Released in 2016 by Aston Martin, the Lagonda Taraf is the most expensive luxury sedan on the planet, with a sticker price starting at $1 million. So what exactly do those seven figures buy you? Automotive journalist Doug Demuro got up close and personal with the extremely rare ride for a look inside and a test drive.
THE BEST Exotic Cars
The latest in McLaren’s “Longtail” series, the 765LT packs a twin-turbo V8 making 755 bhp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and cuts 176 lb of weight from the already damned-fast 720S coupe. Combined with an optimized transmission, upgraded aero, and titanium quad exhaust, it’ll dash from 0 to 62 in 2.8 sec, and 0 to 124 mph in 7.2 sec.
This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.
McLaren’s exclusive roadster was inspired by Bruce McLaren’s minimal 1960s racers. The carbon fiber two-seater is the lightest production car they’ve ever made, but still packs an 804bhp turbo V8 to rocket it to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and 124 mph in 6.7 seconds. Just 399 of the cars will be made, starting at $1.67 million each.
Hot on the heels of the F8 Spider comes a very different convertible from the prancing horse. The Ferrari 812 GTS packs a front-mounted 6.5L V12 that cranks out 789hp and 529 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production convertible on the market. Does 0-to-62 in less than 3 seconds, and sounds phenomenal doing it.
Like the Chiron, the Bugatti Centodieci is powered by an 8.0L W16 engine, but that’s about where the similarities end. This $9 million special edition features a unique design inspired by the EB 110 Super Sport, plus it cuts weight, increases downforce by 200 lb, and bumps its horsepower to 1600. Just 10 will be made, and they’re all sold.
LEGO and McLaren worked together to make a life-size model of the Senna supercar based on the Speed Champions’ color scheme. The model is made of 467,854 pieces and took 30 people 2,725 hours to build. It has functioning lights, doors, and infotainment system.
Lamborghini’s roadster variant of its SVJ coupe. Aside from its removable carbon fiber roof panels, practically nothing has changed from its hardtop sibling. It still has four-wheel drive and the same naturally-aspirated 6.5L V12 that produces up to 759hp and tops out at 217mph.
Ferrari’s limited edition Monza SP1 and Monza SP2 sports cars were inspired by the carmaker’s racing barchettas from the late 1940’s to the 1950’s. The SP1 is a single seater, while the SP2 seats two. Each has an 808hp V12 engine that lets them rocket from 0 to 62mph in 2.9s.
The last version of Lotus‘ street legal track car. The 3-Eleven 430 sees the speedster’s 3.5L V6 engine optimized to produce 430hp, 20 more than the original. It now has a full carbon fiber bodywork, reducing its weight by 11lb. It goes from 0-60mph in 3.1s and tops out at 180mph.
The last version of one of the definitive Italian supercars. The 25th Anniversary Lamborghini Countach was designed by Pagani founder Horacio Pagani, and includes a tweaked nose, bumper and air intakes. It also has power windows and seats, and a more powerful A/C.
British auto engineering company RML Group specializes in race cars. But they did recently did the opposite of their operations, turning the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan into a street-legal beast. Lovecars spoke with the company for a tour of the conversion.
There’s only one official Ferrari Testarossa Spider. But this conversion by German coachbuilder Lorenz & Rankl is as close to the real deal as it gets, with the top hidden in a rear compartment. Only five units were made, and this is the fourth of the batch.
The legendary British racer is back as a street legal car. So faithful is Lister to its manufacturing process that the chassis numbers on the new Knobblys simply count up from the original batch. Available with either a 3.8L 6-cylinder or a Corvette V8 engine.
The first commercially available vehicle from electric car company Kreisel is a replica of the legendary Porsche 910’s street-legal version. The Kreisel Evex Porsche 910e goes from 0 to 62mph in 2.5s, tops out at 186mph and has a 217mi range. The price? $1.06 million.
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