Top 30 Most Expensive Cars in Europe
The most expensive cars in the world are so much more than just a mode of transportation. Lifestyle criticisms aside, these are truly mind-blowing machines.
These rolling art pieces encapsulate the priorities of the one percent, and in that universe, flamboyance and swagger take precedence over practicality and efficiency. These are the most outrageous people-carriers on the planet.
Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible – 6.0 W12 Automatic
Model manufactured in the United Kingdom (Crewe).
Production started in June 2010.
Basic price 6.0 W12 Automatic (European average): 210,000 €
Basic price Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible (European average): 210,000 €
There’s only one thing that could make the Continental Supersports more exciting, and that’s to drive it with the top down. The phenomenally powerful Continental Supersports Convertible has a strikingly aggressive appearance – with carbon-fibre accents and new design features that emphasise the supercar attributes of the car. And this very limited edition Supersports is the fastest, most extreme Bentley Convertible ever made, with a top speed of 330 km/h.
Continental Supersports Convertible is an absolutely thrilling car to drive – whether the hood is open or closed, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds. It’s also built for power, with the most powerful W12 engine that Bentley has ever built. This produces a remarkable 522 kw (710 PS) and 1017 Nm of torque – the highest levels ever recorded for a Continental. Handling is also superb: extra control and agility is provided by new Torque-Vectoring technology, that makes the car extra-responsive when cornering, for a truly exhilarating drive. In addition, Supersports Convertible has Bentley All-Wheel drive, which provides higher performance and greater safety in all weather conditions.
The bold body styling of the Continental Supersports Convertible creates a dramatic profile, including a front and rear bumper design with carbon-fibre accents, distinctive carbon-fibre bonnet vents, side skirts and rear spoiler. Full exterior blackware on the radiator surround, light units, window surrounds, rear bumper and door handles give the car a strikingly aggressive look, as do the gloss black exhaust tailpipe finishers and wing vents.
The styling inside the Supersports Convertible features a bold chequered carbon-fibre to the fascia plates, with Supersports branding to fascia and treadplates. Continental Supersports also offers a three-tone interior; you can choose from a wide variety of coloured hides and, to maximise the sporting feel, select perforated black Alcantara.
Aston Martin DBS Volante – 6.0 V12 Automatic
Model manufactured in United Kingdom (Gaydon).
Production started in August 2009.
Basic price 6.0 V12 Automatic (European average): 220,000 €
Basic price Aston Martin DBS Volante (European average): 220,000 €
The new drop-top Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante has been officially revealed, with a top speed of 211mph making it the fastest convertible in the British brand’s history.
Closely related to the DBS Superleggera coupe, the Volante ditches the conventional fixed roof for an eight-layer folding fabric mechanism. The hood opens in 14 seconds and closes in 16, which can be operated either from the inside, or by the key within two metres of the car.
The Volante’s engine matches that of the coupe: that means power comes from a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 with 715bhp and 900Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
Despite wearing a fabric hood in place of the coupe’s hard top – and the additional chassis strengthening required to compensate for the loss of the solid roof – the top speed remains the same. The 3.6-second 0-62mph time is 0.2 seconds slower, though, while it’ll accelerate from 50-100mph in fourth gear in 4.2 seconds.
Despite the truncated roof design of the Volante, the aerodynamic performance has barely altered from the coupe. At that 211mph top speed, the Volante produces 177kg of downforce – a drop of just 3kg compared to the hard top variant.
Inside, the cabin matches the design of the coupe, though buyers can choose from one of six finishes for the headlining.