10 Most Costly Supercars You Can Buy Online

Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 19.

The market for seven-figure supercars is elite, but oddly accessible if you have the means.

U.S. carbuyers pay an average of $94,000 for a high-end luxury car or $97,000 for a high-end performance car -- based on Kelley Blue Book's January transaction prices -- but that might buy you a fixer-upper in the loftier tiers of the luxury vehicle market. Through the first month of this year, sales for Alfa Romeo (up 58.8% from January 2016), Ferrari (up 41.8%), Maserati (up 69.3%), Bentley (up 82.7%), Rolls-Royce (up 70%) and Porsche (up 5.7%) have all increased from last year, according to MotorIntelligence.

Only Lamborghini sales are down (21.2%) from last January, though that's a swing of just 14 vehicles.

You could credit gas prices for the surge if people buying six- and seven-figure cars actually paid attention to gas prices that move by just cents per gallon. You could also credit an improving economy for that boost if luxury vehicle sales hadn't flattened or fallen for much of 2016. But all of the economic factors that make folks buy high-end luxury and performance cars don't matter much if they don't have access to them.

Much as car buyers may check out sites like Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, Edmunds.com, Cars.com or TrueCar.com for sales and deals, supercars have their own online presence. The most well-known of those sites is James Edition, which hosts listings for supercars, private jets, yachts, helicopters, private islands (and other exclusive real estate) and other higher-echelon purchases.

When you can go online and browse dealer offerings in Dubai, Geneva, London, Monaco, Tokyo, L.A., Greenwich and Marbella, it makes tracking down your ideal supercar a lot less labor-intensive. We don't just mean some low-$100,000s Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi or Maserati either? We mean the kind of cars that occasionally make their way out to Pebble Beach before being flatbedded back home and returned to their climate-controlled home via their garage's elevator. We're talking about the types of cars that may cost more than their owner's pied-à-terre in a city that they'd live in full-time if more pre-war buildings were 11-bedroom estates.

We clicked through some of James Edition's most impresive auto offerings and came up with ten of the most opulent options available. While they don't simply represent the most expensive vehicles on the site -- we eliminated some for the sake of preventing any one or two brands from dominating -- they're indicative of the variety that exists at the highest end of the auto market:

10. 2012 Koenigsegg Agera
10. 2012 Koenigsegg Agera

Price: $1,361,227

Seller's location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

According to Gulf News, between 2,000 and 3,000 luxury and high-end performance cars are abandoned every year in Dubai. Those low gas prices that you're seeing at U.S. pumps are crushing the accounts of expats who went to the United Arab Emirates in search of an energy-built fortune and left with debt that's punishable by jail time under Shariah law. Basically, if you can't make car payments, your options are to either go to jail or get a ticket back to wherever you came from and leave your car at the airport lot. You have 15 days to reclaim your car before it's auctioned off, and dealers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are all too willing to snatch them up at discount prices and sell them to other suckers at full cost.

Meanwhile, you can see why starry-eyed oil schemers would go into criminal debt to put just 636 miles on this hypercar. A 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine produces a ridiculous 940 horsepower and pushes an engine and transmission that weigh less than 700 pounds combined. The Agera's combination of carbon fiber, kevlar and aluminum hits 60 miles per hour in under three seconds and gets up to 186 in fewer than 15 seconds. It tops out at nearly 270 mph, has a removable hardtop roof and is tricked out with aluminum wheels, adjustable rear spoiler, scissor doors and both LED and carbon-nanotube lighting... all perfect for making a hasty getaway from creditors.

9. GTA Spano
9. GTA Spano

Price: $1,592,400

Seller's location: Marbella, Spain

Much of the U.S. doesn't even know a Spanish supercar exists. However, anyone who saw the 2014 film Need For Speed knows that GTA Motor has built the pride of the Iberian Peninsula. Don't mourn the discontinued Dodge Viper, as a twin turbocharged version of its 8.4-liter V10 engine is mounted near the middle of this car beneath all of that carbon fiber and titanium. Cranking out 820 horsepower, the Spano goes from zero to 60 in less than three seconds and tops out at just under 220 miles per hour. Its huge wheels, panoramic glass roof and unique lines make it incredibly sought-after, but don't judge that price too harshly: its starting price is roughly $1.5 million.

8. Porsche 918 Weissach
8. Porsche 918 Weissach

Price: $1.89 million

Seller's location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The "standard" Spyder plug-in hybrid of this vehicles already manages 887 horsepower, 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 214 mph.

It helps when the electric motors put out 286 horsepower on their own. Combined with a 601-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8, push the carbon-fiberframe through electric power alone, various hybrid modes or its red-button "hot lap" mode. However, the standard Spyder throws in a whole bunch of frivolities including leather-and-brushed-aluminum interior, rain-sensing windshield wiper, heated side mirrors, backup camera, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with 3D navigation display, 7-inch touch screen, central high-resolution 8-inch TFT display, two USB ports, SD card, WiFi and Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD radio and a Burmester 11-speaker surround sound system.

The Weissach "package" is addition by subtraction: ripping out all of those amenities (and even items like door handles) to trim close to 90 pounds off the vehicle. Does it work? Well, back in 2013, a 918 with the Weissach package took a 12.8-mile lap in under 7 minutes -- making it the first street-legal car to do so. This Weissach's original owner only put 1,550 miles on it -- meaning it only took 121 laps. That's basically just 14 hours enjoyed at maximum performance. No wonder this beauty is still selling for close to $2 million.

7. Pagani Huayra
7. Pagani Huayra

Price: $2,123,200

Seller's location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

If you have the means, going to a dealer and selecting a Ferrari or Lamborghini really isn't a huge deal. But if you want an Italian hypercar like Pagani's Huayra, it's going to require a lot more means, effort and laps in lesser cars.

Top Gear named this its hypercar of the year five years ago, and it's been in Transformers movies and just about every driving video game worth playing: Need For Speed, Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Grand Theft Auto etc. We can see why: the Huayra's twin-turbo, 6-liter, V12 engine -- known as the M158 -- is hand-built by Mercedes-Benz's AMG high-performance division specially for this vehicle. There were only 100 such engines ever made, so only a few dozen owners have been able to experience how its 720 horsepower translates to a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 2.8 seconds and a top speed of 230 mph -- all on a seven-speed single-disc clutch. Huayra drivers can change the height of the front from the ground and used four flapsat the rear and front of the car to both minimize drag and function as airbrakes. It's a giant toy of a vehicle that, until last year, had the fastest Top Gear track time ever recorded. It's impressive, even by lofty Italian supercar standards.

6. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Pininfarina Hyperion
6. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Pininfarina Hyperion

Price: $2,123,200

Seller's location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This car is a celebrity in its own right, and we're surprised it's taken this list this long to come across a vehicle so rare. Back in 2008, custom car builder and Ferrari designer Pininfarina took at $400,000 Drophead coupe (already nearly double the price of the average U.S. home) and determined that it was lacking a little something. Pininfarina gave it a carbon-fiber body, solid wood doors painted to match, an overly-long '30s-style hood, front wooded storage compartments for rifles, a rear wooden deck, teardrop LED headlights and a custom watch that matches the dash and attached to it. Pininfarina kept much of Rolls-Royce's original interior -- including a 15-speaker sound system and navigation -- and the 6.7-liter, 453-horsepower V-12 engine that cranks 453 horsepower All of it weighs in at close to 6,000 pounds and was originally purchased by collector Roland Hall in 2009 for $6 million. The price has dropped considerably since then, which is to be expected when you try to resell a vehicle built to exactly one person's tastes -- and when the oil fortunes of your target demographic aren't what they used to be.

5. Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse
5. Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse

Price: $2,399,000

Seller's location: Costa Mesa, Calif.

The good news is that it's a supercar. The bad news? It's covered in Autobot graphics that the kid who delivers your pizza in a Honda CR-Z with an oversized exhaust pipe considers appropriate automotive decor.

This tacky American cousin of the other supercars on this list has a website url stuck to the top of its windshield, is actually a Bugatti Veyron and in no way resembles the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse (pictured, and a different model entirely) used in Transformers: Age of Extinction. We're not going to run the specs on either car here, because short of someone affixing a sticker of Calvin urinating on a Ferrari logo to this vehicle's rear window, we can't think of a worse way to deface a seven-figure vehicle.

4. McLaren P1
4. McLaren P1

Price: $2.5 million

Seller's location: Costa Mesa, Calif.

They stopped making this plug-in hybrid supercar in 2015, but this was one of the roughly 127 that made it over to the U.S. While the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and its 727 horsepower would be fine in their own right, and electric motor producing 177 horsepower kicks the total output up to a whopping 904 horsepower and a 0-60 of less than 2.8 secons. It also gets up to 186 mph in just 16.5 seconds and would be able to top out at nearly 250 mph if it wasn't artificially limited to 217 mph by its electronics. A button-operated rear spoiler and flaps cut down on drag, while its carbon brakes take it from 190 miles per hour to zero in just 6.2 seconds. While you can run it in all-electric mode for 19 miles, we're guessing that folks who value performance will just be grateful that the electric engine pushes total mileage to 20 miles per gallon.

3. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento
3. Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

Price: $2,813,240

Seller's location: London

If you really like carbon fiber, it's tough to pass up this "sixth element" supercar named after carbon itself. The Sesto Elemento uses carbon fiber to a gratuitous degree -- with the chassis, body and drive shaft all made of carbon fiber -- and weighs a scant 2,200 pounds as a result. That's roughly the curb weight of a Hyundai Accent subcompact. That weight, and its 5.2-liter V10 engine's 570 horsepower, take it from zero to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds. However, though one occasionally pops up on Craigslist, there were only 20 made. Oh, and because it's a carbon fiber shell wrapped around foam seats fused to the chassis, it's not even close to street legal in the U.S.

2. Ferrari LaFerrari
2. Ferrari LaFerrari

Price: $3,450,200

Seller's location: Geneva, Switzerland

Just 499 versions of the LaFerrari hybrid were built from 2013 through 2015, with a 500th LaFerrari selling at auction last year for $7 million. The Ferrari F140 6.3-liter V12 engine kicks out 789 horsepower all its own, but a 161-horsepower electric engine boosts LaFerrari's total brawn to 950 horsepower for short bursts. Its carbon-fiber body and mid-range engine give it a top speed of 217 miles per hour and a 0-to-60 time of less than two seconds -- making it the fastest street-legal car Ferrari has ever produced. However, even the Apeta drop-top version sold last year (by invitation only) is incredibly rare, which means you're not paying less than $3 million for this vehicle any time you see one.

1. Maserati MC 12
1. Maserati MC 12

Price: $3,715,600

Seller's location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hey, why don't we take the beautiful Enzo Ferrari, make it enormous (almost 17 feet long and wider than a Hummer H2), eliminate its rear window and make the controls hypersensitive? Oh, and let's just make 50 of them to warrant making track versions for FIA GT and American LeMans.

From the removeable bubble Targa top to the air scoops and diffusers, there is nothing about this carbon fiber beast that looks street legal. Even the Enzo Ferrari's 6-liter F140 V12 engine, with its 620 horsepower and top speed of 205 mph, seems like more than this lightweight Euro racer needs. We do not care that the blue leather and Brightex interior seem to have come right out of a fashion house. With no place for a sound system, you're basically just driving a blue-and white track car around the neighborhood. This is a great collector's piece and looks outstanding in a garage, but unless you're taking it to a Concours d'Elegance and leaving that removable Targa top behind for the day, giving the MC 12 a whole lot of street time just doesn't make sense.

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