Today’s sports cars are faster than always. Many high-end manufacture vehicles are capable of speeds greater than even the most technically advanced race cars. In festivity of the Blu-ray release of Fast Five, we thought now would be a faultless time to look at the fastest cars in the world.
Yes, we know that with enough money, anything can be fast, but we limited our list to cars currently in making that are fast right out of the box. If we’re going to break 200 mph, we’d rather do it in a car intended by the world’s finest engineers, not something cobbled together in a garage.
And with that in mind, let’s get to the list.
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No.1 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
- Top Speed: 268 mph
- 0-60: 2.5 seconds (0-100 km/h)
- Cost: $2.5 million (approx.)
How does one brand the fastest production car in the world even faster? More power helps. Stuffing 199 more bph than the standard Veyron, Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is now the fastest manufacture car in the world. From the factory, the Veyron Super Sport is limited to “just” a 257 mph top speed, mainly to defend the tires, and also perhaps to keep Super Sport owners from killing themselves. Take the leash off this giant and this Bugatti will really fly — the officially recognized top speed of this car is an unbelievable 268 mph. Not even a Formula 1 car can hit that.
No.2 Shelby Supercars SSC Ultimate Aero
- Top Speed: 257.41 mph
- 0-60: 2.78 seconds
- Cost: $650,000
Determined to bargain some of Bugatti’s thunder, Shelby Supercars set about the task of showing to the world that good-old American know-how could make the world’s fastest making car — and they prospered. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Shelby Supercars’ SSC Ultimate Aero was the fastest manufacture car in the world. With a confirmed top speed of 257.41 mph, it was significantly quicker than the Bugatti Versions 251 mph top speed. Of course, the Bugatti Super Sport came around and put the Ultimate Aero back in its place, as we’ll see in the next entry.
No.3 Koenigsegg Agera R
- Top Speed: 275 mph (theoretical)
- 0-60: 2.9 seconds
- Cost: $3 million
What’s not to love near a car packing 1,115 horsepower? The follow-up to Koenigsegg’s famed CCR, the Agera R was intended only to be the fastest car in the world. Though it’s 275 mph top speed is just theoretic — meaning no one has yet been able to measure and confirm the speed — it’s still fast enough to have set no less than six world records for making cars, including a 17.68-second run from 0 to 200 mph. Perhaps if it shaved a couple of consonants off its name, it could hit the doubleton mark even quicker. As it stands, as there’s no recognized top speed at this time, the Agera R has to settle for sitting in third place.
No.4 Pagani Huayra
- Top Speed: 230 mph
- 0-60: Under 3.5 seconds
- Cost: Approx. $1.4 million
The beneficiary to the Zonda, the million-dollar Huayra was the first Pagani intended for sale in the U.S. Unluckily, the Department of Transportation deemed the car unfitting for sale in the country, which is maybe for the best as no one knows how to speak its name.
No.5 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
- Top Speed: 217 mph
- 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 2.9 seconds
- Cost: $387,000
Lamborghini’s newest hypercar retains the outlandish fashioning and bonkers performance that has long-defined the brand. Beneath the stealth fighter-inspired sheet metal is a handcrafted, 700-horsepower V12 that, as with all modern-era Lamborghinis, drives all four wheels. Aventador drivers should be cautious, though: With that much power and grip, a sinful stab of the throttle can and will throw off the Earth’s normal rotation.