If you won the lottery, what car would you buy? It's an impossible question, right? The best luxury cars can feel so out of reach, it's like torture just thinking about getting behind the wheel of anything but your Fiesta. But, when those numbers come up (and they will, BELIEVE), hopefully, it'll be a bit picking a motor easier after reading this piece.
All week we've been looking at public transport and driverless cars of the future, but now it's time to look at the very best way to travel now - in the back of an incredibly opulent automobile.
More comfortable than trains, way more comfortable than buses, there really is nothing like being driven around while you sip champagne, get a massage from soft leather seats and laugh at the paupers using just their feet for locomotion.
Our Picks for the Best Luxury Cars Lots of Money Can Buy
1. Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom
Talk about luxury cars and one marque comes to mind – Rolls Royce. A Roller is the vehicle of choice for many high-profile individuals - everyone from the Her Royal Highness in the 90s, to Kim Kardashian, and err... winners of The Apprentice.
The Celestial Phantom is the most exclusive and expensive Rolls-Royce ever made. And that’s saying something.
The roof lining features over 1,000 hand-woven fibre optic cables which glow to perfectly mirror the star-filled night sky over Goodwood when the car was announced. If that wasn’t enough, 446 diamonds were hand-set into the door capping and centre console.
The Spirit of Ecstasy on the boot is uplit, and the paint has been mixed with glass particles so it really sparkles.
Rolls-Royce has only made one of these vehicles, and refuses to disclose the buyer… or the price.
2. Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti’s Chiron is the hotly anticipated successor to the Veyron, officially the world’s fastest production car. If Bugatti’s claimed figures are correct however, it doesn't look like the Veyron will be holding that title for much longer.
Whereas the Veyron Super Sport has a measly 1183 bhp, the Chiron has an 8-litre quad turbo engine which produces 1479 bhp and 1180 lb-ft of torque.
It will accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and go on to reach a top speed of 270 mph unlimited, though road cars will be limited to a max speed of 261 mph, for safety reasons, obvs.
It’s not like this mind-bogglingly fast car is a bare bones racer either, the interior is super plush. There’s plenty of leather and chrome, TFT displays, and a cooled glove box.
Bugatti will be making just 500 Chirons, all of which have already sold out.
3. Bentley Bentayga
Bentley describes the Bentayga as “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious SUV in the world”, and you know what? It’s hard to disagree.
The Bentayga packs 600 bhp and 663 lb-ft of torque, which is enough power to haul the 2.2-tonne beast from 0-60 mph in four seconds.
Bentley says it takes 130 hours and 53 artisans to handcraft each Bentayga. If you want the ultimate in luxury-automobile options, you can opt for a Breitling Tourbillon dash clock, which costs an additional £110K.
4. Maybach S-Class Pullman
Sure, the Mercedes S-Class is a pretty lavish car, but hand it over to ultra-luxury in-house sub-brand Maybach and you get to a whole new level of opulence.
At 6.5 metres long, the S-Class Pullman is practically a living room on wheels… except way more comfortable than even most living rooms. There’s enough space for four passengers to sit facing each other, with plenty of technology to keep everyone occupied and small talk to a minimum.
There are three analogue instruments in the roof liner, informing passengers the outside temperature, speed and time.
Price: Unarmoured (?!) models start at ‘around’ £375,000
5. Pagani Huayra
If you’re more of a driver than a passenger, maybe the Pagani Huayra is more up your street.
The Huayra is, quite frankly, bonkers. It has a greater power to weight ratio than the Bugatti Veyron SS, and feels more like an F1 car than a millionaires smoking parlour.
The beautifully sculptured interior could be taken out of the car and dropped into an art gallery - no one would bat an eye lid.
Lewis Hamilton has a Pagani Zonda, this car’s predecessor, and if that’s not a glowing more-money-than-sense endorsement, I don’t know what is.
6. Land Rover Range Rover LWB SVAutobiography
While Bentley might make “the fastest, most powerful, most luxurious SUV in the world”, Land Rover certainly make the most sophisticated and, ultimately, most tasteful SUV in the world.
The SVAutobiography is a regular Range Rover Autobiography taken by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division, and hand-finished finished by a group of talented engineers and craftsmen.
On top of a standard Range Rover you get a duotone paint job, refined styling, James Bond-style electrically deployable table, Champagne storage compartment, 10.2-inch tablets for rear passengers, and massage seats.
The tough choice YOU have to make is between the 3.0-litre Hybrid Diesel engine or a 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged petrol engine. Decisions decisions...
7. BMW 7 Series Montblanc
The BMW 7 Series was already a special car, but this limited edition is even more lustworthy… because this one comes with a really expensive pen.
Of course, that’s not all it comes with. The “Next 100 Years Edition” of the 7 Series comes in a unique ‘Centennial Blue Metallic’ and it’s based on the BMW Individual M760Li xDrive V12. That packs a 6.6-litre engine developing 602 bhp, capable of reaching 0-62mph in just 3.7sec.
If you’re into technology, which, if you’re reading this site, you probably are, this is probably the best limo for you. It packs BMW’s excellent iDrive system, gesture controls, semi-autonomous driving capabilities, Wi-Fi, Android tablets, massaging seats, and a Blu-ray player - pretty much any in-car tech you can think of.
It even comes with the Display Key, which allows the BMW 7 Series to manoeuvre into and out of forward parking or garage spaces without the driver having to sit inside.
BMW is making just 100 models. But there’s always the regular 7 Series… though that doesn't come with a fancy pen.
Price: The pen-less BMW M Sport comes in at £79,675
8. Aston Martin Vanquish
The Vanquish sits at the top of the Aston Martin range, representing the very best the British marque has to offer. It’s available in soft-top or hard-top body, and is the “most luxurious interior” Aston Martin has produced.
The "most powerful GT production engine in Aston Martin history" according to the brand, it's packing 568 bhp of power for a 201 mph top speed. Floor that accelerator and you'll slam from 0-60mph in just 3.6 secs.
What makes this car, and every Aston Martin so special though it the fact you feel like James Bond when driving one, being 007's motor stable of choice.
9. Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
Who says leather and chrome is the epitome of luxury? Why not swap it for carbon fibre and alcantara instead?
Sure, you don’t get the same soundproofing or even a navigation system like the other cars on this list. But you do get a naturally aspirated V12 engine capable of reaching 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
10. Jaguar XJ Autobiography LWB
Perhaps the least special car on this list (and that’s saying something), the XJ is Jag’s premium executive limo. You get rear business tables, mounted entertainment tablets, and JLR’s new InControl Touch Pro system.