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 10 1. Bugatti Veyron Country of Origin: France Price: €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: Italy Price: $667,321 (global) This version of boutique automaker Pagani’s Zonda model has 650 hp. 3. SSC Ultimate Aero Country 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 Mirabeau Country of Origin: Switzerland Price: €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 Turbo Country of Origin: U.S. Price: €535,000 in Europe ($637,723) Price in U.S.: $555,000 The S7’s 750-hp V-8 allows it to go from zero to 60 mph in under three seconds. 6. Koenigsegg CCR Country of Origin: Sweden Price: €458,000 in all regions except U.S. ($545,568) Price in U.S.: $540,000 The 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 McLaren Country of Origin: Germany Price: $452,750 (U.S.) The SLR is a collaboration between Mercedes and legendary British racecar builder McLaren. 8. Maybach 62 Country of Origin: Germany Price: €376,200 ($448,153, Europe) Price in U.S.: $385,250 9. Porsche Carrera GT Country of Origin: Germany Price: $440,000 (U.S.) The Carrera GT uses a ten-cylinder racing engine. 10. Maybach 57 S Country of Origin: Germany Price: €362,000 in Europe ($430,355) Price in U.S.: $367,000 Maybach's sportier new model has 61 more horsepower than the 62.
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