Some manufacturers are not aiming at the production volumes of Toyota Corolla or Volkswagen Golf. They create unique vehicles, capable of running at mind-blowing speeds and accelerating in a blink of an eye. People on the streets twist their necks to wave goodbye to these cars and teenagers collect posters with their images. They are worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, and other drivers never see anything but their taillights if met on the road.
They are the fastest cars ever made. It is a tricky task to make a fair chart of the top fastest cars, because some of them show best acceleration, some reach fantastic top speeds, while others register fastest track times thanks to perfect chassis. Besides, most of the supercar manufacturers focus on developing hybrid technologies to make their vehicles faster and more ecological.
Anyway, all of the supercars described below deserve to be on the list as they are the ultimate racing machines.
10. Tesla Model S P85D
- Tesla Model S P85D 0-60 mph time: 3.2 sec;
- Quarter mile time: 11.7 sec;
- Top Speed Limit: 155 mph.
Tesla Model S has been playing in the class of its own since being launched in 2012. However, mere enjoying success was never an option for ambitious California-based company as it introduced the All-Wheel Drive Dual-Motor Model S in the fall of 2014. The second battery pack at the front part of the vehicle added extra 221 hp to the powertrain that now produces astonishing 691 hp.
Driven by all four wheels, the car is capable of reaching 60 mph in as little as 3.2 seconds. And such an intrepid acceleration has never been this effortless – the P85D carries you away in smooth, quiet but vigorous way once you kick the accelerator. Tesla’s top speed is limited to modest 155 mph, but 0-60 acceleration and tremendous quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds put it on the list of the fastest cars in the world.
9. Nissan GT-R
- Nissan GT-R 0-60 mph time: 2.8 sec;
- Price in the US: from $100,000.
The legendary front engine coupe from Nissan might look like a black sheep among supercars. However, it holds the Guinness record for being the fastest 4-seat car in the world as the 2015 model can accelerate to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. On top of that, there is an extreme version from Nissan tuning house NISMO that can do it in 2.5 seconds! The standard twin-turbo 3.6 L V8 engine delivers 545 hp and around 500 lb/ft of torque.
The rear wheels are driven trough a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Every model year Nissan engineers reveal upgraded versions, yet GT-R has been widely known among racers as a car, providing plenty of tuning options for best performance. It is also known for borrowing instruments from video games, providing the driver with running characteristics and technical data on a multifunction display. And it’s affordable too, with retail prices starting from $101.770.
8. Lamborghini Aventador
- Lamborghini Aventador 0-60 mph time: 2.7 sec;
- Quarter Mile Time: 10.4 sec;
- Price in the US: from $ 440,000.
No hybrid electric technologies, no turbocharging, no downsizing. Just raw power, delivered by an old-school naturally aspirated Italian V12 engine. The all-wheel drive monster accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, closes a quarter-mile in 10.4 seconds and reaches the maximum speed of 217 mph.
This brutal supercar, named after a Spanish fighting bull, can get you pure Italian satisfaction for $441,600. And over 3,500 enthusiasts have already become the owners of Aventador, making it one of the most popular supercars in the world.
7. Pagani Huayra
- Pagani Huayra 0-60 mph time: 3.2 sec;
- Price: $1,600,000.
The small Italian car manufacturer, which presented its first ever car, Pagani Zonda, in 1999, is now famous all over the world for creating ultimate road and track machines, competing with the best supercars. After a wide acclaim of Zonda, Pagani revealed its successor, Huayra, in 2011. This rear-wheel drive monster is powered by a Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.0 L V12 bi-turbo engine, delivering 720 hp and 740 lb/ft of torque.
The Huayra reaches the maximum speed of 230 mph, accelerates to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and beats most of the rivals on track thanks to near-perfect chassis and light weight as the body is made of special in-house developed material called carbotanium. However, it is not all about breathtking specifications as Huayra stuns with exquisite interior, highlighting manufacturer’s attention to detail. And this fantastic hypercar is yours for $1,600,000.
6. Koenigsegg Regera
- Koenigsegg Regera 0-60 mph time: 2.8 sec;
- Price: $1,900,000.
It would make more sense to put Agera R model on our list of fastest cars, as it has been on the market since 2010 and has been tested on many tracks and in different conditions. However, the Swedish supercar manufacturer introduced Agera’s plug-in hybrid successor, named Regera, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Although the official characteristics are yet to be registered, it will undoubtedly be technically superior to Agera. The 5.0 L V8 twin-turbo engine is accompanied by three electric motors, providing combined power of about 1,800 hp. This mad force is transmitted to the rear wheels through a 1-speed fixed gear instead of regular dual-clutch gearboxes.
The hypercar is able to run 22 miles on battery and only involves the internal combustion engine at a speed above 30 mph. Koenigsegg announces the maximum speed of 255 mph and acceleration to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Certainly, it’s going to be economical too. The only problem with the new hybrid supercar is the price in the region of $1.9 million.
5. SSC Ultimate Aero TT
- SSC Ultimate Aero TT 0-60 mph time: 2.78 sec;
- Top Speed Limit: 257 mph;
- Price in the US: from $285,000.
This American supercar, produced by Shelby SuperCars, used to be the world’s fastest production vehicle from 2007 to 2010. Aero TT version had a modified twin-turbocharged V8 engine borrowed from Chevrolet Corvette that delivered 1,300 hp and 1,112 of torque. The model reached the maximum speed of 257 mph and was able to accelerate to 60 mph in 2.78 seconds. After being beaten by Bugatti Veyron, SSC commenced working on Aero replacement and released their plans to build the Tuatara model by 2015. The model is tipped to be capable of reaching 276 mph of maximum speed to regain the honor of being the fastest production car in the world.
Despite possessing thrilling characteristics, SSC Ultimate Aero TT models were sold at relatively reasonable prices, starting from $285,000.
4. Hennessey Venom GT
- Hennessey Venom GT 0-60 mph time: 2.5 sec;
- 0-200 mph time is 14.51 sec;
- Top Speed: 267.8 mph.
The Texas-based tuning house released its ultimate vehicle Venom GT, built on Lotus Exige chassis, in 2010 and has produced 19 units ever since. The supercar is powered by GM 7.0 L turbocharged V8, producing over 1,200 hp and over 1,155 lb/ft of torque. This raw force is delivered to rear wheels through 6-speed manual transmission and is able to accelerate the vehicle to 200 mph is record 14.51 seconds. Hennessey always experienced problems with registering the supercar’s achievements, but undoubtedly this is one of the fastest production vehicles ever made.
The company claims it was able to beat Bugatti Veyron’s top speed record of 267.8 mph. Still, Hennessey aspires to better results and revealed the plans to built a GT’s successor, F5, in the coming years.
3. McLaren P1
- McLaren P1 0-60 mph time: 2.8 sec;
- Quarter mile time: 9,8 sec;
- Price: $1,000,000.
McLaren P1 is a new-generation rear-wheel drive supercar that adopted the plug-in hybrid technology to make the vehicle faster and more eco-friendly. The electric motor, developed by the British car-maker completes the 3.8 twin-turbocharged V8 for a staggering total power of 916 hp and 722 lb/ft of torque.
This powertrain, combined with Formula 1 technologies and extremely light weight, propel P1 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, to ¼ mile in 9.8 seconds and allows it to reach the maximum speed of 217 mph. However, unlike old-school supercars, the new McLaren is economical too! It gives you the average fuel economy of 20 mpg and can run for 330 miles on a tank. P1 is undoubtedly the new word in supercar evolution. However, only 375 units will be produced, priced over $1 million.
2. Porsche 918 Spyder
- Porsche 918 Spyder 0-60 mph time: 2.5 sec;
- Quarter mile time: 9.9 sec;
- Price in the US: from $845,000.
Porsche engineers also made their flagship hypercar plug-in hybrid. Fantastic 918 that debuted in 2013 features a 4.6 L naturally aspirated V8 engine and two electric motors, one on each axle. The entire powertrain delivers 887 hp and accelerates the car to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds according to the official Porsche information. It runs a quarter mile in 9.9 seconds and reaches the maximum speed of 210 mph. Driven by all four wheels and featuring the all-wheel steering system, the hypercar is unbelievably sharp at handling.
But what is truly astonishing is that this monster emits less CO2 that a Toyota Prius and has a remarkable fuel efficiency thanks to many technological innovations, including regenerative braking. All that comes at the price of $847.975 and production is limited to 918 vehicles. But what can be better than an economical hypercar?
1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
- Bugatti Veyron Super Sport 0-60 time: 2.4 sec;
- Top speed: 267 mph;
- Price in the US: $2,500,000.
Bugatti Veyron is one of the few cars that make your heart beat faster even. Super Sport edition, powered by a 16-cylinder quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter engine that provides tremendous 1200 hp, holds the world record for the fastest road legal vehicle since 2010. Veyron’s official top speed is 267 mph, it reaches the quarter of a mile in less than 10 seconds and accelerates to 60 mph in 2.4 seconds. Only five of these vehicles were produced as Bugatti had to cease the normal Veyron’s electronic speed limit of 258 mph due to concerns over tires’ speed capabilities.
It’s quite remarkable that the claimed price of around $2.5 million is way below the real construction value. Producing the supercars mainly for marketing reasons during a decade, Volkswagen-owned Bugatti discontinued the Veyron at the beginning of 2015. With the total number of just 450 vehicles produced, Veyron already became a classic supercar and will definitely continue to lure wealthy car amateurs at auctions.