10 Most Expensive New Car Features In 2024


Whether you’re looking to add a $1,100 factory bed liner to a new 2024 Ford Ranger or customize the air vent slat colors on a Porsche, automakers these days have made it increasingly easy to spend an exorbitant amount of money on special features. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the most outrageously expensive new car features on the market today. Specifically, standalone features that have been singled out for their eye-watering price point.

This entire list could have been made up of Ferrari’s optional extras alone, but in the name of variety, we mixed it up with high-end features from other automakers. If you’ve ever thought that $650 for a special paint color on a 2024 Mazda CX-90 was too much, just wait until you see what the most expensive options are on a car that’s for sale, right now.

HotCars has researched the vehicles currently offered on the market for the 2024 and 2025 model years and the optional features they offer to find the most expensive ones. All features are ranked from least to most expensive.



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10 Maserati Sonus Faber Sound System: $4,000

Maserati Sonus Faber Sound System

Feature Details

  • 12 speakers
  • 12-channel amplifier
  • 695 watts

Maserati has an entire page on their website dedicated to just how fabulous their $4,000 Sonus Faber sound system is. Finely crafted wooden cabinets for the speaker housing should sound impressive and are certainly meticulous in terms of detailing. Plus, handstitched leather on the speakers themselves just sounds posh.

Oftentimes, automakers will just throw a sound system in a vehicle and not tune it to the way the vehicle is shaped on the interior or pay attention to how the speakers face the driver. It seems as though you will be getting your money’s worth with this sound system as Maserati took the time to make it just right.


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9 Mercedes-Benz Maybach Rear-Cabin Refrigerator with Champagne Flutes: $4,300

Mercedes-Benz Maybach Champagne Flute

Feature Details

  • Magnetic pads to secure flutes
  • Holds two champagne bottles and three bottles of water

If you drive a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach and you don’t have a Mercedes-Maybach S Class rear-cabin refrigerator with champagne flutes, then what are you even in a Maybach for? And these are not garden-variety champagne flutes. According to Mercedes, they are, “custom-made by Robbe & Berking, German silversmiths for five generations.”

Equally impressive is that the cupholders can lock the champagne flutes in place. The cooler is located in between the two executive-style rear seats and can house any beverage of your choice. The comical part of this option is the disclaimer that Mercedes posts under the option’s description stating: “Please obey local laws.” Of course, don’t drink and drive, folks.


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8 BMW M Carbon Bucket Seats: $4,500

BMW M4 Seats carbon fiber

Feature Details

  • Heated availability but no ventilation option
  • Unique Yas Marina Blue and Black color combination

BMW’s $4,500 M Carbon bucket seats, which feature suede upholstery, are only available in M-badged BMWs. Several blogs have dedicated pages to reviewing these carbon fiber-laden seats and the reviews are mixed.

The biggest complaint is that it’s difficult to get out of them, but the biggest pro is that they bump the value of your BMW up. According to BMW, the seats are carbon fiber backed with Alcantara cloth on the side bolsters to help cradle you during high-intensity driving.



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7 Mercedes-Benz Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound System: $6,800

Mercedes-Benz Burmester

Feature Details

  • 30 speakers
  • 1,700 watts
  • VIP Sound for individual seats

Currently, Burmester’s premium 4D sound system is only available in a few exclusive car brands: Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Bugatti, and Ferrari. We’re going to focus on the Mercedes Burmester sound system, which costs $6,800 extra in the 2024 S-Class but was introduced to this model back in 2013.

Currently, Mercedes offers this near-$7,000 sound system with 4D technology, meaning that there is a transducer under each seat to pump rhythm into the cushions. An additional cool feature is that, if you’re the only person in the car, you can focus the sound on a single occupant, further enhancing your experience.

6 Cadillac High-Performance Semi-Aniline Performance Bucket Seats: $8,500

Cadillac CT-5 V Blackwing -Driver seat shot

Feature Details

  • High-performance bolstering
  • Cross-stitched leather accents

When the CT5-V Blackwing was introduced in 2021, consumers weren’t ready for how serious Cadillac was about their newly dubbed performance vehicles. With a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and neck-breaking speeds, Cadillac had to include options that would befit a vehicle with such unending racing potential. The CT5-V Blackwing does come standard with 18-way power-adjustable performance bucket seats.

But spend an extra $8,500, and you can get high-performance bucket seats. Cadillac doesn’t tell you specifically how many ways you can adjust these buckets, they just say that there’s a “high degree of adjustability.” These seats come in three different colors (natural tan, jet black, and sky cool gray) and have carbon fiber inlays on the back headrest as well as the venerated “V” logo stitched into the headrest.

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5 Ferrari Carbon Fiber Engine Cover: $7,900

Ferrari Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

Feature Details

  • High gloss finish
  • Reduces vehicle weight

Carbon fiber is one of the most lightweight and expensive materials you can buy for any vehicle, but makes for an impressive engine cover, particularly in the high gloss finish Ferrari applies. Spending over half a million (or more) dollars on a Ferrari, you’ll surely want to do everything in your power to protect your Italian asset. Therefore, a near-$8,000 carbon fiber engine cover may not seem so expensive in the grand scheme of things.

4 BMW M Carbon Ceramic Brakes: $8,500

BMW Carbon Ceramic Brakes

Feature Details

  • Yellow-finished calipers
  • Reduce unsprung weight

Power, acceleration, handling, and transmission performance are all essential when you’re looking to buy your next high-performance BMW M car. Most important for safety (and even performance) is the vehicle’s stopping power. Disc brakes have become the norm in automotive braking and can be found on any of the M products from the M4 Coupe to the 2024 M8 Gran Coupe.

Slotted disc brakes are great for higher-performing vehicles as they help eliminate, at a more rapid pace, brake dust and heat created by the caliper. M Compound brakes with 6-piston calipers are a no-cost extra, but if you want even higher-performing brakes, you’ll have to pony up $8,500 for BMW’s weight-reduced carbon ceramic units.

3 Maserati Carbon Ceramic Brakes: $10,000

Maserati MC20 Brakes

Feature Details

  • Brembo components
  • Blue-finished calipers

Optional extras will naturally be more expensive on a car whose starting MSRP is well over $200,000, like the Maserati MC20, which is largely made of carbon fiber. That includes the carbon fiber tub, the carbon fiber engine cover, and the optional carbon fiber fender pieces.

It only makes sense to add a set of $10,000 carbon ceramic brakes to this high-powered supercar that promises a mind-blowing drive. Along with the 20-inch wheels that are standard on the MC20, this upgrade features Brembo 6-piston calipers.

2 Lamborghini Urus Verde Viper Paint: $19,000

Lamborghini Viper Verde

Feature Details

What makes the Lamborghini Urus’ Verde Viper paint job a $19,000 extra? If you can believe it, $19,000 actually isn’t the most expensive paint job that’s ever existed. There have been some in recent history that cost six figures for certain hypercars. Other cars like a Tesla Model 3 cost $1,000 for an upgraded paint job, while this extra on most mainstream cars only costs between $500 and $700.

To answer the original question, there are a couple of factors that go into play with Verde Viper. The cost is based on the materials within the paint, the production of the paint, and the cost of the environment where the paint is applied. Even standard paint on an Urus will cost you between $4,000 and $6,000.

1 Ferrari Carbon Fiber Wheels: $34,000

Ferrari Carbon Fiber Wheels

Feature Details

  • 20″ wheels
  • Made from a single piece of carbon fiber

Finally, the most expensive option that we could find on the market currently are the $34,000 Ferrari carbon fiber wheels. Featured on the 2024 Ferrari 296 GTB, these wheels cost as much as a brand new 2024 Buick Envista top-of-the-line…for wheels.

Ferrari already makes their vehicles as lightweight as possible as they are one of the ultimate Italian race car manufacturers in the world. Would you be willing to pay for that extra option to make your prancing horse just a little bit faster and a little more lightweight?

Sources: Ferrari, BMW, Cadillac, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Burmester, Lamborghini, Sonus Faber


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