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The Five Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cars in America

Sept. 10, 2008


The Five Most Expensive and Least Expensive Cars in America

This is for all of you out there who are struggling with that irksome problem of having more money than you know what to do with. It's also for you folks struggling to deal with the rising price of gasoline and other auto expenses. We have automobile solutions for all of you! Check out the five priciest and the five most affordable new cars on the market.

The Five Most Expensive Cars
We've tracked down the five most expensive cars available in the U.S., just in case you want to invest in a 1001-horsepower, 16-cylinder that can maybe get you around the block before running out of gas.

If extreme styling and performance, revolutionary technologies and ridiculous price tags make your day, these are for you. Pay no attention to the fact that some of these five super cars cost as much as the average American makes in a lifetime. Wouldn't it be fun to one day own one of these extreme machines? Hey, maybe Hertz or Avis will make one available to rent, at, say, $10,000 for the weekend. Okay, probably not. Anyway, here is a look at five of the priciest super cars on the market today.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 -- $1,700,000
Ever wonder what you get when dropping around $1.7 million on a car? How does a 1001 horsepower, 16-cylinder, quad turbo-charged motor with all wheel drive sound? Overkill? Bugatti doesn't think so. Starting production in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron holds the world record for fastest production street-legal car to zero to 60 at a body jolting 2.5 seconds and until recently was the fastest car in the world, reaching speeds of 253 miles per hour. According to Bugattis Web site, "the Veyron reaches velocities that would literally lift the car off the ground -- if it weren't for its ingenious aerodynamics, which keeps it firmly on the road even at full speed." The car with its 3,700 individual parts is assembled using only the strongest and lightest parts available, including titanium, carbon fiber, magnesium, and aluminum. This allows the car to perform in a class of its own.

Ferrari Enzo -- $1,500,000
Built in honor of the company's founder Enzo Ferrari, the company combined its Formula 1 racing technology with a carbon fiber chassis and a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine producing 660 horsepower to make one of the most exotic cars on the road today. The car was built with performance in mind, flying from zero to 60 in 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 217 miles per hour. Yet, it also exhibits aggressive styling with its aerodynamic pointed nose, huge air vents, and wing doors. Ferrari only built 349 Enzo's with 70 of them being shipped to the U.S. They are priced at $670,000. However, Ferrari sold the 70 cars before they reached the U.S dealerships. So, if one is still itching to own these Italian stallions, they can be found through the duPont registry for more than double Ferraris asking price at $1.5 million.

Pagani Zonda Roadster F -- $781,000
This just might be one of the rarest street legal super cars to been found in the world today with only 25 being hand built in Italy. The car is a work of art on wheels, a carbon fiber body with a wide stance, magnificent lines, and aerodynamic design make the Roadster F "the fastest, most exclusive, most powerful and most expensive Roadster in the world" according to the company's Web site. Combining beauty with a powerful Mercedes-Benz AMG 12-cylinder 650 horsepower engine, thrusts the car from zero to 60 in just 3.6 seconds allowing it a top speed of 214 miles per hour with the top down if desired. The Roadster F with its limited production has a price tag that will set you back a whopping $781,000.

SSC Ultimate Aero -- $654,000
Shelby is at it again and has made the Ultimate Aero that currently holds the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest street legal car in the world today. The car has a very low stance almost touching the group giving it the down force and aerodynamics needed to allow the car to reach a top speed of 257.41 miles per hour. An eight-cylinder twin turbo charged motor produces 1183 horsepower, which is 182 horsepower more then the second fastest car in the world the Bugatti Veyron. The most noticeable difference between these cars other than aesthetics and power plant is the price gap. The Veyron is the most expensive car costing upwards of $1.5 million while the Ultimate Aero is less than half its cost priced at around $654,000.

Koenigsegg CCX -- $600,910
The CCX is completely hand built and manufactured specifically for each customer in Sweden. The CCX doesn't look like some of the other super cars out there that have big spoilers and air scoops giving an aggressive feel. Rather, it looks more futuristic with its low and wide stance, rounded edges, aerodynamic curves, and beautiful rear end. The large, rounded windshield provides large field of vision for the driver and the rounded roof gives it a cockpit like feel. The body and chassis are made of extremely lightweight carbon fiber composite that is reinforced with Kevlar and aluminum. What makes Koenigsegg different from other small company car manufactures is that it builds all of its engines in house. Costing $600,910 fully equipped the CCX comes with an eight-cylinder twin Rotrex centrifugal superchargers engine producing 806 horsepower accelerating the car from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 245+ miles per hour.

10 Slightly More Affordable Cars
With gas prices going up, dealers are now offering great deals to move inventory. According to, the 2008 average MSRP's for all new model cars and trucks is $29,294, a steep purchase for those trying to save, but need a new car. That's why we've done a little digging for you and found the five least expensive cars on the road. Check these money-savers out, their sticker prices falls far below the nationwide average.

Kia Rio -- $10,890
The folks at Kia wanted to build a car that is practical, safe, and affordable. In doing so, they put together the Rio, powered by a 110 horsepower, inline four-cylinder engine. The car has EPA ratings of 27 city and 32 highway mpgs. The Rio comes standard with six airbags, impact-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams and a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty. The base price for the Rio is $10,890.

Chevrolet Aveo 5 -- $10,895
This is Chevrolet's answer to those in need of a car that isn't going to drain their savings accounts. The Aveo 5 comes standard with seat-mounted side-impact airbags, AM/FM stereo with dual front and rear coaxial speakers, a tilting steering column, and a tire pressure monitoring system that notifies the driver with a flashing light when tire pressure has gotten low. The Aveo 5 has a base of $10,895 with a power plant consisting of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The car achieves a EPA rating of 24 city and 34 highway mpgs.

Hyundai Accent GS -- $10,970
This three-door compact is propelled by a 110 horsepower 1.6 liter DOHC, 16-valve inline-four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission. Base price is a low, low, low, $10,970. Standard options include advanced duel front and side-impact airbags, roof-mounted curtain side-airbags, power steering, rear spoiler, four-speaker audio system, and a tire pressure monitoring system which notifies the driver if the tire pressure has gotten low via a warning light in the gauge cluster. The Hyundai is not just affordable it is also fuel efficient, offering 27 city and 32 highway mpgs.

Toyota Yaris -- $11,350
Coming in with a sticker price of $11,350 is Toyota's Yaris Liftback model. With EPA mpgs of 29 for city driving and 36 on highways the Yaris is set into motion by a 1.5-liter DOHC 16-valve VVT-i four-cylinder, 106 horsepower motor linked to a five speed manual transmission. What's included is Electric Power Steering (EPS): power-assisted rack-and-pinion with electronic power-assist, a tilting steering wheel, audio prep package with four speaker sound, and driver front airbag and front passenger airbags.

Smart Fortwo Pure -- $11,590.
The Smart Fortwo Pure is the most compact car on our list. It comes with a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine producing 71 horsepower and a 5 speed automated manual transmission with manual or automatic mode. Its EPA mileage is 33 city and 41 highway mpgs. Standard options for the Pure include electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS), and full-size driver and passenger head and neck side airbags. The base price for the Pure is $11,590.

Final Analysis
You might compare this thriftier list, compiled in part from statistics provided by Jeannine Fallon at, with the 'Most Expensive' list, above. The difference between buying the Kia Rio and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is 200 luxury trips to Hawaii, a spectacular, ocean-view home in the Carolinas, or 350,000 cappuccinos. How much are you willing to spend on a ride?

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