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What Are the World's Most Expensive Cars?

March 23, 2006

Forbes has announced the world’s ten most expensive automobiles for 2006. Criteria: --Multiple copies of a vehicle must exist. --Custom jobs or modifications of manufacturers vehicles were not considered. --The most expensive model was considered for each nameplate. --Rankings are based on highest base price in the world, adjusted to U.S. dollars. --Some models are not sold in the U.S.The Top 101. Bugatti VeyronCountry of Origin: FrancePrice: €1,000,000($1,192,057) Now on sale in Europe but not yet in U.S. The Veyron uses a 16-cylinder, 1001-hp motor.2. Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3, Clubsport version Country of Origin: ItalyPrice: $667,321 (global)This version of boutique automaker Pagani’s Zonda model has 650 hp.3. SSC Ultimate AeroCountry of Origin: U.S.Price: $654,500 (U.S.)The Ultimate Aero uses a 1,046-hp V-8, and is capable of reaching 260 to 273 mph on the track. 4. Leblanc MirabeauCountry of Origin: SwitzerlandPrice: €543,000 ($645,084, global)Leblanc hopes to make the vehicle street legal for the U.S. by the end of 2006 or early 2007. The Mirabeau engine generates 700 hp.5. Saleen S7 Twin TurboCountry of Origin: U.S.Price: €535,000 in Europe ($637,723)Price in U.S.: $555,000The S7’s 750-hp V-8 allows it to go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds.6. Koenigsegg CCRCountry of Origin: SwedenPrice: €458,000 in all regions except U.S. ($545,568)Price in U.S.: $540,000The CCR uses an 806-hp V-8. The CCX, a derivative of its CC family, is street-legal for the U.S.7. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLarenCountry of Origin: GermanyPrice: $452,750 (U.S.)The SLR is a collaboration between Mercedes and legendary British racecar builder McLaren.8. Maybach 62 Country of Origin: GermanyPrice: €376,200 ($448,153, Europe)Price in U.S.: $385,2509. Porsche Carrera GTCountry of Origin: GermanyPrice: $440,000 (U.S.)The Carrera GT uses a ten-cylinder racing engine.10. Maybach 57 SCountry of Origin: GermanyPrice: €362,000 in Europe ($430,355)Price in U.S.: $367,000Maybach's sportier new model has 61 more horsepower than the 62.
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