Fall 2009 Auto Guide
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10 most expensive cars to own and drive

If you just have to drive your idea of the best car in the world, feel the need to impress every friend and stranger in sight or just have more money than you know what to do with, these cars might capture your fancy.

Here is a list of the 10 most expensive-to-own new vehicles, according to Edmunds.com. Four are from Mercedes-Benz and all but one are European imports. When you consider that the cars on our least-expensive-to-own list cost $0.39 per mile or less to own, the idea of paying $3 to $4 a mile is staggering.

In addition to the average market transaction price and financing rates, the estimates of what it truly costs to own these cars include factors such as fuel, insurance, repairs, maintenance and depreciation. The end result is a ballpark figure for the total cost over the first five years of ownership, as well as the cost per mile based on driving 15,000 miles per year.

10 most expensive cars to own and drive
1.Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series6.Audi A8 L W12
2.Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG7.Chevrolet Corvette ZR1
3.Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG8.Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
4.Audi R89.BMW M6 Convertible
5.Porsche 911 Convertible10.Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

All estimates come courtesy of Edmunds.com which features a "True Cost to Own" calculator.

1. Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series
What pushes the Black Series up the price ladder from the SL65 AMG is the wide use of carbon-fiber body parts and some under-the-hood enhancements. Its 670-horsepower, 6-liter twin-turbo V-12 slingshots this two-seater to 60 miles per hour in less than four seconds. It's also loaded to the gills with high-tech standard equipment.
Starting price: $301,750
5-year total: $364,471
Cost per mile: $4.86.

2. Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
Capable of reaching 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just over four seconds, the S65 AMG combines opulent interior appointments with outrageously aggressive performance. It uses the same 6-liter twin-turbo V-12 found in other high-end Mercedes models but in this application it develops 604 horsepower.
Starting price: $202,825.
5-year total: $244,363
Cost per mile: $3.26.

3. Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG
A strikingly handsome coupe, the CL65 AMG is more than a pretty face. Its 604-horsepower, 6-liter twin-turbo V-12 is capable of going from zero to 60 in just over four seconds. Standard gear includes a rearview camera and nighttime vision assist.
Starting price: $205,575.
5-year total: $230,771
Cost per mile: $3.08.

4. Audi R8
If your goal is to get noticed, there is no surer way to do it than behind the wheel of Audi's R8. Sleek, fast and decadent, the R8 uses a mid-mounted 420-horsepower 4.2-liter V-8 to turn all four wheels. It can dash from zero to 60 in just over four seconds. Sure it's expensive, but it is arguably the most accessible exotic on the market.
Starting price: $126,400.
5-year total: $159,753
Cost per mile: $2.13.

 

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