What Is the Fastest Car in the World?
Once you get up to a certain speed, “fastest” is really relative. One driver may find that his style compliments the SSC Ultimate Aero better than a similarly fast Bugatti model.
Here is a list of the ten fastest cars in the world. All of these cars are fast and furious, and on any given day one model may easily beat another.
The Ten Fastest Cars in the World
1. SSC Ultimate Aero: This monster can hit a top speed of 257 mph, and boasts a 0-60 time of just 2.7 secs. It has a twin-turbo V8 Engine and a ridiculous 1183 horse power. Sure, the base price is a mind-numbing $654,400, but there are other (slower) cars on this list for much more. When the Guinness Book of World Records declared the SSC Ultimate Aero the fastest car in the world, car fans were shocked. The old standby Bugatti Veyron has finally been unseated.
2. Bugatti Veyron: The world’s best drivers can reach 253 mph in no time in this vehicle, due to a super low 0-60 time of just 2.5 seconds. This car’s aluminum frame and Narrow Angle W16 Engine clocks in at 1001 horse power. Yes, the base price is an unheard of $1,700,000, but if you really want to turn heads, the Veyron is your chariot.
3. Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo: Top speed is 248 mph, and a nothing-to-sneeze-at 0-60 time of 3.2 secs. For being third on this list, the base price of $555,000 seems like a steal.
4. Koenigsegg CCX: Top speed? 245 mph. 0-60 time? 3.2 seconds. Under the hood, the Koenigsegg looks like nothing on the market. A V8 Engine with 806 horsepower sounds weak, but don’t be fooled. The engineers at Koenigsegg are working hard to make this outlandish vehicle the fastest in the world.
5. McLaren F1: It is ridiculous that a car that can hit top speeds of 240 mph (while running from 0-60 in under 3.2 secs) is this far down the list. Made with a BMW S70/2 60 degree V12 Engine (though a measly 627 horse power) the base price is $970,000.
6. Ferrari Enzo: Chances are you’ve never seen this car. With a top speed of 217 mph, and a still stunning but not perfect 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, only 300 of these vehicles were ever produced. Even though you only get 660 horse power, owning one of less than 400 Ferrari models should well be worth the base price of $670,000. Be careful — the price goes up over time, due to the disappearance or breakdown of other models.
7. Jaguar XJ220: It may seem strange to find a Jaguar on this list, but topping out at 217 mph and performing a 0-60 maneuver in less than 4 seconds immediately makes you a contender for world’s fastest car. Featuring a Twin Turbo V6 Engine with 542 hp, the base price was $650,000, but since these cars were only produced for a limited time in 1991, that price is much lower than you’d expect to pay now.
8. Pagani Zonda F: A disappointing entry for Pagani, who at one time were headed for the top of this list. This vehicle only pulls a top speed of 215 mph, though it does have good pickup, moving from 0-60 in 3.5 secs. Why do I say it is an underperformer? Any vehicle with a Mercedes Benz M180 V12 engine (and any vehicle that costs well over $500,000) should perform much better than this. This car is quickly falling off the list.
9. Lamborghini Murcielago LP640: The only Lamborghini on the list boasts a top speed of 211 mph, 0-60 in 3.3 secs. V12 Engine with 640 hp, base price is $430,000. Nice piece of art, the design is very round and smooth.
10. Porsche Carrera GT: Ah, Porsche. The car of doctors and dentists. Though this model only gets up to 205 mph (only!), the 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds is impressive enough to reel in people looking for serious speed. The bare bones model will run you $440,000.
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