Most of us know what it’s like to buy a new or used car. You might do some research online, head to a few dealerships for some test drives, make your choice, then sit down at the paper-packed desk in the claustrophobic cubicle and let the negotiating begin. For most of us, it’s a mode of transportation that checks just enough boxes to wind up in our driveways. I mean, It’s a car.

Then, there are the dream machines. The kind of cars we pine for, we drool over, and we fantasize about the once-in-a-lifetime, far-off possibility of potentially driving, if not owning, such a fine piece of automotive wizardry. These are the kind of cars you’ll find in this list of the most expensive cars for 2014.

These cars are so absurdly fast, expensive, and exclusive that  it seems wildly inane to dub them mere supercars. These, my friend, are hypercars. They combine other-worldly performance, superior design, aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as well as the hopes and dreams from our youth into the sexiest of silhouettes. They actually make cars like the Audi RS class, BMW M series, Mercedes AMGs, and Porsche Carreras seem rather economical. I kid, but there’s no denying that these toys are created for the deep pockets of this world. If ever there was a motivation to get rich, then look no further than this list.

However, it’ll take more than money to access these automotive treasures. Even if you ooze money from every orifice, that still doesn’t guarantee you the privilege of the purchase. Many of these engineering masterpieces are produced in such limited quantities that they require a personal invitation direct from the manufacturer. And that’s what makes these cars so special.

So what if you never see one of these cars in person? That shouldn’t stop you from oogling the crap out of them. So here’s my personal invitation to do just that. Still, build your empires, chase your dreams, buy your lottery tickets, and say your prayers. Who knows you might find one of these dream machines in your garage. In the meantime, enjoy this list.

Aston Martin Vanquish Aston Martin Vanquish

Price: $279,995.  The original James Bond car, the new Vanquish is Aston Martin’s Flagship automobile.  It features the most advanced engineering, the most beautiful design cues, and the finest materials of any Aston to date.  It’s super lightweight carbon-fibre body panels are a first for the automaker.  Interior design is based on the One-77.  The hand-stiched leather trim and alcantra come in a variety of colors.  A powerhouse 6.0-liter v12 engine blasts the Vanquish to 60mph in just 4.1secs.  If it’s good enough for James Bond, then it should work for you as well.

Bentley MulsanneBentley Mulsanne

Price: 298,900. The Bentley Mulsanne is named after Mulsanne Straight of the Le Mans racing circuit, where Bentleys have won the 24hrs of Le Mans race 5 different times. It features some seriously posh interior ammenities such as wood veneers and blemish-free hide derived leather upholstery, as well as a host of technological delights such as picnic tables with ipad and keyboard compartments and 2.8inch LCD headrest screens. Add to that the sweet-sounding 505hp 6.75-liter twin-turbo v8, and you can hit 60mph in just 5.1s while enjoying the plush cabin.

Ferrari F12berlinettaFerrari F12berlinetta

Price: $315,888. Before the LaFerrari debuted, the F12Berlinetta was Ferrari’s fastest accelerating road-going Ferrari. Capable of reaching 125mph in only 8.5s, the F12 with it’s 6.3-litre v12 and 731hp was named Top Gear’s “Supercar of the Year” in 2012. The engine was also named “Best Engine above 4.0 litres”.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended WheelbaseRolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase

Price: 298,900. Compared to the standard phantom, the Extended Wheelbase version has 170mm of extra length. That means you’re paying approximately $2960 for every centimeter of extra knee room. From the backseat though, it may be worth every penny. You’ll also be treated to lambswool carpets, 4m of wood venere that takes 16 days to finish, and leather finishings that use a total of 9 different bulls. Add to that the high-tech features, the 453hp, 6.75-liter v12, and a 0-60mph time of 5.8s. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended wheelbase is a living room on rocketskates.

Porsche 918 SpyderPorsche 918 Spyder

Price: $845,000.  Porsche’s 918 is The Dr. Jeckyll and Mr.Hyde of supercardom.  On one hand it’s one of the most bonkers hypercars on the road today with 887hp, 940 lb-ft of torque, and 0-60 mph in an unbelievable 2.2secs.  On the other hand, it’s the ultimate green-machine sporting an electric engine with a range of 19miles on battery power alone.  It’s a stealth bomber wrapped in carbon fiber and advanced technology.

McLaren P1

McLaren P1

Price: $1.1M. Let’s get to the stats – 903 total hp(gas+electric), 0-60mph in 2.6s, 1/4mile time of 9.8s at 148mph, with a top speed of 217mph. The Mclaren P1 might just be the quickest production car ever! It shows tail lights to a Veryron at half the cost. And…it’s a hybrid. Hard to imagine it with a price tag over $1M, but the p1 might just be the biggest performance bargain on this list.

Zenvo ST1

Zenvo ST1

Price: $1.23M. The secret sauce under the hood of the Zenvo St-1 is a super high-performance 6.8-liter v8 engine that pumps out 1250hp. The Zenvo’s engine is BOTH turbocharged AND supercharged getting the Danish car to 60mph in 3.0s an and to a top speed of 233mph. You could do worse for the money. Zenvo automotive will even throw in a $50k watch with your purchase.

Ferrari LaFerrariFerrari LaFerrari

Price: $1,3M.  The LaFerrari is the automaker’s first hybrid and puts out the highest output of any car in the prancing horse’s stable, whilst lowering fuel consumption by an amazing 40%.  The 6.3-liter v12 cranks out a total of 950 hp when partnered with the electric motor.  Connected to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the rear-wheel drive LaFerrari can hit 60mph in just 2.5 seconds on to a heart-stopping top speed of 221mph.

Pagani HuayraPagani Huayra

Price: $1.3M. The Huayra, Top Gear’s 2012 “Hypercar of the Year” comes with a 720hp, Mercedes-Benz AMG built v12, twin-turbo engine within a super-lightweight, carbon fiber exoskeleton framework. The result is blistering acceleration runs to 60mph in only 3s and a top speed of 224mph. The Huayra is one of the fastest cars ever to round Top Gear’s test track.

Maybach LandauletMaybach Landaulet

Price: $1.35M.  Maybach’s Landaulet is literally a business jet on wheels.  With it’s 620hp, 6.0-liter v12, it scoots to 60mph in just 5.2s and takes the title of most powerful chaufer-driven limo in the world.  Inside, opulence abounds with reclining seats in the finest of leather, piano lacquer and carbon, sterling silver champagne glasses, and all your wishes fulfilled from the manufacturer.  The Landaulet is the ultimate in brazen excess.

Lamborghini Reventon Lamborghini Reventon

Price: $1.6M.  Another gloriously over-priced Lamborghini.  The headscratcher in this one stems from the fact that, while the exterior is completely new, almost all of the mechanical elements were sourced directly from the Murcielago LP640.  Despite that fact, the Reventon is a collectors car with only 20 ever being produced for sale.  Top speed was recorded in Dubai at 221mph.  Still, only the most die-hard Lambo-aficionados with pockets as deep as their passion, would not be dissatisfied with the LP640.

Koenigsegg Agera RKoenigsegg Agera R

Price: $1.71M.  Currently top stallion in the swedish hypercar builder’s stable, the Agera R generates incredible power from a relatively small(compared to the competition) 5.0-liter, twin-turbo v8 engine that puts out 1140hp.  The Agera R rockets to 60mph in just 2.8 seconds and hits a top speed of 260mph. However, you’ll need to sign a waiver in order for the company to disable the speed limiter.  This is the fastest Koenigsegg you can buy…at least until the One:1 debuts.

Aston Martin One-77Aston Martin One-77

Price: $1.8M. The One-77 gets it’s name from the fact that Aston Martin had limited production to 77 total cars. It’s composed of a full carbon fibre chassis, a handcrafted aluminum body, and a 7.3 litre monster 750hp v12 engine. According to Aston Martin, the One’s engine is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine in the world. Top speed is a measured 220mph with 0-60mph coming up in a scant 3.5s. So yes, it’s faster than James Bond’s car.

Pagani Zonda Cinque RoadsterPagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

Price: $1.85M. Originally intended to be Pagani’s last iteration of their legendary Zonda, the Zonda Cinque had a name that was apropo since only 5 cars were built. The big difference(read:improvement) over other road Zondas was the new 6-speed sequential gearbox which can shift in less than 100 milliseconds. 0-60 comes up in 3.4s and the ultralight Cinque makes use of carbon and titanium materials in a big way. Power comes from a thunderous AMG v12 that can catapult the Cinque to 210mph in the blink of an eye. The Cinque was specifically designed for the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit live-action movie trailer.

Koenigsegg One:1Koenigsegg One:1

Price: $2M. Koenigsegg has made history with the One:1 in that the automaker has achieved a highly impressive automotive first – a 1:1 power to weight ratio in a road car. Unbelievably, the insane one:1 puts out 1340hp while weighing just 1340kg. It even factors in the average drivers weight in that equation. You’re looking at what may be the fastest accelerating car yet(I’m tempted to say ever, but who knows what next year will bring). We’re talking Veyron eating 0-60mph times and top speeds of 273mph. Words escape me. Where’s Jeremy Clarkson when you need him?

Lamborghini Sesto ElementoLamborghini Sesto Elemento

Price: $2.2M. The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento is named in reference to the atomic number of carbon. As such, carbon has been used extensively in the Sesto’s design, making it the lightest Lamborghini ever. The Sesto plays little brother to the bigger Veneno and borrows a 5.2-litre v10 from the Gallardo, generating 570hp. Coupled with the Sesto’s extremely light weight of only 2,202lbs, acceleration to 60mph arrives in a scant 2.5s. The Sestos production run will be limited to 20 cars and they’ve all already been spoken for.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport VitesseBugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Price: $2.5M. With 1200hp on tap from an 8-liter, 16 cylinder quad-turbo engine, the French auto-maker handily accomplished it’s goal to make the Veyron the fastest production roadster in the word. It tops out at over 254mph making it the undisputed topspeed king. As of December 2013, Bugatti announced that 400 Veyrons had been sold and thus there were only 50 Veyrons let to be sold before they hit the 450 vehicle production limit. Better act fast.

Pagani Zonda RevolucionPagani Zonda Revolucion

Price: $2.9M. The Pagani Zonda Revolucion marks the Zonda nameplate’s swan song. In Pagani’s own words, the Revolucion “is the apex of the celebration of performance, technology and art applied to a track car”. The car is composed of a carbon-titanium blend and weighs just 2359lbs. under the hood is an 800hp, 6.0-litre, v12 scorcher. The Revolucion is “A Zonda R on Acid”.

Lamborghini VenenoLamborghini Veneno

Price: $4.5M. A Beauty to behold, Lamborghini will only build 9 Venenos per year. With it’s astronomically high price, it won’t be flying out of dealerships. The 740hp, 6.5-liter v12 engine soul of the Veneno is superb, but what really racks up the benjamins, is the all carbon-fiber everything, innovative design. That gets this stunner to a 60MPH in 2.9s and on to a top speed of 220mph.

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