We've all wondered what kind of car we'd buy if money was no object. So, out of all of the brand new vehicles currently on sale in Australia, what are the top 10 most expensive you could possibly buy? Here's the list in ascending order of recommended retail price (excluding on-road costs).
10. Aston Martin Vanquish: $472,840-$510,040
Powered by a glorious 422kW 5.9-litre V12 engine, the Vanquish is the preferred choice for James Bond. It's very fast yet extremely stylish. Some would say it is the coolest car on the market. Aston Martin has been rated as one of the most desirable brands of all time, only ever producing high-quality products that tend to have a certain stainless steel/titanium quality to them.
9. Ferrari 458: $525,417-$588,451
The 458 is the junior Ferrari but one of the more driver-focused models. It is the most agile and one of the better-looking Prancing Horses currently on the market. The sound from its 4.5-litre naturally breathing V8 as it screams out 425kW worth of metallic bliss is lively enough to cause goosebumps to ripple down your spine. It's available in coupe and drop-top Spider form.
8. Ferrari FF: $624,646
It might be classed as a wagon and the first and only four-wheel drive Ferrari ever made, it is not for the fainthearted. Under the bonnet is a smacking-great 6.3-litre V12 engine capable of catapulting the FF from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds. It comes with some very clever technology too, including an advanced all-wheel drive system that is able instantly calculate power distribution for ultimate traction in all conditions.
7. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series: $639,000
If there were a contest for the hairest-chested, brutalist, most manly Mercedes-Benz ever made, this would win. It's the Black Series version of the already-cracking SLS AMG. This is not the ideal vehicle for popping down to the shops to pick up the milk. Far from it, actually. The suspension and ride is as comfortable as falling down a flight of stairs; the 464kW engine power comes on like a lightning bolt to a tree; and the interior is really only suitable for those that are small and thin and don't really have feeling in their buttocks anymore. In other words, this is a racing car with number plates. And an incredibly awesome one at that.
6. Rolls-Royce Wraith: $645,000
Welcome to the newest Rolls-Royce. It sits in the showroom as the two-door coupe version of the Ghost, which itself is based on the BMW 7 Series platform. Both the interior and exterior are breathtaking to behold. Handcrafted wood trimmings, a fuss-free and extremely elegant interior, with the majestic shove of a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 engine make this the ideal weekend vehicle for the otherwise chafferer-driven commuter.
5. Rolls-Royce Ghost: $609,000-$655,000
The cheapest Rolls-Royce on the market. Cheap isn't really a word associated with Rolls, yet stacked up against the range-topping, million-dollar Phantom, the $609,000 starting price seems petty. It's beautiful to look at and it is pamperingly luxurious to ride in. However, the main problem is its superior sibling. Could you imagine if a Phantom rolled up next to you in this at the lights? Not good for the ego. Fortunately, it's based on the BMW 7 Series, which means it drives a lot more enthusiastically than its bigger-bling brother.
4. Bentley Mulsanne: $662,857
When it comes to craftsmanship and utter attention to detail, Bentley has a reputation for being one of the finest car brands around. It has an 80-year-plus heritage behind it, and it's now owned by Volkswagen Group, perhaps one of the most robust auto groups in the industry. Under the bonnet is the legendary 6.75-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 377kW and 1020Nm. Drawbacks? Options. Be prepared to fork out for options, most of which really should come standard with the car; a rear-view camera is $3701. In fact, if you add up the price of all major options you end up far exceeding the original starting price. You can spend over $750,000 just on options. iPad picnic tables in the back cost $26,231. Special satin paint sets you back $56,448. And a premium sound system is an eye-opening $57,065
3. Ferrari F12berlinetta: $690,745
If it's power you want, the Ferrari F12 is the most powerful Ferrari on sale in Australia (LaFerrari not available locally). It uses a 6.3-litre V12 motor to generate a colossal 545kW. Acceleration from 0-100km/h is over in just 3.1 seconds, which means, technically, you could lose your licence in a car park if you tried. The F12 is rear-wheel drive too so you'll need just as much skill as money to get the most out of this car. You can forget using a coffee to wake you up in the morning. Driving this to work first thing is like being pushed straight out of bed from a 10th story building and falling into a chilled swimming pool. Refreshingly ferocious.
2. Lamborghini Aventador: $761,500-$795,000
Easily one of the most desirable cars on the market at the moment. The Lamborghini Aventodor has everything you want from an expensive car. It's a thoroughbred Italian exotic with a 515kW V12 engine sitting behind the cabin. It looks like no other car; low, sharp and futuristic. It could be the very last V12 Lambo due to ever-tightening emissions and fuel consumption restrictions, which make this a highly exclusive proposition. All you need to do to get one is re-mortgage the house - and possibly the neighbour's house - and it's all yours.
1. Rolls-Royce Phantom: $809,000-$1,019,000
This is it. If money is simply no object to you - you bathe in money, wipe your backside with notes and sneeze into $100 bills - here is your car. The Phantom has been around now for over five years in its current form, but that hasn't stopped it from continuing on as one of the world's most luxurious and exuberant motor vehicles on the market. Every aspect to the Phantom is designed to be the pinnacle in unadulterated motoring luxury.