The six most expensive car options

06th March 2023
James Brodie

Is it just us, or are cars getting a bit… pricey? Seemingly everything these days wears a price tag that a handful of years ago might have felt a bit ambitious. From small hatchbacks, to the formerly used ‘bargains’ in the classifieds even the auction scene is getting a bit out of hand. £600k for a Sierra Cosworth, anyone? But if there’s one automotive realm in which eyebrow rising numbers have always circulated, it’s the world of optional extras. 

Unsurprisingly, the most expensive items offered up to willing punters tend to be on cars that already cost a pretty penny. The waters are far muddier these days though. Lots of luxury brands have fully-fledged personalisation divisions who will do anything for a price, but us mere mortals are not allowed to know the hard numbers. Similarly, price lists for some of the world’s most expensive cars are now kept on a need to know basis only those with serious intent to buy are presented with the figures. 

Still, we’ve trawled the web to find some of the more notorious examples of optional indulgence that have a hefty price tag attached to them.


Ferrari LaFerrari carbon-fibre front end

Ferrari's then 'definitive' Ferrari launched in 2013 wearing a price tag of a cool £1.15m. Featuring a potent 6.3-litre, mid-mounted V12 and electric motor, it produces a combined 963PS (708kW). Available first in a coupe and later in Aperta form, less than 1,000 units were produced including just 50 Apertas, making it very exclusive indeed. But for LaFerrari owners wanting the next level of bragging rights, Ferrari offered a $335,000 (almost £250,000) carbon-fibre front end. The real question is what would be worth more now - a house bought in 2013 for a quarter of a million, or this rare Ferrari part?


Bugatti Veyron carbon finish

If you didn’t buy a LaFerrari in 2013, and you weren’t in the market for a new house around then either, perhaps you could have been tempted by the Bugatti Veryron’s carbon-fibre finish – all 250,000 euros of it. 

Just 450 Bugatti Veyrons were produced from 2005 to 2015, each powered by an 8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged W16. The Grand Sport Vitesse, a convertible version of the Super Sport, became the fastest roadster in the world in 2013, reaching a jaw-dropping 254.04mph.
When owners are already spending more than £1.5 million on the car, what’s an extra £200k-plus, eh?


Bentley Bentayga Breitling clock

Neither Bentley nor Breitling need an introduction, and the thought of a collaboration between the pair is enough to send us weak at the knees. As is the cost of this one particular extra…

When it launched back in 2015, the Bentley Bentayga SUV was already opulent. But one option, in particular, stood out. For £132,000, drivers could spec a special Breitling dash clock - an option costing almost as much as the car itself. 

Yes, it may well have been solid gold and diamond-encrusted, and featured the most complex of watch mechanisms – the mechanical Mulliner – but it did very little other than sit pretty and tell the time. Whether it was worth it, we will never know… 

One thing is sure, however: with a 0-62mph time of around four seconds, anyone behind the wheel is unlikely to be late, anyway.


Porsche 918 Spyder Liquid Metal paint 

We’ve dropped below the £100k mark now – the bank balance can breathe. Buyers of the £672,000 Porsche 918 Spyder faced several important specification options – and none were more controversial than the ‘Liquid Metal Silver’ paint, which retailed for a staggering £52,000.

Of course, there was a reason for the incredible price tag. To achieve the incredible liquid metal look, ten layers of paint (rather than the usual four) were applied to the carbon body panels, with a light sanding between each and finally, a super thick clearcoat on top.


Mercedes-Maybach granite interior

Have you ever looked at a Mercedes-Maybach and thought ‘I know just what that needs – granite’? No, us neither, but apparently someone did…

The unusual interior trim reportedly cost from £40,000 for the basic package, rising to £49,500 and beyond in the likes of the Landaulet. 

The manufacturer’s Designo bespoke program was responsible for the styling, and in all honesty, they did a very good job, with the gorgeous design (and its price tag) offering the ultimate in opulence.


Porsche 911 GT3 RS Weissach Package

Porsche has been edging the 911 GT3 RS into more hardcore territory with every iteration of its flagship motorsport-inspired 911 variant, and the latest one is no exception. Even the 'standard' GT3 looks like it should wear RS badges these days, so the actual RS looking like it's ready to graduate to wearing some actual race numbers isn't too surprising. 

Of course, it's still a road-legal car, but the options offered for the RS are so far reaching now that you can even take it one step further to its track-only bretheren with the £25,739 Weissach Package. What does that entail? Plenty more visible carbon bodywork, carbon-fibre reinforced plastic mechanical components and a carbon-fibre roll cage trim an extra 22kg from the GT3 RS's overall weight. Money well spent?

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