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So, you’ve just won the Lottery, received your large comedy cheque from Christopher Biggins, but what next for your impressive wad of cash? Once the Champagne hangover has receded, most newly flush millionaires will head straight to the nearest supercar dealer… but do they know what they’re getting into? Here’s our guide to shifting your life from a Ford Focus to the driver’s seat of a rubber-cremating flame-spitting supercar…
Here’s our top 10 countdown of the world’s most expensive cars…
10. Pagani Huayra
What is it: It might look like a work of art, but don’t expect any lingering in-depth appreciation of this automotive masterpiece as the 720bhp twin-turbo powerplant unleashes its wrath on the Tarmac through a bullet-fast seven-speed sequential gearbox. Drop a right-foot bomb on this beast and our lottery winner will soon understand why it’s named after the Inca ‘God of Winds’ – as the Huarya blasts from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of around 230mph. It’s also the fastest car to have completed the Top Gear circuit. Should you place the order?
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: With 738 lb/ft of torque delivered through the rear wheels, low-speed manoeuvres in busy supermarket car parks could easily end in dented shopping trollies. Once parked though, its gullwing doors – which open upwards and not outwards – will make getting in and out a breeze in the tightest of spaces. However, with average economy at 21.73mpg, you’d need to put aside around £4,300 to fuel the Huarya for a year*. Space-wise, the two-seat, mid-engined configuration leaves space for just two small luggage compartments aft the rear wheels and right next to the 730bhp engine – useless for your favourite frozen ready meals but perfect for a couple of warm steak slices from Greggs.
How much: How much: £1.02m
Where can I buy one: The original car has sold out – just 100 examples were scheduled for production – but Pagani has promised a Roadster version will be revealed in 2016. Lodge your interest here
9. Aston Martin One-77
What is it: Surprisingly, Aston Martin built ‘77’ examples of this 7.3-litre, 220mph supercar – all of which have been bought. However, around eight of them are still devouring the streets of Blighty, so keep your eyes on the local classifieds. Vital stats you’ll be wanting to know include a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds, while a service every 5,000 miles and a new set of tyres will cost you £14,000 a year. Its C02 emissions of 572g/km won’t make for cheap road tax either – budget around £1,100 a year.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: This is where Aston Martin has delivered a masterstroke. No need to fire-up the One-77 for the weekly shop – buyers also got the chance to purchase an accompanying Aston Martin Cygnet city car. Based on the supermarket-friendly Toyota iQ, the Cygnet matches the One-77 in colour and trim, but is also small, nippy and offers space to stow a couple of Champagne and caviar-packed carrier bags. However, the Cygnet’s £30k asking price is enough to make anyone choke on their Beluga. At least the annual fuel bill of around £760 will help preserve your fortune a little longer. Stats show 150 Cygnets still registered in the UK, so get scouring the classifieds.
How much: £1.2m for the One-77 – and £24k for a used Aston Martin Cygnet
Where can I buy one: Keep your eye on Aston’s used car site here
8. Koenigsegg One:1
What is it: The name might suggest just one would be built, but that’d be daft when there’s a raft of speed-hungry millionaires desperate to part with the £1.27m asking price. In fact, the car maker will build six – in addition to the prototype – and all cars are said to have been sold. It’s not that surprising considering the One:1 is claimed to be the fastest car in the world, with its 1,341bhp and weight of 1,360kg delivering a weight/power ratio of 1:1 (guess where the name comes from). The 273mph beast will rocket from 0-250mph in just 20 seconds and if that’s not enough to bring on premature incontinence, the annual servicing costs of around £14,000 will certainly complete the job.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: The scissor doors will prove useful for getting in and out in tight supermarket parking spaces, but you’ve got to get there first… Setting out to shop on a damp Saturday morning, you’ll do well to remember its serious aerodynamic downforce doesn’t kick in until you hit speeds of around 125mph – so take it easy on the mini roundabout at the end of your close. Here’s the big news, though, Swedish company Thule has come up with an aerodynamically designed carbonfibre roofbox crafted to be safe at speeds up to 186 mph. It’s made for the Koenigsegg Agera R, but we’re sure if you ask nicely – and flash your credit card – it could be adapted for the One:1. No need to scrimp on the lobster and Marmite, then… there’ll be bags of room for the shopping.
How much: £1.27m
Where can I buy one: You’ll be looking for a secondhand version of the One:1, but unlike your three-year-old Vauxhall, the Koenigsegg won’t have haemorrhaged 60% of its worth, but more than likely doubled in value. Find out more about buying one here
7. Ferrari F60 America
What is it: No one wants to turn up at a party wearing the same dress as a fellow guest – regardless of gender – so imagine rocking up at your new pad in millionaires’ row to find the cash-heavy banker next door has exactly the same Ferrari F12? Avoid social rejection by finding yourself a used version of the marque’s F60 America. With just 10 examples built – and instantly sold – there’s little chance the 6.3-litre V12 supercar is going to meet its twin anytime soon – especially because it was intended for the US market.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: Unlike most modern Ferraris, this model swaps the mid-engine configuration for a front-mounted ball of fire – freeing up a huge swathe of boot space for your shopping. The result is up to 500 litres of carrier bag-packed luggage space, which is around the same that’s offered by a BMW 7 Series. However, the huge doors will make getting in and out difficult in the car park. Despite the brand’s reputation, this is not an intimidating car to drive and onboard electronic safety systems will prevent you falling off even the dampest of roads.
How much: £1.56m
Where can I buy one: This car was sold to ‘special’ customers before most knew it was even a twinkle in the designer’s eye. You might need to be a Euromillions rollover winner to tempt a current owner to sell you the keys… let alone the rest of the car, too.
6. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
What is it: If the ‘standard’ Bugatti Veyron isn’t enough to bother your bank account, why not get behind the wheel of the Super Sport version? With 1,200bhp trying to seduce your right foot, the top speed had to be restricted to a piffling 258mph amid fears the car’s tyres would start to melt. Combining the Super Sport and Super Sport World Record Edition makes just 35 cars to hunt down – and none of them are currently registered in the UK.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: Lottery winners with remote castles in the Highlands might want to consider carrying a spare can of fuel… fill the Super Sport with petrol, floor it and the tank will be empty in just eight minutes. However, last-minute dashes to the supermarket at 10 to 4 on a Sunday afternoon will be made easier with its 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds. The mid-engine Veyron has a tiny ‘boot’ at the front of the car, so while you’ll be able to carry your frozen fish fingers in safety, it’ll only take a single carrier bag. If that hasn’t put you off, just make sure you have around £95,000 a year to keep the service book happy. This includes £14,500 for each service, while the tyres will cost you £25,000 per set. Bugatti also demands you renew the wheels every fourth tyre change. The magnesium alloy rims cost £45,000
How much: £1.7m
Where can I buy one: Check out your local forecourt or head to this website for help tracking one down.
5. Ferrari FXX K
What is it: It’s ridiculously fast; with the naturally aspirated powerplant mixing 848bhp with a further 187 ponies delivered from its Formula One-inspired HY-KERS system – which harnesses power during braking. Sticking with the F1 theme, the steering wheel would look equally at home in the hands Seb Vettell, with its multi-function buttons controlling everything from throttle response to chassis set-up. Stats for the FXX K aren’t available as yet, but suffice to say owners should devise a back-up transport plan for when they lose their licence.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: Possibly not! You’ll need an invitation from Ferrari to buy one and you don’t even get to keep it on your drive – making trips to pick up chicken legs and charcoal for a spontaneous BBQ a little difficult. Oh and it’s a track-only car, anyway. Ferrari stores it for you and transports it to exclusive driving events around the world… which – at a guess – won’t include a Tour de Tesco in your local town.
How much: £1.97m
Where can I buy one: Simply sit tight and wait for your personal invite to arrive…
4. Ferrari Sergio
What is it: The Ferrari Sergio is a limited edition roadster that’s based on the marque’s 458 Spider. It’s a tribute to Ferrari’s 60 years of working with Pininfarina, the Italian design house. It also commemorates the 2012 death of Sergio Pininfarina – the company’s figurehead and former boss. Originally making its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the well-heeled public’s positive reaction – and overflowing bank accounts – was enough to twist the car maker’s arm to build six examples – one for each decade the companies have worked together. Oh – and if you’re interested in the business end, it delivers 605bhp to the rear wheels and blasts from 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: With no examples showing as registered for use on British streets, it would suggest it’s not the most practical daily runaround. However, the engine configuration will leave room for a couple of carrier bags. Details on running costs aren’t available, but we’d suggest Euromillions rather than National Lottery winners should apply.
How much: £1.97m
Where can I buy one: All six models have been sold, but why not track down the owners and make them an offer they can’t refuse. One car is in the United Arab Emirates, three in the US and a further one in each Japan and Switzerland…
3. McLaren P1 GTR
What is it: Listen-up speed freak lottery winners, here’s one for you. Getting behind the wheel in one of these is about as close as you’ll ever get to jumping in one of the company’s F1 cars (a good one, not the current incarnation) and going all Jenson Button as you head to Morrisons. With a twin-turbo 3.8-litre powerplant and electrically powered motor conspiring to produce 986bhp of insane hi-octane tomfoolery, this makes a serious automotive weapon as it fires from 0-60mph in 2.4seconds and tops out around 225mph.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: Sadly not! Firstly, to be in with a chance of getting behind the wheel you’ll need to already own a standard £866,000 P1 – and secondly, you can’t actually drive the car on public roads. Like the Ferrari FXX K, it’s a track-only motor that McLaren will store for you. No deal.
How much: £1.98m
Where can I buy one: Wait for your invitation.
2. Lykan HyperSport
What is it: It’s a newcomer to the market that you might not have heard about, but with just seven of the HyperSports planned for production, owners are sure to bag a great return on their investment. The price tag might seem steep for a newbie, but the diamonds in the headlight cluster and genuine gold thread used to stitch the seats set the tone of what to expect. Each owner will also receive a Cyrus Klepcys watch – and these retail at around £99k each. It’s not just about the bling, either; the Lykan HyperSport is powered by a 740bhp twin-turbo flat-six 3.7-litre powerplant blatting it from 0-62mph in 2.8 seconds and on to 239mph.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: You might find the local scamps prising diamonds from your headlamps as you return to the your parking space, but the scissor-type doors will make for easy access in restricted spaces. The mid-engined configuration should leave some room for a luggage compartment in the front. The rear-view camera will help when reverse-parking, too.
How much: £2.17m
Where can I buy one: Move quick and you can buy one of these extremely rare cars from a dealer in Dubai… click here (on sale at time of publication)
1. MOST EXPENSIVE: Lamborghini Veneno and Veneno roadster
What is it: Just three Venenos were made and they cost around £2.5m before taxes are added. The cars were sold out in just minutes. Not one to miss a trick, Lamborghini decided to triple the production run and hired an Italian aircraft carrier to reveal the news. Strangely, said ship was conveniently moored in Abu Dhabi – where locals have a penchant ( and bank account) for Lambos. All nine sold out immediately. So, what does the £2.5m+ price tag bring? Lashings of carbonfibre and a 6.5-litre V12 destroying the ozone layer with an output of 740bhp and top speed of 221mph – that’s what.
Any good for the weekly supermarket shop: The four-wheel-drive transmission will help for those trips to the supermarket when you’re snowed in during winter… however the 740bhp might not be so handy in the slush as you attempt to reverse-park in an awkward space. Lamborghini don’t make any mention of bootspace, but we’d suggest a meal-by-meal approach might be required when grabbing your shopping. On a positive note, the gullwing doors will make getting in and out a breeze in tight spaces.
How much: £2.5m and £2.68m
Where can I buy one: A used Veneno roadster was advertised for £4.83million in 2014, so that’s a hefty increase on the original £2.68m purchase price. Contact owners and offer them in excess of £5million. Start your search in Abu Dhabi as none of the Lambos are registered in the UK.