The 12 Most Over-the-Top Transportation Designs of 2017

Apartments along New York’s Park Avenue, mansions in Beverly Hills, and beachfront property in Miami—these are the areas where sky-high prices are not only warranted but expected, due in large part to their exclusivity and demand. But paying $40,000 for a bicycle? That’s an unbelievably enormous amount, especially when considering the fact that the average bike in America costs between $300 and $500. Yet, these types of over-the-top transportation designs seemed to sprout up every few months in 2017. From a private jet with a moonroof to a Rolls Royce superyacht, AD rounds up the 12 transportation designs that will hold your attention, both for their beauty as well as their price tag. Who knows: Maybe you’ll be the next Mega Millions lottery winner, and this list will instantly become a lot more relevant.

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In the world of luxe, there are quotidian superyachts, and then there are Porsche-designed superyachts. Earlier this fall, Porsche unveiled a stunning $16 million vessel. The 115-foot superyacht will not only feature a hybrid engine but also will be incredibly rare, as there will be only seven produced in the world. The vessel will be built by Dynamiq, whose CEO referred to it as “the modern gentlemen’s superyacht.”

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At the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California, Mercedes-Maybach, one of the most luxurious brands on the planet, unveiled the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet. The all-electric car is a head-turner, as it’s 20 feet long (most sedans are roughly 15 feet long) with a body that is more akin to a yacht than a traditional car. The concept luxury auto has 750 horsepower (more than the 2017 Audi R8 and the 2017 Lamborghini Huracán Spyder) and can go more than 200 miles on a single charge.

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Embraer’s newest $80 million private jet concept was inspired by Art Deco architecture. Dubbed the Manhattan, the aircraft welcomes its passengers with all of the deep mahogany wood panels, brass and gold trim, and jewel hues that marked the Art Deco period of the 1920s and ’30s. “Why did people dress up to get on a Pan Am Clipper in the late 1930s? It was elegant, a superior way of living, and gave people something to aspire to. That’s what we are hoping to do with this private jet,” says Jay Beaver, Embraer’s VP of Interior Design.

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