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Pedal To The Metal: The Highest Fuel Consuming Cars

Pedal To The Metal: The Highest Fuel Consuming Cars

Theoretically, manufacturers and consumers should logically produce and purchase cars with the lowest fuel consumption ratings. After all, a car is a rather large investment, and with ongoing fuel and maintenance costs throughout its lifespan, the total could add up to quite a hefty sum. In addition, fuel prices have skyrocketed between 30 to 50 times over the last century from its 9 cents per gallon price in 1896.

In the United States alone, the average retail price of regular gasoline has leaped from $1.30 in 1990 to $3.62 in 2012, representing a 178% jump, no other consumer goods measured on the CPI Index comes even remotely close to this. Based on the average annual mileage data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (16,550 miles, 24 miles per gallon), a typical American car owner’s annual fuel expenditure would have risen from $896.46 to $2,496.29 during the intervening 22 years.

However, it would be a fallacy to think that cars are just lifeless and soulless pieces of machineries. To many, cars are an integral part of their personality and identity. While fuel costs play a part, buying decisions also include factors such as speed, acceleration, passenger load and appearance. For some, the trade-off between fuel efficiency and performance is perfectly reasonable. Furthermore, sometimes high performance cars are needed for practical reasons, from law enforcement to racing to soccer moms on carpooling duty.

All that aside, have you ever wondered about which cars that have the thirstiest, most voracious engines in all the land? Wonder no more and join us as we uncover the top ten gas-guzzling cars of 2014.

10. 2014 Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible: 15 MPG


Miles Per Gallon (MPG)          : 15 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*    : $3,595.90

The quintessentially English, albeit, German-owned brand finally enters into the post-200 mph club with the arrival of the new Continental. With a twin 6.0L turbocharged 616hp W12 engine capable of generating a massive 590 lb-ft torque under its hood, the Continental can accelerate from zero to 60mph in a staggering 4.1 seconds. The distinguished-looking 8-speed convertible with a Glacier White finish retails for $245,000.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

9. 2014 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible: 14.71 MPG

2014 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 14.71 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,666.79

The Maserati marque, long associated with luxury road going sport cars, made history with the release of the GranTurismo Convertible, the first four-seater convertible in its history. With a sleek and aggressive design, and low front end, the GranTurismo is designed to shine on long highway stretches. The single-rate dampers, large 20″ tires and functional spoiler also make it a star at corners and tight bends. Retailing at $143,000, the GranTurismo can reach 60mph in 5.2 seconds and brake to zero within 35 meters.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

8. 2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe: 14.70 MPG

2014 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 14.70 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,669.29

Based off its C-Class range, German carmaker Mercedes took out everything inside and replaced it with a brand new 6.3-liter, 507-hp V-8 engine. This resulted in a seven-speed transmission coupe with a top speed of 174mph and a blistering 4.1 seconds to reach 60mph. Of course, to drive that fast, Mercedes will require buyers to attend its AMG Driving Academy. Available starting from $72,000, the C63 AMG Coupe also features new braking and heat vent designs, as well as a luxurious suede and Designo leather finish.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

7. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: 14 MPG

Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 14 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,852.75

The muscular and brawny Z/28 stayed true to the Camaro tradition with a light and powerful design. The two-door coupe’s powerful 6.2-litre V8 engine scorches with a 4.2 seconds 0-60mph. Equipped with carbon ceramic brakes, a responsive Recaro driver seat, Brembo high performance brakes and surprisingly, a rear camera, the price for the Z/28 starts just a little under $25,000. An instant classic, the coupe also has an almost perfect 52/48 weight distribution, making it a sure star in tight city streets.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

6. 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: 13.88 MPG

2014 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 13.88 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,886.06

A perfect blend between luxury and power, the two-door CL65 AMG is packed with a 621hp, 6-liter V12 bi-turbo engine. To complement the massive power, the dual-shift CL65 AMG is fitted with an array of top end extras, including plush leather seats, a Harman Kardon LOGIC7A audio system and powerful Bi-Xenon active curve headlights. With a top speed of 212mph, the CL65 AMG is clearly designed for long Autobahn or highway stretches. Price for this high performance coupe starts from $198,000.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

5. 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe: 13.88 MPG

2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 13.88 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,886.06

Rolls Royce conjures images of opulence, extravagance and luxury – and the Phatom Drophead does not disappoint. The car is equipped with a 6.8-liter V-12 engine that generates 531 lb-ft of torque to propel its 18 foot 4 inches long frame. Despite the size and 5,798 lbs. weight, the $470,000 behemoth can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in six seconds flat. A quick peek inside reveals teak wood paneling and leather covers across every inch of the interior. As an added bonus, the Phantom Drophead also comes with two $700 umbrellas, which can be fitted in a special slot near the front doors.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

4. 2014 Cadillac CTS Wagon: 13.88 MPG

2014 Cadillac CTS Wagon

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 13.88 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $3,886.06

The Cadillac CTS Wagon is easily the most powerful family wagon in the market. Starting at $65,000, the CTS Wagon features a powerful 556hp 6.2-liter V-8 engine that records a lightning 4.1 seconds zero to 60mph acceleration. The quick handling sedan with sports car characteristics comes with dual 6-speed auto and manual transmission, ensuring a quick transition between city and highway driving. Its design also creates a large down force that gives the vehicle great stability when taking corners at high speeds.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

3. 2014 Ferrari FF Coupe: 13.12 MPG

2014 Ferrari FF Coupe

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 13.12 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $4,111.17

One of the few four-door Ferraris on the market, the $375,000 FF Coupe represents the Italian carmaker’s first foray into the GT sports car category; and what an impression it made. Fitted with a 6.3-liter V-12 engine, the FF Coupe cruises to a top speed of 208mph on the back of a monstrous 651hp and 504 lb. ft. of torque. Capable of reaching 60mph in a phenomenal 3.7 seconds, the FF Coupe can also be converted to a four wheel drive to handle tougher terrains.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

2. 2014 Bentley Mulsanne: 13 MPG


Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 13 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $4,149.12

Bentley’s distinctive front grill makes another appearance on our list, this time, courtesy of the Bentley Mulsanne. First unveiled in 2009, the luxury limousine is equipped with a 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine capable of delivering 505hp and 752 lb. ft. of torque. Priced at $300,000, the Mulsanne can hit 60mph in just 5.1 seconds, ensuring a quick getaway for its occupants from the hordes of trailing paparazzi. The spacious and luxurious interior is also fitted with rear tables for writing or surfing on laptops.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon)

1. 2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse: 10 MPG

2014 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Miles Per Gallon (MPG)              : 10 miles
Annual Fuel Consumption*        : $5,393.85

The “World’s Fastest Production Car”, with a maximum speed of 254.04mph, tops our list of gas-guzzling cars with a wallet-burning 10 miles per gallon fuel consumption. The model is powered by a 8.0L, quad-turbo W16 engine, which is capable of generating a maniacal 1,200hp and 1,106 lb. ft. of torque. Taking a mere 2.5 seconds to reach 60mph from a standing start, the Veyron can be yours for just $2.25 million. Despite the high price tag, a total of 400 Bugatti Veyrons have been sold since the first model came off the line in 2005.

*16,500 miles/MPG x Average U.S. gas price (premium) for week ending Dec. 9, 2013 ($3.269/gallon) Source: U.S. Department of Energy

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