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World's Most Outrageously Expensive Car

Updated on February 10, 2013
Maybach Exelero Sports Coupe
Maybach Exelero Sports Coupe

World's Most Outrageously Expensive Car

The Maybach Exelero Sports Coupe is the world’s most outrageous in appearance, most outrageous in performance, and most outrageous in price. I’m not using the word, outrageous, as insulting, but as unbelievable!

Before I begin raving about the one-of-a-kind Maybach Exelero, I must mention that to be factually truthful, the world’s most outrageously expensive car is actually the 1933 Bugatti Royale Coupe built by Kellner, the French coach builder, for Ettore Bugatti. But don’t rush to order this beauty – it is not currently available. It was sold at auction in 1937 for $8,700,000. If you adjusted that price for today’s rate of inflation, the current cost would be $16 million plus making it in fact the world’s most expensive car.

1933 Bugatti Royale Coupe
1933 Bugatti Royale Coupe

Maybach Exelero - Outrageous Appearance

Now - back to the superlative Maybach Exelero concept sports car. What did you think of when you first heard the name of Maybach? Did you think of a washing machine? I did. Then I realized I was thinking of Maytag. Do ylou remember those TV commercials with the friendly service guy who complained that he never got any service calls? Maybach is a well-known German manufacturer of luxury cars and has been owned by Mercedes Benz since 1997.

Here is the Maybach Exelero coming . . .

. . . and going!

The Outrageous One-of-a-Kind Exelero

Maybach Exelero – Outrageous Performance

Fulda Tyres, a German tire manufacturer, created a joint venture – the Exelero Project – in 2005 between themselves and Maybach. Fulda has a history of using luxurious, high-end cars to advertise their high-performance tires. They commissioned a one-off design, a concept car that would resemble the streamlined sports cars of the 1930s. Fulda needed a standard street-legal car as opposed to a race car to test their new generation of wide tires capable of a speed up to 220 mph. Note: they manufactured the car and the tires; you’ll have to provide the street-legal street.

Here are some specs:

  • Length : 19.3 feet
  • Width : 7.02 feet
  • Weight : 5,864 pounds
  • Engine : 5.9 Bi-Turbo V12 (from Maybach 57 S) 700 hp (SAE)
  • Top speed : 218 mph (351.45 km/h)
  • 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds
  • Tires : 315/25 ZR 23 Fulda Exelero
  • Fuel used for top speed test: 110 octane

Maybach Exelero – Outrageous Price

You can own the world’s most outrageously expensive concept sports car, this remarkable free-spirited, one-of-a-kind sports coupe, for the remarkable free-spirited price of only $8,000,000. Any buyers out there?

The U.S. rapper/billionaire, Jay-Z (married to the remarkable free-spirited Beyonce), drives the Maybach Exelero in the music video of his song, “Lost One”.

Jay-Z and the Exelero

Maybach 62 S Limousine

If you can’t quite manage the 8 million dollar price tag, here’s another option. Consider the Maybach 62 S.

The 62 S Maybach is a luxurious, powerful chauffeur-driven sedan that features a 6.0 liter bi-turbo V12 engine that produces 604 horsepower between 4800 and 5100 rpm. Peak torque is 738 pound-feet arriving between 2000 and 4000 rpm. And the price is a bargain considering that this marvel of German engineering gets 16 mpg on the highway and 10 mpg in the city. If you would like to own one of these superlative cars that have been described “like corporate jets without the wings,” be prepared to spend only $417,000 to $506.500.

You may be wondering what kind of folks are typical owners of the Maybach 62 S? Here are three very happy campers:

Dr. André Action Diakité Jackson (M'zée Fula Ngenge is the African name he prefers to use) - an internationally renowned economist, a diamond executive and auto collector who has assumed the hefty responsibility for transforming Africa's diamond industry.

Roman Abramovich - a Russian entrepreneurial billionaire who acquired two Maybach 62 S limousines. They appear to reflect either paranoia or protection from past nefarious business dealings since both cars were manufactured to be both bullet-proof and bomb-proof. Unconfirmed reports say he paid over one million dollars for the two.

Dr. Gary Braunstein - a dentist to the rich and famous, who specializes in “smile makeovers”. He provides transportation for his wealthy patients in San Diego and Carlsbad, California via a high-performance Maybach 62 S.

Reitswagen
Reitswagen

Footnote #1

Do you know who created the first "real" motorcycle? Two inventors in Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart, Germany), Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler, gave their surnames to some outrageously luxurious and expensive current automobiles, but they also built the very first bicycle which was powered by an engine running on a petroleum product in 1885. They named their creation the “Reitswagen” or riding carriage.

 

Wilhelm Maybach
Wilhelm Maybach
Karl Maybach
Karl Maybach

Footnote #2

In 1901, Wilhelm Maybach designed one of his most famous and still renowned creations - the Mercedes automobile.

In 1921, Karl Mayback, a brilliant engine designer like his father, created the Maybach automobile which became Germany's premier luxury line of cars

(These mages are created from photographs in the Daimler-Chrysler archives.)

Here's something to keep in mind whenever you're behind the wheel. Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly!


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    • Tomas Kazlauskas profile image

      Tomas 

      7 months ago

      One single word - overpriced.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      4 years ago from south Florida

      You are so right, celebassistant. If something is very expensive and most people cannot afford it, there will always be someone who thinks, "I must have that!"

    • celebassistant profile image

      Brian Daniel 

      4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Even though the country is in a "recession," the luxury markets always do well. It seems the more expensive it is, the more people will buy it.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you Lily CooKoo - what an interesting Web name. It appears from your comment that the Angolan press holds a less than positive view of Andre Jackson. Thanks for sharing that information.

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      Lily CooKoo 

      5 years ago

      Why is Jackson mentioned as an owner? He did not ever hold title to this vehicle. In the diamond industry he is known as the "discount negro" because he sells at low low prices and can't show in Vegas because he is a hustler. His real African name is Chicken George from what I read in the Angolan press.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you S!D, you are absolutely right. $8 million is a big lump of moolah for just one car. A price of $7 1/2 million would be plenty!

      But it is smooooooth!

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      S!D 

      5 years ago

      Goodness me! 8 million huh? All that for one car? Maybach sure does make a big lump of money! The car's sexy, but 8 million is simply TOO MUCH, don't you think?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      If you want to drive an Exelero, Chris, you'll have to get in line . . . after me. Thanks for checking it out - it is as you say obscenely expensive but worth, they say, every million! : )

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is a fascinating hub.. and a car with a very interesting lineage! I'd love to drive one, but it's so obscenely expensive! :-D

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Your comment is interesting but confusing, Nunu. There is only one Maybach Exelero ever created and neither Michael Jackson nor 'Andre' ever owned it. Perhaps he owned another Maybach model. Thanks for the visit.

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      Nunu Banton 

      5 years ago

      Andre "Jackson" never owned the vehicle. He is Michael Jackson's boyfriend and changed his name after he and Michael began dating romantically in 1983. He drives one of Michael's old cars. I think it is a pink Cadilliac or a higher end VW like the pianist Liberace boyfriend drives. They are now dating after the passing of their boyfriends respectively.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I love American muscle, too, JR, but this car IS something else. Spectacle is exactly the right word to describe it. Thanks for stopping by. Tale a look at my "interview with Karma" - a new luxurious hybrid car.

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      JRLong97 

      6 years ago

      As much as i love american muscle this car is truly a spectacle.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      I admire your tenacity, Gosebo, do hope your dream comes true. If not an Exelero, perhaps a Maserati, Bugatti or Lamborghini. Isn't it that famous book, 'The Secret,' that insists if you want something strongly enough you will get it?

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      Gosebo Kgwete. 

      6 years ago

      wow some ppl really enjoy life.but hey one day i will probably drive one of thi

      s cars

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      You got that right, Gosebo. The Maybach Exelero is a dream car - almost too spectacular to be true. Thanks for the visit.

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      Gosebo kgwete 

      6 years ago

      damn these cars are perfect for road,but i have to go with maybach.that is my dream car.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, wayne, Bugatti is awesome, but Exelero is SPECTACULAR! Trust me.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Samantha, yes, Porsche is great ... but Exelero is out of this world and ONE of a KIND!

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      wayne Guch. 

      6 years ago

      some ppl r fortunate enough.these car( bugatti ) is certainly great

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      Samantha L. 

      6 years ago

      I have to go with porsche.

      http://www.limohirebrisbanecity.com.au

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, dude. If you're looking for a sleek, svelte sports car like a Lamborghini, the Maybach is not for you. But if you want to feel like Mr. Moneybucks passing every other car on the road in luxurious style, then the Exelero is YOUR car.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, pras, for checking out the Exelero. I knew after reading your hub about expensive sports cars, you would be a fan of this one of a kind supercar. If you have an extra 8 million dollars or so lying around, this would be an exelero, I mean excellent, choice.

      Thanks, my frend, for the visit and the up!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow....I can't say anything. This was so beautiful car. I had never knew about maybach exelero before. But from your review, I know about this car was so fantastic with expensive price of course. Thank you so much for share. Vote up and up!

      Prasetio

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      I saw it first, Paradise, and I'm not selling! Kidding, of course. Regarding your question re its worth - if you have gazillions of millions, then what's another 8? Right?

    • Paradise7 profile image

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Love that car, just love it. Though I have to wonder if any car is worth 8 mil.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, tki. Yes, the Exelero is one of a kind, for sure. Thanks for finding the hub fascinating. It definitely was my pleasure.

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 

      7 years ago

      It is for sure a one of a kind car. This was a fascinating hub. Thanks for all the info.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Sorry, Stan, as of this writing only one Exelero to a customer. Probably because Maybach only created one ... so far.

      But I will put your name on the waiting list ... right under mine! :)

    • Stan Fletcher profile image

      Stan Fletcher 

      8 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I'll take two.

    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      snood - yep, I like that word too.. You ever hear of a babushka? My step-grandma loved that word! Everything that a woman could possibly wear on her head was a babushka.

      LOL on the shower alarm! I can see it now... hehehe

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      It's not mentioned in the review, but the Exelero has a shrieking siren and warning lights that go on when someone tries to enter who has not taken a shower within the last 45 minutes.

      And long hair? Oh, no, you would have to wear a cap with a snood - love that word - you know, one of those net-like thingys you wear over the back of your head to confine loose hair. Then you might be permitted to gaze upon its awesomeness.

    • Sweetsusieg profile image

      Sweetsusieg 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      So I finally found the elusive car Hub! YAY!! GO ME! Ok, now I could never entertain even sitting in this car! I might get it dirty, when it comes to nice things I sort of am like 'pigpen' from Charlie Brown. Wonder if it comes with a 'dirt blower off' as you're getting in to it?

      Even my hubby don't like me getting in his Big Truck... My hair gets all over the place. He says that women all over the world are mad at me. I can walk through the grocery store, and without touching anyone, my hair will land on the shoulder of a married man! BTW - It's butt length and blond...

      It is a very lovely car - One I would like to get a peek at one day, I bet someone would charge me to look at it!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      My pleasure, riyan, You are spot-on. This car IS definitely awesome and super sexy. Can you imagine the ride?

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      riyan 

      8 years ago

      Exelero is awesome and sexy.thanks for sharing this man.

      Exelero

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Chris, the Reitsvagen was probably more for show than actual travel. Nothing like today's modern cycles.

      Isn't that Maybach something? Even when it's standing still, it looks like it's moving.

    • carolina muscle profile image

      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      That Reitsvagen was an interesting creature... can you imagine what it would have been like to ride?

      Now about that Maybach...

      8 million dollars is a lot for just a place to sit in traffic jams. yow!!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, Gearhead. That would be something to see - the Veyron vs. the Exelero.

      Thanks for the visit; your kind comments are appreciated.

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      The Gearhead 

      8 years ago

      Pretty intense, wouldn't mind seeing one of those up against a Bugatti Veyron. That's enough power to feed an army. Nice hub, I like the history and facts about Maybach owners sprinkled in.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, eveconsult1. I agree - this car is something else. Even in the photos, it appears to be whizzing by. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      eveconsult1 

      8 years ago

      NOw that's a hell of car!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Your unicycle might like to attend my group counseling sessions for uni-, bi- and tri-cycles. The first session will focus on Creating Complete Cycle Confidence. Can't understand it but no one has signed up yet.

      To answer your question: "with difficulty!"

      Thanks for the visit; enjoy stimulating repartee.

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      Niteriter 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I read this Hub several times, each time with more excitement than the last. I didn't realize my unicycle was looking over my shoulder; now I have to send her in for counselling.

      By the way, how does a romantically immersed couple hold hands in an Exelero?

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