While some option packages are worthwhile, others are a means to appeal to a buyer’s vanity. These vanity type of items frequently are costly and add little driving value, particularly on high end vehicles. Yet people keep buying them, even when you could buy another car for the price of the package.
Here are the most costly option packages on the market. Are they worth it? You decide.
Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S
Option: X51 Carrera Power Kit
For more than the cost of a new Volkswagen Jetta, buyers of the Porsche 911 Carrera S or Carrera 4S can boost engine output with the X51 Carrera Power Kit. Thanks to modified cylinder heads, a sport exhaust system, and a revised intake system, power is increased by 26 hp to 381 hp, resulting in a 4.5-second 0-60 mph sprint, 0.2 seconds faster than without the option.
Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG
Option: P30 AMG Performance Package
Die-hard Mercedes-Benz SL-Class enthusiasts who already are spending more than $130,000 can shell out an extra $14,070 for the chance to reach a top speed of 186 miles per hour with the P30 AMG Performance Package — that's 31 mph faster than a "regular" SL55 AMG can muster. The package includes a limited-slip differential for increased traction, recalibrated Active Body Control suspension for improved handling, and 19-inch AMG twin-spoke alloy wheels.
BMW 7 Series
Option: Individual Package
The highlight of this customization package is BMW's five-layer Xirallic paint that gives the 7 Series' finish a breathtaking intensity. The interior is completely wrapped in high-quality Merino leather.
Lexus LS 600h L
Option: Executive Class Seating Package II
The Lexus LS 600h L has a seating package that transforms the back seat into a luxury lounge. The Executive Class Seating Package II offers multi-function massage capabilities, a wooden work table, and a rear-seat refrigerator. The seating package also comes bundled with Lexus' hands-free parking system (executives are usually too busy to park themselves) and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Lexus LS 600h L
Option: Premium Package II
The Premium Package II is focused upon high-tech content for the LS hybrid. It features Lexus' Advanced Parking Guidance System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Driver Attention Monitor, and a pre-collision system that helps prevent accidents by keeping tabs on surrounding vehicles, lest they come near the $100,000-plus hybrid.