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The 5 Most Expensive Cars of 2015

The McLaren P14 should be similar to McLaren 650S. Photo by Mr.choppers on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0.
Photo by Mr.choppers on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0.

Many car enthusiasts dream of owning a high end luxury or sports car. Such cars offer high-performance materials and extraordinary performance. Some of these cars are produced as  limited editions, which makes them even more desirable. Since exclusive and high-performance cars are also quite costly, the target audience is usually a person who wants a rare and awe-inspiring automobile and isn’t deterred by price. As 2015 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the most expensive cars released during this year.

5. McLaren 650S Spider Convertible

Photo by Werner Bayer on Flickr / CC BY 2.0.
Photo by Werner Bayer on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

What car would make your neighbor see green? Or anyone who looks at your car, for that matter? The McLaren 650S is definitely a perfect candidate. It blends exceptional design with dynamic performance. Thanks to the 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 641 horsepower, this car can go 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. This convertible comes in a single well-equipped trim level.

Its manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and seven-inch touchscreen display with sound and navigation add to the pleasant interior surroundings. The leather and faux suede upholstery provides a luxurious feel, and custom bespoke fabrics are available as well. If this isn’t enough, a sports exhaust, height-adjustable suspension, carbon-fiber body panels, and one-piece racing seats are just a sampling of the optional add-ons you can purchase. Safety features include traction control, numerous airbags and rear air brakes that provide additional stopping power.

The overall design brings flare to the vehicle. For example, the butterfly doors appear to fly open when you enter or exit the vehicle. While driving around town, you can choose between three driving modes. The normal mode maximizes fuel economy and lowers interior noise. The sport mode firms the suspension and hastens the throttle response so that handling is optimized. Track mode provides a “race car” experience around turns. The model bases at $280,225 and with everything the Spider offers, the price is indeed justified.

4. Bentley Mulsanne

Photo by The Car Spy on Flickr / CC BY 2.0.
Photo by The Car Spy on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

When you hear the name Bentley, you instantly think about ultimate luxury. The 2015 Mulsanne provides distinct British accents at a price only few can afford. A 6.75-liter V8 engine produces 505 horsepower needed to power this graceful beast. The eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels and allows the car to reach from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

This luxury sedan seats five people comfortably and is available in two trim levels. Both come equipped with a sunroof, keyless entry, and an air-ride suspension. The “Speed” model increases horsepower to 530 and achieves 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The interior is filled with top-of-the-line materials, including leather, wood trim, and stainless steel. The infotainment system is a technological gem that is simple to control from the center console. Long trips are not exhausting anymore, thanks to the optional rear-seat tables that house tablet and keyboard devices. When combined with the WiFi hotspot, you are never far from your friends and family. For even more relaxation, the executive package offers reclining and massage seats. Besides these luxury features, safety enhancements are numerous. This car has antilock brakes, front and back parking sensors, airbags, and optional rear and side cameras so you always know what’s going on around you.

The feel of the drive is fantastic. The Mulsanne practically floats on the road and provides exceptional stability around fast turns. Quick acceleration is effortless as well. Its large size, weight, and performance comes at a starting price of $303,700.

3. Ferrari F12berlinetta Coupe

Photo by Norbert Aepli, Switzerland on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0.
Photo by Norbert Aepli, Switzerland on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 4.0

The F12berlinetta is the fastest and most expensive Ferrari vehicle you can purchase, and it continues the brand’s grand legacy. Its $319,995 base price will set you apart from the crowd and keep you mesmerized on the road. Although many individuals may dismiss the car as a mere extravagance, the design is pure genius.

The exterior provides an aggressive racing appearance, and the curvy lines offer top aerodynamics that enhance the velocity provided by the 6.3 liter V12 engine. Total horsepower is 730, and the vehicle can go 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Top speeds are estimated to approach 211 mph. Thanks to the balanced chassis and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, steering is sharp and guides the front end like a laser. Few front-engine cars approach the performance or driving excitement of this Ferrari.

Are you wondering what the inside offers? The high-tech cockpit contains Frau leather seats and carbon-fiber trim. The flat-bottomed steering wheel includes all “manettino” controls. If the original price is not high enough, more money will get you customized features.

Ferrari’s “Tailor Made” program assigns you a personal designer who takes care of your every need. Besides technology, safety features are plentiful. Parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, stability control, carbon brakes, and various airbags come standard.

2. Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster Convertible

Photo by Daniel Stocker on Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by Daniel Stocker on Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

The Aventador’s large size and shape was designed to resemble a stealth-bomber. The convertible features a two-piece targa top that exposes you to the elements. The V12 engine produces 691 horsepower and allows the vehicle to attain top speeds of 217 mph. You can reach 60 mph in approximately three seconds. On the open road, you’ll be impressed by the nimble steering and balance. The pushrod suspension was inspired by Formula 1 Racing and provides a luxury feel when cruising around town.

The car is packed with technology. An electronically-controlled rear spoiler and side air intake system enhances performance. Inside, the seven-inch display multimedia system provides Bluetooth capability and navigation assistance.

Safety features include antilock brakes and stability control. Two “B” pillars offer extra head protection in case of a rollover. The Aventador convertible starts at $441,600 and can be compared to the Ferrari 458 Spider.

1. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Convertible

Photo by Zölle on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 / GNU FDL 1.2
Photo by Zölle on Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 3.0 / GNU FDL 1.2

What’s the ultimate luxury car that provides unparalleled opulence? The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead tops the list and bases at $479,775. For that price, you receive unmatched performance and bold design. Despite its large size, it seats four and goes 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds. Its enormous 6.75-liter V12 engine produces 453 horsepower. The exterior design is quite unique with rear-hinged coach doors and a “picnic boot” split trunk lid.

Inside, the leather upholstery and metal and wood trims offer a feeling of true luxury. Voice controls and an 8.8-inch infotainment system provide audio, video and navigation capabilities. Customized add-ons make it possible to create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. On nights when you need to keep the top on, wouldn’t it be fabulous to choose the “Starlight Headlining” option to keep the convertible feel? This provides 1,600 fiber optic lights hand-set into the roof, which gives the appearance of a star-filled sky. It’s also possible to add a refrigerator or humidor to the interior space.

Safety features include numerous airbags, a multitude of exterior cameras, and front and rear parking sensors. The Rolls-Royce Phantom provides the ultimate convertible experience with its quality old-fashioned heritage and modern technological advancements. Enjoy a smooth and solid ride through all road conditions.

As we looked back at the most expensive cars of 2015, what was your favorite?

Is there another car you would add to the list?

Let us know in the comments below!

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