When you start talking extravagant luxury cars, this is where we discuss the best of the best of the best. In our view, supple leather, fine woolen carpets, LED headliners, rare woods, dual-paned windows, and the most imaginative luxury amenities a manufacturer can conjure are a good start toward a luxury car. But to make truly extravagant luxury cars, all of those elements should be accompanied by way more power—delivered way more smoothly—than anyone has a right to expect. After all, given the price tags these cars command, every single one of your automotive proclivities should be addressed.
Audi A8 L W12
When it comes to Audi sedans, the absolute best is the A8 L W12. A paragon of technology, luxury, performance, and grace, the A8 W12 L easily measures up as an extravagant luxury car. Pretty much every option offered for the flagship Audi Sedan is standard with the 12-cylinder engine. Further, you’ll find such luxuries as an Alcantara headliner, premium leather upholstery, dual-screen rear seat entertainment, active noise cancellation, dual-pane acoustic glass, separate rear power adjustable seats with heat, ventilation, and massage. The engine makes 500 horsepower and 463 ft-lbs of torque from 6.3-liters. Pricing starts at $137,900.
BMW 750i xDrive
The new 7 Series BMW is packed full of Sci-Fi-level tech. Certain secondary functions of the infotainment system can be controlled with a mere gesture of your hand, without physically touching anything in the car. If you want to reject an incoming call, simply wave it away. To avoid making the car heavier, BMW’s engineering team created a ‘Carbon Core” roof support structure to save weight—as well as move the big Bimmer’s center of gravity closer to the ground to improve handling. The turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 makes 445 horsepower and 480 ft-lbs of torque. However, because the car is so light, this gets it to 60 in just over four seconds. Oh, by the way, it can park itself—without you in it. Pricing starts at $97,400.
Bentley Continental GT Speed
For the 2016 model year, the Bentley Continental GT gets a revised grille treatment, reshaped front fenders, a new rear bumper, and a resculpted trunk lid. Inside, you’ll find a new, smaller steering wheel, the center console has been redesigned, and the instrument faces are updated. Happily, it still looks good, even though the basic design has been around since its unveiling in Geneva in 2003. A paragon of luxury and high performance among the extravagant luxury cars for 2016, the Bentley Continental GT Speed is offered in both Coupe and Convertible forms. The twin-turbocharged W12 makes 626 horsepower and 607 ft-lbs of torque from 6.0-liters. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Pricing starts at $242,125.
Bentley Flying Spur Speed
OK, when the manufacturer puts the words “Flying” and “Speed” in the model’s name, you know the car is fast. And indeed, the Bentley Flying Spur Speed is a four-door sedan with a top speed of 200 miles per hour. Its turbocharged 12 cylinder engine produces 600 horsepower and will propel the huge sedan to 60 miles per hour in a mere 4.5 seconds. More than just fast, the Bentley benefits from the handcrafted traditions of proper English motorcars. Reams of the most superb leathers and cords of quality woods, create the extravagant luxury car ambiance of the 2016 Bentley Flying Spur Speed. Pricing starts at $222,300.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
The Bentley Mulsanne Speed is a vivid example of what can happen when concerns of cost are thrown to the winds in the pursuit of melding the ultimate in high performance and luxury into a single automobile. Hand crafted, the Mulsanne is laden with genuine wood, chrome, steel, glass, leather, rubber, combined to form one of the most extraordinary motoring experiences this life affords. Calling the 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed an extravagant luxury car is almost an understatement. A 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V8 capable of 530 horsepower and 811 ft-lbs of torque provides propulsion. An eight-speed automatic transmission conducts power to the rear wheels. Pricing starts at $335,600.
Jaguar XJR LWB
In true Jaguar fashion, the XJR LWB (long wheelbase) is just as fast as it is beautiful and luxurious. Crafted primarily of aluminum, the Jaguar XJR offers a vast array of luxury features within its distinctively styled interior, while still maintaining a relative svelte curb weight. Boasting a 550-horsepower supercharged V8 spinning out 502 foot-pounds of torque from 5.0 liters, the 2016 Jaguar XJR LWB is just as fast as it is beautiful and luxurious. This extravagant luxury car will leap to 60 in just over four seconds and will accelerate to 174 miles per hour—before the electronic nanny limits the Jaguar’s pace. Ungoverned, 200 miles per hour is well in hand. Crafted primarily of aluminum, the Jaguar can also offer a vast array of luxury features, while still maintaining a relative svelte curb weight (for its class). Pricing starts at $121,000
The luxury quotient and technological mastery of flagship Mercedes-Benz automobiles are legendary—so we won’t belabor the point here. A hand-built twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 producing 621 horsepower motivates the most powerful four-door sedan Mercedes-Benz has ever offered. While the 621 horsepower figure is staggering enough, considering the 738 foot-pounds of torque the engine is capable of generating at a mere 2000 rpm is absolutely mind-numbing. At full throttle from rest, 60 miles per hour is capable of being achieved in barely four seconds. Top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour. However, there is absolutely no doubt the Mercedes-AMG S65 is easily capable of 200 miles per hour. Fitted with every luxury feature in the Mercedes-Benz catalog, pricing starts at $224,650.
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600
If your memory is long, or your studies strong, you know the Maybach 57 and 62 ultra-luxury models Daimler-Benz introduced at the Tokyo Auto Show back in 1997. For a number of reasons, those cars were somewhat less than warmly embraced by the high net worth individuals, so the project was shelved. This time, the sole Maybach offering is an element of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class portfolio, which allows Daimler-Benz to bring the Maybach in with a lower price tag. Hopefully, this will enable it to attract the merely rich, as opposed to only the super wealthy. Still an exceptional automobile by any measure, the rear-drive Mercedes-Maybach S600 features a twin turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 good for 523 horsepower and 612 ft-lbs of torque, feeding a seven-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $189,350.
Porsche Panamera Exclusive
The most luxurious version of the four-door Porsche quite naturally resides on this list of extravagant luxury cars. It starts with 550 horsepower and 553 foot-pounds of torque (with 590 foot-pounds available at 2500 rpm in brief overboost situations), a 190 MPH top speed, all-wheel drive, and 0 – 60 in 3.6 seconds; all from a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 engine. Then, it becomes singularly tailored to your precise specifications, employing only the absolutely finest materials and options available in the Porsche catalog. Contrasting seats, leather wrapped slats in the HVAC vents, distinctive exterior enhancements; basically, every available Panamera option is yours. It’s the ultimate Panamera Turbo S cranked up—way past 10—to more like 20. Porsche plans to build only 100 such cars. Pricing starts at $263,900.
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is based upon the platform underpinning the BMW 7 Series, but then it is finished with a unique style and far superior materials—if you can imagine it. This endows the Rolls with outstanding road manners, as well as exceptional quiet and smoothness. The traditional upright Rolls-Royce styling looks good on this scaled down model, even while telegraphing the prestige the marque is expected to radiate. The rear opening “suicide” doors make entering and exiting the Ghost’s back seat considerably more graceful as well. Naturally, the latest in cutting edge tech and luxo features are well represented in this extravagant luxury car. Power comes from a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12 good for 563 horsepower and 575 ft-lbs of torque fed to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $338,900.
When it comes to extravagant luxury cars, the Roll-Royce Phantom is the benchmark by which all others are measured. Virtually hand made, the Phantom features the finest woods, wool, leather, and chrome available. Further, the roof can be fitted with fiber optic lighting to match the configuration of the stars in the sky on the night of your birth. Quiet, comfort, smoothness, easy handling, and yes—prestige—are featured in supreme abundance. The rear-drive Phantom employs a 6.75-liter V12 with 453 horsepower and 531 ft-lbs of torque, supplying a seven-speed automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $456,790.