A stylish car is money well spent. P Tharyan looks at some of the world’s most expensive cars and bikes - from customised vehicles to handcrafted ones, with diamonds and rubies adorning their interiors.
Price: $3.4 million/Rs 23 crore
The Lynkan Hypersport is a limited production hypercar by W Motors. Unlike the Lykan Fenyr, this is a limited edition car with only seven made.
The coupe car has a carbon composite body and is powered by a 3746cc flat 6 Boxer type engine that has a twin turbocharger with independent inter cooler.
The rear wheel drive has a mid rear mounted engine. The engine produces 780 bhp at 7,100 rpm and a peak torque of 960Nm@4100rpm.
It does 0 to 100 kmph in 2.8 seconds.
Price: $1.85 million/Rs 12.56 crore
The Lykan Fenyr is the second model by W Motors, a United Arab Emirates-based company founded in 2012 with the collaboration of Syrian, French and Italian engineers.
Around 25 cars are made every year .The coupe car has a carbon composite body and is powered by a 4 litre flat 6 Boxer type engine that has a twin turbocharger with independent inter cooler.
The rear wheel drive vehicle has a mid rear mounted engine.
The engine produces 900 bhp at 7,100 rpm and a peak torque of 1100Nm@4100rpm. It does 0 to 100 km in 2.7 seconds.
KOENIGSEGG CCXR TREVITA
Price: $4.8 million/Rs 32.6 crore
The Trevita is like a diamond on wheels. And there is reason enough for that.
Only two of these cars were made. The Koenigsegg visible carbon weave bodywork is renowned around the globe for its uniqueness and perfection.
Traditionally, car manufacturers only had access to black carbon fibres. Koenigsegg developed a unique coated fibre solution for the Trevita programme that transformed the fibres from black to a sparkling, silvery white.
When sunlight hits the Trevita, it sparkles as if millions of tiny white diamonds are infused inside the visible carbon fibre bodywork.
The car can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in 2.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of 410+ kmph.
It has a specially developed transversal paddle shift gearbox. It is powered by the Koenigsegg aluminium V8, 4,8 L, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts engine with a displacement of 4800 cc.
Price: $3.69 million/Rs 25.04 crore
As a highlight of its 50th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini presented one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time.
The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is an open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance.
And it is one of the world's most exclusive automobiles - not more than nine units were built in 2014.
With a maximum output of 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in just 2.9 seconds and its top speed stands at 355 kmph, bringing the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road.
ECOSSE TITANIUM SERIES FE TI XX
Price: $300,000/Rs 2.03 crore
Based in Denver, Colorado, the company is masterminded by former racer and engineer Donald Atchison.
The Titanium’s aluminium 2.4-litre engine develops 225 bhp. The motorcycle chassis and exhaust are made from titanium.
The latest creation in the Titanium Series, the Ti XX, is billed as the most expensive motorcycle in the world.
It is powered by a 2,409cc billet aluminium powerplant and transmits 225bhp to the rear wheel.
Carbon fibre has been used abundantly on the bike to keep the weight low and the saddle has been handcrafted by posh Italian leather maker Berluti.
Only 13 of this model have been made.
MTT STREETFIGHTER 420R
Price: $200,000/Rs 1.36 crore
US-based MTT specialises in the packaging of gas turbine engines for unique industrial applications.
MTT produced not only the first turbine-powered street legal motorcycle, but also the most powerful production bike in the world: the MTT Y2K Superbike.
The first generation of Y2K’s were powered by a Rolls Royce-Allison gas turbine engine.
The power train was demonstrated at over 320 HP and 576 Nm of torque.
This new generation MTT Streetfighter is equipped with a 420 HP turbine with approximately 678 Nm of torque. The company is now producing the race ready 420RR.
Price: $232,500/Rs 1.58 crore
NCR, an Italy-based company, is a designer and manufacturer of very exclusive lightweight motorcycles.
The NCR M16 was conceived from the start to be the most exclusive motorcycle by using the strongest and lightest material in the world.
Without gas, the NCR M16 achieves a weight of 145 kg, which is actually lighter than the imposed minimum weight of a MotoGP motorcycle.
The bike is powered by a Ducati Desmo16RR four-stroke engine tuned by NCR. The 998 cc engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
All mechanical parts are either titanium or avionic grade aluminium with material grades derived from Formula 1.
The motor develops over 200 horsepower at the rear wheel. It has the latest generation MotoGP suspension in the front and rear.
P Tharyan is editor, Motown India.