Top 10 Fastest Cars
It used to be that production cars that had a top speed of over 200 mph were unheard of, but now there are so many of them that a list of the top 10 fastest cars can be made with each car on the list possessing a top speed well in excess of that magical 200 mph barrier. These supercars carry super price tags, but if you can afford one, no greater thrill can be had if you’re a car enthusiast.
- Bugatti Veyron Super Sport – 268 mph – The Veyron Super Sport (Bugatti is owned by Volkswagen and manufactured in France) reclaimed the top speed record for a production street legal vehicle on July, 2010 with an official run of 267.856 mph. This lightweight supercar has an engine that produces 1,200 horsepower and sells for $2,400,000. The original Veyron had a top speed of 253 mph.
- SSC Ultimate Aero – 257 mph – Produced by Shelby SuperCar (founded in 1998 by Jerod Shelby, who is not related to the legendary Carroll Shelby), this American contender held the record for fastest car in the world from March, 2007 until July, 2010 when the Bugatti Veyron SS retook the title. With a price of around $660,000 it’s relatively a steal compared to the Bugatti.
- Koenigsegg CCXR – 252 mph – Koenigsegg is a Swedish car manufacturer and the CCXR’s twin-supercharged V8 engine produces 1,064 horsepower. The price for the CCXR is a cool $4,850,000; that makes it the most expensive street legal supercar in the world. The CCXR is an improved version of the original CCX model that was introduced in 2006.
- Saleen S7 Twin Turbo – 248 mph –This American car features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 750 horsepower. The S7 TT makes extensive use of aluminum and carbon fiber to keep its weight down. It is priced at $550,000.
- McLaren F1 – 240 mph – The F1 was one of the first supercars and was manufactured by McLaren Automotive (the street legal car version of the English McLaren Formula One racing team). It was built from 1994 to 1998 and cost $970,000 when introduced. The McLaren F1 was the fastest car in the world until Bugatti Veyron was introduced.
- Ultima GTR – 231 mph – With a curb weight of less than 2,200 pounds and an engine that produces 640 horsepower, the Ultima GTR (manufactured in England) has a better power to weight ratio than any car on this list save the Bugatti CCXR. This makes for incredible racecar-like performance. With almost no concern given to ergonomics and creature comforts, the GTR is a street legal racer only.
- Pagani Huayra – 230 mph – Produced in Italy, the Huayra is the second model produced by Pagani and is the successor to the Pagani Zonda (which had a top speed of 215 mph). Its twin-turbo V12 engine produces over 750 horsepower. The Huayra has a carbon-titanium monocoque and is built from advanced composite materials that were first used on the Pagani Zonda R model.
- Gumpert Apollo Sport – 224 mph – The German Gumpert Apollo Sport is much like the Ultima GTR in that it is basically a street legal race car. Its twin-turbo V8 is good for 690 horsepower and it weighs between 2,400 and 2,600 pounds (depending on options). It costs around $500,000.
- Ascari A10 – 220 mph – The A10 is built by the British manufacturer Ascari Cars. The V8 engine produces 625 horsepower. The car has a roll cage, a fire-suppression system, little soundproofing material and no air conditioning or a stereo system. It costs $650,000.
- Ferrari Enzo and Jaguar XJ 220 – 217 mph – The Ferrari Enzo was named after the company's founder, Enzo Ferrari. It was built from 2002 to 2004 and made extensive use of Formula One knowledge. The V12 engine produces 660 horsepower and its price when introduced was $670,000. The Jaguar XJ 220 was first built way back in 1992. Its twin-turbo V6 makes 542 horsepower. A total of 281 Jaguar XJ220s were produced and the original price was around $650,000.