For many people a vehicle is a convenient mode of transportation, but for some, a vehicle is a symbol of status and wealth. Some of the most unbelievable luxury vehicles are rare sports cars powered by high-performance V12 engines, while others are designed more for comfort than speed..
In its 2014 Best Cars issue, What Car? magazine rated the Rolls-Royce Phantom the most luxurious motor car in the world. With a base MSRP of $398,970, the 2014 Phantom offers a range of options to delight the wealthiest car connoisseur.
- Another $9,225 will give the vehicle mother-of-pearl inlays.
- A theatre system provides the rear-seat passengers with plush, individual seating along with a screen located on the back of each front seat for entertainment at a cost of $13,425.
- The Phantom buyer can also opt to provide passengers in individual rear seats with $11,550 individual drinks cabinets or a door-mounted drinks cabinet for $20,425.
- Passengers in cars with the rear lounge-style seating option can have easy access to beverages, since a $6,450 cooler box can be added to that seating package.
- Hungry rear-seat passengers can have picnic tables and lamb's wool floor mats.
Other options include a humidor located in the glove box, cashmere headliner, and chrome-plated exhausts.
The Bentley name has long been associated with the ultimate in luxury, and with a base MSRP of $298,900, the 2014 Bentley Mulsanne continues this tradition. Features to this lofty, luxury vehicle are for the true car connoisseur. The rear-wheel-drive Mulsanne comes standard with:
- A rear window blind
- Genuine wood inserts in the dashboard and console
- A 14-speaker entertainment system
- Front and rear sensors
- Leather steering wheel, shift knob, and upholstery
- An electrochromic rear view mirror
- Anti-theft system and alarm
- Active suspension system for a smooth ride
- Tire pressure monitoring system
- A $7,715, 20-speaker entertainment system that produces an ear-splitting 2,200 watts of power
- Headphones for $9,210, $910 heated steering wheel
- Distance pacing cruise control for $3,745
- Ventilated seats for $3,430 per set (front and rear)
The 6.8-liter, 505-horsepower engine with eight-speed, automatic transmission easily powers this three-ton vehicle.
The Audi S8 is built for speed and designed to transport the driver and passengers in opulent comfort. The starting price of $112,500 provides the buyer with a standard package the less affluent can only dream of that includes:
- A parking system consisting of multiple cameras and sensors in the front and rear to allow for ease of parking
- Adaptive air suspension
- Luxurious leather seating with a stitched diamond pattern
- A 630-watt Bose sound system with 14 speakers
- Audi MMI Navigation plus system with an option of touch or voice control
- Adjustable front seats that have 22 positions with four of those providing varying degrees of lumbar support
- A power trunk lid
- LED headlights and taillights
- Soft-closing doors
- Four exhaust outlets
The 520-horsepower, turbo-charged V8 engine allows a fast start, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 in only 3.9 seconds.
Although its base MSRP of $92,350 places the Mercedes-Benz S-Class at a lower price point than some other luxury vehicles, this car delivers a roomy, posh interior and a quiet, comfortable ride. Standard features include:
- Adaptive high beams for varying levels of illumination
- Massaging, multicontour front seats that can be cooled and heated
- A rear view camera
- Built-in GPS
- Power trunk lid
- Keyless entry/push-button start
- Stereo system with iPad and Bluetooth connections
Optional features include:
- State-of-the-art safety technology that monitors blind spots and warns the driver when a pedestrian is detected or the car starts to drift into another lane
- Adaptive cruise control
- Panoramic moon roof
- Multi-zone climate control
U.S. News and World Report recognized the comfort and luxury of the vehicle by ranking the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class first in two categories: super luxury cars and hybrid luxury, and The Car Connection gave the car a perfect 10 rating for quality.
Maybach Exelero and 57
Maybach produced some of the most expensive cars on the planet. The priciest vehicle ever built was the high-performance 2005 Exelero. Only one Exelero was created, with an incredible price tag of eight million dollars. The plush leather interior was done in gray with red stripes, and the door panels were constructed of carbon fiber, which is lighter than steel and reduced the vehicle's weight. The seats sported racing-style lap and shoulder belts. This two-seater coupe was powered by a 6-liter, V12 engine with 700 horsepower that could go from 0 to 62 in 4.4 seconds and had a top speed of 218 mph.
A more current model in the Maybach line is the 2012 Maybach 57, with a base price of $376,300. This model offers options like:
- Massaging front seats
- Curtains that open and close with the push of a button
- Retractable rear folding tables
- A rear refrigerator compartment
- A holder for your champagne
- Solar-powered ventilation system
- Custom paint color for $16,490
- Black walnut with leather trim
The Ultimate in Luxury
Few can afford the hefty price tag of a top-of-the-line luxury vehicle, but for those who can, the sky is the limit, with customized options available. Few of these unbelievable luxury vehicles deliver good mileage, but if you can afford one of these cars, the cost of fuel won't be a problem.