Couple more tens years ago the Volga car which official cost made about 16 000 Soviet rubles was dream of the ordinary Soviet motorist. But times change, and today already nobody is surprised by Porsches which are traveling about on roads of our country, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti. It is possible to tell with confidence that at most of inhabitants at the sight of the car which is allocated from crowd the first thought flashes: "And how many "it" costs?" We will try to understand, how many can cost the car, naturally, not "Zaporozhets" or "Muscovite", and what it is accepted to call "supercar".
The most expensive new cars
So, for a start we will turn a look on new cars. Here the Forbes magazine succeeded in classification of the most expensive cars, and to compete with it, offering the list, I think, is not necessary. We will be limited to citing the TOP-10 list of the most expensive cars of 2006, according to the Forbes magazine, we will compare it to TOP-10 of cars of 2005, and also we will provide some characteristics of these cars.
1. Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Bugatti Veyron 16.4, country: France, price: 1 000 000 euros (apprx. 1 300 000 dollars), the engine: 1001 h.p. of 16 cylinders, in 2005 in a rating was absent.
2. Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3
Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3, Clubsport version, country: Italy, price: 667 321 dollars (world), engine: 650 h.p., in 2005 the 2nd place in a rating.
3. SSC Ultimate Aero
SSC Ultimate Aero, country: USA, price: 654 500 dollars (USA), engine: 1046 h.p. of V-8, in 2005 in a rating was absent.
4. Leblanc Mirabeau
Leblanc Mirabeau, country: Switzerland, price: 543 000 euros (apprx. 706 000 dollars, world), the engine: over 700 h.p., in 2005 in a rating was absent. (Perhaps, because of rate fluctuations of currencies this car occupied the 4th, but not the 3rd place).
5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, country: USA, price: 535 000 euros in Europe (apprx. 695 000 dollars), in the USA 555 000 dollars, the engine: 750 h.p., in 2005 1 place in a rating.
6. Koenigsegg CCR
Koenigsegg CCR, country: Sweden, price: everywhere, except the USA, 458 000 euros (apprx. 595 000 dollars), in the USA 540 000 dollars, the engine: 806 h.p. of V-8, in 2005 the 3rd place in a rating.
7. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, country: Germany, price: 452 750 dollars (USA), the AMG-V8 engine with pressurization and 626 hp, in 2005 the 7th place in a rating.
8. Maybach 62
Maybach 62, country: Germany, price: in Europe 376 200 euros (apprx. 490 000 dollars), in the USA 385 250 dollars, the forced biturbomotor, 12 cylinders, 612 h.p., in 2005 the 6th place in a rating.
9. Porsche Carrera GT
Porsche Carrera GT, country: Germany, price: 440 000 dollars (USA), it is equipped with 5,5 liter atmospheric V10 engine, 612 h.p., in 2005 the 5th place in a rating. (Obviously and in this case lower place in a rating "than is necessary", it is caused by rate fluctuations of currencies).
10. Maybach 57 S
Maybach 57 S, country: Germany, price: in Europe 362 000 euros (apprx. 470 000 dollars), in the USA 367 000 dollars, the engine: 604 h.p., in 2005 the 8th place in a rating.
Well, we will sum up some result of ten the most expensive cars according to the Forbes magazine. So, the cheapest car costs 367 000 dollars in the USA. 7 participants of a rating of TOP-10 2005 of year and 3 cars again entered a rating, among them are presented to the most expensive in the list, worth 1 000 000 euros.
The cars presented in a rating are made in 6 countries, from them 4 in Germany, 2 in the USA, and on 1 in France, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden. Personally I am surprised by presence at this list of Switzerland – the country which does not have a reputation for the great automobile power. It is remarkable that 8 presented cars are made in Europe, 2 in America and any in Japan or Korea. It is possible to tell that Asian car makers confirm image of the production "cheap but good" once again.
Well, and the most expensive new serial car included in the Guinness Book of Records is Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK-GTR which is let out in 2004 and sold for 1 700 000 dollars.
The most expensive second-hand car
There is a paradoxical situation. Some copies of second-hand cars are much more expensive than the new. It is considered that the most expensive in the history the sold second-hand car, is Mercedes-Benz 540 K bought on March 11, 2007 by the unknown Russian (!) at an exhibition of historical Retro Classics cars for 3 500 000 euros.
The car is equipped with the 8-cylinder engine of 5390 cubic cm and 180 horsepowers. From August, 1938 to October, 1939 only five such cars were released. The last from these cars which remained today, was also bought by the wealthy Russian.
The most expensive car in Russia
Meanwhile the Russian automotive industry, seemingly, too will be able to give the answer to the western colleagues in respect of release of expensive cars soon. In March, 2007 on the Geneva motor show the Russian race car "Russo Balt Impreshn" was presented. The car is not started in a mass production yet and many such cars will be hardly released. After all producers declared that the price of it will make more than 1 million euros. Well, it already the demand not only on Russian, but also on a world record.
This car represents a four-seater compartment. Style of a body is cast by motives of the Golden Age of automotive industry – 30 – the 40th years of the last century. Under a cowl the car has the 555 horsepowers 12-cylinder V-shaped engine. The machine is equipped with an automatic 6-staged transmission and is capable to accelerate from a place to 100 km/h in 4,0 seconds. The maximum speed declared by producers – 314 km/h.
Summing up the result of this small research of the market of expensive cars there is a wish to be glad and for our automotive industry which starts rising gradually, time makes courageous plans of release of such cars as "Russo Balt Impreshn", and for our fellow citizens capable now to compete in a solvency with Europeans and Americans. It would be desirable only that the average level of the income in our country could compete to "their" average income.
And can advise the reader of InfoAdvisor.net, is simpler treat expensive cars on roads. Not to envy and not to think first of all of the car price, and to make efforts that purchase of expensive car became possible and for you. After all envy – bad feeling, and at such cars besides the price is many other qualities which can admire.