Right now, you can buy the brand new 2020 C8 Corvette for $60,000! That is a hell of a deal! Or for that same $60,000, you can get some granite interior trim on the Maybach. Tough choice, right? A mid-engined supercar-slaying American icon, or change the color of your center console.
That’s right, this list is about the most unreasonable, the most absurd, the most expensive new car options that no one with any sense could justify!
Rolls-Royce Wraith – Gold-Plated Spirit Of Ecstasy Ornament – $9,100
Let’s start with what is maybe the most unnecessary option on this list. Rolls-Royce is a brand driven almost exclusively by the 1%. Well, driven by the 1%’s chauffeurs maybe. And it’s good to be rich in the Rolls-Royce Wraith, their two-door grand tourer, that might be heavy, but it packs a twin-turbo V12 putting out over 600 horsepower under it’s long and shapely hood.
And atop that hood, the signature Rolls-Royce mascot, The Spirit of Ecstacy, an emblem created for the brand all the way back in 1911, and still adorns the hoods of their cars today, although a slightly modified.
These ornaments are so iconic and valuable that they even have motors that retract them when they are parked to prevent them from being stolen. And it makes sense when you consider that the emblem may be worth up to $10,000 if the owner opted for the 24-karat-plated edition! That’s a hell of a lot of money to spend on something that essentially adds nothing to the car except bragging rights. But I guess the rich are going to be rich, am I right?
And if we were going to spend five figures changing out the ornament on our Wraith, we’d definitely go with something much more unique, like Odell Beckham Jr.’s ornament of himself catching a ball one-handed! Now that’s rich.
Porsche 911 – Leather Air Vents – $2,700
Moving on, one of the biggest offenders of nickel-and-diming their customers is Porsche. Ever driven a car and thought to yourself, these air conditioner vents aren’t nearly luxurious enough for my tastes?Yeah, me neither! But for the discerning 911 buyer, there’s an option to wrap them in leather for nearly $3,000.
This is an option just for the uber rich, those capable of shopping for a nearly $900,000 hybrid supercar like the 918 Spyder. Well, that modest price tag at the dealership is just to get you in the door. Taking a long road trip? How about some $20,000 luggage to go with your 918?
Porsche 918 Spyder – Luggage Set – $20,000
The set is designed to fit in the Spyder’s limited cargo areas, which means it’s actually not very much luggage at all, making that $20,000 price tag all the more ridiculous. But hey, at least you can get the stitching to match your seats! And we’re just getting started on the 918.
The 918 Spyder is as fast as it is gorgeous, but if you want it to look it’s best, and get the most desirable coat of paint you can get, well, that will run you a whopping $63,000.
Porsche 918 Spyder – Liquid Metal Paint – $63,000
$63,000 for paint. Now, it’s a nine-stage process, and it does look stunning, but you could buy yourself an entire 718 Porsche Cayman and have enough cash left over to go on vacation for the cost of that paint job.
What if looks aren’t everything and you want peak performance from your 918? Well, you could shave a few pounds off its curb weight by opting for the Magnesium wheels. It’ll only run you $32,500 cash.
Porsche 918 Spyder – Magnesium Wheels – $32,500 – $58,000
They are considerably lighter than the original wheels, saving you about 30 pounds for the whole set. But that’s over $1,000 per pound! And it’s a discount! That’s the price if you get them as an option when you spec out your new 918. But buying them after the fact? They come in over $58,000! Nearly the cost of the entire Weissach package for the 918!
Adding up all the options for the 918, you’re looking at nearly $1 million out the door, which is pricey, but it’s actually cheap compared to its competition. So there you have it, if you’re on a budget, grab yourself the “cheap” 918 Spyder I guess.
Ferrari 458 Italia – Fire Extinguisher – $900
Now, the fast boys at Ferrari are no stranger to option mania, the new Ferraris even come with a plaque that shows you what options it came with when it was ordered! Say you were shopping for a 458 Italia a few years back, a mere $240,000 for one of the best Ferraris ever made, what a value! But buyer beware, the 458’s were notorious for catching fire.
So notorious, in fact, that they were offered with an option for a fire extinguisher from the factory! Sure, they were $900, but a small price to pay to protect your quarter-million-dollar Ferrari! Just make sure to get it in red to match your $800 colored seat belts.
And they’re not the only brand trying to cool things down, you can chill out in the back of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class and sip on some ice cold champagne out of your center-mounted refrigerator for a cool $1,100.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class – Refrigerator For Rear Cabin – $1,100
As ridiculous as this is, I think it’s actually kind of a handy option. And if it wasn’t so horribly integrated into the car, taking up tons of trunk space, I would probably opt for one of these on my S-Class. Just kidding, I don’t have one of those.
$11,000 for a fridge isn’t insane, but what about a $160,000 for a clock?
Bentley Bentayga – Breitling Clock – $161,100
That’s right, Bentley, not content with releasing a $230,000 crossover SUV, the Bentayga, which is actually a really neat ride featuring a twin-turbo W12 and capable of going 0-60 in 4 seconds! With it being Bentley’s most popular selling vehicle ever, how do you stand out among the sea of Bentaygas?
You opt for the Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon clock on the dash for $160,000, which is absurd, even in watch prices. But it’s not a gimmick, it is an authentic Breitling, with a self-winding motor and zero electronics.
Is it worth the price of a small home? Well, you’re asking the wrong guy. I still have an old Casio calculator watch around somewhere. Alright, let’s hop back over to the palace-on-wheels brand, Rolls-Royce. And the Rolls-Royce Phantom, arguably the most luxurious car ever made.
Rolls-Royce Phantom – Starlight Roof – $12,350
The Phantom is the ultimate status symbol, with its massive, imposing aluminum body, it’s cloud-like air suspension, And it’s got a nearly $500,000 price tag, which is only the start when it comes to buying the Phantom.
Optioning out the Phantom is one of the most complex experiences ever, everything made to order, and every option meant to make you feel rich as f**k. And one of them is my personal favorite on this list, the Starlight Roof of the Phantom is something I can’t wait to see in cars made for poor people like me. Well, there’s a cheap knockoff in the Vauxhall Adam, but we can’t get those here in the States.
Anyway, it’s a roof with over 1,300 fiber optic lights sewn into it, a process which takes 17 hours, and makes every road trip a cruise under the stars. Sadly, it’s worth more than any car I’ve ever owned, so I guess I’ll have to sit under the stars the old fashioned way.
Rolls-Royce Phantom – Theatre Seating – $14,000
The best way to enjoy those fake constellations in your Phantom is stretched out in what they call “Theatre Seating”.
Giving passengers a little extra leg room for a lot extra cash, $14,000 to be precise. And heck, why not enjoy a cigar from the glovebox mounted humidor, a $4,200 option.
Rolls-Royce Phantom – Glovebox Humidor – $4,275
And the feeling of sitting under your fake stars, stretched out in your recliner, puffing on a Cuban cigar, may just inspire to you to pen some poetry. Well, good news Rolls Royce has you covered.
Rolls-Royce Phantom – Pen Set – $5,875
There’s even a $5,800 pen set option for when The Spirit of Ecstasy inspires you!
Okay, it’s time for the grand finale, the 1% of the 1% of the 1%, an option so extravagant, so overpriced, so outrageous, so over the tippy top, it could only come from Bugatti.
Bugatti Chiron – Naked Carbon Fiber Paint – $500,000
The Chiron is the latest in absolutely bonkers Bugattis, featuring a quad-turbo W16. That’s right, four turbos, 16 cylinders, pumping out 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 torques, the Chiron is the king of power, speed, and excess.
0 to 60 times are cool and all, but how fast can your car go through it’s entire fuel tank? The Chiron at full tilt will drain its entire 26 gallon tank in 9 minutes. Now, I’m sure that sounds pricey, but who’s thinking about fuel costs when the car itself is $2 million? That makes the Chiron the most expensive car on this list, but we’re here to talk options.
The Chiron can come with up to $1 million in tacked-on extras, and the most absurd of them has to be the Naked Carbon Fiber Paint Job. Coming in at $500,000. Yeah, for the price of a Lamborghini Aventador S, and a bunch left over, you can get your Chiron stripped of its clothing, with its carbon fiber body work on display.
Only about 500 are planned for production in this style, so you know, order yours today, you rich bastards.