Forbes World’s Most Expensive Cars 2006

Rich & Famous

Forbes magazine just came out with this year’s most expensive –and in some cases, most desirable, cars in the planet. “King of the Hill” is undoubtedly the $ 1.2 million Bugatti Veyron 16.4 which seems to outperform anything and everywhere. The sad part is that -with the exception of the Maybach 57 S & 62, the rest of the cars will probably remain in a museum or the garage of some wealthy collector, never seeing the light of day… Ream more here www.forbes.com

1. Bugatti Veyron 16.4

Country of Origin: France

Price: €1,000,000($1,192,057)

With its notorious production delays finally over, Bugatti’s Veyron is now on sale in Europe–and the company wants to bring it to the U.S.

2. Pagani Zonda Roadster F C12S 7.3, Clubsport version

Country of Origin: Italy

Price: $667,321 (global)

Pagani is a boutique automaker that builds radical-looking racecars. This version of its Zonda flagship has 650 hp.*

3. SSC Ultimate Aero

Country of Origin: U.S.

Price: $654,500 (U.S.)

The most expensive American car is also the fastest. Automaker SSC estimates this vehicle is capable of hitting 260 to 273 mph on the track.

4. Leblanc Mirabeau

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Price: €543,000 ($645,084, global)

Leblanc is ramping up production of its new Mirabeau supercar. The company hopes to make the vehicle street legal for the U.S. by the end of 2006 or early 2007

5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

Country of Origin: U.S.

Price: €535,000 in Europe ($637,723)

Price in U.S.: $555,000

Saleen’s S7 Twin Turbo has fallen to fifth place from first last year, because all four nameplates ahead of it in this year’s ranking are new. But the S7 remains one of the more recognizable (that’s a relative term here) models on the list.

6. Koenigsegg CCR

Country of Origin: Sweden

Price: €458,000 in all regions except U.S. ($545,568)

Price in U.S.: $540,000

Koenigsegg’s CCR uses an 806-hp V-8.

7. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

Country of Origin: Germany

Price: $452,750 (U.S.)

A mainstay on our lists of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars, the delightful SLR McLaren is about as comfortable and sophisticated as a street-legal racecar can be.

8. Maybach 62

Country of Origin: Germany

Price: €376,200 ($448,153, Europe)

Price in U.S.: $385,250

Maybach’s 62 ultra-luxury sedan is made by Mercedes-Benz, which has shocked us by proving that a car that is this expensive to build can turn a profit.

9. Porsche Carrera GT

Country of Origin: Germany

Price: $440,000 (U.S.)

Some automotive publications claim Porsche has stopped selling its Carrera GT supercar. But at press time, Porsche confirmed that its $440,000 flagship convertible is still available in the U.S.

10. Maybach 57 S

Country of Origin: Germany

Price: €362,000 in Europe ($430,355)

Price in U.S.: $367,000

Maybach’s new model, the 57 S, is designed to be a sportier alternative to its other cars, the 57 and 62.

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