hearts of you Desi guys and girls. But which one is the best?
DESIblitz counts down the most expensive cars of 2014.
10. Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG Coupe
This 6 litre, V12, biturbo German design offers luxury and performance typical of Mercedes-Benz.
The CL65 produces a pumped up 621 bhp giving a 0-60 mph time in an impressive 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.
The price for the model is £130,000. Buyers are even given the choice of 5 optional packages at a further cost.
9. Aston Martin Vanquish
The Aston Martin Vanquish has been described as ‘ultimate’ in the grand tourer stakes.
It is available from £170,000 and offers a superb exterior design and highly sophisticated interior.
The AM29 6.0 litre, 568 bhp V12 engine is the most powerful GT engine Aston martin has ever produced.
This gives the Vanquish a 0-60 mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.
8. Bentley Mulsanne
Bentley describes the Mulsanne as ‘the greatest of grand tourers.’
Its powerful twin turbo V8 produces 505 bhp and achieves 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
Bentley is known for its luxury, and the Mulsanne doesn’t disappoint.
Features include hand picked leather for the seats, and electric powered privacy curtains. The Mulsanne is available at around £179,000.
7. Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase
If its previous model didn’t provide more than enough leg room, Rolls-Royce has released the Extended Wheelbase Phantom.
This model offers an extra 250mm of legroom in the rear passenger seats. I
t has a 453 bhp, V12 engine, achieving 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. Speaking about the extended model, Rolls-Royce said:
“It’s an indulgent private space. One that is perfect to work, entertain or relax in between engagements.”
The car is available from just under £180,000.
6. Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
Ferrari have released the most powerful, naturally-aspirated, 6.3 litre 740 bhp, V12 yet.
This commanding supercar can reach speeds of over 200mph with a 0-62 mph time of 3.1 seconds.
The interior has been specifically designed provide style and efficiency and the exterior is sleek and befitting of the Ferrari badge.
The F12 Berlinetta is available from around £190,000, offering style and speed that would normally be confined to the track.
5. Porsche 918 Spyder
This supercar combines both electric and petrol power, with its 4.6 litre, V8 engine and its hybrid module electric motors merging to produce 875 bhp.
For a little over £500,000, the Spyder offers 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds, a choice of 12 different colours, a 7-speed gearbox and specialised rear wheel steering.
The frame is made from reinforced carbon fibre, making it a lightweight yet strong design. Porsche are limiting production of the Spyder to 918 copies.
4. Hennessey Venom GT
The Venom GT houses a twin supercharged V8 engine, churning out 1244 bhp.
It achieves 0-62 mph in 2.7 seconds with a top speed of over 270 mph – more than enough to challenge any supercar on the market.
The Venom GT’s sleek exterior is covered in carbon fibre and it has an option of a bare carbon fibre finish. Hennessey are producing 29 of these cars in total, at around £721,000 each.
3. Koenigsegg Agera S
The Agera S features Air Core hollow carbon fibre wheels and a detachable and stowable hardtop to suit all weathers.
It has a 5 litre, V8, twin turbocharged engine producing 1040 bhp. This creates speeds of over 270 mph, reaching 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds.
The Agera S is available as left or right hand drive with prices starting at around £914,000.
2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse
Bugatti’s newest model claims to be the ‘fastest production roadster in the world.’
The Veyron reaches 0-62 mph in less than 2.7 seconds, with a top speed of 256 mph. This is thanks to the huge W16, 8 litre, 4 turbocharged engine producing 1200 bhp.
The stylish exterior features carbon fibre body panels.
Just 50 cars are available this year, out of a planned production total of 450. Prices start at £1.5 million.
1. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
Lamborghini have released the Veneno roadster as the finale of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
Its 6.5 litre, V12 engine is capable of speeds in excess of 200 mph, reaching 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds.
The body and frame presents a blend of carbon fibre and aluminium trim while the interior is made up of a carbon skin trim.
Lamborghini has only released 9 models of the car for sale this year which is probably sufficient, as at a cool £2.7 million, it is the most expensive car of 2014.
So which takes your fancy? Or do you just find supercars overpriced?
Whatever you feel, it is clear that with their carefully constructed design and their immensely immodest price tag, these cars are intended to be admired by all – even if they are driven by few!