Who doesn’t love a little speed in their life? Watch one of the endless Fast and Furious sequels, and you’re ready to get a speeding ticket on your way home. Sure, you can throw massive engines into a variety of exotic and muscle cars, but what are the fastest cars in the world you can legally speed to McDonald’s?
Damn right we want the value menu…
None of these are remotely a bargain. Most sit comfortably in the six-figure range with others shattering bank accounts.
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Officially, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is the fastest production car in the world at 268mph. Yes, the Hennessey Venom GT showed higher top speed, but not under record keeping conditions.
The Super Sport was Bugatti’s answer to the SSC Ultimate Aero which dethroned the Veyron as the fastest car in the world. Volkswagen went back to the drawing board and took the original 1000-hp engine in the Veyron and gave it an upgrade to 1200-hp and a few aerodynamic tweaks to push it back into the Guinness Book of World Records. Price: $2.4 million. Willing to bet you don’t get the snapshot discount from Progressive on this.
2. Hennessey Venom GT
How does 270 mph suit you? That’s what the Hennessey Venom GT recorded at the Kennedy Space Center. Purists will scoff at the record because it was in one direction. Most record runs require a run in each direction, with the average being the top speed. It accounts for wind conditions and is the reason the Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t recognize it as the world’s fastest car.
Other knocks against it are can it be truly considered a production car if each is hand-built? Some say yes, others say no. But who is turning down what is a Lotus Elise Chassis paired with a 1,244-hp 7.0L twin-turbocharged V8? Exactly. Not exactly a daily driver, but it would be fun to roll up into a drive-thru in one.
Price: $1.2 million stock plus shipping. Seriously, they couldn’t throw in a few extras for seven figures?
3. Bugatti Chiron
Luxury and speed. The top speed is still a mystery to the public, but we do know the company is aiming to dethrone the Venom GT and posts it easily pushes past 261 mph in its street legal settings thanks to 1500hp. Bugatti’s goal is to take the Veyron and improve upon it every aspect. It’s not just a speed demon. Its mind numbing price also guarantees it is a serious luxury vehicle.
Top Gear presenter James May called it the automobile equivalent of the Concorde. Only 500 will be released for the first generation, and the Chiron automatically adjusts as the speed increases or decreases. Inside you’ll find the high-resolution displays automatically change to show vital information at high speeds.
For a slower trip, you can enjoy a sound system featuring a diamond diaphragm in each speaker. Why not, right?
Price: $2.6 million.
4. SSC Ultimate Aero
It held the world record as the fastest car in the world for a bit and shocked the automotive world by dethroning the Veyron with 256 mph top speed, but it handed back the title to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
What’s under the hood? A 6.3L twin-turbocharged V8 outputting 1,287hp. And for the experienced driver, there are no electronic driver aids. You’re hitting that speed through skill. If you have an oops moment or a driver that depends on those aids, you may want to steer clear of this monster.
Price: $740,000. Hey, we are finally under a million, though you can buy one hell of a house in Alabama for the sticker price. Or a decent shack in San Francisco. Your choice.
5. Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
The legend. It may not hold any records, but car enthusiasts love the Saleen for its crazy performance, tuning potential and exotic styling. Top speed hits 248 mph, which will get you where you need to be in a damn hurry.
The stat line from the twin turbo is damn impressive. It bumped the horsepower from the original Saleen to 750 hp from 500 hp. The original 0-60 time went from 3.3 seconds to 2.8. Add in a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds and what’s not to love?
6. Koenigsegg CCR
Another brief holder of the world’s fastest car record, the Swedish supercar Koenigsegg CCR hit a top speed of 242 mph at the Nardo Ring in Italy back in 2005. The car was supplanted by the CCX and now the current generation Agera.
Koenigsegg claims the Agera-based One:1 will hit a top speed of over 270 mph, but there’s been no official record run.
Price: $1 million plus. The Agera is priced at $2.1 million. Both are extremely rare, but the CCR is out of production, and its price is only expected to climb.
7. McLaren F1
It may not be the fastest, but it’s damn cool. The center driver’s seat is iconic in the world of supercars, as is the pedigree of the company. The McLaren F1 hits a top speed of 241 mph thanks to a 6.1L BMW M V12.
McLaren wanted to make the ultimate road supercar, but it didn’t leave its Formula 1 and Can-Am series experience behind. The F1 fuses both into what may be the coolest supercar ever built.
Price: $8.3 million – $11.6 million. Welcome to the world of rare supercar auctions.
8. Ferrari LaFerrari
Need a hybrid supercar? I doubt it’ll make Al Gore smile, but at least Ferrari is trying to bake some efficiency into performance. At a top speed of 217 mph, the LaFerrari is packed with features. The 6.3L V12 powers the car well past 200 mph with 950 hp. And the Kinetic Energy Recovery System is borrowed from Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars to power the electric motors. No, it’s not getting the gas mileage of a Prius, but maybe one day. Nah…
Price: $1.4 million.
9. Porsche 918 Spyder
Another hybrid on the list, the Porsche 918 Spyder may lose a bit in top speed, but can we complain about 210 mph? The battery technology inside the Spyder is more impressive, and in 2013, it turned in a 6:57 lap time at Nürburgring – becoming the third fastest production car on the famous track.
It’s on the track where the Porsche 918 Spyder shines. The all-wheel drive traction and absurd acceleration will plaster a smile on the most discerning supercar enthusiast.
Price: $845,000. Beats the hell out of the LaFerrari price.
10. Audi R8
Hey, a car that is feasible to buy. The Audi R8 may not lay claim to the fastest on the road, but with a 205 mph top speed, it earns a seat at the supercar table. It took until 2015 for Audi to break 200 mph mark with the V10 Plus model.
Those 690 horses are pretty damn comfortable. The interior is adorned with Nappa leather and a suspension system which allows the driver to select when you want sport mode or the softer touring mode.
Price: Starts at $162,900.
11. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
The name’s Bond. James Bond. If you need a British supercar in your life, Aston Martin is where it’s at. The 5.9L V12 hits a top speed of 205 mph. All natural. No turbocharger to boost performance. The 563 horses all come from the V12. And you get a choice between a seven-speed manual or automatic transmission.
With an Aston Martin, you are getting refined styling that hides a monster under the hood. It’s the supercar without the gaudy look.
12. Ferrari 488 GTB
Serving as the 458’s replacement, the Ferrari 488 GTB doesn’t change much in the looks department, but underneath is where the change happens. Gone is the V12 powering the 458. In its place is a 3.9L turbocharged V8 producing 660 hp and a top speed of 205 mph.
Yeah, some may not like the move away from the V12, but it still breaks the 200 mph mark supercars aim for. And it won’t break the bank in the process.
The fastest cars in the world
There’s something for everyone on this list. All are production cars, and there are plenty of ways to get these top speeds without the eye-popping price tag. You’ll just need to be one hell of a tuner, and if you see a Ferrari on the track in your upgrade Mustang or Camaro, I don’t see a reason why you should tell the other driver you’re about to blow his doors off for a fraction of the price.
Sound off below with your favorites or ones you want to see added to the list.