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The 10 Most Expensive Cars in America

3. Aventador
> Fair purchase price: $556,795
> Trim: LP 720-4 50th Anniversario Roadster 2D

Costing more than half a million dollars to drive off the lot, a 2015 Lamborghini Aventador is the third most expensive vehicle on the U.S. market. The luxury Italian sports car seats two and houses a 12 cylinder engine that gets 11 mpg on city streets and 18 mpg on the highway. The Aventador is also equipped with doors that swing up rather than out, a feature closely associated with the Lamborghini brand. Despite the vehicle’s extraordinary cost, Lamborghini sold 1,001 Aventadors worldwide in 2013.

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2. 918 Spyder
> Fair purchase price: $929,995
> Trim: Weissach Package Roadster 2D

Unlike any other car in its class, the 918 Spyder can cover short distances on electric power alone. The Spyder gets power from both a combustion engine and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. But the car’s similarities to other hybrid and electric cars stop there. A 2015 Porsche Spyder is the second most expensive vehicle for sale in America, costing roughly $930,000. The vehicle’s name suggests its exclusivity because the German automaker will only produce 918 of the 918 Spyder for the 2015 model year — and only 250 of those will be sold in the U.S. market. The car can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds, making it the quickest car in the world.

1. P1
> Fair purchase price: $1,155,000
> Trim: Coupe 2D

McLaren is first and foremost an engineering company, and it is a special event when a car such as the McLaren P1 appears on the market. When it was first introduced in 2013 as a followup to the McLaren F1 of the 1990s, all 375 P1s sold out in just eight months. It was the first time that McLaren Automotive — the manufacturing subsidiary of McLaren Group — posted profits. McLaren’s CEO Mike Flewitt was tempted to produce more cars but abstained to preserve the exclusivity that is so essential to the McLaren P1 brand. The P1 has a top speed of 217 mph, and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds.

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