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Friday, 21 February 2014 - 6:00am IST Updated: Thursday, 20 February 2014 - 6:21pm IST | Agency: DNA
For all those who can afford it, there are a surprising number of stratospherically expensive vehicles that make most of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche’s cars seem relatively affordable. These mean machines come at jaw-dropping prices but they are meant only for those who wouldn't blink twice while signing that cheque for their dream car (or maybe just a prized possession). Read on to know the most expensive and envy-inducing cars till date...

Rs 247,760,000
Lamborghini Veneno $4 million

The Veneno is simply jaw-dropping. It may not be the most beautiful supercar, but it is still one of the coolest. And the Veneno isn’t all looks and no go. The name is Spanish for ‘poison’, and man is that appropriate. The naturally aspirated V12 engine hammers out 750 horsepower. This Italian thunderclap will bring to 60 in 2.8 seconds, probably faster than sound can leave your body during a terrified scream. The big wing on the back is encouraging. Either it will help keep the car on the road or it means that the Veneno is in accordance with FAA regulations, which is good until you realise that means it was designed to fly.

Rs 210,613,000
W Motors Lykan Hypersport $3.4 million
Didn’t know that Lebanon had a car industry? Then you are missing out, because the W Motors’ Lykan Hypersport is one of the most impressive things on four wheels. It is good for 245 mph, and a 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds. Amazingly, this acceleration comes courtesy of a turbocharged V6. If those performance figures don’t jump off the page, don’t worry the Lykan Hypersport has an ace up its sleeve. W Motors didn’t just focus on performance, they have the tech madness and sheer excess side of hypercars covered. Those handsomely aggressive LED lights are covered in diamonds, and the information about how far over the speed limit you are going is conveyed by a holographic display.

Rs 173,446,000
Bugatti Veyron Legend Meo Constantini. $2.8 million
The Bugatti Veyron is getting to that point in its life where it can wax reflective and nostalgic. That’s where the Legend Meo Constantini comes in. Built to commemorate friend of Bugatti founder, and two time winner of the Targa Folorio – in a Bugatti 35. Constantini was just the sort of aristocratic wack job that made early motor racing great, so it’s appropriate that Bugatti honoured him with such a mental car. Underneath the Legend is a Grand Sport Vitesse Roadster. It draws a hyper-godly 1,200 hp from its W16. This isn’t just a face melting speed machine, it’s also a work of art.

Rs 111,501,000
Aston Martin One-77 $1.8 million
$1.8 million can get you a lot of stuff. You could buy a couple of nice houses or 450,000 pounds of bacon. But it can also get you exactly one Aston Martin One-77. The British supercar comes packing a 7.3-litre V12 engine that ever so politely doles out 750 hp and 533 lb-ft. Top speed is clocked at 220 mph while a 0-60 sprint takes 3.4 seconds. The One-77 is the ultimate expression of the refined supercar. This is not for the lead singer of future Metallicas, but for a particularly discrete and tasteful Saudi Prince —­ or perhaps James Bond. Yes, $1.8 million is a lot to ask. But when you’re Aston Martin, and only building 77 examples of the car, it’s par for the course.

Rs 99,731,450
Lamborghini Reventon $1.61 million
The Reventon is truly a stealth fighter for the road, even if those looks would attract more attention than Kate Upton wandering into a middle school. This Lambo’s name and personality both come from a famed Spanish fighting bull that killed an equally legendary bullfighter. It has purportedly topped 220 mph in Dubai and will do 0-60 in 3.4 seconds. At $1.6 million the Reventon is the second most expensive Lamborghini behind the ultra-rare Veneno, not including the track-only Sesto Elemento ($2.2M) and the concept Aventador J ($2.8M).

Rs 111,501,000
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster $1.8 million
The Zonda Cinque is made out of the most awesome materials known to man: carbon fiber and titanium. This makes it stronger and lighter than Delta Force. Seriously, it weighs less than a Mini Cooper but has an AMG V12 that produces 678 hp. That makes this cabrio capable of 210+ mph and eye-popping —­ perhaps literally —­ track speeds. Oh, and Pagani only built five of them, so happy hunting.

Honorary entry

Rolls Royce Celestial: Price not disclosed
A regular Rolls-Royce Phantom might be a bit declassed, but the Celestial is a bit more special. Why you ask? It has 446 diamonds inset into its interior. Also, the headliner lights up with thousands of hand woven fibre optics to recreate the night sky from the moment the first Phantom was delivered. This breathtaking display of opulence and excess was designed for the Dubai International Motor Show, and isn’t for sale yet so that’s why it doesn’t make it to the list. However, any car that features enough diamonds to start an African civil war —­ honestly we hope these aren’t blood diamonds —­ isn’t likely to be cheap.

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