Iconic Hypercars: Five Sleek Speed Demons

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For nearly a century, the term “supercar” has referred to the world’s most elite stratum of sports cars. But in the last couple of decades, a new breed of automobile has evolved to stretch that definition even further. More powerful, capable and expensive than any car in the history of the automobile, the “hypercar” is now setting the standard. Impossibly light and incredibly strong, hypercars can achieve speeds in excess of 200 mph. RM Sotheby’s: New York - ICONS auction, part of A Life of Luxury week, features five hypercars, each of which is radical and highly sought after today. Click ahead to see them in detail. –Jake Auerbach

RM Sotheby's: New York - ICONS
6 December | New York

Iconic Hypercars: Five Sleek Speed Demons

  • 2018 Bugatti Chiron. Estimate $3,500,000–4,000,000.
    How does the company that produced the world’s fastest supercar continue to innovate and create a successor to the record-shattering and world-beating Veyron? The obvious answer was to start with the Veyron and use it as a basis to take their next generation supercar into the future. The resulting magnum opus was christened the Chiron, after the Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron. While only a handful of Chirons have been delivered worldwide, the fanfare surrounding these cars has been nothing short of mesmerising. Such was the buzz surrounding the first Chiron officially delivered in the United States during this year’s Pebble Beach car week. 

  • 2018 Bugatti Chiron. Estimate $3,500,000–4,000,000.
    The opportunity to acquire this Chiron marks the very first occasion that one has been offered at auction. Finished in black with red highlights inside and out, as well as red brake calipers, this car looks truly sinister. As a brand-new car, it is accompanied by its factory extended warranty, and includes a number of accessories and gifts for the first owner, including a 1:8 scale Amalgam model of this car, U.S.-specification rear bumper (the car is currently fitted with a slimmer R.O.W. specification bumper) and a quick owner’s reference guide. 

  • 2016 Ferrari F12tdf. Estimate 1,100,000–1,400,000.
    After applying the GTO moniker to the high-performance version of the 599 GTB, Ferrari chose to revive another storied name from its past for the high-performance version of the F12 Berlinetta: Tour de France. This Ferrari is finished in the historic and seldom seen colour of Rosso Dino, a bright red that almost appears orange in a certain light, with the “GTO” livery in Canna Di Fucile. Delivered new to Ferrari of Long Island, the F12tdf has remained in virtually new condition throughout, having only been driven less than 400 miles. 

  • 2016 Ferrari F12tdf. Estimate 1,100,000–1,400,000.
    The car’s factory warranty remains in place until July 2019, and it is covered under the Ferrari Genuine Maintenance programme until July 2023. With that programme, the car’s new owner is given peace of mind should they wish to take it to the open road. Without question the ultimate iteration of the F12 Berlinetta, the F12tdf currently reigns supreme in Ferrari hierarchy as the fastest, road-legal, front-engined Berlinetta. That said, the F12tdf is truly a modern-day collectible that will continue to be held in high esteem by collectors and enthusiasts alike. 

  • 2014 Pagani Huayra. Estimate $1,900,000–2,300,000.
    Inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Horacio Pagani sought to carve out his own niche in the impenetrable world of the bespoke, exotic hypercar industry. He aimed to emulate da Vinci’s own fine line between art and science. Taking stylistic inspiration from objects in nature as well as automobiles of the past, Pagani wanted to build a car that was sensual in form and seductive in performance. 

  • 2014 Pagani Huayra. Estimate $1,900,000–2,300,000.
    The 78th of only 100 examples ever built, this Huayra was delivered new to its first and only private owner in San Francisco. It was beautifully finished in the subtle colours of silver over a black leather interior with contrasting black aerodynamic flaps on its nose. The Huayra proved to the world that Pagani had more than one trick up its sleeve and that unlike many other upstart supercar companies, it is here to stay. Few enthusiasts can claim ownership to a Pagani, and the purchase of this Huayra would allow them into a small circle of enthusiasts bound together by Horacio Pagani’s vision for uniting art and science.

  • 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. Estimate $3,250,000–3,750,000.
    While LaFerrari was in development, it became apparent that consumers were not only interested in world-beating performance and cutting-edge technology, but also making a concerted effort to reduce their carbon footprint. While mainstream manufacturers had been using electric hybrid power to reduce emissions for years, few had realised the potential to not only make a more efficient car, but also increase performance to levels never before possible. The LaFerrari is a prime example of form following function, while also illustrating that function can be beautiful. 

  • 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari. Estimate $3,250,000–3,750,000.
    Ferrari achieved their goal of besting the Enzo in every regard, and once the LaFerrari was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show, everybody with the means wanted Ferrari’s latest hypercar. Perhaps the lowest-mileage example in existence, the LaFerrari presented here is a virtually as-new hypercar with only 53 miles on its odometer, accounting simply for test mileage and minimal distance accrued during transit. The LaFerrari is nothing short of an icon not only for Ferrari, but also for the hypercar market as a whole. 

  • 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder. Estimate $1,700,000–1,900,000.
    This incredible hypercar followed in the tracks of other brilliant and technically advanced vehicles conceived by Porsche, including the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive 959 and the Carrera GT, and was received in similar fashion. Because the car can be driven on battery power alone, it is classed as an Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle. As if the basic 918 was not impressive enough, Porsche offered an even more exclusive version, the Weissach package, reportedly limited to just 230 units. 

  • 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder. Estimate $1,700,000–1,900,000.
    This virtually unused example has had just a single owner and has recorded only 270 miles from new. It was ordered in “Paint-to-Sample” Metallic Oryx White with an Onyx Black interior piped in contrasting silver. This special Weissach edition also features the factory-applied Matte Black wrap and the iconic Martini livery. Additional options on this car included a front axle lift system, a glare-reducing interior package, two-zone climate control, cup holder, Homelink, a seat-pad for the lightweight driver’s bucket seat and a “Special Wishes” extended-length external charging cable that stores in the upholstered front luggage bay. 

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