What Are the Most Expensive Cars of 2020?

What are the most expensive cars of 2020? On the face of it, the task of identifying these ultra-dollar machines seems straightforward. But in this new climate of super-luxury and hyper-performance, identifying the new cars that command the highest prices becomes more and more complicated. 

Bugatti Centodieci Rear Detail

Why? For one thing, it is getting less and less clear which cars are "production cars" and which cars are commissioned customs or specials. Is a vehicle that is produced in a series of 10 a production model? And if that run of 10 is sold out before manufacture of the car even begins is it truly available to purchase? Or is it immediately a part of the burgeoning super-high-dollar used car market? Finally, are these incredibly costly cars purchased for their automotive virtues or are they bought in a speculative frenzy with the idea they can immediately be flipped at a profit of $100,000 or more overnight?

While we can't read what is in someone's mind when they purchase a big-dollar car, we can set a few ground rules around the cars that are included on the list of the most expensive cars of 2020. 

First, every one of these cars is a current model. None of them are cars that were sold decades ago or even a few years ago and are now commanding gigantic prices on the auction market. If suddenly you hit it big — and we mean very big — playing the Lotto or your proprietary app just got its third round of VC funding, you could go out and buy one. In theory.

Second, more than one is being manufactured of each. The numbers might be small — 10 seems like a common quantity — but the number is higher than one or two. In other words, these are not, in the parlance of the auto industry, "one-offs." They might not go down a production line like a Honda Accord, but their manufacturers are making several of them that are basically the same. 

So, here is the list of the most expensive cars for 2020. We will give you a good idea of what they cost, what features they have, and why they are so special. Certainly, one common element that makes them special is their cost. In fact, it is a disconcerting aspect of the ultra-high-end car business that a ridiculous price is a desirable feature in and of itself. In case your yacht has come in these are (arguably) the most expensive cars of 2020.

Bugatti Centodieci 

Those who say "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" might have been referring to the Bugatti Centodieci. It is shaped in the now-familiar mid-engine supercar form that we have seen in everything from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to kit cars you can build in your garage. The additions to the form, like a minuscule version of the famed Bugatti horse collar grille, make it either special or awkward, depending upon your point of view. One thing you could say without question is that the body has a lot of things going on. Wings, scoops, extractors — they are all there in bold type.

Bugatti Centodieci Front Quarter Aerial View

The Centodieci (110 in Italian) is inspired by the EB110, a stillborn creation of a company that bought the Bugatti name and tried to make a go of it only to see the steam seep out of the supercar business back in the 1990s. One has to wonder what Ettore Bugatti would think of this new supercar that pays tribute to a supercar he had exactly nothing to do with, having been dead for 50 years when it came and went. 

The lack of provenance seems immaterial to the Centodieci's buyers, who appear quite content to pay about $9 million a copy for a vehicle based on the far less expensive Bugatti Chiron. Powered by a 1,577-horsepower quad-turbo W-16 engine, the Centodieci offers 99 horsepower more than the Chiron. Slightly quicker than the Chiron in straight-line acceleration, it boasts a zero-to-60-miles-per-hour time of less than 2.5 seconds, which could inflict a minor brain hemorrhage. Its claimed top speed is 235 mph. 

Lamborghini Sian Roadster

The Lamborghini Sian Roadster has got to be the coolest — and fastest — hybrid available these days, a far cry from your grandmother's Prius. The open-top hybrid doesn't simply offer all the presence of a Lamborghini, but it also features a supercapacitor. The first use of the technology in an exotic, the supercapacitor stores 10 times the power of a comparable lithium-ion battery. 

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Blue Front View

Of course, the supercapacitor is only a part of the technically sophisticated powertrain that also includes a 6.5-liter 774-horsepower V-12 engine and a 33-horsepower electric motor that offers near-instant torque on demand. The 7-speed gearbox features independent shifting rods and works in concert with the car's various driving modes. The electronically controlled Haldex all-wheel-drive system is equipped with a rear mechanical self-locking differential.

The exterior design features long, sculptured contours and distinctive aero wings to give it a show-stopping curbside demeanor. Of course, the Sian Roadster is a mid-engine design, which can be awkward in an open-top car, but the extreme cab-forward design looks good from every angle. One of its best angles emphasizes the very low front end that features an integrated carbon fiber splitter and Lamborghini-signature Y-shaped headlights.

Another Sian signature is aluminum details painted in Oro Electrum (gold), the color the brand uses to distinguish its hybrid cars. The purposeful interior of the Sian Roadster is simple without resorting to minimalism, with a no-nonsense nacelle hooding the instrumentation in front of the driver. Scattered about are Y-shaped features and hexagonal accents that recall the original Lamborghini Miura. The interior air vents are produced by special 3D printing that allows a customer to incorporate his or her initials into the vent design.

Lamborghini never listed a price for the Sian Roadster, but the car reported sold for $3.6 million.

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg doesn't roll off the tongue like Ferrari or Lamborghini, but the Swedish hypercar builder has gathered its own collection of fans by building exceedingly fast cars that cost an exceedingly large amount of money. For instance, the current apple of the Koenigsegg eye is the Jesko, which is available in "track" and "high speed" models and will set you back about $3 million. 

Koenigsegg Jesko Front View

Both the Jesko (track) and the Jesko Absolut (high-speed) are powered by a 1,280-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that, among other technological feats, sports the world's lightest V-8 crankshaft. As if 1,280 horsepower weren't enough, the exotic engine produces 1,600 horsepower on E85 fuel. Super-light pistons and rods enable the engine to rev to 8,500. 

The engine delivers power to the wheels through a proprietary Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission. With nine forward gears, the transmission employs several wet multi-disc clutches in a compact, ultra-light package to give super-fast shifts. It is capable of gear changes between any gears, making the driving experience seamless. Rear-wheel-steering is just one of the car's many handling tricks.

The Jesko's exterior design is equally innovative. The push of a button on the remote control activates "Autoskin," a body system that uses miniaturized hydraulics to operate aerodynamics and to open the car's doors and hoods. The dihedral synchro-helix door hinge opens slightly outward and upward providing room for getting in and out, something that can be a challenge for those who can afford to buy a car of this pedigree. The Autoskin system includes sensors to protect both automated doors from opening where an obstruction is detected.

The interior incorporates a mix of leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, aluminum, and glass with customization possible. The sport seats are built around a carbon fiber shell. Controls for seat position and heating are available via the "SmartCenter" touchscreen. The steering column and pedal box are both fully adjustable.

Ferrari Monza SP2

The Ferrari Monza SP2, along with its SP1 sistership, are the forerunners in the brand's '"Icona" (Icon) specialty lineup that endeavors to tap into the most evocative cars in the company's history. Its goal is to create a new segment of low-volume limited-series cars that Ferrari admits quite openly are for "clients and collectors." The intention with the SP2 is to use a modern aesthetic to reinterpret a timeless style, with technologically advanced components and the highest performance possible.

Ferrari SP1 and Ferrari SP2

In an era that seems filled with scoops, wings, inlets, and gingerbread, the Monza SP2 is a study in restraint that harkens back to the Ferrari roadsters of the 1940s and 1950s. Its major inspiration comes from the Ferrari 166 MM "Barchetta," the cornerstone of a legendary string of sports racing cars that came out of Maranello. To capture some of the Barchetta's brio, the SP2's most notable single feature is the "Virtual Wind Shield," a Ferrari-patented system that makes up for the car's lack of a conventional windshield. Now that's purity of purpose. The small doors swing upward making even entering the car a memorable occasion.

Getting down the road or around the track in the Monza SP2 is pretty memorable in itself. The car uses the V-12 engine from the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It delivers over 800 horsepower enabling the SP2 to vault from a standing start to 60 mph in less than three seconds, quite a bit quicker than the 166 MM. Ferrari lists the SP2's top speed at 188 mph.

Despite the car's bow to nostalgia in its shape, the performance and interior are thoroughly modern. The cockpit features a full range of electronic instrumentation, and the console houses buttons and knobs for things like the automatic temperature control. Still, with its leather-covered carbon fiber seats, the interior manages to capture the simplicity of a bygone era, a nice tonic in a time of wretched excess. The price for all this lusciousness? About $2 million. 

Lotus Evija

Lotus is certainly a brand that has had its ups-and-downs. With a racing heritage that emphasized pluck and nerve rather than high horsepower, Lotus evokes a mixed bag of feelings perhaps epitomized by the fact that even the demise of its founder, Colin Chapman, is still shrouded in controversy. 

Lotus Evija Yellow Front Quarter View

Today, the decidedly British brand is now owned by Geely, the Chinese automaker that also owns Volvo. Lotus’s new owner has decided to take a similar course to its approach with Volvo, calling the Evija "the British all-electric hypercar" in much the same way it has preserved and protected the Swedish flavor of Volvo. And for those with short memories, the Tesla Roadster was based on the Lotus Elise, so the brand does have some small association with electric vehicles.

That said, electric power and a two-seat configuration are about the only things tying the Tesla Roadster to the Lotus Evija, which is priced at about $2 million. At approximately 3,600 pounds, the Evija is no lightweight, which has always been a Lotus hallmark, but that is svelte for an EV of its capabilities. The thing that makes the Evija a hypercar is the nearly 2,000 (yes, 2,000) horsepower produced by its four electric motors. 

While the Evija looks like a mid-engine car, it has no engine and the motors are located at each wheel. But the battery pack is mounted amidships giving the car excellent balance. If you're curious about its capabilities, how about a 200-mph top speed? How about 0-60 mph in less than three seconds? If Colin Chapman is indeed dead, he'll be rolling over in his grave.

The Evija is also fast in another way — it's battery charging. Lotus says that using existing charging technology, the battery bank can get to 80% of its capacity in less than 20 minutes. Driving range on a full charge is something like 250 miles, depending upon how hard one pushes those four electric motors. 

The Lotus Evija is available for ordering now, and the first production cars are scheduled to be delivered in the middle of 2021.