Let’s say you are one of those fortunate people who can afford to spend £200,000 on a single car. Which one do you choose? It’s an increasingly difficult question to answer, because the number of candidates is growing. For example, the Mercedes S-Class hasn’t yet reached that level, but it will do very soon.
Leaving the S-Class to one side, here’s a selection of cars you can buy now for £200,000 or more. We’re going on list price (which can sometimes be a little vague) but no doubt you’ll want to add a few optional extras.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Launched in 2018, he Superleggera is Aston Martin’s performance flagship, with a power output of over 700bhp. The UK list price is £225,000.
Bentley Continental Supersports
You can have a Bentley Continental for under £150,000 if you like, but we’re not talking about Dacia rivals here. The really serious Continental is the 700bhp Supersports, which costs £212,500, or about £20,000 more if you want the convertible version.
If the Continental GT is a bit too Volkswageny for you, you might prefer the Mulsanne: old-school luxury, a big V8 engine dating back to the 1950s (though highly developed since then) and a price tag of £229,360.
The 1500bhp Chiron stands out from every other car in this list in many ways, not least in terms of its price. If you want one, you’ll need a budget of over £2 million, though it’s possible that you could make a large profit by selling it on immediately.
Ferrari 488 Spider
The coupe version of the 488 is still available for under £200,000, but you’ll need to find about 10% more than that if you prefer the Spider convertible.
Ferrari 812 Superfast
With a big V12 engine producing nearly 800bhp, the Superfast easily lives up to its name. Superexpensive would also work (at least for anyone who wasn’t considering a Bugatti Chiron as an alternative) since the list price is over a quarter of a million pounds.
Although it’s a little less powerful (still over 700bhp, though), the Aventador is more expensive than the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Expect to pay over £270,000. Lamborghini’s Huracan is cheaper, but still in the over-£200,000 bracket.
Most ‘regular’ McLarens (meaning anything in the Sports or Super series) cost less than £200,000 without optional extras. The exception is the 720S, the first McLaren developed around the Monocage II body structure and now available as both a coupe and a convertible.
The considerably faster McLaren Senna, unveiled in 2017, was priced at £750,000 and sold out almost immediately.
Range Rover SV Coupe
The era of the £100,000 Range Rover is well and truly upon us. Several versions have list prices well over that.
Only one makes it on to our list though. This is the three-door SV Coupe, available in limited numbers for slightly over £240,000.
SUVs are so popular nowadays that even luxury manufacturers have to offer them. The most expensive is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, for which you will need a budget of at least a quarter of a million pounds.
Although aimed at different customers, these cars are all technically similar, being based on the same platform also used for the BMW 7-Series. All of them cost at least £230,000 even without options.
The current Phantom is the eighth in a not quite unbroken line dating back to 1925. Your £200,000 budget won’t get you anywhere here, since prices start at well above £300,000.