Clever automotive marketing has convinced us that a basic, non-optioned vehicle is not what we want when we purchase a new vehicle. Automotive manufacturers often make most of their profit on the available options and customizations that can be made to a vehicle. Some of them are inexpensive, like the $295 start/stop package available on the 2014 Ford Fusion. Other options tend to be a bit more expensive. We have compiled a list of the top five most expensive new vehicle options available today. Some automakers have individual design options, which are priced according to what the owner wants. Those cannot be included in the list. However, there are a large number of options out there that are more expensive than an entire new car! Let’s take a look.
Porsche 918 Spyder: Liquid Metal Blue and Silver – $63,000
It is not uncommon for cars to offer certain paint colors that are a bit more expensive than the base paint. Tri-coat and matte finishes often fall into these categories, making them less common on the road. If you are purchasing a Porsche 918 Spyder, you can stand out by ordering your supercar in either Liquid Metal Blue or Liquid Metal Silver. These finishes are often much deeper in color, and generally stand out compared to a traditional silver or blue vehicle. For those that think that might be a little bit pricey, it is less than 10% of the price of the 918 Spyder, which MSRP’s in Weissach Package trim is $929,000.
Even though the 918 Spyder will be a limited production vehicle, owners will want to stand out from the crowd. The liquid metal paint might just be what he or she is looking for.
Rolls Royce Phantom: Drink Cabinets Mounted in Rear Doors – $19,450
The Rolls Royce Phantom long wheelbase is a vehicle that is designed for people to be driven around in. As a result, the rear seat passengers have many options available to them for providing comfort and convenience. Being able to have chilled champagne and drink glasses readily available is one of the staples of the Rolls Royce, and in the Phantom that’s no different. There are several different drink cooler options, but to have one built into each door that provides chilling and access to two glasses will cost the purchaser $19,450. Options and customizations are key to the Rolls Royce buying experience, so we can see this option actually being quite popular amongst purchasers.
Rolls Royce Phantom: Dynamic Package – $15,500
We stick with Rolls Royce and their Dynamic Package for the Phantom. Many people will say that a Rolls Royce is designed for comfort and luxury. It is designed to waft along soaking up all the bumps of the road, and keeping the outside world outside. Also, people tend to have drivers with Phantoms. However, if a purchaser wants to drive his or her Phantom and wishes it was a bit sportier, the Dynamic Package is here to help. It includes a sport suspension that should be stiffer. Also, better brake feel and a larger diameter steering wheel. The thin-wheeled steering wheel of the standard Phantom is actually not to our liking, so the thicker brim might be more comfortable.
Lamborghini Aventador: Matte Finish – $14,000
Some people like Lamborghinis that should their presence everywhere they go with loud exhaust noises and bright neon paint. Others prefer a darker look to their Italian bull. For those individuals, Lamborghini offers several different matte paint finishes. Those include Nero Nemesis (Black), Marrone (Brown), and Blanco (White). These paint finishes are more difficult to maintain, because any form of automotive polish can ruin the finish. Many cleaning supplies are designed to enrich the shine of a vehicle. The purpose of matte paint is to never be shiny. Oftentimes, purchasers of a matte paint vehicle have to sign a disclaimer stating that they understand the risks and acknowledge there are extra cleaning methods required.
Ferrari 458 Italia: Carbon Fiber Racing Package – $13,491
Carbon fiber is a type of material that is very strong and very light. Components made from carbon fiber appear in commercial airliners, racing cars, and some street cars. The Ferrari 458 Italia already uses carbon fiber and titanium where it is appropriate, but many owners just like the look of bare carbon fiber. Those individuals can order the complete Carbon Fiber Racing Package. This replaces the steering wheel with a Ferrari racing-style wheel that is finished in carbon fiber. Also, all of the interior trim pieces are replaced with carbon fiber. On the exterior, the rear diffuser, front lower wing, side valances, and more are replaced with bare carbon fiber pieces.
Most of these changes are purely cosmetic and do not significantly reduce the weight of the vehicle. But they look unique and are expensive to make. The 458 Italia is designed to be a road-going high-performance vehicle, and functional or not the carbon fiber feels right at home.