What is it about cars that we love so much? For many its the act of driving itself, the pure excitement that one gets when taking to the road and cruising down the distant paths to freedom. Many have likened driving to disconnecting from the rigid prisms of the human body and exploring the outside world. Automobiles are able to offer you something that real people can't, and plus it doesn't talk back to you either. Unless you are Knight Rider of course. Furthermore, cars are also extremely beautiful and glisten like a private island in the sun as well as providing shelter in the rain and snow. Like it or not, cars really are one of the best things in the world.
However, that's not to say that they are all perfect with some cars more of an embarrassment that a thing of beauty. While they do say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some cars should probably be left indoors and are unsightly at best. In fact, some cars are so awfully unattractive that numerous car lovers and enthusiasts across the globe have even refused to set foot in them, never mind drive them. But, like all things, not everything is about aesthetics, with some cars also lacking in the performance department. Yes, a number of expensive cars all over the world lack in what should be good engineering but instead offers its customers a shoddy drive and an even worse experience. So, here are 20 $1 million cars people should be embarrassed to drive.
20 Koenigsegg Agera
The Swedish are known for their steady and sturdy cars, boring but friendly and mostly revolving around Volvo or Saab. However, the Swedes also do supercars with the Koenigsegg Agera their most famous design.
The name of the car comes from the Swedish verb "agera" which means "to act" or in other words, "YOU act."
Yes, the car might be world famous and yes it might have been named Hypercar of the Year by Top Gear magazine but it still has its faults. In fact, the Agera has been heavily criticised for its everyday performance, with it said that the car is near enough impossible to drive on a regular road.
19 Aston Martin One-77
Everybody loves Aston Martin so it can be difficult to criticise the famous car brand, especially when the likes of international spy and handsome hunk of spunk, James Bond chose it as his favored vehicle. However, the Aston Martin One-77 is a little different from its stylish and sophisticated brothers and sisters and is far too expensive for its own good. In fact, one of them recently sold for a whopping, £1,150,000 ($1,477,180) which is all kinds of ridiculous. Plus, only 77 of them were ever made, with one of them smashed to smithereens and written off during a car crash in 2012.
18 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
The Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, otherwise known as the F150 or F70, is a limited edition hybrid sports car built by Italian mavericks, Ferrari. The name, "LaFerrari" literally means, "The Ferrari" with the car known as the ultimate and definitive Ferrari sports car.
Sadly, this wasn't the case, and 85 LaFerrari coupés made between 2014 and 2015 were recalled due to a faulty headrest and an insufficient tire pressure.
And, if that wasn't bad enough, the vehicles were all offered replacement fuel tanks due to a layer of paint on the fuel tank which was inadvertently causing fires.
17 Pagani Zonda F Roadster
The Pagani Zonda is a mid-engined sports car built by Italian giants, Pagani. The car was first debuted in 1999 with production ending 18 years later in 2017. Initially, the car was supposed to be named the "Fangio F1" after the legendary Formula One driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, but this idea was later dropped. Although the car might be renowned for its speed and durability, such positives are also its faults. The vehicle has been in a number of crashes throughout the years, mostly due to inexperienced drivers and the Pangani Zonda's out of this world performance. Next time, just leave it to the pros.
16 Maybach Exelero
The Mercedes-Benz Maybach Exelero was a unique high-performance sports car produced by German manufacturers, Maybach-Motorenbay GmbH, a subordinate to DaimlerChrysler.
In 2011 it was revealed that the rapper Birdman had bought the car for a whopping US$8 million dollars with the car then going on to an undisclosed location.
However, although the car might be a one-off, it still lacks in the performance department with the weight of the car said to be a major issue. Yes, the car is exceptionally heavy which in turn damages the overall handling of the vehicle. Plus, it's rather menacing looking, and nobody wants that.
15 Zenvo ST1
The Zenvo ST1 is a high-performance supercar produced by Danish car brand, Zenvo Automotive. The Zenvo was the first of its kind as well as the first for the company and was Zenvo Automotive's first ever model. The Zenvo is extremely expensive but has been critically panned by a variety of car critics and car TV shows. For instance, the well known British car television series, Top Gear, destroyed the car's reputation when the vehicle itself caught fire after a cooling unit failure. Then, during the 2015 Copenhagen Grand Prix, the Zenvo ST1 caught fire again after numerous fuel line problems.
14 Aston Martin Vulcan
The Aston Martin Vulcan is a two-door, high-performance supercar launched by Aston Martin in 2015. The Vulcan was a limited edition with only 24 cars ever produced therefore its exceptionally difficult to get your hands on one of them.
The price for the Aston Marin Vulcan is set at a whopping US$2.3 million, making it near enough impossible for an average person to purchase one.
To make things even more annoying, the car isn't even worth the money and is basically just a pumped up DB9 without the cool and luxurious interior and high-rate performance.
13 Bugatti Chiron
You have probably only ever heard of good things with regards to the Bugatti Chiron, with the car often praised and lauded across the globe. The car is a mid-engined two-seater sports car made by French car giants, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The car is the successor to the also popular Bugatti Veyron and is also just as expensive. However, although it might be universally adored, the car also has its issues. Sadly, 47 of these supercars have been recalled worldwide due to faulty welds on the brackets of the seat recliners. Bugatti solved the problem by sending out technicians the 47 owners as well as personally calling each one. You can't fault them on the service.
12 Pagani Huayra BC
The Pagani Huayra is a mid-engined sports car made by Italian manufacturer Pagani. In 2012, the car was named "The Hypercar of the Year" by Top Gear Magazine and has been very well received across the globe.
Initially, the car had a price tag of almost US$1.2 million dollars and wasn't street legal due to a top speed of more than 230 m.p.h.
However, after some adjustments, the car was good to go and released to the public. Nevertheless, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still on the lookout and are said to be keeping a close eye on those who are unlucky enough to own one.
11 Bugatti Veyron
The Bugatti Veyron is a mid-engined sports car developed by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The car was named the coveted, Top Gear's Best Car Driven All Year Award in 2005 and remains a favorite of the host, Jeremy Clarkson. However, although it might be praised worldwide, the car has also been criticised for a number of things, especially its appearance. That's right, Ron Dennis, otherwise known as the man in charge of McLaren Automotive, recently panned the Bugatti Veyron by calling it a "complete piece of junk" as well as "pig ugly." Well, he would say that, wouldn't he?
10 Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio
The Pininfarina Sergio is a luxurious concept car produced by Italian design house, Pininfarina. The car was first released at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show as a tribute to famed designer and former chairman, Sergio Pininfarina.
Ferrari built just six units of the vehicle and sold them to customers that they had handpicked themselves.
However, the car has been ridiculed with regards to Ferrari’s desperate need to make its sports cars more pragmatic for daily driving, with the car in no such place to do so. Plus, the company has also been attacked for personally choosing its customers and has been accused of elitism.
9 Lamborghini Veneno Roadster
The Lamborghini Veneno is a limited edition sports car originally based on the Lamborgini Aventador and was built to celebrate Lamborghinis 50th anniversary. How nice. The car was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2013 and wowed audiences worldwide and was worth a whopping, US$4,500,000, which makes it one of the most expensive cars in the world. However, despite the hefty price tag the car has been criticised for its ugly appearance and has been labeled the "ugliest Lamborghini ever produced." That's right, fans across the globe have accused Lamborgini of somehow making the most expensive car in the world look cheap.
8 Lykan HyperSport
The Lykan Hypersport is a Lebanese limited edition sports car produced by W motors and was the first prominent sports car to be designed and produced in the Middle East. Upon its release, the Lykan Hypersport was the third most expensive car in the world and was also the first car to have headlights that were embedded with jewels. Seriously.
To make things that little bit more extreme, customers have a choice in what jewels they would prefer, with rubies, diamonds, and sapphires among the favorites.
However, although the Lykan might sport expensive jewels on its headlights, its engine is nothing to write home about, with the car often criticised for its performance.
7 Rolls-Royce Sweptail
The Rolls-Royce Sweptail was a limited edition large luxury model made in the UK by legendary car manufactures, Rolls-Royce motor cars. At the time of its release in 2017, the car was the most expensive vehicle in the world and cost a whopping, US$12.8 million dollars. Now that's a lot of money. The car was made at the request of a super-yacht and aircraft specialist who had wanted a special and unique idea. Therefore, only one of them was ever made. However, although it might look cool, the price tag certainly isn't with the looming cost most likely to put you off ever driving the damn thing.
6 Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Aston Martin Valkyrie, otherwise known as AM-RB 001 and Nebula, is a limited edition hybrid electric sports car produced by Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing as well as various other car manufactures.
Initially, Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing wanted to create a sports car that was also enjoyable as a road car with the goal being to design the fastest street-legal car in the world.
However, sometimes ambition can sometimes turn to failure with the Aston Martin Valkyrie not a patch on previous vehicles produced by the famed car giants. Maybe next time they should just stay away from racing cars, and concentrate more on what it used to get right.
5 McLaren P1 LM
The British are known for their limited edition vehicles, with the McLaren P1 no different. The car in question is a plug-in hybrid sports car and was first shown during the 2012 Paris Motor Show. The vehicle was hastily compared to Ferrari's "La Ferrari" and the Porshe 918, with the cars going head to head in a race around the famed Silverstone Circuit. Interestingly, the P1 finished first with the "La Ferrari" coming in dead last. However, although it might be fast, it was still rather crass, with the car far too expensive for the average person to rent, never mind purchase. And you know what they about those who drive an expensive car...
4 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita
The Koenigsegg CCX is mid-engined sports car built by Swedish motoring company, Koenigsegg Automotive AB. The Swedes wanted to produce a car that was engineered to comply with various environmental regulations and global safety, especially with regards to becoming street legal in the United States.
In fact, the car underwent numerous alterations in order to meet the standards state by state, with the previously used Ford Modular engine replaced by an in-houseKoenigseggg engine. Sadly, these changes resulted in a poor performing car which seriously damaged the vehicles image as well as its reputation.
3 Ferrari F60 America
The Ferrari F60 America was a limited production roadster built in order to celebrate the existence of Ferrari in North America for 60 years. The car was first introduced in 2014 and pays homage to US-only limited edition Ferrari convertibles.
The car is seriously impressive, especially in appearance, and most definitely looks the part. However, sadly that's all it possesses, with the insides of the car a giant mess.
That's right, overall the car is just a standard Ferrari with no standout features or interesting ideas. In fact, the F60 is only really notable for having the name "America" brandished on it. People really will buy anything these days won't they?
2 Maserati Birdcage 75th
The Maserati Birdcage 75th was a concept car created and designed by the noted car designers, Pininfarina. The car was first released in 2005 and was named after the classic Maserati Birdcages in the 1960s as well as the 75th anniversary of Pininfarina. The car was initially well received, however, it has often been panned with regards to its appearance. For instance, the car embarrassingly lacks doors and instead sports a bubble-like canopy which is raised from the front. To make things worse, the car also has zero air conditioning or any form of climate control, with the "bubble" said to act as a sort of greenhouse that retains the heat. Next.
1 Porsche Rinspeed Zazen
It is rare for Porsche to make a mistake, therefore it is surprising to see one of their cars on the list, well kind of anyway. The Rinspeed Zazen was a Rinspeed concept car first seen during the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.
The car was originally based on the Porsche 911 Carrera S and was developed in collaboration with Bayer MaterialScience.
However, although the car is based on the famous Porsche name, it is annoyingly nothing like it and lacks in all the departments that it should otherwise perform. Plus, the car is extremely vibrant and would certainly draw too much attention while driving down a regular street in a regular city.
Sources: topgear.com, pinterest.com, digitaltrends.com, thedrive.com