For those with deep pockets, cars are so much more than just a mode of transport.
Take a look at the five most expensive cars on sale in India.
Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard
Price: Rs 10.5 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
With its staggering Rs 10.5 crore price tag, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard grabs the top position in the list of the most expensive cars on sale in the country.
As its maker’s tagline — The Best or Nothing — goes, the S600 will not only pamper you with luxury, but it will cocoon you in safety too.
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is certified as having the highest ballistics protection level right now — the VR9.
In Merc’s own words, it is ‘the safest car on earth’.
To make sure you are never short of power, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is powered by a thumping 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, capable of producing 523PS of max power and 830Nm of peak torque.
The vehicle rides on Michelin PAX run-flat tyres and comes with Mercedes-Benz’s Airmatic suspension system.
Audi A8L Security
Price: Rs 9.15 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi and Mumbai)
The Audi A8L Security, the arch rival of the Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard, is the second most expensive car on sale in India.
It was launched at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo at a price of Rs 9.15 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi and Mumbai).
Like the Merc, the Audi is also certified for VR9 class ballistic protection. So it basically fulfils the most stringent requirements for civilian high-security vehicles right now.
The Audi A8L Security comes with two engine options — a 4.0-litre TFSI biturbo V8 petrol, which has a power output of 440PS and produces 600Nm of torque, and a naturally aspirated W12 FSI that produces over 500PS of power and 625Nm of torque.
Its top speed is electronically limited to 210 kmph and it runs on emergency run-flat tyres.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II EWB
Price: Rs 7.50 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
Rolls-Royce has been synonymous with class and stature ever since the company came into existence. It was — and still is — the ride of the royals around the world.
Technically, the Phantom should top this list since the two sedans above are armoured versions of their respective stock offerings.
The Phantom is often touted as the ‘best car in the world’. It was the base upon which the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was built during the BMW era.
The current seventh-generation model was launched on January 1, 2003 — almost thirteen years ago — and its production will come to an end this year on December 31.
The automaker has already announced the next-generation Phantom, which will be based on next-gen aluminum architecture that will also underpin all of the company’s upcoming vehicles, including the first-ever, much-anticipated SUV, presently codenamed Cullinan.
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster
Price: Rs 6.55 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi)
It is the only sports supercar in this list!
Like all Lamborghinis, this raging Italian beast is named after a fighting bull, and comes at an astonishing price of Rs 6.55 crore (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster was launched in India in 2013 and features detachable carbon fibre split roof panels.
Like the coupe, the Roadster is powered by a roaring 6.5-litre naturally aspirated (probably last of its kind!) petrol engine, generating a monstrous 700PS+ of max power and 689Nm of peak torque.
Price: Rs 6.25 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai)
Yet another position in the top five is held by the famed British luxury marquee — Roll-Royce.
The Dawn was recently launched in India at a whopping price of Rs 6.25 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai), making it the most expensive drop-top in the country.
The Rolls-Royce Dawn gives you the ‘wind in my hair’ experience in the most luxurious way possible.
Though it is the convertible version of the Wraith, 80 per cent of the Dawn features all-new bodywork.
The automaker has boasted that this is the ‘sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built’.
The Dawn goes topless in a mere 22 seconds and the whole mechanism is so quiet that Rolls-Royce calls it a ‘silent ballet’!
The Dawn is powered by a colossal 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol motor. The engine musters 571PS of power and a blistering 780Nm of twist. Power is channelled through a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission.
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