One wealthy Australian has placed an order for what is the most expensive car in the world – the Aston Martin One-77 – with a price tag of $4 million. It will be one of only 77 examples built by the British company, which describes it as ‘perfection’. Aston is looking out for some mega-rich buyers. The Australian buyer has already put down the $200,000 deposit and will take delivery next year, when he can expect to pay a balance of about $3.8 million once all the relevant taxes have been applied.
Aston Martin unveiled the hand-built car last weekend in Italy. The $4m supercar is more expensive than the Bugatti Veyron or Ferrari Enzo. However, unlike other European cars the One-77 will be able to be registered for driving in Australia, as it has the steering wheel fixed on the right. And when you are the owner of the world’s most expensive car then you get all the pampering so, before delivery, the Aussie buyer will be flown to Britain for a test drive and initial fitting at the Aston Martin headquarters at Gaydon in the English Midlands. Aston Martin’s sales manager for Australia Marcel Fabris said no one outside the company had driven the car yet and many of its vital statistics are still secret.
Mr. Fabris said the Australian customer, who wasn’t one of the usual car-collector suspects, would be getting “a piece of art” compared with Veyron. He denied the One-77 was chasing the Bugatti Veyron, which blitzed all records when it arrived four years ago.
“It won’t have the outright performance of the Veyron; the One-77 is a rear-wheel drive car and there’s a limit to how much you can put through two wheels,” Mr. Fabris told The Australian. But the One-77 won’t be slow. The company suggests a top speed of more than 320km/h and 0-to-100km/h time of about 3.5 seconds. When a One-77 is delivered, an engineer will accompany the car to tailor its suspension for the customer. Aston Martin director of design Marek Reichman said, “There isn’t a higher level we can go to. If we could bottle the essence of Aston Martin – power, beauty, soul – as a three-dimensional expression, that really is what One-77 is all about.”
During their press conference at the Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin presented a One-77 technical showcase.