The most extravagant luxury cars remind us that luxury and extravagance go hand in hand. Actually, extravagance is the ultimate luxury, whether that’s in terms of creature comforts, space, power, gadgets, design, or all of the above.
When someone reaches the point where they can afford a top-flight luxury car, that usually means they’ve succeeded wildly in their chosen field and deserve some kind of tangible reward for all the hard work and talent that’s gotten them this far. Extravagance is so much sweeter when it’s earned. Join us as we explore the grandiose world of automotive excess. These 10 most extravagant luxury cars belong to a world that only a fortunate few can inhabit, but it’s a great place for the rest of us to visit.
2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Extravagance includes having more power than anyone needs, then wrapping it up in a gorgeous exterior. The DBS Superleggera (leggera is Italian for light, by the way) has an eyeball-flattening 725 horsepower from a 5.2-liter V12. And even if it didn’t have any badges, no one could mistake this car for anything other than an Aston Martin.
Nor has the company also spared any expense in its choice of exotic ingredients, such as carbon ceramic brake discs as standard, plenty of carbon fiber in the body, and fine materials in the cabin. Available in Coupe and Convertible (known as Volante) versions, with a starting price in excess of $300,000, the 211-mph DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin’s top model.
2020 Audi A8
Starting at around $86,000, the A8 might seem somewhat humble when compared to cars like a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, but it’s still Audi’s large flagship Sedan, and it’s packed with some extremely cool technology. This includes the optional predictive suspension that’s linked to the car’s sensor and camera network.
If an imminent side collision is detected, the suspension will lift up on that side, so the strongest part of the frame will bear the brunt of the impact rather than the doors. That’s a kind of sensible extravagance, if such a thing exists. The A8 is also the first production car to have a laser sensor. On the options list is a heated and massaging footrest for the rear passenger who’s not behind the driver, which is traditional extravagance.
2020 Bentley Mulsanne
The Mulsanne joins this list of 10 most extravagant luxury cars as Bentley’s biggest, most lavish Sedan. Every Bentley has a hand-crafted cabin, but this one takes things to another level. The attention to detail is phenomenal.
For example, the wood used is treated for 72 hours and bookmatched with another piece taken from the same part of the same tree. And that tree could be from the buyer’s own property if desired. Bentley says virtually every visible feature can be personalized. For a price, of course. The Mulsanne starts at around $310,000, but the extras (chilled champagne cabinet, 2,200-watt Naim audio, etc.) will quickly push the final tally skyward. It’s also available in extended-wheelbase form for even more rear passenger space.
2020 BMW 8 Series
Admittedly, BMW’s 7 Series flagship Sedan is worthy of inclusion here. It’s big, powerful, comfortable, and capable, and it’s equipped with all sorts of gadgets. But the new 8 Series is more extravagant precisely because it’s more of an emotional choice than a sensible purchase.
Available as a Coupe, Convertible, or four-door “Gran Coupe,” the 8 Series comes with an almost excessive amount of standard equipment, including LED headlights with Laserlight technology, a head-up display, an adaptive suspension, and a digital driver information display. Options include glass controls and a Bowers & Wilkins high-end audio system. Naturally, there’s a high-performance version, the M850i xDrive, sporting 523 hp. The 2020 8 Series begins at around $89,000, which is pretty reasonable in this extravagant company.
2020 Bugatti Chiron
The Chiron straddles the line between supercar and luxury car. It’s prodigiously powerful and heinously expensive. In regular form, its quadruple-turbocharged 16-cylinder engine (yes, 16 cylinders) generates a planet-wobbling 1,479 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Its top speed is limited — limited — to 261 mph. Meanwhile, the Super Sport 300+ variant is the only production car in the world to hit 300 mph. That model would cost $3.9 million. The “normal” Chiron is around $2.6 million.
The luxury aspects include magnificent leather upholstery, diamond membranes in the audio system’s tweeters (this setup is so good that Bugatti refers to the Chiron as “the world’s fastest concert hall”), a grille badge made of silver, and an interior full of beautiful shapes.
2020 Ferrari GTC4Lusso
There’s something clearly extravagant about taking expertise gained from the top levels of motorsport and putting it into a four-seater luxury Coupe (lusso is Italian for luxury). And this is another $300,000-plus car with a V12, enjoying at least four more cylinders than what is considered reasonable.
The turbocharged 6.3-liter engine endows this luxury/sport coupe with 680 hp, 514 lb-ft of torque, and the ability to hit 208 mph. The GTC4Lusso also handles exceptionally well, with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering. And because it’s a Ferrari. The cabin is a work of art fashioned from plush leathers, along with a steering wheel that includes driver-selectable settings, just like in a race car.
2020 Lexus LC
A large luxury Sedan is by definition somewhat extravagant. But a Coupe based on the same platform takes the idea much further. It’s ultimately less practical but occupies more or less the same footprint.
The LC 500 (which starts at around $94,000) and LC 500h hybrid are based on the LS flagship sedan. They’re not hard-riding, darting drivers’ machines by any stretch of the imagination, but they’re still focused primarily on the occupants in the two front seats — especially the one behind the wheel. A 5.0-liter V8 propels the LC 500 with 471 hp. It’s naturally aspirated, so its stirring sound is not muted by any turbochargers. The adaptive suspension, meanwhile, runs from super-comfortable to mischievously sporty.
2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650
There has to be a Mercedes among our 10 most extravagant luxury cars. This one fits the bill perfectly. It’s the top Maybach limousine version of the ever-wonderful S-Class, starting at approximately $203,000.
The Maybach comes with a pair of reclining rear seats with extending calf supports, an air-cushioned suspension, plus a whole lot of driver assistance and safety systems. To be truly extravagant, buyers might like to select the rear-located refrigerator and the hand-crafted silver champagne flutes. This S 650 model also has a glorious twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 making an imperious 621 hp and 736 lb-ft of torque. That would still be enough power if a buyer decided to add armor plating.
2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
Executive versions of Porsche’s Panamera luxury Sedan have a longer wheelbase than the regular models, with the rear passengers being the main beneficiaries. And this Turbo version, priced in the $165,000 region, is the most extravagant.
There are ways to spend much more, since Porsche offers a kaleidoscope of options that include leather, wood, carbon, aluminum, and Alcantara (simulated suede). Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter developing a wonderfully excessive 550 hp and 567 lb-ft of torque, capable of thrusting this Panamera from standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds before hitting a top speed of 190 mph. The Panamera is one of the few cars that can be cosseting and thrilling simultaneously. It’s sumptuously sporty.
2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII
Perhaps the most extravagantly luxurious of these 10 most extravagant luxury cars, this generation of Phantom is built on a new platform that the company calls “The Architecture of Luxury” and shares it with the Cullinan SUV. Some companies take a car and just fill it with leather and wood to call it a luxury vehicle, but Rolls-Royce takes luxury into account right from the first step.
The automatic transmission is connected to the satellite navigation to select the right gear for the right time. Among the features available are electrically folding rear tables, self-closing doors, and a large “Starlight” headliner. The Phantom VIII is also available with an extended wheelbase. Expect to spend at least $450,000.